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New sci-fi drama 'Zoo' filmed in Louisiana, airs on CBS

CBS's "Zoo" films in Louisiana. (Source: WAFB) CBS's "Zoo" films in Louisiana. (Source: WAFB)
WAFB's Lauren Westbrook sits down with James Wolk, one of the stars of "Zoo." (Source: WAFB) WAFB's Lauren Westbrook sits down with James Wolk, one of the stars of "Zoo." (Source: WAFB)
The stars of "Zoo" (Source: WAFB) The stars of "Zoo" (Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - The summer's newest drama to hit WAFB premieres Tuesday night at 8 p.m. James Patterson's novel, "Zoo," comes to life in the television series that is being filmed mostly in New Orleans.
 
Most of the crew is from Louisiana like freelance makeup artist Stacey Herbert from Slidell.

"I've been in the film industry for a little over ten years, and it's nice because I didn't really think that the film industry would settle here and it has. We would like to keep it," Herbert said.
 
Herbert just finished working on the set of NCIS New Orleans and Terminator.

Costume designer Caroline Marx also has a stacked resume thanks to "Zoo" and other productions in Hollywood South.
 
"Oh it's huge and my whole crew is local as well," Marx said. "This is so amazing because honestly, I don't know where else we could shoot that we would get everything. We were out at the Global Wildlife Foundation earlier."
 
WAFB went behind the scenes inside a warehouse on the Westbank in New Orleans to meet the cast and crew. The series takes place all over the world, even though most of it was shot in the Bayou State.

James Wolk stars in "Zoo" as an American zoologist named Jackson Oz who finally comes to terms with the fact that his late father's theory may be true. He believed animals would eventually turn on humans.

"We have bears on the set. We've had lions. We've had wolves," Wolk said.

They have also had plenty of good food and hospitality, according to Wolk and Billy Burke. Burke was in the Twilight films, which shot in Louisiana, and the television series Revolution.

"It feels more like a European city than any other city in America I think," Burke said. "It's really a nice place to have days off and kind of do nothing."
 
Other familiar faces include Nonso Anozie from "Game of Thrones," Kristen Connoly from "House of Cards," and French actress Nora Arnezeder. 
 
"When I first got here, I wasn't aware of the fact that we were going to be able to transform so many different places in New Orleans into Japan, into Africa, into New York, L.A., you know," Anozie said. "I didn't know it was going to be possible and having been here, I see how it's
possible and it's a very versatile place."
 
The actors and crew have become a little family over the past few months of shooting, which is fitting. Family is exactly the reason why people like Herbert want to keep the film business alive and well in Louisiana.

"I want to raise my child here ya know, I love it. Grandma and grandpa are 30 minutes away," Herbert said. 

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