Zoo (TV series)

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Series Intertitle
Based onZoo
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Developed by
Theme music composerJohn Carpenter
ComposerChris Tilton
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Jeff Pinkner
  • Josh Appelbaum
  • André Nemec
  • Scott Rosenberg
  • Michael Katleman
  • James Mangold
  • Cathy Konrad
  • James Patterson
  • Bill Robinson
  • Leopoldo Gout
  • Steve Bowen
Running time39-45 minutes
Production companies
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJune 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) –
September 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)

Zoo is an American drama television series based on the 2012 novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, the former also serving as an executive producer for the series, which stars James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Nora Arnezeder and Billy Burke as a group of varied professionals who investigates the mysterious outbreak of violent animal attacks upon humans all over the world. Zoo premiered on June 30, 2015, on CBS. CBS renewed the series for a third season in August 2016, which aired between June 29 and September 21, 2017. On October 23, 2017, CBS announced the series had been cancelled after three seasons.[1]


Violent animal attacks upon humans are occurring all over the world. Jackson Oz, an American zoologist and his Kenyan friend, Abraham Kenyatta, a safari guide, as well as Jamie Campbell, a Los Angeles reporter, Mitch Morgan, a quirky veterinary pathologist, and a French intelligence agent, Chloe Tousignant, all seek to investigate the mysterious pandemic as the attacks become more coordinated and ferocious.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30)September 15, 2015 (2015-09-15)
213June 28, 2016 (2016-06-28)September 6, 2016 (2016-09-06)
313June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29)September 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)




In October 2013, it was announced that CBS had given Zoo "a rare pilot production commitment for a pitch originating from sibling CBS TV Studios."[5] In July 2014, the series was given a 13-episode straight-to-series order and added to the network's summer schedule.[6]

The series premiered on June 30, 2015, on CBS.[7] On October 2, 2015, Zoo was renewed by CBS for a second season,[8] which premiered on June 28, 2016.[9] On August 10, 2016, CBS renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on June 29, 2017.[10][11]

There will not be a season 4 as it was cancelled due to low ratings.


James Wolk was the first to be cast, in November 2014,[12] followed later the same month by Nora Arnezeder[13] and Nonso Anozie.[14] The main cast was rounded out in January 2015, with Kristen Connolly and Billy Burke.[15] In February, Geoff Stults was cast in a recurring role for a "multi-episode arc".[16] In March, Carl Lumbly was cast in a recurring role.[17]

In March, 2016, Josh Salatin and Alyssa Diaz were added to the cast as series regulars in the second season.[18] In April, Joanne Kelly was cast in a recurring role.[19]

In December 2016, Gracie Dzienny, who guest-starred in the second-season finale, was promoted to series regular for the third season.[2] In January, 2017, Aleks Paunovic was cast in a recurring role.[20] In February, Athena Karkanis, Hilary Jardine, and Sophina Brown were cast in recurring roles.[3][4]


The series started filming in New Orleans in January 2015.[21] Production for the second season began filming in February 2016 in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[22] The third season started filming in mid-January 2017, also in and around Vancouver, British Columbia.


Zoo aired in Australia the day after the U.S premiere,[23] and was simulcast in Canada.[24] It was also aired in the UK and Ireland on Sky One,[25] and in Israel on Yes Action.[26]

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  1. ^ Lee Lenker, Maureen (October 23, 2017). "CBS cancels Zoo after three seasons". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (December 2, 2016). "Zoo Ups Gracie Dzienny To Series Regular For Season 3". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (February 3, 2017). "Zoo: Athena Karkanis & Hilary Jardine Join CBS Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Petski, Denise (February 14, 2017). "Zoo Casts Sophina Brown; Designated Survivor Adds Geoff Pierson". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 4, 2013). "Adaptation Of James Patterson's 'Zoo' From Space Floor, Cathy Konrad & James Mangold Gets CBS Production Commitment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 1, 2014). "CBS Gives Series Order To Adaptation Of James Patterson's Zoo From Midnight Radio, Cathy Konrad & James Mangold". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 26, 2015). "CBS Announces Premiere Dates for 'Zoo', 'Extant' & More + 'Under the Dome' Moves to Thursdays". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "Zoo Renewed: CBS Takes Hit Summer Show Into Second Season". CBS. October 2, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015. CBS announced today the second season renewal of Zoo for broadcast during summer 2016 .. Zoo joins the previously announced series BrainDead, a new one-hour comic thriller from Robert and Michelle King, and the next edition of the summer reality hit Big Brother on CBS's 2016 summer line-up
  9. ^ "CBS's Summer Show Lineup Is Back And Better Than Ever!". CBS. March 17, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (August 10, 2016). "'Zoo' picked up for season 3 at CBS". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 11, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 16, 2017). "CBS Sets Summer Premiere Dates For 'Big Brother', 'Salvation', 'Zoo' & 'Candy Crush'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Ng, Philiana (November 11, 2014). "James Wolk to Star in CBS' Zoo". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 21, 2014). "Nora Arnezeder To Co-Star In Zoo; Christian Campbell Joins True Detective". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 26, 2014). "Game of Thrones Alum Nabs Key Role in CBS' Zoo (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 15, 2015). "Kristen Connolly & Billy Burke To Co-Star In CBS Series Zoo". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  16. ^ Abrams, Natalie (February 27, 2015). "CBS' summer series Zoo taps Geoff Stults for multi-episode arc". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (March 4, 2015). "Carl Lumbly Joins CBS Drama Series Zoo; Arielle Goldman In Cinemax's The Knick". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (March 1, 2016). "Zoo: Josh Salatin & Alyssa Diaz Join Season 2 Cast Of CBS Summer Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  19. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (April 13, 2016). "Zoo Adds "Warehouse 13"'s Joanne Kelly". TVLine. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (January 31, 2017). "Aleks Paunovic Joins 'Zoo'; 'Libby & Malcolm' Pilot Adds Regular". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  21. ^ Butler, Karen (January 31, 2015). "Production begins on CBS' thriller series Zoo". United Press International. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  22. ^ "Scorched Earth and Zoo Season 2 Start Filming in Vancouver". whatsfilming.ca. February 8, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  23. ^ Vickery, Colin (July 1, 2015). "Zoo starts a rush of major new American TV shows set to hit Aussie screens in coming months". News Corp Australia. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  24. ^ Vlessing, Etan (May 21, 2015). "Canada's CTV Acquires CBS' 'Zoo' Drama for Summer Run". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  25. ^ White, Peter (June 30, 2015). "Sky 1 acquires US animal drama Zoo". Broadcast. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  26. ^ Kopfer, Rotta. "ZOO: כשחיות הטרף ימאסו בשליטת בני האדם". הארץ.

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