James Wolk Leads CBS Summer Series ‘Zoo’

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
James Wolk Leads CBS Summer Series ‘Zoo’

Actor James Wolk is returning to CBS. The network has just cast him to lead their newest summer series, “Zoo,” which will debut in 2015. Read on to learn more about this news story.

As reported on Deadline and other entertainment news sites, James Wolk will be headlining the drama series “Zoo” on CBS. The show was first announced as in production back in July and immediately received a straight to series order from the network.


“Zoo” is based on a novel written by best-selling author and Guiness world record holder James Patterson. The premise of the show will follow Jackson Oz (Wolk), described as a renegade American zoologist, who will look into the strange and violent attacks by animals towards humans. Oz will work to unlock the mystery behind this growing pandemic in this drama thriller before it’s too late for the human race.

The book, released in September 2012, catapulted to the #1 best-selling list of the New York Times, selling over four million copies around the world.

The story has been adapted for television by Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg. It has received a 13-episode order from the network and would launch by the summer of 2015 alongside returning shows like “Under the Dome” and “Extant.”

In July, Variety reported that “Zoo” will also be streaming on Netflix after its summer run, in partnership with CBS.

This will be the second time that Wolk will have a show on CBS. Last season, he was part of the comedy series “The Crazy Ones,” which ran during Thursday nights and only lasted for one season. This show starred Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Immediately after the news of his casting on “Zoo” was announced, the actor took to Twitter to thank the network.

Wolk has also starred in shows like “Political Animals” and “Mad Men,” as well as stints as guest on “Shameless” and “Happy Endings.” His first TV show starrer, "Lone Star," was aired on FOX in the 2010 for only two episodes.

And that's it for the CBS summer series “Zoo," which has found its lead star in James Wolk. We'll be following the show's developments and bring you the news as it happens only here on Movie News Guide (MNG)

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