CBS OKs series based on James Patterson thriller ‘Zoo’ for summer 2015

James Patterson
James Patterson is the author of the thriller “Zoo,” which CBS has ordered to series. He’ll serve as an executive producer.
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Another bestselling author, another summer series for CBS.

With “Under the Dome” -- based on a Stephen King novel -- having just returned for Season 2, the network is hoping for another hit next year with “Zoo,” a thriller adapted from the bestseller by James Patterson. The show was ordered straight to series without a pilot -- a once-rare phenomenon that has been cropping up frequently lately as networks search for their next hits.

“Zoo” concerns a pandemic that causes animals to attack human beings and a young scientist who struggles to solve the mystery behind the disease.

Patterson -- who holds a Guinness World Record for having the most bestellers to hit No. 1 on the New York Times list -- will serve as an executive producer. Previously, Patterson was behind “Women’s Murder Club,” a cop drama that ran on ABC during the 2007-08 season.


CBS Entertainent Chairman Nina Tassler wrote in a statement that “Zoo” “further demonstrates our commitment to high-quality, year-round programming and to high-concept series that play to summer audiences.” She also called the series a “blockbuster summer event.”

But even summer blockbusters have their limits. Monday’s Season 2 premiere of “Dome” logged double-digit declines compared with last summer’s sleeper premiere, suggesting a certain amount of audience fatigue with the premise about a small town trapped under a mysterious transparent bubble. 

What do you think of “Zoo” and CBS’ atttempt to cage it for TV? 

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