The CW Moves The Originals, Renames Cordon to Containment, and Talks Constantine

Wrapping up its most watched season in seven years, The CW revealed its 2015-16 broadcast schedule today to advertisers, affiliates, and national media at the network’s Upfront presentation in New York City, and we have the highlights for the horror crowd here plus your first look at “Containment” (formerly “Cordon”).

The CW will launch its 2015-16 broadcast season in October with premiere dates to be announced later, but for now we know that “The Originals” will be leaving Monday nights, airing instead on Thursdays following “The Vampire Diaries.”  “iZombie” stays on Tuesdays, and “Supernatural” remains on Wednesdays with a potential spin-off still in play.  New series “Containment” (formerly known as “Cordon”) is being held for midseason, as is Season 3 of “The 100,” a show we gave up on early but seems to have really come into its own in later episodes.

As for those ongoing rumors that The CW might be interested in NBC’s just cancelled “Constantine,” per IGN, The CW’s President, Mark Pedowitz, said, “At the moment, it’s just a rumor.”  Damn!

Below are the synopses of what’s ahead in The CW’s various horror shows, but first check out the network’s sizzle reel:

Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 P.M. – “IZOMBIE”
Throughout the riveting first season of “iZombie,” television’s only zom-dram-rom-com, Liv Moore (Rose McIver) learned to embrace her undead life and use her zombie powers for good. As an intrepid, zombified medical examiner, Liv ate the brains of the morgue cadavers and, under the guise of being a psychic, used her visions to assist Detective Clive Babinaux (Malcolm Goodwin) in solving murder cases. While Liv’s boss and sole confidante, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli), worked on a cure for her unthinkable condition, Liv battled the evil, zombie-making, brain-dealing Blaine (David Anders) and struggled to protect her loved ones and all of Seattle from a potential zombie apocalypse. Standing directly and unwittingly in the path of the oncoming zombie train is Liv’s ex-fiance, Major Lilywhite (Robert Buckley), whose life spiraled out of control when he began investigating forces beyond his understanding. In our final episodes of the debut season, those closest to Liv are thrust into mortal danger, and Liv will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice to save them. There will be heartbreaking consequences, and as the dust settles, we’ll see that nothing in Liv’s partially dead life will ever be the same.

In Season Two, Liv will face new and even more powerful enemies and old enemies in surprising new forms.  Unlikely alliances will be struck, relationships will be challenged, and the line between good and evil will blur for both zombies and the fully living.

Based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, “iZombie” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 P.M. – “SUPERNATURAL”
The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester brothers continues as “Supernatural” enters its eleventh season.  Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat.  Over the years, after countless bloody adventures, they have faced everything from the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother to vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, angels, and fallen gods.  With the help of allies — both human and supernatural — they’ve discovered that every victory comes with a price. In the show’s tenth season, the Winchester brothers faced their most personal threat yet: The all-powerful Mark of Cain threatened to consume Dean, turning him into one of the monsters he has spent his life hunting. Meanwhile, a formidable witch, Rowena (Ruth Connell), rose to power to claim her position at the right hand of the King of Hell, Crowley (Mark Sheppard). Once Rowena revealed herself to be Crowley’s mother, the King was forced to choose between his family and the Winchesters. All while Sam, with the help of Castiel (Misha Collins), Crowley, and some unlikely allies, wages a desperate battle to save Dean from the Mark of Cain. Will Sam be able to find a cure for the Mark in time? Will it be enough to save his brother? And a more frightening prospect – does Dean want to be saved?

“Supernatural” is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Jeremy Carver (“Being Human”), Robert Singer (“Midnight Caller”), and Phil Sgriccia. Eric Kripke created the series and serves as executive consultant along with McG.

Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 P.M. – “THE VAMPIRE DIARIES”
Season Six of “The Vampire Diaries” began with our heroes mourning the devastating loss of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham), who turned out to be trapped in a 1994 prison world by a sociopathic magic-siphon named Kai Parker (guest star Chris Wood).  Unable to cope with the loss of her love, Elena (Nina Dobrev) compelled away all of her memories of loving Damon, which meant that when he finally returned to Mystic Falls, he had to win her over again.  Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice Accola) had to come to terms with her feelings for Stefan (Paul Wesley) in light of her mother’s heartbreaking battle with cancer.  That battle ultimately proved fatal, sending both Caroline and Stefan down a dangerous path as humanity-free vampires.  Bonnie returned from the prison world with a surprise for Damon, the cure for vampirism, which he ultimately chose to give to Elena.  Damon and Stefan came face-to-face with their mother, Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), whom they long since believed to be dead. As the season built to a wedding between Alaric (Matt Davis) and Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), Damon used the ceremony to profess his dedication to Elena, but not without a catastrophic event that left lives hanging in the balance. 

In the wake of Elena Gilbert’s goodbye, in Season Seven some characters will recover while others falter.  As Lily tries to drive a wedge between the Salvatore brothers, we’ll still hold onto hope that Stefan and Caroline’s love story is strong enough to survive. 

Based on the series of books by L. J. Smith, “The Vampire Diaries” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios.  The series was developed by Kevin Williamson (“The Following,” Scream) and Julie Plec (“The Originals,” “Kyle XY,” “Wasteland”), who serve as executive producers along with Leslie Morgenstein (“Gossip Girl,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Caroline Dries (“Melrose Place,” “Smallville”).

Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 P.M. –  “THE ORIGINALS”
The Mikaelson family tragedies and triumphs continue as “The Originals” enters its third season. The Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) have spent one thousand years fighting to protect their dysfunctional family, but now that Klaus and the hybrid Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) share an infant daughter, Hope, the stakes are higher than ever.  In the second season, Klaus and Elijah united against their resurrected mother, Esther, who tortured them with demons from their pasts in an effort to persuade them to surrender their vampire bodies and become mortal.  Esther, however, was only the harbinger, as Klaus learned that a long-standing curse had marked Hope for a life of isolation and terror at the hands of Esther’s sister, the witch Dahlia, whose defeat came at great cost to the family. 

Season Three finds Klaus and Elijah estranged from each other, even as both brothers adjust to life with their long-lost sister Freya (Riley Voelkel).  Hayley suffers mightily at the hands of Klaus’s petty vengeance, while Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Davina (Danielle Campbell) rule the city under a new status quo.  Meanwhile, Cami (Leah Pipes) and Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) find themselves caught up in a surprising mystery involving the newest resident of New Orleans — the first vampire ever sired by the Mikaelsons a thousand years ago.

“The Originals” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios.  Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Kyle XY,” “Wasteland”), Michael Narducci (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The 4400,” “Medium”), Diane Ademu-John (“Body of Proof,” “Medium”), and Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl”) are executive producers.

“CONTAINMENT” – Midseason
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 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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“THE 100” – Midseason
For two seasons, the refugees of “The 100” sent to Earth have been at war. First with themselves, then with the Grounders, and finally with Mount Weather. Many have lost their lives along the way. All have lost their innocence. They have learned the hard way that in the fight for survival, there are no heroes and no villains. There is only the living and the dead. But now the war is over. The battle against Mount Weather has been won. The prisoners have returned home to a world seemingly at peace, but can they find peace within themselves after what they had to do to escape? And is there more to life than just surviving? Unfortunately, their newfound sense of normalcy will be short-lived, and their lives will be changed forever, as threats both old and new test their loyalties, push them past their limits, and make them question what it truly means to be human. First, they fought to survive. Then, they fought for their friends. Now, they will fight for the human race.

Based on the book series by Kass Morgan, “The 100” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Jason Rothenberg and Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries”).

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