Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Review: Unmarked by Kami Garcia


Unmarked by Kami Garcia
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
ISBN: 978-0316210225
Source: Received ARC from Publisher
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The heart-pounding sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Unbreakable, by New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia.

He is here... and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free.

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?


I realize that ARCs are not the same as the finished copy of a book and that this review is being written quite some time after the release so this review is more of an overall view of the sequel to Unbreakable which I really enjoyed...so I am very happy to say that I enjoyed this.

I still feel as though this read like a YA episode of Supernatural but I loved that it got deeper than the first book in the series. It dealt a lot with death in ways we may not have seen before including the death of trust and relationships. I loved the line, "Some bones should stay buried." So great. I love that the main characters' loyalties were tested like never before and I really enjoyed where Kennedy and Jared were left at the end of the book... in very troubling places is all I'll say.

Elle and learning more about Kennedy's parents was so much fun and so intriguing. Heartbreaking to see but the paths of her parents wasn't just hard, it was super dark. The secrets. The betrayal. I don't want to go into detail but I really did appreciate the character development here. I think the line Never underestimate what an animal will do to free itself from a cage really spoke to the heart of this sequel.

The action in this book was great. As was the attention to detail and giving us even more world building. I really liked the detail of things in museums being haunted. A small detail but very memorable. The pacing of this story was on point. I really like where this story started and where it ended and am anticipating the third book in the series whenever it releases as I believe the third book has been delayed. Regardless, looking forward to the conclusion because the story definitely is not set up to end where it did. :) Solid sequel! If you enjoyed Unbreakable, you will enjoy Unmarked! Don't wait so long to read the sequel like I did. You can zoom through this, easy! So get to it! :)

Unmarked by Kami Garcia is available today.

Friday, May 22, 2015

My Summer '15 TV Watch List


Returning Dramas
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, Friday, June 12)
Under the Dome (CBS, Thursday, June 25 9pm)
Graceland (USA, Thursday, June 25 10pm)
Falling Skies The Final Season (TNT, Sunday, June 28 10pm)
Extant (CBS, Wednesday, July 1 10pm)
The Strain (FX, Sunday July 12 10pm)
Chasing Life (ABC Family, Monday, August 17 9pm)
Switched at Birth (ABC Family, Monday, August 24 8pm)

I am SUPER excited about Graceland omg I LOVE this show. You guys. Watch this show. Why aren't you watching it? It is SO good!!! And let's be real for a second, if you're complaining about not enough diverse shows being on TV but you're not watching this show... get yo life together!

If you've been following me on Twitter for awhile, you know how obsessed I am with Under the Dome every summer and by obsessed I mean even I don't understand why I am always so ridiculously excited about this show. The show is great and I knew it would be, I just didn't expect to be itching to watch it every week like I do. I think about this show every single day of the week when it's on in the summer. Theorizing. Analyzing. This show is addicting in a way that freaks me out a little. And if you think for one second that I'm going to encourage you not to watch just in case you become an addict like me, you are mistaken. Watch this show!

I am super excited for Orange is the New Black! It is the Netflix show for me. I'm also very excited to see how the final season of Falling Skies concludes. I have a love hate relationship with this show as you may remember, I did stop watching for a few weeks this past season (which I also did in season 3) but of course I'll be catching up on season 4 right before the final season. I just can't help myself! I'm super pumped for Extant, highly anticipating the new direction for season two. Stay tuned for my continued recaps of Switched at Birth over on OMFGTV. And finally, I'm behind on The Strain and Chasing Life but maybe I'll be all caught up in time for the season premieres? Only time will tell!


Stitchers Photo Credit: ABC Family

New Dramas
AQUARIUS (NBC, Thursday, May 28 9pm)
THE WHISPERS (ABC, Monday, June 1 10pm)
UNREAL (Lifetime, Monday, June 1 10pm)
STITCHERS (ABC Family, Tuesday, June 2 9pm)
SENSE8 (Netflix, Premieres Friday, June 5)
DARK MATTER (Syfy, Friday, June 12 10pm)
COMPLICATIONS (USA, Thursday, June 18 9pm)
KILLJOYS (Syfy, Friday, June 19 9pm)
MR. ROBOT (USA, Wednesday, June 24 10pm)
HUMANS (AMC, Sunday, June 28 9pm)

If you end up liking Aquarius, you can watch the entire 13 episode season online for four weeks beginning May 29th so you won't have to wait for it to air on TV each week which is pretty awesome. As for Unreal... I think it's safe to say that I'll follow Shiri Appleby wherever she goes. Stitchers seems cool but I'm even more excited because my Syfy heart skipped two beats when I found out that Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Allison Scagliotti are both on this show! Yes, please! I hadn't even heard of USA's Complications until this week but I am so on board for this! Now...

