Atlanta-based pickups: the CW's 'Containment' and NBC's 'Game of Silence'

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, May 10, 2015

Atlanta may have lost three broadcast shows (Fox's "The Red Band Society," ABC's "Resurrection" and NBC's "Constantine") but three more are coming along. As previously announced, ABC is picking up "Quantico" about young FBI recruits. The pilot was shot here. I have not heard anything that would indicate ABC would not continue to shoot here.

Now two more have also been greenlit for the 2015-16 season: another virus outbreak happens on the CW show "Containment" and a dark drama on NBC's "Game of Silence." Both had pilots shot here and I have heard both will shoot their entire seasons here as well.

Both shows are set for a mid-season debut. "Containment" was originally named "Cordon."

Here are the official descriptions for each show:

"Cordon"

The series 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 tells the story of loved ones tragically torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes.

My comment: This sounds like a very "Walking Dead" type set up minus the zombies and focuses on the very early days of an epidemic. I'm intrigued. This may come down to execution.

"Game of Silence"

David Lyons (Revolution," "E.R.") plays a successful Atlanta attorney whose life changes when long-long childhood friends reappear for the opportunity to right some wrongs from their youth. When a dark secret they thought they had buried resurfaces, the brotherhood bands together to right the wrongs of their shared past — a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and quench their thirst for revenge.

My comment: It sounds like an effort by NBC to do something more cable-like with an edge. It could be along shot for success on a network like NBC with more conventional shows such as "Mysteries of Laura," "The Night Shift" and "Chicago Fire."

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