The CW’s New Series ‘Containment’ is Infectious

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Imagine your life turned upside down because of a viral outbreak that the government can’t seem to control. That’s the premise of the CW’s newest viral thriller Containment.

What started with one sick patient quickly turned into quarantined zones with families separated and the race to find a cure within a matter of days. I’m not sure how much fans will follow a show about a viral outbreak without zombies, but I’m definitely tuning in to see what happens next.

The series hails from Julie Plec, executive producer of both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals which just happened to star the one and only Christopher Wood as the infamous villain Kai, who plays Officer Jake in her newest series.

You also might recognize Police Officer Lex Carnahan who’s played by David Gyasi, you know, Romilly from Interstellar. 

Containment premieres Tuesday, April 19 at 9/8c on the CW.

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. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD.  But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area.  Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17 year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus.  On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon – which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. 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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Cheers to Esquire’s New Series ‘Uncorked’

From Esquire Network's new original series, UNCORKED, Sommelier Jane Lopes smells a pour.

Do you love TV? Do you like wine? If you said yes to both, then I have the show for you! Well, Esquire does, but you get the drift.

Based on the documentary Somm, Esquire’s new original series Uncorked follows six aspiring master sommeliers from New York, as they prepare for the Court of Masters Sommelier exam. Master Sommelier is more than just a title; it’s a badge of honor, and to earn it you need to be a wine expert in mind, body, and spirit – an achievement measured by passing one of the world’s most difficult exams. They’ll work hard, and drink a lot of wine (sign me up!) as they compete in a series of preliminary competitions, leading up to the big exam.  If they pass, they’ll be let into a club with just over 200 members worldwide, and granted access to the most desirable jobs in the entire food and wine industry. Fail, and it’s back to the charcuterie board.

“Wine is loved by people all over the world, but only a handful can say they’ve actually “mastered” it,” said Matt Hanna, head of original programming, Esquire Network.  “We’re excited to take viewers inside this highly-competitive world and showcase the stories of these young wine experts as they sacrifice everything to tackle a test that has defeated thousands of candidates since it started 40 years ago.”

Personally, I’m not a big reality show fan, but this show is legit my jam. All my favorite things wrapped up in one. Plus, I get to drink wine while watching sommeliers drink wine!

Uncorked premieres Tuesday, November 10 at 10/9c on Esquire.

Premiere Episode Description: The Master Sommelier Exam is only three months away, so the somms start sharpening their skills and immersing themselves in wine knowledge – in the hope that they can defy the odds and pass the grueling Master Sommelier Exam. Their abilities  are all put to the test at New York’s Eleven Madison Park; and it’s abundantly clear that everyone has a lot of work to do if they’re going to do well during the actual test.

The series is produced by Left/Right with Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman serving as Executive Producers. The directors of the documentary “Somm,” Jason Wise, and Christina Wise, and Peter Goldwyn also serve as Executive Producers.

What I’m Drinking: Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Grüner Veltliner, especially the 2013 NikolaihofHefeabzugGrüner Veltliner. 


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‘Flesh and Bone’ Series Premiere Preview [Photos and Video]


Starz’s widely-anticipated limited series Flesh and Bone is a show filled with beautiful dance sequences as well as cringeworthy ones.

From Emmy award-winning Breaking Bad writer and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett, comes Starz’s intense new ballet drama, about a young woman named Claire, who has a dark past she’s desperately trying to run away from while dancing her way to the top. She also happens to come across some disturbing moments and people along the way.

The official synopsis: Flesh and Bone follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark, gritty, complex series unflinchingly explores New York City through the eyes of Claire, played by Sarah Hay (Black Swan), an emotionally wounded but transcendent ballerina navigating the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world. Claire’s self-destructive tendencies amid her vaulting ambitions driver her in compelling, unforeseeable ways, especially when she is confronted with the machinations of the company’s mercurial Artistic Director, played by Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and an unwelcome visitor from her past.

The series is not what you expect. It’s not all comedy and silly drama like Center Stage. The story starts off en pointe and ends with a dark cloud that follows Claire wherever she goes. There are twists and turns that you don’t see coming and the ones you do make you feel like you need a shower after. Don’t get me wrong, after the pilot I was left wanting more even though I knew what was around the corner.

For the first time, Starz is releasing all eight episodes at once starting a midnight on Sunday, November 8, for Starz subscribers on Starz PLAY and Starz On Demand.

