Fox has given a pilot order to a medical procedural based on the best-selling book “Zoobiquity,” which examines the links between animals and humans when it comes to treating physical and behavioral ailments.
“Bones” alums Jon Collier and Stephen Nathan wrote the TV adaptation and exec produce with Spencer Medof for 20th Century Fox TV. “Zoobiquity” co-authors Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers are on board as producers.
The project is billed as a light medical procedural follows the unlikely pairing of a successful, driven cardiologist as she risks career suicide by teaming with a socially-challenged veterinarian in an effort to tackle the most challenging cases with an untested brand of cross-species medicine.
“Zoobiquity” made a splash in its initial release in 2012. Cardiologist Natterson-Horowitz teamed with science writer Bowers on the book after she experienced what has been described as an “eye-opening” consultation on animals at the Los Angeles Zoo.
The project has been in development at Fox since the fall of 2014. Nathan has been an exec producer on “Bones” since the 2006-07 season. Collier has been on the show since 2011-12.
Fox is in the midst of sorting out whether the current 11th season of “Bones” will be its last.
For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.