by Thinus Ferreira
The second season of National Geographic's dramatised killer virus anthology series The Hot Zone: Anthrax will debut on National Geographic (DStv 181 / StarSat 220) on Sunday night 5 December at 21:00.
Viewers across Africa will see episodes of The Hot Zone: Anthrax exactly a week after it's shown in America and where the series is starting on 28 November, with the series that will debut in the United Kingdom on 1 December.
Ironically The Hot Zone: Anthrax was filmed earlier this year in Toronto, Canada as the world lives through another dangerous virus with the global coronavirus pandemic showing no sign of ending soon.
With Daniel Dae Kim as FBI agent Matthew Ryker and Tony Goldwyn as microbiologist Dr Bruce Ivins, the 6-episode series focusing on the Anthrax attacks in America in 2001, will be shown in double episodes over three Sunday nights in December and is produced by 20th Television and Scott Free Productions.
The Hot Zone: Anthrax takes place in 2001 a few weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks when Americans were terrorised after letters containing white powder were sent to addresses in Florida, Washington DC, and New York.
Five people died and the terror acts caused widespread panic in America. A team of FBI agents and scientists slowly closed in on a prime suspect with The Hot Zone: Anthrax that will tell a story with several more layers and little-known background information.
The Hot Zone: Anthrax cast also includes Dawn Olivieri as FBI special agent Dani Toretti who is among the first agents on the ground at the 2001 Capitol Hill anthrax attack; Ian Colletti as agent Chris Moore who is a graduate of Quantico, and Dylan Baker as FBI agent Ed Copak.
Morgan Kelly is FBI agent Eric Sykes with Denyce Lawton as pharmaceutical lobbyist Sheila Willis in a relationship with Ryker. Carlos Gonzalez-Vio is Dr Simon Kurz, Vanessa Matsui plays scientist Jody Hall, Enrico Colantoni is New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Harry Hamlin portrays the NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw.
Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson are The Hot Zone: Anthrax executive producers and showrunners.