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CBS orders James Patterson's 'Zoo' as is new Summer 2015 event series
Earlier this week, CBS gave a 13-episode direct-to-series order to "Zoo," based on the novel co-written by James Patterson.
The book was co-written by Michael Ledwidge, whose name literally went unmentioned in CBS' release on the "Zoo" pickup.
"Zoo" focuses on an outbreak of violence by animals against humans around the planet. A young renegade biologist has to race to find the cause of this mystery before it's too late.
CBS says that "Zoo" will air in the summer of 2015, following in the footsteps of "Under the Dome" and the upcoming "Extant."
"'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," blurbs 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."
The pilot was written by Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, who will executive produce along with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.
Yes, that's 10 executive producers before casting even begins.