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10 grossest moments from 'The Strain' series debut

The small-screen adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel saga The Strain got off to a slow start during its premiere.

In fact, The Strain waited more than 20 minutes (without commercials!) to get gory—which is somewhat surprising considering the criticism of the horror show’s skin-crawling (and eye-slithering) billboards. If the show’s safe-for-the-street art was considered too extreme, then surely a series on the envelope-pushing FX network would delight fright-ophiles from its start? Well, yes and no.

Once The Strain got rolling, it featured some seriously squeam-inducing moments, as is only natural with a series led by epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll). Virus science is gross, y’all. Unlike Eph, viewers are already clued-in about the cause of hundreds of mysterious deaths thanks to a series of 10 scenes that, to paraphrase EW’s critic Melissa Maerz, would make you cover your eyes “if you weren’t already checking for worms in the sockets.”

Suffice it to say, there will be plenty of spoilers to come, so stop reading now if you don’t want full details on The Strain‘s series debut. READ FULL STORY

'Fargo' and 'The Strain' get Mondo posters for ATX Television Festival -- EXCLUSIVE

FX Network has partnered up with the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, for a special closing-night program that will feature the world premiere of the pilot for the upcoming drama The Strain and an unaired episode of the limited series Fargo, and EW has some of the amazing Mondo posters that will be shown at Saturday’s event. READ FULL STORY

'The Strain': Guillermo del Toro on the creation of his FX series' big bad vampire -- EXCLUSIVE

Getting the flu is a major bummer. But it’s waaay preferable to a contagious virus that turns you into a vampire, the all-too-creepy premise behind FX’s July horror epic The Strain. Based on the book trilogy by director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and author Chuck Hogan, and executive-produced by Lost’s ­Carlton Cuse, the 13-episode series focuses on an epidemiologist (House of Cards’ Corey Stoll) who must battle a parasitic sickness threatening to transform New Yorkers into plasma-loving monsters.

The main carrier of the ­disease? The Master, one of the oldest vampires in existence. The Strain’s brutal behemoth is so complicated to operate that it takes two men (actor Robert Maillet and dancer Roberto Campanella) plus several visual-effects artists to bring him to life on screen. Del Toro shares this exclusive early sketch of the villain and talks about creating the ultimate bloodsucker. READ FULL STORY

FX's 'The Strain' first trailer

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No more teasers. This is the first trailer for FX’s “real vamps” drama series The Strain. The show, co-created by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) and Chuck Hogan and showrun by Carlton Cuse (Lost), tells the story of an apocalyptic outbreak. The 13-episode first season launches in July. Who says the vampire genre is dead? READ FULL STORY

Guillermo Del Toro's FX series 'The Strain' to have world premiere at ATX Television Festival -- EXCLUSIVE

The Austin-based ATX Television Festival (June 5-8), the first festival dedicated to the TV binger in all of us, announced Tuesday it would host the world premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s heavily anticipated FX drama series The Strain. FX Networks has partnered with ATX for closing night programming and will also present the eighth episode of its new critically acclaimed original series Fargo. READ FULL STORY

David Bradley cast in Guillermo del Toro's vampire-thriller series, 'The Strain'

David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) has been cast in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming drama series, The Strain, FX announced Thursday.

The new series, which will air on FX next summer, is based off the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan.

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John Hurt joins Guillermo del Toro's 'The Strain' pilot

John Hurt has joined the cast of The Strain, the upcoming FX pilot based on the vampire novel trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The 73-year-old British actor, who previously worked with del Toro on 2004′s Hellboy, will play holocaust survivor and professor Abraham Setrakian.

“I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever,” del Toro, who is set to direct and co-write the pilot, said in a statement. “Chuck and I always visualized him while writing The Strain novels and he is absolutely perfect for the part!”
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'House of Cards' star Corey Stoll lands lead in Guillermo del Toro's 'The Strain' pilot

Corey Stoll, who’s getting Emmy buzz for his role on Netflix’s critically lauded House of Cards, will star in the FX drama pilot The Strain, based on the vampire novel trilogy from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

He’ll play Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City, a team that investigates a viral outbreak that traces back to an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Del Toro and Hogan will co-write the pilot, which del Toro will direct. Lost‘s Carlton Cuse is onboard as an executive producer and would serve as showrunner if the show goes to series.

Read more:
Five things we can’t wait to see in Guillermo del Toro’s TV adaptation of ‘The Strain’
Book review: ‘The Strain’

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