Even before The CW’s Containment could find its own niche in the post-apocalyptic world, it has already been canceled. With the first season not even halfway through, The CW has already decided to cancel the show in favor of three fresh new shows.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The CW has pulled the pin on Containment as well as one other of their shows, Beauty and the Beast. The remaining current lineup for the The CW Network will stay, however.
As Carter Matt points out, it seemed like Containment was doomed from the very start. Considering the show pulls the same rating number as iZombie, and a better rating than the likes of The Originals, The 100, Jane the Virgin, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend it makes more sense to keep this show and cancel another that is not rating as well.
However, Carter Matt also points out that perhaps Containment only does as well as it does because it falls behind CW’s biggest draw, The Flash. Or, could it just be a matter of The CW having too few slots in their schedule for Containment meaning it had to be canceled in order for something else to survive? But, even with the announcement of its canceled shows, the The CW Network also issued the go-ahead for three new shows; Riverdale, a new series based on the ever popular Archie comics, a reboot of the Frequency movie, and the hourlong comedic drama, No Tomorrow.
Fans of Containment took to Twitter as soon as they heard the show had been canceled to voice their displeasure.
— ❤️ (@controlfreak202) May 13, 2016
CW canceled Containment! NOOO!!! </3 pic.twitter.com/UJC1arxxUy
— Nat ▼ (@xNat_Salvatore) May 12, 2016
Also, to clarify, while Containment has been canceled, Season 1 will still continue to air. Entertainment Weekly also points out the fact that Containment was “sometimes billed as a limited series,” but with a format that could easily be expanded upon if the show was a huge hit. While this is not a great comfort to the fans who are already invested in the series after only four episodes, at least that might mean that the series will not end on a cliffhanger, rather it will — hopefully — tie things up nicely and leave the show as a standalone series not unlike like Fox’s Wayward Pines. And if this isn’t the case, fans will just have to put up with the frustration, such as fans of other canceled shows such as Finding Carter, The Tomorrow People, and Secret Circle did.
The official synopsis for Containment is as follows — in case you haven’t seen the show yet and want to get addicted even though you know it is already canceled.
“When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure.”
Containment stars David Gyasi (Interstellar); Christina Moses (Starship: Apocalypse, Starship: Rising); Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries); Kristen Gutoskie (Beaver Falls); Claudia Black (The Originals, Farscape); George Young (Casualty); Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Spartacus: War of the Damned); and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live). Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Containment is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) and David Nutter (The Flash, Arrow).
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Containment currently airs every Tuesday night on the The CW Network at 9 p.m. ET. Episode 5 (entitled “Like a Sheep Among”) will air on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
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