Along with the upcoming airing of the “True Blood” Series Finale, brace yourselves for a fang-tastic summer ahead you with a one-of-a-kind vampire-themed series. It will premiere on Monday, July 13, 2014 on FX. Read on to find out more about “The Strain” series premiere including the three things you should know about it, plus a first look at the show’s teaser trailer.
Members of the ensemble cast include Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Mía Maestro, Ben Hyland, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Javier Botet, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Jack Kesy, Sean Astin, Robert Maillet, Francis Capra, Roger Cross, Leslie Hope, Melanie Merkosky and Drew Nelson.
A dream project, indeed. “The Strain” is one of the upcoming TV shows you need to watch out for because it is the first-ever TV project of famed horror genre director Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), author Chuck Hogan and “Lost” and “Bates Motel” showrunner Carlton Ruse. It is based on the first novel of “The Strain” (2006) trilogy written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The succeeding novels in the series are “The Fall” (2010) and “The Night Eternal” (2011).
Guillermo will direct and write the pilot episode with co-writer Hogan while Ruse will head the production as “The Strain” showrunner.
It’s all about timing. Deadline reported that the series was first conceptualized for television, but no one was interested at that time. With the suggestion from 3 Arts’ Richard Abate, they turned it into a book series before they actually let networks pick up the series. The series was picked up for a 13-episode order in its season 1 premiere.
“FX made the most sense, based on the level of commitment, passion and understanding of the concept of the book. They got behind the idea of making this a close-ended series; we wanted to follow the books closely and so it couldn’t be open-ended, but rather three to five seasons max,” del Toro said in the Deadline article.
Vamps on a plane. According to Spoiler TV, the upcoming series begins with the investigations of New York City’s CDC Canary Team Head Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) on the mysterious plane that had arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport. The plane reveals that the victims’ death were caused by a mysterious strain of virus that gives vampire-like attributes to the infected. Their team’s probe will lead them to Professor Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley), who had knowledge on how the outbreak started.
No Edward Cullen here. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) got the chance to interview former “Lost” co-show runner Carlton Ruse. Ruse is also known for sharing showrunning duties with Kerry Ehrin for the high-rated “Bates Motel” from A&E starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga.
Cuse pointed out the difference of his vampires over its handsome and seductive counterparts from the “Twilight” franchise.
“These vampires, or to use the Romanian word, tragoi, are really scary creatures,” said Cuse in the THR article.
According to Cuse, the vampires featured on the series are not romantic creatures and do not have sex because apparently they can’t because they shed their genitalia.
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