The Hot Zone (miniseries)
|The Hot Zone|
|Created by||James V. Hart|
|Based on||The Hot Zone|
by Richard Preston
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Original network||National Geographic|
|Original release||May 27 –|
May 29, 2019
The Hot Zone is an American drama television miniseries, based on the 1994 non-fiction book of the same name by Richard Preston. Six episodes aired from May 27 to May 29, 2019, on National Geographic.
Cast and characters
- Julianna Margulies as Dr. Nancy Jaax
- Noah Emmerich as Lt. Col. Jerry Jaax
- Liam Cunningham as Wade Carter
- Topher Grace as Dr. Peter Jahrling
- James D'Arcy as Trevor Rhodes
- Paul James as Ben Gellis
- Nick Searcy as Frank Mays
- Robert Wisdom as Col. Vernon Tucker
- Robert Sean Leonard as Walter Humboldt
- Grace Gummer as Melinda Rhodes
- Lenny Platt as Sgt. Kyle Ormond
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Arrival"||Michael Uppendahl||Story by : James V. Hart |
Teleplay by : James V. Hart & Jeff Vintar & Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
|May 27, 2019||1WBC01||1.38|
|2||"Cell H"||Michael Uppendahl||Story by : James V. Hart |
Teleplay by : Brian Peterson & Jeff Vintar & James V. Hart
|May 27, 2019||1WBC02||1.26|
|3||"Charlie Foxtrot"||Nick Murphy||Story by : James V. Hart |
Teleplay by : James V. Hart & Kelly Souders
|May 28, 2019||1WBC03||1.10|
|4||"Expendable"||Nick Murphy||Brian Peterson & James V. Hart||May 28, 2019||1WBC04||1.00|
|5||"Quarantine"||Nick Murphy||Story by : James V. Hart |
Teleplay by : Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson & James V. Hart
|May 29, 2019||1WBC05||1.01|
|6||"Hidden"||Michael Uppendahl||Story by : Kelly Souders & Jeff Vintar & James V. Hart |
Teleplay by : Kelly Souders & Jeff Vintar
|May 29, 2019||1WBC06||0.94|
On April 18, 2018, it was announced that National Geographic had given a series order to the production. Executive producers were set to include Lynda Obst, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, Jeff Vintar, and Ridley Scott. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Fox 21 Television Studios, Scott Free Productions, and Lynda Obst Productions. On August 9, 2018, it was announced that Kelly Souders and Brian Wayne Peterson were joining the series as showrunners, executive producers, and writers. On February 8, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on May 27, 2019.
On July 25, 2018, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour that Julianna Margulies had been cast in the series' lead role. On September 13, 2018, it was reported that Noah Emmerich, Liam Cunningham, Topher Grace, Paul James, Nick Searcy, Robert Wisdom, and Robert Sean Leonard had joined the cast in starring roles and that James D'Arcy would make a guest starring appearance. On December 6, 2018, it was announced that Grace Gummer would appear in a recurring capacity.
Exterior photography of the rear loading docks of the "monkey lab" took place at the now closed Life Savers Factory located at 100 Cumberland Ave, Hamilton, ON L8M 1Z1. Loading docks can be viewed from Burris Street as well as homes in reverse shots.
Exterior and interior shots of "Commuter Station" took place at historic Hamilton Canadian National Railway Station, 360 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H4. Site is currently a wedding venue.
On December 20, 2018, a "first look" still image from the series was released featuring Julianna Margulies in character as Dr. Nancy Jaax. On February 8, 2019, a trailer for the series was released.
Going Viral is a 2019 one-hour documentary, companion to the miniseries.
On February 8, 2019, it was announced that National Geographic had greenlit a companion documentary film to premiere alongside the series in May 2019. The film was set to be executive produced by Betsy Forhan and feature interviews with subjects including Richard Preston, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Dr. Pardis Sabeti, and Dr. Ian Crozier. The production company involved with the film was slated to be National Geographic Studios.
Rotten Tomatoes gave an approval rating of 85%, based on 20 reviews. Its critical consensus reads: "An anxiety-producing dramatization of real-world events, The Hot Zone acts as a sobering reminder of exactly how deadly a disease can be." On Metacritic, the season had a score of 69 out of 100, based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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