It is a humdinger of a time to be a weird Fox pilot, and we can add another to the delightfully bad idea of a tech billionaire buying his own police department. The network just announced a new procedural drama based on Zoobiquity, examining cross-species medicine through the lens of a wacky doctor/veterinarian pairing.

Sharing its name with Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers’ book Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, the show is described as a light drama that pairs a driven cardiologist and a veterinarian who prefers the company of animals to humans. She’s no nonsense and career-minded! He’s a social outcast who talks to animals! Together, they fight crime and disease—but mainly diseases because this is a medical drama! You know how it goes.

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That aspect of the series sounds a bit cliche, but it’s the bit about these two doctors teaming up to create cross-species medicine that is juuuust speculative enough to have us intrigued. Zoobiquity was all about exploring genetic similarities between humans and animals and how future medicine could exploit that link. The idea of that being explored in a light-hearted “unconventional” medical show probably means it won’t dig into the science or research behind such cutting-edge medicine with much deftness.

Sound like it could be a really weird stepping off point to a modern, gritty Manimal reboot, though. Probably not.

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Header Image Credit: Zoobiquity book cover, via Zoobiquity.com