FX The Strain Renewed, Colony Update


Guillermo del Toro’s new FX vampire outbreak drama The Strain returns with a catch up episode this week. Meanwhile, the show’s executive producer, Carlton Cuse, is about to get loaded as things get heavy on his hands. Cuse, who is also the executive producer of A&E’s breakout hit Bates Motel has also been handed the controls to USA’s new alien drama Colony.

The official plot synopsis for the all new episode of The Strain, titled Runaways, reads: Eph joins Setrakian’s push for a quarantine. Meanwhile, a medical emergency threatens Palmer’s plan.

Upon indication of a season’s renewal at TCA last month, FX CEO John Landgraf said, “We’ve never had any doubts about The Strain.” He shared, “Working with Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse, and the brilliant cast led by Corey Stoll has been everything we had hoped it would be and more.”

The Strain was one of two new drama series introduced by FX this summer, along with Tyrant. After a sluggish start, the Middle Eastern drama has been very consistent, with its renewal chances considered good. At TCA last month, Landgraf also said he was “very bullish” on new comedies Married and You Are The Worst.

On a weekly basis, The Strain, from FX Prods, is averaging 11 million total viewers and 5.2 million adults 18-49 inclusive of VOD and online viewing (most current). On a first-run-only Live+7 basis, the series is averaging 4.5 million total viewers and 2.6 million adults 18-49. The Strain’s 1.2 million adults 18-34 (first-run L+7) places it in a tie for the top spot in that demo among all new cable series to launch in 2014.

That leaves del Toro who directed the pilot and co-wrote the best-selling books with Chuck Hogan saying, “I am thrilled! Another season to spread the virus!”.  He continues, “Working with Carlton, Chuck and FX has been immensely rewarding and we have such sights to unveil in the upcoming episodes — the blood hits the fan on this one, mankind becomes an endangered species.” Cuse added, “I am grateful for all the blood, sweat and tears (but mostly blood) given to the project by all involved, and I could not be more excited to continue telling this epic story.”

Speaking of hectic, that could be an understatement since Executive Producer Carlton Cuse and, his partner in crime, Ryan Condal are joining the new USA alien drama Colony. TV Guide is reporting a statement made by USA Network president Chris McCumber who wrote:

“Colony is a gripping story that brilliantly weaves together an intense family drama in an authentic, yet unknown, world. We are pleased to be in business with Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse, who is clearly one of the best in the industry when it comes to genre fiction.”

It seems the Human race is being swept out by FX’s new breed of vampires or USA Colony’s aliens. Either way, these keep our big guys busy and that means a jam packed adventure, highly anticipated and well directed scenes coming our way!

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