Julie Plec, the executive producer behind “The Vampire Diaries” and “Originals,” is spilling some new details about her upcoming CW show “Containment.” As previously reported, the drama will center around an Atlanta town plagued with a highly contagious and deadly virus. After doctors fail to identify the illness, a section of the town is quarantined off from the rest of the world.
The premiere episode of “Containment” will begin with a flash forward and slowly work its way back to the beginning of the outbreak. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Plec revealed that it’s going to take the first nine episodes to catch up to the show’s pilot, and the remaining four episodes will deal with “the fallout of that horrific event, and where everybody lands.”
The executive producer also noted she likes that “Containment” will have fewer episodes, only 13, versus her other shows like “The Vampire Diaries,” which had 22 episodes for its sixth season. While fans of the new show may be worried 13 episodes isn’t nearly enough time to tackle everything about the deadly virus, Plec is confident she’ll be able to pull it off.
“I haven't done in years a limited order show. It is so much fun. It is a dream come true. So I'd be happy to keep doing it on the small side for a while,” said Plec. “Truth be told, I'd probably do two little eight-episode chapters of 16 [hours per season]. I do think you can handle a 16-episode season very easily if you can break them into two pieces, like they do on 'The Walking Dead’ or 'Breaking Bad.' But who knows? I'm open to anything as long as I have time and the desire to do it. Right now that show is really exciting to me. ”
“Containment” stars Claudia Black, Elyse Levesque, David Gyasi, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, and “The Vampire Diaries” star Chris Wood as officer Jake. The show is expected to premiere at midseason. Check out the trailer for "Containment" below.