Containment, a new limited drama series, will join returning shows Reign and The Flash for The CW’s midseason and could give the network’s rating a good shot in the arm. Produced by Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Matt Corman (Covert Affairs), Chris Ord (Covert Affairs), and David Nutter (The Flash, Arrow), the virus-themed show is based on a Belgian series of the same name.
Containment is being paired with the network’s No. 1 series, The Flash, and will follow the hit series beginning on Tuesday, April 19. The series stars David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black, George Young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, and Trevor St. John, who are all trying to survive a deadly outbreak in Atlanta, Georgia. As the name suggests, many people are held in “containment” to keep the mysterious virus from spreading and causing any more havoc.
In some ways, Containment is about two worlds. Those in the inside who are infected with the deadly virus and local and federal officials on the outside trying to contain it. But overall, the 13-week series is more than the virus itself. It is about relationships.
“I’m very excited because every character is so complex and all of the pairings and the loves and relationships are so beautiful,” says actress Kristine Gutoskie. “It has such a warm undertone in this critical time, so I love the justification of that.”
Also speaking out for Containment, co-star Claudia Black agrees.
“I think what is interesting is what is achieved in a short space of time in the pilot that we really invest in these relationships that are established and then thy all get torn apart and we are desperately fighting for all of them to find their way back home. It’s amazing to see these relationships form and I’m very curious to see where it all goes.”
After a mysterious virus is discovered, Atlanta’s police department is quick to respond to contain it. Police officer Lex Carnahan (David Gyasi) finds it doubly hard to keep the peace on the outside knowing that his girlfriend, Jana (Christina Marie Moses), and fellow officer Jake (Chris Wood) are stuck in the sequestered area.
Dr. Sabine Lommers (Black) is relying on Lex to keep people on the outside of the hospital calm, but that is no easy task, as the public, already uneasy with the latest events, are being fed new information from Leo (Trevor St. John) a local journalist. Seems that he has discovered a conspiracy that doesn’t match the official story being told to the public.
Trapped inside the quarantined area is elementary teacher Katie (Gutoskie), who is simply a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was supposed to take her class on a tour of the local hospital, but quickly finds herself, and her whole class, locked up. At least she has her son with her.
Also stuck inside is Teresa (Hanna Mangan Lawrence), who is 17-years-old and eight months pregnant, and Dr. Victor Cannerts (George Young), who is not only the one called for the quarantine but is also desperately trying to find a cure.
In the coming weeks of Containment, those characters in the quarantined area will learn how to build a whole new community as their world on the outside falls apart. The show’s creators stress that there is hope in the series and that unlikely heroes will rise to the top.
To get an even better idea of what this series will be like the tone that it takes, watch this video.
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