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CBS Orders James Patterson’s ‘Zoo’ Drama for Summer 2015

Zoo by James Patterson

CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of Zoo, a drama based off of the novel of the same name by James Patterson to broadcast 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 book was originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. It’s been translated into six languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

“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.”

Jeff Pinkner (Fringe), Josh Appelbaum (Life on Mars, Star-Crossed), Andre Nemec (Star-Crossed) and Scott Rosenberg (Life on Mars) wrote the script. They will executive produce the series with James Mangold (Walk the Line), Cathy Konrad (Girl, Interrupted), James Patterson, Bill RobinsonLeopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.

Pinkner, Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) recently signed a first-look deal with CBS Television Studios under their banner Midnight Radio.

Ryan White-Nobles
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