Tonight is The CW’s midseason premiere of a series I’ve been anticipating – “Containment.”
Suffice it to say that, unless I’ve just not been paying close enough attention, The CW (a network that I’ve never paid much attention to because I’m not in their target demo) has maybe turned over a new leaf, stepping up its programming offerings (and casting more diversely).
“Containment” debuts tonight, 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.
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’ll find out tonight just how good it is!
The CW has released some new media, including a character interview with Gyasi, as well as a new trailer for the series. Watch them both below: