A new drama series ‘ZOO,’ based on the bestselling novel written by James Patterson, now has a firm premiere date on CBS. The series will star James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder and will begin on June 30, 2015.

The original novel by James Patterson involved a bizarre uprising in violent animal attacks against humans, occurring all over the planet, suddenly and without an obvious cause. That’s when Jackson Oz, a young American zoologist studying African wildlife with his friend Abraham, discovers a connection between the attacks and his father’s controversial theories.

Once the attacks begin, Oz begins to see a link between the strange animal attacks and his late father’s controversial theories about impending threats to the human race. In Los Angeles, news reporter Jamie Campbell is intent on being the first to break the story behind the mysterious animal behavior, and seeks the expertise of Mitch Morgan, an off-kilter veterinarian, who prefers the company of animals over people.

Nora Arnezeder stars as Chloe Tousignant, a French investigator Oz meets in Africa. As the assaults occurring worldwide become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, Oz and the others are thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

ZOO will premiere with the first episode “First Blood” on Tuesday, June 30 (9:00-10:00PM, ET/PT), on CBS. The episode was directed by Brad Anderson.