Scoop: Billy Burke Joins CBS Drama Zoo

Billy Burke Zoo CBS Season 1 Cast

CBS’ Zoo has added a few new specimens.

Billy Burke (Revolution) and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) will be series regulars in the thriller based on James Patterson’s novel, TVLine has learned.

Burke will play Mitch, a straightforward large-animal veterinarian who would rather hang out with animals than deal with humans and all of their complexities.

Connolly’s Jamie is described as “a passionate young journalist” who’s determined to get to the bottom of the strange animal behavior she’s tracking.

The forthcoming series follows young renegade biologist Jackson Oz (played by James Wolk, The Crazy Ones) trying to uncover the secret behind a wave of violent animal attacks against humans.

Previously announced cast members include Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle) and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones).

Burke’s other credits include Rizzoli & Isles and Major Crimes (where this week he reprised his Closer role of Phillip Stroh), 24 and the Twilight films.

Connolly has appeared on As the World TurnsThe Good Wife and Nurse Jackie, among others. She’ll next be seen in ABC’s midseason drama The Whispers.

Zoo is slated to premiere this summer.

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14 Comments
  1. Slowride says:

    So many actors I like ! But CBS summer shows have proven to be… dissappointing :s

  2. I would much rather he had been cast as Hank Henshaw in the Supergirl pilot/series.

  3. Jane says:

    I really like him but this was such a bad book that I just don’t know if I can watch it.

  4. Riana says:

    Everyone’s favorite mustache dad

  5. HSM says:

    Um, you left out two years as the lead male in Revolution, but I guess we’d all like to forget about that turkey.

  6. Ian says:

    Woof, Billy Burke. Woof.

  7. suzybel58 says:

    Love Billy Burke, he would have been great in Fargo.

  8. Rose says:

    I am so happy to see Billy Burke back on a regular basis. He is such an underappreciated actor with a wide and believable range. Great choice!

  9. tsevca says:

    So basicly, he will play the role the same way he played in Revolution.

  10. crappola515 says:

    That sucks. I had no intention of watching Zoo.