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Vampire Drama 'The Strain' Earns FX Series Order


Guillermo del Toro at Comic-Con


After reading this headline and realizing that yet another vampire-related show is well underway, you've most likely done one of two things — either jumped up and down with excitement or spiraled into a deep sense of rage. Maybe even a little of both! But before you bust out your stakes and crucifixes for the show's demise, here's everything we know so far.

FX has officially given a 13-episode order to 'The Strain,' which is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same name. The books were written by author Chuck Hogan and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro ('Pacific Rim'), who will also be directing the show's pilot. Meanwhile, writer/producer Carlton Cuse ('Lost') will serve as the main showrunner.

However, don't expect complicated love triangles to dominate the show's plot. In fact, it will be nothing like we've ever seen before in this genre.

'The Strain' is billed as a “high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center 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. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.”

So yeah...less teen angst, more action-packed drama. In fact, it almost sounds like a vampire version of 'The Walking Dead,' doesn't it? Either way, it definitely shows some potential and could serve as a much-needed breath of fresh air to the whole vampire genre. (Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my love-centric vamp shows, but I don't need 20 million of them — that is, unless they all star Ian Somerhalder.)

The series is set to debut in July 2014. Will you be tuning in or do you think the whole vampire concept is dead on its feet (literally and figuratively)? Hit the comments below and let us know your fang-tastic thoughts!

- Carlton Cuse
- Guillermo del Toro
- The Strain
- FX

Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Nov 19th, 2013, 3:00 pm

Images courtesy of IMDB


Message Posted On Jan 22nd, 2014, 8:57 pm
i havnt read the novels but the comic books were sweeeeet these arnt your mopey emo vampires more like 30 days of night vampires i hope they do this show right to help undo what has been happening to the vampire genre

Message Posted On Nov 20th, 2013, 11:11 pm
I agree with David. Do we really need more vampires right now? I'm already sick to the teeth of vampires and witches. I have to wonder how much longer it will take the witchy vampire train to pull out of the station so something else can pull in behind it.

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Message Posted On Nov 20th, 2013, 11:27 am

Really???? Another f* vampire show!!!

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