Zoo (TV series)

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Series Intertitle
Based on Zoo
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Developed by
Theme music composer John Carpenter
Composer(s) Chris Tilton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jeff Pinkner
  • Josh Appelbaum
  • André Nemec
  • Scott Rosenberg
  • Michael Katleman
  • James Mangold
  • Cathy Konrad
  • James Patterson
  • Bill Robinson
  • Leopoldo Gout
  • Steve Bowen
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network CBS
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) – present (present)
External links

Zoo is an American drama television series based on the 2012 novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. The series premiered on June 30, 2015, on CBS,[1] and concluded the 13-episode first season on September 15, 2015. On October 2, 2015, Zoo was renewed by CBS for a second season,[2] which premiered on June 28, 2016.[3] On August 10, 2016, CBS renewed the series for a third season.[4]


Further information: List of Zoo episodes

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

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) September 15, 2015 (2015-09-15)
2 13 June 28, 2016 (2016-06-28) September 6, 2016 (2016-09-06)



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."[7] In July 2014, the series was given a 13-episode straight-to-series order and added to the network's summer schedule.[8]

On October 2, 2015, the series was renewed for a second season,[2] which started airing on June 28, 2016.[9]

On August 10, 2016, CBS renewed the series for a third season.[4]


James Wolk was the first to be cast, in November 2014,[10] followed later the same month by Nora Arnezeder[11] and Nonso Anozie.[12] The main cast was rounded out in January 2015, with Kristen Connolly and Billy Burke.[13] In February, Geoff Stults was cast in a recurring role for a "multi-episode arc".[14] In March, Carl Lumbly was cast in a recurring role.[15]

In March, 2016, Josh Salatin and Alyssa Diaz were added to the cast as series regulars in season 2.[5] In April, Joanne Kelly was cast in a recurring role.[6]


The series started filming in New Orleans in January 2015.[16] Production for season 2 began filming in February 2016 in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[17]


Zoo aired in Australia after fast-tracking each episode to air the day after the U.S.[18] The series was simulcast in Canada,[19] and it also airs in the UK and Ireland.[20]


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 26, 2015). "CBS Announces Premiere Dates for 'Zoo', 'Extant' & More + 'Under the Dome' Moves to Thursdays". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "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 
  3. ^ "CBS's Summer Show Lineup Is Back And Better Than Ever!". CBS. March 17, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Porter, Rick (August 10, 2016). "'Zoo' picked up for season 3 at CBS". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (March 1, 2016). "Zoo: Josh Salatin & Alyssa Diaz Join Season 2 Cast Of CBS Summer Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt Webb (April 13, 2016). "Zoo Adds Warehouse 13's Joanne Kelly". TVLine. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 4, 2013). "Adaptation Of James Patterson's 'Zoo' From Space Floor, Cathy Konrad & James Mangold Gets CBS Production Commitment". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 1, 2014). "CBS Gives Series Order To Adaptation Of James Patterson's Zoo From Midnight Radio, Cathy Konrad & James Mangold". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Zoo Season 2 release Date revealed.". release-date info. May 24, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ Ng, Philiana (November 11, 2014). "James Wolk to Star in CBS' Zoo". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 21, 2014). "Nora Arnezeder To Co-Star In Zoo; Christian Campbell Joins 'True Detective'". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 26, 2014). "'Game of Thrones' Alum Nabs Key Role in CBS' Zoo (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 15, 2015). "Kristen Connolly & Billy Burke To Co-Star In CBS Series Zoo". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ Abrams, Natalie (February 27, 2015). "CBS' summer series Zoo taps Geoff Stults for multi-episode arc". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (March 4, 2015). "Carl Lumbly Joins CBS Drama Series Zoo; Arielle Goldman In Cinemax's The Knick". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ Butler, Karen (January 31, 2015). "Production begins on CBS' thriller series Zoo". United Press International. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Scorched Earth and Zoo Season 2 Start Filming in Vancouver". whatsfilming.ca. February 8, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ Vlessing, Etan (May 21, 2015). "Canada's CTV Acquires CBS' 'Zoo' Drama for Summer Run". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  20. ^ White, Peter (June 30, 2015). "Sky 1 acquires US animal drama Zoo". Broadcast. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 

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