My 3 Most Anticipated New Dramas Are...


MR. ROBOT
This award winning techno thriller follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. When the mysterious leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect, he must make the decision of a lifetime. MR. ROBOT also stars Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallström (“Simple Simon”).



HUMANS
A bold new eight-part drama series from AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos, is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. Written by British writing partnership Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), HUMANS is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans. HUMANS stars William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, and Gemma Chan.



DARK MATTER
The crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.


New Comedy
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix, Wednesday, July 31)

No, I haven't seen the movie, Wet Hot American Summer so I need to watch that soon. All I know is Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, and Bradley Cooper are involved and that's enough for me.


Returning Comedy
Playing House (USA, Tuesday, August 4 10pm)

This is truly one of the most enjoyable, charming, laugh out loud funny shows you're not watching. I'm so glad that I started watching last summer. What a treat this show is. I am so excited that it was renewed because it's a gem.


Returning Reality
Extreme Weight Loss (ABC, Tuesday, May 26 9pm)
Big Brother (CBS, Wednesday, June 24)
Hollywood Game Night (NBC, Tuesday, July 7 10pm)
Candidly Nicole (VH1, Wednesday, July 22 11pm)
Face Off (Syfy, Tuesday, July 28 9pm)
Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles (Bravo)

You already know that my most anticipated reality return is Big Brother. That is not even a question. Are you new to the blog? Hi, I'm Melody and I'm a Big Brother addict. I can't even rank the rest because I enjoy them all equally and just love knowing that these will all be on the air very shortly! It's not Summer without these shows! Stay tuned for my usual recaps/reviews of Face Off!

New Reality
BECOMING US (ABC Family, Monday, June 8 9pm)
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (ABC, Sunday, June 21)
MONICA THE MEDIUM (ABC Family, Monday, July 13 10pm)
GEEKS WHO DRINK (Syfy, Thursday, July 16 11pm)
HOME FREE (Fox, Wednesday, July 22 9pm)

I'm looking forward to learning more through Becoming Us about the journey a family goes through, particularly a young daughter and son when their parents are transgender. I'm not going to lie, I'm super nervous about Geeks Who Drink because shows with this format on Syfy usually don't last long but we'll see! Also, no, I totally won't be watching Celebrity Family Feud every week. I'll be DVRing the episodes that interest me and will watch when I get to them. This is totally not must see TV but at least worth a mention. And finally, I'm definitely checking out Monica the Medium because plainly put, it's my kind of show and looking forward to checking out Home Free because it's about dream homes and...yes.

Returning Variety
Hit Record on TV (Pivot, Friday, June 12 10pm)

I don't have Pivot TV but for those who do, be sure to check this out, especially if you consider yourself to be a creator (writer, artist, etc...).


Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FOX

Currently Airing
YOUNGER (TV LAND, Tuesdays at 10pm)
Troy: Street Magic (Syfy, Tuesdays at 10pm)
Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC, Wednesdays at 10pm)
WAYWARD PINES (Fox, Thursdays at 9pm)
Lost Girl The Final Season (Syfy, Thursdays at 10pm)
THE MESSENGERS The First & Final Season (The CW, Fridays at 9pm)

Some of these shows may end before Summer officially begins (June 21st) but they're still on the Summer TV schedule (which begins every May as Fall & midseason shows come to an end) so I thought I'd mention these as well! If you're bookish, watch Younger and/or watch Wayward Pines after reading the book! If you like magic, watch Troy: Street Magic!

Return Date TBD
Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off (Food Network)
Continuum The Final Season (Syfy)
Heroes of Cosplay (Syfy)

There's no premiere date set for any of the above. The first season of Rachael and Guy premiered in September while the second season premiered in August so I don't know if the upcoming season will premiere in the Summer or Fall. Continuum usually airs in the Summer but no premiere date has been set for the final season so I'm not exactly sure what's happening with this. Heroes of Cosplay has had pretty much zero promotion until like a week or two before the series returns each summer so I'm hoping that it does indeed return and it returns soon.