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‘Secrets and Lies’ Preview: The Latest Whodunit from ABC

SECRETS AND LIES - ABC's "Secrets and Lies" stars Belle Shouse as Abby Crawford, Indiana Evans as Natalie Crawford, KaDee Strickland as Christy Crawford, Ryan Phillippe as Ben Crawford, Juliette Lewis as Detective Cornell, Natalie Martinez as Jess Murphy and Dan Fogler as Dave Lindsey. (ABC/Bob D'Amico)

SECRETS AND LIES – ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

Ryan Phillippe returns to the small screen in ABC’s new drama Secrets and Lies. Phillippe plays Ben Crawford, a seemingly all-around good guy and husband who stumbles upon the body of a young boy from the neighborhood while out on a run. Juliette Lewis plays Detective Andrea Cornell, the lead investigator, who pegs Ben as “a person of interest” from the very beginning. As the story unfolds we find ourselves trying to decide whether or not Ben had something to do with it. Is he guilty or not?

Secrets and Lies stars Ryan Phillippe (“Damages,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Flags of Our Fathers”) as Ben Crawford, Juliette Lewis (“August Osage County”) as Detective Cornell, KaDee Strickland (“Private Practice”) as Christy Crawford, Natalie Martinez (“Under the Dome,” “CSI: NY”) as Jess Murphy, Dan Fogler (“The Goldbergs,” “Hannibal”) as Dave Lindsey, Indiana Evans (“Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”) as Natalie Crawford and Belle Shouse as Abby Crawford.

Secrets and Lies premieres Sunday, March 1st with a two-hour special starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Did he or didn’t he?

The official synopsis for “The Trail” & “The Father”:

Ryan Phillippe portrays Ben Crawford, a handsome and decent family man, who will never be the same after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods. Even as Detective Andrea Cornell, played by Juliette Lewis, digs for the truth in her investigation and pegs Ben as a “person of interest,” the case unfolds from Ben’s unique perspective — whether he is guilty or not. In trying to clear his name, it is Ben who peels back the layers of these suburbanites’ lives in their quiet cul de sac, revealing their dirty little deceptions and all-too-crowded closets overflowing with skeletons in this 10-episode thrilling who-done-it.
In the first hour, in the pilot entitled “The Trail,” Ben is out for his usual morning jog when he comes upon the body of young Tom Murphy. After the news begins to spread throughout town, Detective Cornell, who’s been assigned to the case, pays Ben a visit for routine questioning. In the blink of an eye, Ben quickly turns from Good Samaritan to murder suspect. As the formidable detective searches for the facts, the media hone in on Ben and his family, and he struggles to escape from the pressure. From that point on, Ben’s life is turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence, on the two-hour premiere of “Secrets and Lies.”
In the second hour, in the episode entitled “The Father,” Ben decides to take matters into his own hands by investigating those that were closest to Tom after receiving shocking information about the case from Detective Cornell. Jess, Tom’s mother, propels Ben in the direction of her estranged husband, Scott, who she believes may be his killer. At home, Ben’s family continues to drift apart when he overhears his oldest daughter, Natalie, on a suspicious phone call. Later, the family attends Tom’s funeral where the media continues to harass Ben and he is the focus of excruciating attention by the community. When the Crawford family returns home, one of Ben’s dark secrets is revealed in stunning fashion.
Is Ben innocent or guilty? He is fighting to keep his marriage, kids, job and reputation, and he is barely clinging to his sanity. As the investigation progresses, the close knit community starts to come apart at the seams, unraveling until the jaw-dropping conclusion.
“Secrets and Lies” stars Ryan Phillippe as Ben Crawford, Juliette Lewis as Detective Cornell, KaDee Strickland as Christy Crawford, Natalie Martinez as Jess Murphy, Dan Fogler as Dave Lindsey, Indiana Evans as Natalie Crawford and Belle Shouse as Abby Crawford.
Guest stars in “The Trail” include Melissa Gilbert as Lisa Daly, GregAlan Williams as Kevin Williams, Denise Dowse as Elaine Williams, Kate Ashfield as Vanessa Richardson, Steven Brand as Dr. Joseph Richardson and Eric Lange as Danny Pierce.
Guest stars in “The Father” include Melissa Gilbert as Lisa Daly, GregAlan Williams as Kevin Williams, Denise Dowse as Elaine Williams, Kate Ashfield as Vanessa Richardson, Steven Brand as Dr. Joseph Richardson, Benjamin Ciaramello as Scott Murphy, Tad Cooley as Matt Daly, Eric Lange as Danny Pierce, Meaghan Rath as Nicole and Timothy Busfield as John Garner.

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