TCA: FX’s Vampire Series ‘The Strain’ – A Statement About “Empiricism And Religion” Without Sex

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 5:17pm PST

TCADeadline__140109155905FX’s new vampire series The Strain is a “really original re-imagining of vampire lore” that “says something about the precariousness of our modern world” and also about the 2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 6intersection of “empiricism and religion,” exec producer Carlton Cuse told TV critics this afternoon.

Then he showed critics a clip from the pilot episode.

“I got a massage just watching that,” Cuse tittered when the gore-tastic clip wrapped. Critics, who looked like the clip had had the same effect on them, were disappointed to learn from Cuse that the vampires of The Strain won’t engage in actual sex. That’s because the particular strain of vampire in Chuck Hogan’s novel trilogy on which the series is based sloughs off genitalia – no use for them. Read More »

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Ray Ford Joins Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Fatrick’; ‘Gang Related’, ‘The Strain’ Add Recurrings

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 3:15pm PST

Ray FordDon’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23′s Ray Ford has been cast in the Fox pilot Fatrick, reuniting with the pilot’s co-creator/exec producer Nahnatchka Khan, who created Apt 23. He will play Maurice, the longtime best friend of Patrick, a thirtysomething guy realizing that his life isn’t quite where it should be and forced to face the damage caused by years of being the chubby kid called “Fatrick”. Maurice is the only one who knows “both Patricks” and now serves as his therapist. Ford, whose credits include and Grey’s Anatomy, is repped by Rectangle Entertainment and Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier & Hinojosa. Dante Hoagland (30 Rock) has also been cast in the comedy as the 12-year-old Maurice and Lucy Rust has been cast as the younger version of Patrick’s sister.

Pasha Pasha-lychnikoffLychnikoff has joined the upcoming Fox drama Gang Related, from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. He will recur as Slotko Yegenev, the head of a Russian organized crime family. The series centers on a gang member (Ramon Rodriguez) sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department. Lychnikoff, whose TV credits include The Big Bang Theory and Deadwood, next will be seen in the Nicolas Cage pic Tokarev, and he starts filming The Dancing Bull in February. He is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates. Read More »

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Regina King Joins FX Series ‘The Strain’

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 6:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

reginalingSouthland alumna Regina King is set to recur on FX‘s new drama series The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse. The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim … Read More »

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David Bradley To Play Professor Abraham Setrakian In FX’s ‘The Strain’

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 1:41pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

FX has found a replacement for one of the key roles in its upcoming drama series The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse, which is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy … Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Gets Official 13-Episode Order, Abraham Role To Be Recast

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 12:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

While Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse‘s drama The Strain, based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, formally had a pilot order at FX, its series pickup was considered a pure formality. It just came in today. From the onset, when FX landed the project in a bidding war, it hired a full writing staff, with the network committing some $500,000 to creature creation. The Strain now is heading into production on its first season, with the bulk of the scripts already completed and one major casting change. The role of Professor Abraham Setrakian, played in the pilot by John Hurt, is being recast. Filming is slated to begin this month in Toronto for a July premiere. As FX CEO John Landgraf indicated in August, the plan for the series is to run for 39-65 episodes.
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Pilots ‘Line Of Sight’ & ‘Strain’ Add Regulars

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 5:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Samantha Mathis has been cast in AMC‘s pilot Line Of Sight, from creator Blake Masters and director Jonathan Demme. It tells the story of Lewis Bernt (David Morrissey), a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on an emotionally disorienting quest to discover the accident’s cause. Mathis, repped by Paradigm and the Schiff Co, will play Tony’s (Kai Lennox) wife. She comes off a recurring role on CBS’ breakout Under The Dome.

Canadian actress Natalie Brown (Being Human) has booked the FX pilot The Strain, directed by Guillermo del Toro. It tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team who are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Brown will play Eph’s ex-wife Kelly Goodweather fails to heed her husband’s warning about the contagion spreading in Manhattan. She replaces Lauren Lee Smith who was originally cast in the role. Brown, repped by Thruline and Amanda Rosenthal Talent, recurs on Canadian series Cracked and Bitten. Read More »

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TCA: FX’s John Landgraf Signals End Of ‘Nuclear Arms Race Of Darkness’, Talks ‘The Strain’ Game Plan, FX Brand Expansion

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With The Shield, FX was one of the first networks to introduce the proverbial anti-hero that has taken over cable drama in the past decade. Asked today how much darker cable dramas can go, FX CEO John Landgraf, giving a nod to David Chase for starting the trend with The Sopranos, said, “I can’t imagine a protagonist darker than (Breaking Bad‘s) Walter White. That’s the end of the road for out-darking each other — this nuclear arms race of darkness has ended.”

