The Hot Zone (miniseries)

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The Hot Zone
The Hot Zone Intertitle.jpg
Created byJames V. Hart
Based onThe Hot Zone
by Richard Preston
Developed by
Directed by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s)
  • Lynda Obst
  • Kelly Souders
  • Brian Peterson
  • Jeff Vintar
  • Ridley Scott
  • Michael Uppendahl
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Original networkNational Geographic
Original releaseMay 27 (2019-05-27) –
May 29, 2019 (2019-05-29)

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[edit]




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"Arrival"Michael UppendahlStory by : James V. Hart
Teleplay by : James V. Hart & Jeff Vintar & Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson
May 27, 2019 (2019-05-27)1WBC011.38[2]
2"Cell H"Michael UppendahlStory by : James V. Hart
Teleplay by : Brian Peterson & Jeff Vintar & James V. Hart
May 27, 2019 (2019-05-27)1WBC021.26[2]
3"Charlie Foxtrot"Nick MurphyStory by : James V. Hart
Teleplay by : James V. Hart & Kelly Souders
May 28, 2019 (2019-05-28)1WBC031.10[3]
4"Expendable"Nick MurphyBrian Peterson & James V. HartMay 28, 2019 (2019-05-28)1WBC041.00[3]
5"Quarantine"Nick MurphyStory by : James V. Hart
Teleplay by : Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson & James V. Hart
May 29, 2019 (2019-05-29)1WBC051.01[4]
6"Hidden"Michael UppendahlStory by : Kelly Souders & Jeff Vintar & James V. Hart
Teleplay by : Kelly Souders & Jeff Vintar
May 29, 2019 (2019-05-29)1WBC060.94[4]



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.[5][6][7] On August 9, 2018, it was announced that Kelly Souders and Brian Wayne Peterson were joining the series as showrunners, executive producers, and writers.[8][9] On February 8, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on May 27, 2019.[10]


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.[11] 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.[12] On December 6, 2018, it was announced that Grace Gummer would appear in a recurring capacity.[13]


Principal photography for the series took place from September 13, 2018 to November 16, 2018 in Toronto and was also expected to film in South Africa.[14][11]

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.[15] On February 8, 2019, a trailer for the series was released.[10]

Going Viral[edit]

Going Viral is a 2019 one-hour documentary, companion to the miniseries.[16]

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.[16]


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."[17] On Metacritic, the season had a score of 69 out of 100, based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18]


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  2. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 29, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.27.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 30, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.28.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 30, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.29.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (April 18, 2018). "Nat Geo Greenlights Ebola Drama Series From Ridley Scott, Sets 3 Development Projects". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 18, 2018). "Ebola Drama Series From Scott Free Set as Nat Geo Grows Scripted Roster (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (April 18, 2018). "National Geographic Channel Orders Ebola Virus Drama 'The Hot Zone'". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (August 9, 2018). "Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson Ink Overall Deal With Fox 21 Television Studios; Will Showrun 'The Hot Zone'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 9, 2018). "Former 'Smallville' Showrunners Ink Overall Deal With Fox 21". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Lawrence, Derek (February 8, 2019). "Exclusive: Julianna Margulies races to stop an Ebola outbreak in 'The Hot Zone' trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Petski, Denise (July 25, 2018). "Julianna Margulies To Topline Nat Geo's Ebola Virus Drama Series 'The Hot Zone' – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  12. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 13, 2018). "Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham Among Eight to Join Nat Geo Miniseries 'The Hot Zone'". Variety. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  13. ^ Maglio, Tony (December 6, 2018). "Grace Gummer Joins Nat Geo's 'The Hot Zone' in Recurring Role (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  14. ^ "Recently Wrapped: Toronto and Ontario". What's Filming?. Archived from the original on November 21, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  15. ^ Rice, Lynette (December 20, 2018). "Exclusive: See Julianna Margulies in first look at scary Ebola miniseries 'The Hot Zone'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Alcinii, Daniele (February 8, 2019). "Exclusive: National Geographic to launch Ebola doc special 'Going Viral'". Realscreen. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  17. ^ "The Hot Zone: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "The Hot Zone (2019): Season 1". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved May 28, 2019.

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