TV Movies
Sharknado 3 (Syfy, July 22 9pm)

I am so excited to kick back and watch basically every Syfy original movie there is this summer as I've done every Summer since forever. I grew up on Syfy and take great pleasure in marathoning their original movies. B movies are the absolute best. I cannot wait. You sit back and enjoy Sharknado but I challenge you to watch at least 3 more original Syfy movies, whether they are new or old. Enjoy!


Award Shows
8pm 69th Annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 7, 2015 on CBS
9pm The 74th Annual Peabody Awards Sunday, June 21, 2015 on Pivot

The Tonys = the absolute best awards show of the summer. Need I say more? As for the Peabody Awards, I don't have Pivot TV so I'm sad to be missing that but hope if you get the chance to watch, you enjoy! And yes, the Teen Choice Awards airs this Summer but I don't know if I will be watching so I left it off this list. I have been disinterested in recent years though I really do appreciate this awards show so I'll probably have it on as background noise if I'm not busy.

What are you excited to watch this Summer?

TV Talk: Week in Review '14 - '15 #35

Reviews for Spring TV Shows Which Aired
May 17 - May 23, 2015


* New series in CAPS
* Reviews May Contain Spoilers

Notes:

Since I only watch the episodes that I'm interested in and don't watch in a timely manner, I will not be reviewing Celebrity Wife Swap. Also, I will not be reviewing Troy: Street Magic (Syfy) so as not to be redundant as every episode is just as magical and fascinating as the last so...be sure to watch/DVR and catch them all!

Also, there will be no TV Week in Review next week as I will be at Book Expo America.



Photo Credit: ABC

Modern Family (ABC) - Episode 6.24 "American Skyper" (Season Finale)
Once again, Modern Family used technology to base an entire episode around. This time, a sick Phil is away and skypes the family through a robot to celebrate Alex's graduation. Pretty awesome. I loved how everything played out in this episode and how the story lines intersected and streamlined when they didn't.

Cam had quite a secret he was hiding from Mitchell! But I love how Mitchell handled finding out and just love their relationship, all of the ups and downs, so this was all great. Meanwhile, Jay attempted to pull a secret out of Gloria, deception via Gloria's cousin staying in town for awhile. Assuming the worst, as per usual, that Jay. Ha. At least he is consistent. As is Gloria with her response. Go, Gloria.

Finally, there's Haley who is in love and if the scene with Phil, Haley, and Andy at the end wasn't one of the best scenes for a finale this TV season, I don't know what is. Awesome finale. What a fantastic ending! I am so, so, so excited to see how season seven, (ahhh seven!!!!!) begins, especially for Haley.


Photo Credit: ABC

Blackish (ABC) - Episode 1.24 "Pops' Pops' Pops" (Season Finale)
Pops tells the kids a story about their great great grandfather which brought upon a flashback episode with some interesting guest star choices (Diddy and Mary J Blige). Eh. Especially eh to Mary J singing her song and not a time appropriate song. I get it but that doesn't make it right. It totally didn't flow. Overall, I was actually confused with an episode like this being a finale and not, say, an episode during sweeps. One would think with these guest stars, a time like that would be more appropriate.

Also, while every episode of this show stands alone, this one felt like a disconnect from the flow of all of the rest so it seemed especially odd for an episode like this to close out the season. The change in tone was jarring to say the least and that's coming from someone who loves a well executed flashback, especially in an era I am fascinated by and it being an episode where the people of the past are played by the main cast that we know and love so we get to see them in different roles so close to them which is super exciting.

Still, this finale really didn't win me over. It just felt off and kind of like a cop out in regards to creating a finale with closure for a show that isn't serialized and yes, that is a great challenge to do but at least attempt to go after that challenge...and give us some form of closure for the season. I didn't leave this season on a high which is strange considering how much of a high I've been on all season long.

I loved the message of black families knowing and appreciating their history... maybe they could have ran with that for the season one finale a different way? Episodes like these usually don't come so soon in a show's run and maybe, just maybe, I don't feel like I as the viewer have earned this experience yet. It feels too soon. It feels like I need to have loved these characters for longer than one season to have me appreciate this episode way more than I do right now. Was this episode good? Yeah, they accomplished what they wanted to accomplish, I think. But the timing of the delivery of this episode just seemed off. It didn't work for me. What did you think?

Friday, May 15, 2015

TV Talk: Week in Review '14 - '15 #34

Reviews for Spring TV Shows Which Aired
May 10 - May 16, 2015


* New series in CAPS
* Reviews May Contain Spoilers

Note: Due to time constraints, I will not be reviewing Wayward Pines.


Photo Credit: ABC

Once Upon A Time (ABC)
Episode 4.22 "Operation Mongoose" (Season Finale)

Wow, what a finale!! This show sure knows how to ace their finales. Watching Henry face off against the author who banished everyone in Storybrooke to the Enchanted Forest was so exciting! And that was just the beginning. We got to see Henry in the Forest, reacting to all of the people he knows and loves as different versions of themselves. I mean... I know this isn't Fringe but can we call this alt-universe the green universe? Or the red? Anyway, I loved Regina. I loved that she said, "Kid" a lot when we all know who said that a lot in the Pilot. Nice contrast for many reasons with the season one throwbacks.

And Snow White as evil?! That was awesome. Overall, this was a great two hour finale that definitely delivered. I'm not going to lie though, I'm a bit bummed about Emma's predicament. I hope this conflict is really inventive and not the same old, same old. I really hope season five (ah I can't believe we're already gearing up for season five!) is the best season yet and out of this world amazing. Only time will tell!

Castle (ABC) - Episode 7.23 "Hollander's Woods" (Season Finale)
Well, this was slightly more interesting than last week's episode which is good since it was the finale but it was by no means an exciting finale nor will it ever be in the running for one of the best (or memorable) finales the show has had. That said, it was awesome to see Lance Reddick (Fringe) guest star in this episode. How about that proposal for Beckett running for State Senate? How about Castle's journey in this episode? I'm glad this episode wasn't so much of the traditional pattern of the show in regards to a case but I was still a bit bored which is disappointing for a finale. Looking forward to seeing what's in store for next season though as I've said before, I won't be reviewing it next season. It's just not engrossing enough and doesn't leave me excited to talk about it afterwards. So... weak finale but I appreciate the hint of the direction the show is going for next season.

Arrow (THE CW)
Episode 3.23 "My Name Is Oliver Queen" (Season Finale)

That was the season finale?! What was that?! Ugh. No words. Ugh.


Photo Credit: ABC

The Middle (ABC) - Episode 6.24 "The Graduate" (Season Finale)
Oh my goodness, what a fantastic finale! The year of Sue came to an end in such a marvelous way! My eyes watered for Sue as it looked like, as usual, the odds were against her but then THEN the yearbook scene. Oh!!! The writers really made it worth it, all of those down times Sue had led to that moment and it was beautiful. I loved it. I loved the Sue montage! I remembered most of the episodes that were shown in the montage so that was fun. I loved that Axl was so worried about his girlfriend while she was away. I loved that Brick had the opportunity to skip a grade even though he didn't. His smarts were acknowledged in a way they haven't before and that was great to see. This was a wonderful finale! One of my favorites this TV season.

Modern Family (ABC) - Episode 6.23 "Crying Out Loud"
Gloria interfering with Manny's love life never gets old. Claire's professional life with dad always brings in the laughs. And Alex bonding with Haley...Phil watching it all go down? Yes, please! More of that next season. Great episode. Not necessarily entirely memorable overall but still, solid episode!

Blackish (ABC) - Episode 1.23 "Elephant in the Room"
What's better than watching Blackish and laughing out loud? Doing it with your family. I got to watch this week's episode with my sister, who doesn't watch a lot of TV and she laughed out loud just as much as I did. This was a great episode, another winner in the books. Looking forward to the finale next week but oh man am I going to miss this show when it goes on hiatus. So good!

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Episode 11.24 "You're My Home " (Season Finale)

We feel the effects of the year long time jump in this episode especially as April was faced with going overseas again or staying and mending her marriage with Jackson which she just now realizes has had a great strain on it. I think that was the biggest thing for me. I loved seeing Meredith and her sisters in the final scene. That was beautiful. I did think that ending with a dance sequence was a classic season finale move. Cop out? I don't know. It has been awhile since we got a happy finale. But still, I can't help but feel a bit cheated. But I trust the writers so I am excited to see what's in store for next season! What do you think?


