Zoo by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge

CBS has given a straight-to-series order for Zoo, based on James Patterson's novel of the same name, the network announced Tuesday.

Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans, which forces a young renegade biologist to unlock the pandemic's mystery before there is no place left for people to hide.

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"Zoo further demonstrates our commitment to high-quality, year-round programming and to high-concept series that play to summer audiences in the U.S. as well as on a global scale," Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "With this No. 1 bestseller coming to television, we're excited to give our viewers a thrill ride with another blockbuster summer event."

Fringe's Jeff Pinkner, Alias vets Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg (Life on Mars) wrote the script and will serve as executive producers with Patterson, Walk the Line's James Mangold and Cathy Konrad, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.

The 13-episode first season is slated to premiere next summer.

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