The CW Cancels 'Containment' After 4 Episodes
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The CW Cancels 'Containment' After 4 Episodes


It’s that time of the year, so expect more posts announcing TV series orders/pick-ups, renewals, cancellations, etc.

This is the 5th one I’ve published today.

“Containment,” a new CW series I’ve actually been watching (a rare occurrence for me, because I don’t watch much on The CW, because I’m just not in the core audience) has been cancelled unfortunately, after just 4 episodes.

I recall when the network ordered it to series, saying that I was a bit surprised because it seemed unlike anything The CW had in its lineup, and I wondered if their target demo would tune in.

It looks like maybe they didn’t – at least, not quite as well as they do for other CW series, like “The Flash” and “Arrow,” which are 2 of the network’s best performing series. To compare, “The Flash” is averaging around 3.5 million viewers per episode, while “Containment,” over its first 4 episodes, has averaged about 1.5 million viewers. Typically, when a series premieres, its first few episodes tend to be its strongest in terms of ratings, which then gradually decline as the season progresses, before finding and settling into some comfort zone, where it’ll remain for some time. So chances are that “Containment” had more downside from here, than up.

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 with a black male lead, I should add.

And I’m sure The CW chiefs have watched 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 it’s goodbye to “Containment.”

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