CBS has picked up James Patterson adaptation Zoo for a thirteen episode third season, but has yet to make a decision on the fates of fellow summer series American Gothic and BrainDead.
The renewal announcement was made today CBS President of Entertainment Glenn Geller during the network’s executive panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. Additionally, he also announced that Big Brother has been picked up for a further two seasons, renewing the shows through to its twentieth season.
Based on the Patterson novel of the same name, Zoo is described as a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, the story becomes a race to unlock the mystery of the global pandemic before it’s too late. The drama series is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder.
Zoo was the third of CBS’ big swings in the Summer scripted space, following in the foot-steps of Under The Dome and Extant. Key to the financial viability of these high-end summer shows has been unique SVOD deals with Amazon, which, alongside international revenue, ensure the shows are in profit before a single episode has aired. Zoo now ties Under The Dome as being the network’s longest running summer series.