Related: TCA: Billy Bob Thornton Cast In FX’s ‘Fargo’

Landgraf confirmed what Guillermo del Toro said when FX greenlighted a pilot for The Strain — that the project will have a limited run spanning three to five seasons. The Strain series, based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, will produce “39-65 episodes, no less, no more,” Landgraf said, adding “What if a television show could be just the length that is optimal for that story?” The Strain‘s order is technically for a pilot but has a writing staff that has completed five scripts already, and a series pickup is considered a formality. Also pretty certain — a second season renewal for freshman drama The Bridge, with Landgraf touting ist story trajectory.

Landgraf also further discussed the plans for the FX brand expansion with the upcoming launch of FXX and rebranding of FXM. Read More »

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Nicole Ari Parker To Recur On ‘Revolution’, Roger Cross Joins FX Pilot ‘The Strain’

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nicole Ari Parker is set as a recurring guest star in season 2 of NBC’s drama Revolution. She plays Secretary Justine Allenford, a strong and smart leader. Parker, repped by Gersh and KLWGN, recently starred … Read More »

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Guillermo del Toro Sets ‘Pacific Rim’s’ Robert Maillet As Main ‘Strain’ Villain

By | Wednesday July 10, 2013 @ 6:21pm PDT

Guillermo del Toro must really like working with Robert Maillet. First he directed him in the soon-to-open Pacific Rim, and now the actor has snagged the role of the world-conquering vampire The Master in FX’s drama pilot … Read More »

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Sean Astin Joins FX Drama Pilot ‘The Strain’

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 7:18pm PDT

Showrunner Carlton Cuse tonight tweeted casting of Lord Of The Rings veteran Sean Astin in the FX pilot directed by Guillermo del Toro. Astin will play CDC administrator Jim Kent in the dram starring … Read More »

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John Hurt To Co-Star In FX Pilot ‘The Strain’

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 4:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated actor John Hurt has been tapped as the co-lead opposite Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro in FX‘s high-profile drama pilot The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, which is being eyed for a 13-episode pickup. The high-concept thriller, directed by del Toro  from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan based on their vampire novel trilogy, tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Hurt, who first worked with del Toro in his 2004 feature Hellboy, will portray Professor Abraham Setrakian, a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers — if anyone will listen. Read More »

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FX Pilot Castings: Lauren Lee Smith In ‘The Strain’; Brett Gelman, Jenny Slate In Gurland

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CSI alumna Lauren Lee Smith has landed a regular role in FX‘s high-profile drama pilot The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, which is being eyed for a 13-episode pickup. The … Read More »

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Miguel Gomez Joins FX Pilot ‘The Strain’, Roger Howarth To Recur On ‘Californication’

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 6:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Miguel Gomez (Bless Me, Ultima) has landed a regular role in FX‘s high-profile drama project The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse. The Strain, an adaptation of del Toro’s vampire novel … Read More »

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Mia Maestro Set As Female Lead In FX Pilot ‘The Strain’

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Breaking Dawn‘s Mia Maestro is set to star opposite Corey Stoll in FX‘s high-profile drama project The Strain, from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and veteran showrunner Carlton Cuse. The Strain, an adaptation of del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy, formally has a pilot order, but is being eyed for a 13-episode series pickup. The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Actress-singer Maestro, repped by ICM Partners and 3 Arts, plays Dr. Nora Martinez, who works so closely with Ephraim, they finish each other’s sentences and stumble into an affair. A brilliant biochemist, Martinez cares more about people than the diseases that threaten them, but she will soon be forced to embrace a new identity as a ruthless warrior. Read More »

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Xosha Roquemore Joins ‘Mindy Project’ As New Regular, Kevin Durand In ‘The Strain’

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 12:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Young actress Xosha Roquemore has been added to the cast of Fox’s The Mindy Project as a new regular next season after doing a three-episode arc on the comedy’s current freshman season. Roquemore recently landed a major recurring role on TV Land’s new Kirstie Alley comedy series after guest starring in the pilot, but in light of the Mindy Project opportunity, the cable network let the actress out and will recast her role. Roquemore, repped by SDB Partners, Principal Entertainment and Frank Stewart, co-stars in G.B.F., which is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Read More »

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Corey Stoll To Topline FX’s ‘The Strain’, From Guillermo Del Toro & Carlton Cuse

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 3:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Corey Stoll The Strain Guillermo Del Toro SeriesEXCLUSIVE: House Of CardsCorey Stoll has been tapped as the lead of FX‘s high-profile drama project The Strain, from filmmaker … Read More »

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FX Renews ‘Justified’ For Fifth Season, Touts Pilots ‘Tyrant’ & ‘The Strain’

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 6:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FX president John Landgraf made the announcement at FX’s upfront presentation in New York this morning. Season 5 of the award-winning drama Justified will debut in January 2014. Additionally, Landgraf showcased high-profile drama pilots Tyrant, … Read More »

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