And there has to be a villain, so the doctor on the outside (Claudia Black) who's leading the effort to find a cure is also severely enforcing the quarantine.
"Containment" is not the first TV series about an outbreak of a deadly virus. It's not even the first to air this season, what with "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead" and "The Strain."
But "Containment" doesn't involve zombies or vampires.
It does, however, very much want to be like "Walking Dead" more about the people involved in the crisis than the crisis itself. But it's far less interesting.
I've seen seven episodes (of 13) and, quite frankly, I was pretty bored. Something like this has to be gripping, and "Containment" is anything but.
• Also tonight, it's the premiere of the six-episode miniseries "The Night Manager" (11 p.m., AMC) and this is gripping television.
In this adaptation or John Le Carre's novel, Tom Hiddleston stars as Jonathan Pine a former soldier who's a hotel night manager; and Hugh Laurie stars as Richard Roper, a billionaire with a public image as a philanthropist who is really an evil arms dealer who supplies all sorts of bad guys all around the world with weapons of destruction.
Pine is recruited to infiltrate Roper's inner circle and provide evidence against him … and we're off and running.
This is great stuff. And, at just six episodes, it's a great length.
Elsewhere on TV …
• "NCIS" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): NCIS partners with the FBI and Homeland Security when two British prisoners escape and arrive in the U.S. in a shipping container.
• "The Voice" (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A results episode.
• "10 Towns That Changed America" (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Ten communities designed (or redesigned) by visionary planners and ordinary citizens are spotlighted including Salt Lake City.
• "New Girl" (7 and 7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): To deal with a sexist car salesman, Jess invents a male alter ego.
• "The Flash" (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Equipped with the tachyon device, Barry believes he is fast enough to stop Zoom and wants to open the breaches to catch him.
• "Outsiders" (7 and 8 p.m., WGN America): The feud between the mountain and town reaches a climax.
• "The Real O'Neals" (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Eileen expects to be shunned by her book club because of gossip about her family.
• "NCIS: New Orleans" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A Navy lieutenant is murdered during a covert visit to a general's hotel room.
• "Chicago Med" (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A patient claims his heart is pounding inside his head and he takes drastic measures to stop it.
• "Shakespeare's Tomb" (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A scientific investigation of Shakespeare's grave reveals evidence of what lies beneath the infamous warning engraved on his tomb: "Bleste be the man that spares thes stones,/And curst be he that moves my bones."
• "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The precinct must come together to rescue Holt after an attempt to locate a hit man goes awry. (Season finale)
• "The Grinder" (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Dean and Stewart's mother visits unannounced, which sends Dean into a panic .
• "Limitless" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): In Part 1 of the two-part season finale, the FBI's worst nightmare comes true when NZT floods the streets of New York City.
• "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Daisy calls upon the Secret Warriors for a dangerous mission; S.H.I.E.L.D. learns more about Hive's powers.
• "Chicago Fire" (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A high-school student is the victim of a gang-retribution incident.
• "Frontline" (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Filmed over three years, this is the story of four children from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo who seek refuge in Germany.
• "Stitchers" (11 p.m., FreeForm): A young woman is found dead with a message that leads Kirsten to believe her father could be involved.
• "Awkward" (11 p.m., MTV): Jenna and Matty throw a party for Jake.
• "Faking It" (11:30 p.m., MTV): Amy and Karma try to use a Halloween party as an opportunity to move on.