Peter Facinelli has been tapped as the male lead opposite Marsha Thomason in Zoobiquity, Fox’s light medical procedural pilot written by Bones executive producers Stephen Nathan and Jon Collier and directed by Kevin Bray. Also set for a lead role in the project is 24 alumna Kim Raver, who has just signed with Gersh.
Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, Zoobiquity follows the unlikely pairing of Dr. Kara Martins (Thomason), a successful, driven cardiologist as she risks career suicide by teaming with Dr. Lucas Cort (Facinelli), a brilliant, socially-challenged veterinarian who relates better to animals than people. They try to put aside their competitive natures to cure the incurable using a unique blend of cross-species medicine that’s never been tried before.
Raver will play Dr. Julia Fowler, the chief of medicine at Chicago Hospital. The casting stems from an arc Raver recently did on Bones where she worked with Nathan and Collier. The part in Zoobiquity, originally written as male, has been rewritten for her and is expected to be beefed up as a third lead.
At Fox, Raver also recently reprised her 24 role as Audrey in the 24: Live Another Day limited series. The Grey’s Anatomy alumna continues to be managed by Dave Fleming of Atlas Artists.
For Facinelli, this also marks a return to Fox where he recurred on Glee and toplined Fastlane. He currently is recurring as Maxwell Lord on CBS’ Supergirl. Facinelli is repped by APA and Untitled.
Collier and Nathan executive produce Zoobiquity alongside Spencer Medof. Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers serve as producers. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.