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The CW Announces Premiere Date for Atlanta-Set Deadly Epidemic Series, ‘Containment’ (Trailer)

The CW Announces Premiere Date for Atlanta-Set Deadly Epidemic Series, 'Containment' (Trailer)

I wondered what The CW had done with this new series; I thought maybe the network had decided to shelve it, since the last time we heard anything about it was last May – 2015.

But it’s still very much alive, as The CW today announced its midseason schedule, including the midseason premiere of the series in question, titled “Containment.”

I’d readily admit that, before the current TV season, I was never a CW viewer (I’m just not in their target audience), but I’ve actually been watching the network a lot more than I ever have before; although not religiously. One series I’ve kept up with is “The Flash,” which is in its 2nd year (although, to be frank, I really don’t know if I would’ve given it any attention to begin with if Jesse L. Martin and Candice Patton weren’t cast in key roles; so kudos on “colorblind casting” there CW. It worked on me). Based on the DC Comics superhero, it’s relatively light, fun and engaging entertainment. And I don’t feel insulted by the writing. I also have been watching “The 100,” also a new series in its 2nd season, and, again, also, in part, because black actors like Isaiah Washington, are cast in key roles as well. Then there are those other new series on the network that I’ve watched pieces of, but haven’t seen enough of them to reach a conclusion, like “iZombie,” and “Jane the Virgin,” which I hear is actually quite good (it’s certainly critically-acclaimed, with star Gina Rodriguez winning a Golden Globe Award last year, in the “Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy” category; she was also nominated this year in the same category, but didn’t win). 

Suffice it to say that, unless I’ve just not been paying close enough attention, The CW has turned over a new leaf, stepping up its programming offerings (and casting more diversely).

I’ve added this to the list of new CW programs on the network that I will definitely check out when it debuts later this season. From the latest trailer, it doesn’t at all seem like a typical CW kind of series, and I’m a fan of “disease outbreak” narratives. Plus, as far as I know, the network doesn’t have any original programming with a black man as the lead, so that gives me another reason to tune in. 

David Gyasi stars in “Containment” (previously titled “Cordon”), leading an ensemble cast in a series that examines what happens when a deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, and a large city quarantine is quickly enforced, leaving those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. It’s certainly a familiar story (see feature films like “Outbreak” and “Contagion” to start); but this is a rare case in which it unfolds over an entire TV season. And I’m sure The CW has seen the immense success that “The Walking Dead” has been for AMC, although “Containment” isn’t a zombie outbreak series.

It’s based on the Belgian TV series titled “Cordon,” created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, which I won’t be surprised if Netflix picks up soon. The show was officially ordered as a series on May 7, 2015, and The CW has now slotted it for a Tuesday, April 19 (9-10 pm ET/PT) premiere, paired with The CW’s number one series, “The Flash,” which airs from 8-9pm ET/PT.

Gyasi is joined by Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Kristen Gutoskie, Frank George Young, Claudia Black and Trevor St. John.

The series is written by Julie Plec who also produces.

So we finally have a date to look forward to.

In the meantime, check out the most recent trailer below:

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