CBS has given a 13 episode straight-to-series order to Zoo, an adaptation of the James Patterson novel of the same name set to air in Summer 2015.
Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide.
The drama, based on the Patterson novel that was published in 2012, is being produced by CBS Television Studios and was penned by Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg. All four will also executive produce alongside James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.
The 13 episode order for Zoo marks the latest high profile series order CBS has made in recent years in an attempt to grow their slate of original dramas for the typically quiet Summer months. It follows on from the network picking up Under The Dome, which debuted last Summer and returned to CBS this week, and the Halle Berry starrer Extant, which premieres next week.
“Zoo further demonstrates our commitment to high-quality, year-round programming and to high-concept series that play to summer audiences in the U.S. as well as on a global scale,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “With this #1 bestseller coming to television, we’re excited to give our viewers a thrill ride with another blockbuster summer event.”