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Z Nation has star-studded premiere at Garland Theater in north Spokane Z Nation has star-studded premiere at Garland Theater in north Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On Friday night the cast and crew of SyFy's new zombie apocalypse show, 'Z Nation', had a party and special screening at the Garland Theater. The public was also invited to attend to watch the first episode on the big movie theater screen.

It was a star-studded affair as the cast and crew got their first look at a project 5 months in the making. The show is set 3 years after a zombie virus wipes out most of the population. A team of survivors must transport a person with the cure across the country. 'Z Nation' started shooting in multiple locations in Spokane back in May. Spokane was picked because of the wide variety of locations so close to town.

If you watch the show, chances are that under all that zombie make-up you'll recognize someone you know. North by Northwest, one of the production companies behind the show, employed hundreds of people from the Inland Northwest as extras and crew members.

We talked with the cast about their experience working in the lilac city. Actor DJ Qualls said, "It's a great big town. The people are so welcoming. I was just at the gas station across the street and people freaked out. It was so sweet, I love it. You don't get that in LA. People are so jaded."

We also spoke with the creator of 'Z Nation', Karl Schaefer, who said "the last 5 months have been crazy. It's been a tough shoot, but very rewarding. It's been a wild zombie-filled ride here in Spokane. This is one of the friendliest cities I've been in. It's been really fun."

'Z Nation' premiered Friday night and is getting good reviews. All 13 episodes were at least partially shot in Spokane. 'Z Nation' airs on the SyFy network Friday at 10pm.

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