CBS is beefing up its summer programming and adding a few familiar faces in the process.
ZOO, a new drama series based on the James Patterson novel of the same title, has cast Kristen Connolly and Billy Burke in series regular roles. Connolly and Burke will join the previously announced cast members James Wolk, Nora Arnezeder and Nonso Anozie.
Connolly (House of Cards, Cabin in the Woods) will play a passionate young journalist named Jamie. Jamie is intent on uncovering the story behind the mysterious animal behavior she’s been tracking.
Meanwhile, Burke (Revolution, Twilight) has been cast as Mitch, a character described as “an off-kilter animal veterinarian who prefers the simple company of animals to navigating the complexities of humans.”
ZOO will center on a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. James Wolk is Jackson Oz, a young, renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa. It is there that he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals.
As the attacks become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, he joins the race to uncover the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for humans to hide.
Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg are executive producers with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen. Brad Anderson is directing.
ZOO is a CBS Television Studios production and will air during the Summer 2015 season on CBS.