Baltimore Zoo TV series writers John Ball and John D. Ball are creating the new Zoos and Aquarium Series, which will be produced by ABC Studios and the Animal Care Foundation.
The Zoos series is the brainchild of Ball and Darnell Trowbridge, who is currently the creative director at ABC Studios.
Ball and Trowbridgers will serve as executive producers for the project, which is slated to premiere in 2020.
Ball will serve in that capacity for the first time after a stint with the Animal Foundation, which he founded with his wife, Jodi, in 2015.
Ball is also executive producer for the animated series “The Big Bang Theory,” which premiered on CBS in 2019.
The Big Bang series is set in Baltimore and revolves around a high school science teacher and his girlfriend, who end up together as roommates at a school known for its “big bang” and “birth” schools.
The series will explore the relationship between science and education, Ball said in a statement.
“It’s a beautiful story of love and learning and a lot of fun,” Ball said.
“The Zoos have given me the opportunity to get out of my cubicle and be able to do what I love.”
Ball has written or produced shows like “The Blacklist” and the “The Originals” series, both of which were critically acclaimed.
He is also currently executive producing the new series “Zoos and Gardens,” based on his best-selling book “The Art of Zookeeping.”
Ball said he hopes to be able be a part of “The Zoo Series” “when I’m at the age I am now, so that I can be an ambassador for what’s going on in our world today.”
Ball, who lives in Westwood, Md., has also produced and directed “Pawn Stars,” “Maniac Daddy,” and “The Walking Dead.”
He is currently developing the feature “Penguins in Space,” with Warner Bros. Television.
Ball said his next project is “Majesty,” a drama series based on a book he wrote.
The show is being produced by Ball and his wife Jodi Ball, with Michael O’Brien, the show’s creator and executive producer.
Ball has also directed “The Muppets,” “The Simpsons,” “Duck Dynasty,” and the upcoming movie “The Martian.”