CBS ‘Zoo’ Signs Billy Burke and Kristen Connolly in the Cast

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
CBS ‘Zoo’ Signs Billy Burke and Kristen Connolly in the Cast

Zoo,” the summer drama based on James Patterson’s novel, has signed up Billy Burke (“Revolution”) and Kristen Connolly (“The Cabin in the Woods”) in the cast, which already has James Wolk (“The Crazy Ones”) in the lead role. Read on for more details to this news story.

As reported on Deadline, Burke and Connolly are joining Wolk in CBS’ summer offering. “Zoo” is described as a drama thriller that follows the story of a phenomenon involving violent attacks by animals that is taking place all over the world.


Connolly is cast in the role of Jamie, a passionate journalist who uncovers the story of the attacks and vows to get to the bottom of it. Burke, on the other hand, is cast in the role of Mitch, the veterinarian. Mitch’s specialty is in dealing with large animals, so he is quite an asset to the growing problem. Only, Mitch is characterized as an anti-social who would rather just be around the animals than the people panicking over the crisis.

On top of doing “Zoo,” Burk is also busy with other projects. He recently guest starred on “Major Crimes,” where he plays a recurring role, and he’s also part of the midseason drama “The Whispers,” which is set to debut in the spring on ABC. The actor was the lead in the canceled NBC series “Revolution.”

Connolly, meanwhile, recently finished the “Houdini” special on the History Channel, playing opposite Adrien Brody. The actress is also part of Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

Earlier, we reported here on MNG that Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder have also been cast in the project. Wolk headlines the series as the zoologist who first discovers the strange behaviors.

“Zoo” will be filling up CBS’ distinct summer slate alongside “Under the Dome” and “Extant,” which will be running its third and second seasons respectively.

The series is produced by Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen as its executive producers. Brad Anderson has been tapped to direct the series.

Follow the updates about the series here on Movie News Guide (MNG) as we cover “Zoo.”

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