Yesterday’s first trailer must have been more of a teaser, because this second trailer is twice the length, giving us a lot more to look at and work with.
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 this season 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 first 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, but with substance, and is fun and engaging entertainment. And I don’t feel insulted by the writing. I did start to watch "The 100," also a new series, and, again, also because black actors like Isaiah Washington, were cast in key roles as well. But I just didn’t stick with it; I probably watched the first 3 episodes, and moved on. But it’s one that I actually plan to binge-watch eventually. 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 earlier this year, in the "Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy" category; she’s also nominated for a Critics Choice Award).
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’ll now add this to the list of programs on the network that I will definitely check out when it debuts next TV season; from the new 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.
It’s one of a handful of new series set to debut next TV season, and is based on the Belgian TV series of the same name, which I won’t be surprised if Netflix picks up ahead of the American adaptation’s premiere. The show was officially ordered as a series on May 7, 2015, and has been slotted for a January 2016 mid-season premiere.
Gyasi is joined by
Kristen Gutoskie, Frank
Claudia Black and Trevor St. John.
The series is written by Julie Plec who also produces.
The CW has released a second trailer which, as noted, is twice as long as the first: