Containment premieres midseason on The CW, but how many episodes and seasons will it have?
The CW has ordered a 13-episode first season of the outbreak thriller, but showrunner Julie Plec has hinted at the possibility of slightly longer seasons moving forward.
Speaking to THR, Plec confirmed the possibility of Containment Season 2 and beyond, and suggested that, ideally, each season would feature 16 episodes split into two arcs:
I see it running as long as it can sustain itself. I can see it taking on various forms over [the show’s length]. I don’t think it has to remain contained to that containment. The 100-episode marker is such an enigma these days, because it doesn’t really matter any more. I know it matters to a lot of people on the money side. It matters less to the people on the network side. It’s whoever is bossiest about the number of episodes they want made. 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.
Elaborating on the format of the show:
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. The difference is not waiting a year and a half between eight episodes like cable does, and get them all done in the same year. 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.