Renewed: The Strain

Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse's horror-mystery will return with another 13 episodes.

2014-08-20_1301New US horror-mystery series The Strain has been renewed for a second season.

The Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse series, which premiered in Australia last month on FOX8, will return with 13 episodes in 2015.

Based on the book trilogy from Chuck Hogan and del Toro, it stars Corey Stoll as a CDC doctor, who investigates a vampire virus that infects New York.

In the US it premiered to 3 million viewers but that grew to 8 million total viewers with repeats and timeshifting, with 2.43 million among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. FX notes that the series premiere ranks as the most-watched in FX history with 12.7 million total viewers.

Hollywood Reporter notes producers are looking at either a three or five-season run, with no decision on whether the final two books should be one season each or split into multiple runs.

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  1. I was very disappointed. The writing has been awful. The pacing is slow, the exposition was poorly done and the plot often makes no sense. They wear full bio-protective gear only when it looks sexy, then play with contaminated material, infected people and perform autopsies with no protection at all.

    The characters are cliched, lack depth and act stupidly and inconsistently. Work-a-holic being divorced with cute assistant/sex object who hangs off his every word, annoying ex wife etc.

    Nora is fine with Ephraim beating to death a patient they know and are treating and then cutting him open in secret and wants to cut off the head and burn the corpse like the old man said. In the next scene they go to find some vampires without weapons, nearly die, and she freaks out and acts all hysterical when the old man kills two vampires and saves their lives.

    I guess people will watch with vampires.

  2. I’m watching it and am sufficiently entertained to keep doing so, but this show could have been so much better.

    It’s very easy to critically pick holes in it, from the generic & under-written characters to some mis-casting (seriously, what is Sean Astin doing?).

    There’s way too much dumbing down also, especially the time & place stamps which 95% of the time are either useless info or state the bleeding obvious.

    It has worked into a nice groove though, and the potential directions it could head in are plentiful & diverse

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