‘The Strain’ Officially Renewed for Season 2

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Last week there was unofficial word that FX would renew The Strain for a second season. Now the network has given the actual season order, and The Strain will have a 13-episode follow-up to its first season. Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse are exec producers on the Sunday-night show, which follows the infection of New York City by an ancient form of vampirism that is spread like a viral pandemic

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The Lost 10 Year Reunion took place this past weekend in Hollywood and the full event is now online. As part of the annual PaleyFest event, host Paul Scheer spoke with executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse as well as stars Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), and Malcolm David Kelley (Walt). It was a celebration of the 10 years that have passed since the premiere of the show, which helped changed the way the audiences watch and interact with TV. There were some spoilery revelations and many fun stories told.

For those would couldn’t be there, you can now watch the full event embedded below. Read More »

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The Strain, the vampire novel co-authored by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan that birthed a series of books, is going to be a series on FX, with del Toro scripting and directing the pilot. As the show movies forward, Carlton Cuse will act as show runner working with a cast that includes Corey StollDavid BradleyMia MaestroSean Astin, and Kevin Durand.

(Actually, the original idea for The Strain was meant for a TV show, but del Toro ended up taking it to the page first, and now it has worked its way back to television.)

The first teaser for the show aired this past weekend during The Walking Dead, but if you weren’t tuned in for that mid-series finale, check out the teaser spot below. Even if you were tuned in, you might not have realized what the strange spot was, as there’s really no indication that it is for The StrainRead More »

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Next summer, the twisted mind of Guillermo del Toro will be on display weekly. The Strain, an FX series based on a trilogy of vampire books del Toro co-wrote, has just been ordered to series by the network. The first of its 13 episodes will premiere in July 2014 with Lost’s Carlton Cuse as the showrunner. Del Toro directed the pilot. Read More »

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Netflix reveals posters, stills, and a clip from the new season of Arrested Development. Also after the jump:

  • What was the unaired original Game of Thrones pilot like?
  • Yahoo gets exclusive access to the 38-season SNL archive
  • Corey Stoll lands Guillermo del Toro‘s FX drama The Strain
  • AMC forays into the science-fiction genre with Line of Sight
  • Hannibal‘s unaired episode has been turned into a web series
  • See a new poster and pic from the newly revived The Killing
  • Watch a trailer for The Rock‘s new reality competition show
  • Peek behind the scenes of Christopher Guest‘s Family Tree
  • Dexter conducts his final symphony in an artsy new trailer

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In this edition, everyone has an opinion on Episode VII. After the jump:

  • No, Simon Pegg does not have a role in Episode VII yet
  • William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams “a pig” for booking Star Wars
  • The new issue of Wired pays tribute to the beloved sci-fi franchise
  • Damon Lindelof, Jane Espenson, Carlton Cuse, and Rian Johnson weigh in

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The line between prequel/sequel and fan fiction blurs further.

There have been several Psycho movies following Alfred Hitchcock’s standard-setting 1960 original, and we’ve wondered just how the prequel TV series Bates Motel would exist in relation to them. Is this a prequel, a reboot, or something else? The movies don’t have the clearest story path with respect to what is “official” or canon story, and with the series charting the purchase of a motel by Norma Bates with her son Norman in tow, we’ve wondered just what to expect.

At an event debuting elements of the show today for the Television Critics Association press tour, the show’s premiere date was announced (10 p.m. Monday, March 18 on A&E) and producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) explained that, when it comes to the film series, “We don’t really view any of that as canon.” Read More »

As a prequel to one of the most revered horror movies of all time, A&E’s Bates Motel has some pretty big shoes to fill. And while it’s unlikely to reach the same iconic status, it’s heartening to see that the first trailer actually looks pretty good. (Unlike, say, the one for the ill-received 1987 pilot of the same title.)

The new series, by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), follows Norman through adolescence in the present day. Freddie Highmore plays the future murderer as a sweet, shy teen, while Vera Farmiga plays the mother who literally drives him insane. The family is eager for the fresh start promised by the new motel she’s just purchased, but as we all know from Psycho, their plans don’t really go as planned. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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