CBS has renewed Zoo, it’s freshman summer series, for a second season following consistently strong ratings for it’s thirteen episode debut season. The series will return in the summer of 2016, though the exact number of episodes the second season will contain has yet to be revealed. In a press release announcing the renewal, President of CBS Entertainment Glenn Geller said “Zoo‘s thrilling stories clicked with audiences each week during a very competitive summer. We’re excited for viewers to see where our talented writers and cast take them as the adventure continues to unfold during season two in the ultimate fight of man vs. beast.”
Developed by Josh Appelbaum (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Andre Nemec (Alias, Life on Mars), Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, The Amazing Spider Man 2) and BAFTA Film Award nominee Scott Rosenberg (Gone in 60 Seconds, High Fidelity), Zoo is based on the 2012 James Patterson novel of the same name and focuses on a group of people forced together by circumstance to investigate a mysterious event sweeping the globe that causes animals to become aggressive and turn against humans. Throughout it’s first season, the show was the number one scripted summer show of 2015. Its cast includes James Wolk (Mad Men, The Crazy Ones), Kristen Connolly (Cabin in the Woods, House of Cards), Nonso Anozie (Dracula, Game of Thrones), Nora Arnezeder (Safe House, What the Day Owes the Night) and Billy Burke (the Twilight Saga, Revolution).
Zoo is part of CBS’s recent attempt to try more niche shows during it’s off-season schedule, and along with Under the Dome and Extant it marked a stark departure from the network’s safer, more procedural focused fall line up. Under the Dome was cancelled earlier this year but a decision on Extant (the Halle Berry starring, Steven Spielberg produced robot/alien drama) has yet to be announced. CBS shows no sign of moving away from this strategy either: when Zoo returns in 2016 it will do so alongside BrainDead a science fiction thriller about parasitic aliens that take over the minds of congressmen. It’s hard to believe but CBS of all networks really has some of the craziest concepts on television.