Photo Credit: Annette Brown/ The CW

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
Episode 6.22 "I'm Thinking of You All the While" (Season Finale)

We said goodbye to quite a few characters in the finale, most importantly Michael Trevino and one of our three main leads, Nina Dobrev. What great sendoffs. What a great finale. Easily the saddest one. Mystic Falls won't be the same without them. I am super intrigued by the final scene of the finale and looking forward to see how everyone is dealing with the loss of Elena in season seven. Another great finale from the writers of TVD! Can't wait for another amazing season.

Scandal (ABC)
Episode 4.22 "You Can't Take Command" (Season Finale)

Oh wow! Rowan blackmailing Mellie? Olivia rallying the troops for real, for real to go against her father, against B613 for realsies! Rowan using what he knew to be one step ahead of Olivia as per usual. Elizabeth North being the one who may have saved Olivia without Liv even realizing it by speaking up to the President about Mellie's meeting with Rowan. Wow wow wow wow wow. Huck working for Rowan because he felt he didn't have a choice?!

Fitz finding out about what Mellie did for Rowan? Fitz has been looking for a reason to throw Mellie out since season one ha ha but at least this is a legit reason. Fitz then firing Cyrus?! Ahh! Oh my goodness. I'm going to miss him. But Liz taking his position...Yay!! We get more Portia de Rossi next season! I am SO excited for that! Jake letting Olivia go because he knows she loves Fitz...wow. Liv going back to Fitz, not fighting it any longer... Eeeee! So much happened in this episode! There's so much that can and will happen next season omg the possibilities. Wow. Another stellar finale from the writers of Scandal!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The CW 2015-2016 Programming Schedule & My Thoughts

Upfronts Week ends today with The CW. Be sure to check out my thoughts on Fox, NBC, ABC, and CBS. Okay, here's what's next for The CW!

Thoughts On Cancelled Series:
I was fully prepared for the cancellation of Hart of Dixie, as were the cast and crew who gave us a series finale way before The CW officially cancelled the show, so I'm good when it comes to closure. Of course I would have loved to have seen more but I'm so grateful with what we did get! As for The Messengers, it was a solid premiere but it could have been a lot better and even though the show progressively got better (as most CW shows do), it was too little too late. Also, if I may say so myself, I loved the subject matter and how they made it their own (because they were respectful and thoughtful about it) but I don't think there were enough viewers ready for a show like this. That's just my personal view though. Anyway, I'm glad at least the rest of the season is airing and it's not being immediately yanked from the schedule.

Thoughts On New Series:
The concept for CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is a definite pass for me but it's a musical? So. I have to tune in. At this point, I don't see myself being a permanent viewer but you never know, it could turn into a pleasant surprise in a show that I come to watch every single week. I do love dramedies. And like I said. Musical. So. Only time will tell. CONTAINMENT looks good and I will definitely watch. I just hope there are some good twists and revelations because, you know, seen it all before...so.... as for DC's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW looks alright. I'm not as excited as I was before I saw the first look. I hope it doesn't rely too much on special effects and if it does, it gets a bigger budget because some of the things I saw in the first look I wasn't impressed by. What do you think?

Now for the Fall 2015 Schedule...
New series are in CAPS.

Monday
8-9pm CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
9-10pm Jane the Virgin

Tuesday
8-9pm The Flash
9-10pm iZombie

Wednesday
8-9pm Arrow
9-10pm Supernatural

Thursday
8-9pm The Vampire Diaries
9-10pm The Originals

Friday
8-9pm Reign
9-10pm America’s Next Top Model

Returning: The 100 (Midseason), Arrow, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, The Originals, Reign, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, America’s Next Top Model, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

New Dramas: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

Midseason: DC's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, CONTAINMENT

NEW DRAMAS


CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND: Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: suburban West Covina, Calif. (it’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic). From CBS Television Studios, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND stars Rachel Bloom (“Robot Chicken”), who also serves as executive producer along with Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”); and Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” films).


DC's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13″) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).


CONTAINMENT: 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”).