Executive producers Jeff Pinkner (Fringe) and Josh Applebaum (Alias) visited Blastr Central at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about their summer hit, Zoo, based on the James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge novel of the same name. The duo revealed that Episode 3, "Silence of the Cicadas," will be a game-changer for the series, effectively ending the prologue and racing straight into the mystery of global animal attacks against humanity.
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Earlier in the day, we spoke with cast members James Wolk (Jackson Oz), Kristen Connolly (Jamie Campell) and Billy Burke (Mitch Morgan), who also spilled some details about what their characters are going to face in the near future.
Burke said that, while the animal attacks are happening worldwide, by Episode 3 the core ensemble will finally be "brought together by a force that may, or may not, be nefarious. They are hiring all five of us to figure out what is going on and put a stop to it."
The actor admits his character will function as the naysayer of the bunch but teases that Campell's character's curiosity will be an important engine of the show.
Campell adds that her less-than-forthcoming character "has a lot of plates spinning, and some things have to eventually come out. It takes a few episodes, but it all will come out on the table. They gave us backstories and stuff from our past that is affecting us now, and it's fun to play that."
As for working with their wild co-stars, which are real and not CGI, Wolk laughs that the show has put the human actors on their toes. "It's not as dangerous as the show feels, but it's definitely pushing our improvisational skills, because if the script says we are supposed to react this way but the animal reacts another way, we have to change."
Zoo airs on CBS Tuesday 9/8c.