TV Drama ‘Zoo’ Begins Production

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
TV Drama ‘Zoo’ Begins Production

Production for CBS’ new summer drama series, “Zoo,” has apparently started in New Orleans, according to an announcement from the network. Read on for the details.

Best-selling author James Patterson was with the crew of “Zoo” in New Orleans at the end of January, as the series started filming on location. The novelist was seen playing around with the props on the set, along with the show’s lead star James Wolk (“The Crazy Ones”). The whole thing was caught on video and was posted on CBS’ Twitter account.


The post confirms that the show is indeed right on schedule for production, to finish in time for its summer premiere this year on CBS. The pilot episode is directed by Brad Anderson (“The Machinist”).

The global thriller “Zoo,” which was published as a novel in 2012 and became a New York Times best seller, follows the story of a renegade zoologist Jackson Oz (Wolk), who starts noticing strange animal behaviors in the African Safari. Oz notes that the animals’ assault of humans have turned more coordinated, as well as cunning and deadly. The 13-episode series, which was commissioned for development in the summer of 2014, will attempt to unlock the reason behind this, or the world will risk a pandemic that will leave no human life spared.

The show is produced under CBS Television Studios with executive producers Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg working behind the scenes. Patterson is also on board with the creative and technical team as executive producer.

The show is part of CBS’ summer line-up of limited event series that started with “Under the Dome” in 2013 and “Extant” in 2014. Both shows will be back for a third and second season, respectively.

Aside from Wolk, “Zoo” also stars Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nora Arnezeder and Nonso Anozie. Casting was completed just last month. This will be Wolk’s second time to work with CBS.

Check out the twitter posts from both CBS and Wolk’s official account showing the “Zoo” set in location in New Orleans below.

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