The CW has set its midseason schedule which will include the premiere of a series I’ve been anticipating, “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 more than I ever have before thanks to new series like “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,” another a new series on the network in its 2nd season, and, again, also, in part, because black actors like Isaiah Washington, are cast in key roles. 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,” which I hear is actually good.
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 I will definitely check out when it debuts on Tuesday, April 19 (9-10 pm ET/PT), just after The CW’s number one series, “The Flash,” which airs from 8-9pm ET/PT.
From all I’ve seen thus far, 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 male 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
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 – April 19.
CW has released a new trailer today. Watch it below: