First Cast Member Locked in for CBS’s Upcoming Zoo


James Wolk to Star in CBS's ZooIt looks like “Under the Dome” is going to have some competition next year to remain one of TV’s most popular summer series after “Zoo” premieres on CBS.  The first bit of casting news and a few more details have been revealed (Brad Anderson is directing!) so read on for the details!

From the Press Release:
James Wolk (pictured) will star in “Zoo,” a new 13-episode drama series based on the bestselling novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, to be broadcast in summer 2015.

“Zoo” is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. James Wolk will play Jackson Oz, a young, renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa when he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated, and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

Most recently Wolk starred in the television comedy “The Crazy Ones” on the Network. Prior to that he was perhaps best known to television audiences for his portrayal of Bob Benson in “Mad Men.” Wolk’s feature film credits include You Again, There’s Always Woodstock, and For a Good Time Call, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

As a book, Zoo was originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. It’s been translated into six languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg (who also wrote the script together) are executive producers with Patterson, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen. Brad Anderson (Stonehearst Asylum, The Call, Session 9) is directing.  “Zoo” is a CBS Television Studios production.

The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

James Wolk to Star in CBS's Zoo



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