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James Wolk to Headline CBS Drama ‘Zoo’

Series based on James Patterson novel will premiere in summer 2015

Apparently, CBS believes that James Wolk belongs in the “Zoo.”

“Mad Men” and “The Crazy Ones” actor Wolk will star in the upcoming CBS drama “Zoo,” based on the bestselling novel of the same name.

The series, which is set for a summer 2015 premiere, centers around a wave of violent animal attacks against humans that are sweeping the planet.

Wolk, whose television credits also include “Lone Star,” “Political Animals” and “Happy Endings,” 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, Oz is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

On the feature films side, Wolk’s credits include “You Again,” “There’s Always Woodstock” and “For a Good Time Call.”

James Patterson‘s book, published in September 2012, has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

Brad Anderson (“The Machinist”) is directing “Zoo,” with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen executive producing.

“Zoo” is being produced by CBS Television Studios.