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Netflix, CBS Taking a Trip to the 'Zoo'

9 Jul, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Netflix has joined Amazon Prime Instant Video in securing exclusive access to CBS summertime programming.

CBS July 9 announced the subscription streaming pioneer will be the exclusive SVOD service for “Zoo,” a 13-episode event drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name by James Patterson, slated for broadcast in summer 2015.

“Zoo” is a 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.

Unlike Amazon Prime, which is streaming individual episodes of CBS original summertime series “Under the Dome” and “Extant” 72 hours after their initial broadcast, the full-season of “Zoo” will only be available to U.S. Netflix subscribers immediately following its complete broadcast run.

Netflix, per policy, makes available entire seasons of episodic programming.

“This is another creative model to build a summer programming event on CBS and deliver Netflix members an addictive thrill-ride series based on a story by one of the world’s biggest authors,” Scott Koondel, chief corporate licensing officer at CBS, said in a statement.

Casting for the series, which CBS acquired the rights to from Patterson July 1, has not been announced.

“‘Zoo’ is just the kind of smart, gripping and shocking series that Netflix members love,” Sean Carey, VP of content licensing for Netflix, said in a statement.

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