CBS has given a 13-episode, straight to series order to Zoo, based on James Patterson’s best-selling novel. Zoo is ‘a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide.’
The novel was an international bestseller and script for the premiere was written by the highly regarded Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, Lost), Josh Appelbaum (Alias, Happy Town), Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity, Happy Town). The four will also serve as executive producers on the series. For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman have, in Fringe [Fox, Friday, 10/9C], created a series that looks at alternate worlds in a way is fresh for TV. As the fourth season comes to a conclusion, news has come that the low-rated series has been given a thirteen episode order for a fifth and final season to wrap up the story in an appropriate fashion.
Last week, I took part in a conference call with Pinkner and Wyman as they talked about the conclusion of season four and whether a fifth season of thirteen episodes would be enough for them to conclude their story properly. Note that the call took place before last week’s episode, which featured the return of Leonard Nimoy as William Bell.
For diehard Fringe [Fox, Fridays, 9/8C] fans, things are getting pretty intense as season four heads into its second half. This week’s episode, The End of All Things finds Peter inside an Observer’s mind and that’s not even its strangest bit.
Yesterday, Fringe showrunners Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers about the ep – and teased a Nina-centric ep.
Fans of Fringe [premiering on Fox tonight at 10/9C] are among the fiercest around, hence Fox giving the show a fourth season – even if it’s on Friday nights and faces stiff competition from The CW’s supernatural and NBC’s Grimm. It will take a lot of imagination and vision to face down those odds – especially since they disappeared the show’s male lead, Peter Bishop, in last season’s finale.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to take part in a conference call Q&A with Fringe’s executive producers, Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, who talked about the upcoming season. They sounded excited by the challenges they face this year, and promised more of the adventurous storytelling for which the show has become known.