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Fans of FX's "The Strain" Can Now Own a Piece of the Vampire Thriller Drama

Starting today, over 150 props and wardrobe items from "The Strain" will go up for auction on Fox Auctions at auctions.fox.com.   ...Read More... http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2017/12/01/fans-of-fxs-the-strain-can-now-own-a-piece-of-the-vampire-thriller-drama-609213/20171201fx01/

Critic's Notebook: 'The Strain' Series Finale Ends With Both a Bang and a Whimper

Here's how a series that began as a Guillermo del Toro-branded presumptive blockbuster slipped away with an undiscussed finale airing opposite the Emmys.   ...Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/n87hs--iqzo/critics-notebook-strain-series-finale-ends-a-bang-a-whimper-1040807

Why 'The Strain' Series Finale Ended With a "Glimmer of Hope"

Showrunner Carlton Cuse talks with THR about avoiding a completely bleak ending as well as what's next for the prolific producer.   ...Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/_BUzmdS5JEk/strain-series-finale-explained-carlton-cuse-interview-1039225

Weekend Binge Guide: August 2017

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Playing House See all reviews for Playing House Playing House is the second comedy created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, whose Best Friends Forever also was a bingeworthy pick — and for good reason. This duo knows how to sell a joke! And more importantly, how to marry wacky comedy with heartfelt emotion. In this USA Network series, which recently concluded its third season, the women play childhood friends who come to each other's aid and create their own quirky, loving family. It's a series that started strong and has gotten even better as it's progressed, culminating in a particularly touching Season 3 storyline. In addition to Upright Citizens Brigade vets Parham and St. Clair, the cast includes Keegan-Michael Key, serving goofball sex appeal; Lindsay Sloane, whose Bird Bones is a delight; and Zach Woods, who is on all the shows.   If you want to cry:   Broadchurch See all reviews for Broadchurch With Doctor Who recently announcing that its next Time Lord will be played by Jodie Whittaker, it's the perfect time to binge one of her best series. (Incidentally, the show has several other major Who connections, including David Tennant as the lead investigator and Arthur Darvill as the town priest.) Broadchurch is about a small community that is ripped apart when a local boy's dead body is discovered on the beach. It's the kind of town where everyone knows everyone, so the reality of a killer living among them leads to some dark moments. Tennant and Olivia Colman play the detectives in charge of the investigation, which twists through the town, making residents — and viewers — scrutinize many suspects. When the killer is revealed, the reactions from the key players are absolutely gut-wrenching.   If you want to scream:   The Strain See all reviews for  The Strain This fun, slightly campy, over-the-top vampire thriller was brought to the small screen by a trio of creative heavyweights. Carlton Cuse, who won a couple of Emmys for his work on Lost , runs the show alongside co-executive producers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who co-wrote the best-selling trilogy on which this creepy series is based. The action begins with the delightfully named Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his Centers for Disease Control team called in to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that began on a plane that landed in New York under very mysterious circumstances. The strain, it turns out, is an ancient form of vampirism. But it's easy to guess how well that theory goes over. Stoll is excellent, but David Bradley is the real scene-stealer as TV's most badass pawnbroker.   If you want to think:   The Handmaid's Tale See all reviews for  The Handmaid's Tale There's a lot of "important TV" right now, but Hulu's chilling adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel hits like a punch in the gut. The series begins in the present in the new theocratic republic of Gilead, where Offred (of Fred), one of the world's few remaining fertile women, must suppress her inner rebel to survive as a handmaid (basically a "two-legged womb") to an influential commander. As the season progresses, there are powerful flashbacks detailing how women's rights slowly were stripped away in the leadup to the full coup by the Gilead administration. The show recently was nominated for 13 Emmys, including acting nods for Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel. From the performances to the soundtrack to the direction, everything about this series works. It's must-see TV.   div.post p { text­align: justify; }

Carlton Cuse on ‘The Strain’s Final Season and Showrunning Hulu’s ‘Locke & Key’

In its fourth and final season, the FX series The Strain has seen nine months pass since a global nuclear apocalypse was set off, allowing the strigoi to gain control and the Master to establish a totalitarian regime. The majority of humans are not working for the strigoi as part of The Partnership, where they must collaborate or die, and the heroes that we’ve been rooting for have disbanded and will have to overcome personal hardship and stay alive long enough to possibly make it back to each other and save humankind. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, showrunner Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, Colony) talked about how the show was ready for a little bit of a re-invention, how they came to this conclusion for the story, the biggest challenge in having your main cast on separate journeys, whose journey will teach us the most about them, why the Master is feeling pretty good right now, and that humanity should never give up hope. He also talked about his next job as showrunner, on the Hulu series of Locke and Key that he’s currently developing with Joe Hill, and the main thing he learned from working on Lost. READ MORE...

How 'The Strain' Is Redefining Itself in Its Final Season

All bets are off, promises showrunner Carlton Cuse following Sundays premiere.   ...Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/cG1BWJ6vd1I/strain-showrunner-season-4-premiere-1021090

Critic's Notebook: Preacher and The Strain: Smart Summer Fun

These shows work as both popcorn entertainment and thought-provoking drama.  ...Read More... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/arts/television/preacher-season-2-review.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Comic-Con: 'AHS' Activation to Offer Attendees Season 7 Tease (Exclusive)

FX will also present activations for 'Legion,' 'The Strain' and 'Archer.'  ...Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/0ZEh5QS4az8/ahs-season-7-comic-con-activation-1020180

Comic-Con: FX Bringing Legion, Archer & The Strain Back To San Diego

With Comic-Con 2017 less than a month away, FX said it is heading to the fanfest with San Diego veterans Legion , Archer and The Strain flying the flag for the network. Having its fourth and final season launch on July 16 , I hear that Guillermo del Toro- and Chuck Hogan-created horror seriesexecutive produced by Carlton Cuse will be making its SDCC swan song Thursday, July 20 in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center. This is a shift for The Strain and FX, who has  ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/06/comic-con-legion-the-strain-archer-returning-fx-1202119269/

The Strain's Fourth and Final Season Gets Premiere Date on FX

The final chapter of The Strain now has a start date. The fourth and final season of the FX vampire thrillerwill premiere Sunday, July 16 at 10/9c, the network announced Tuesday. FX revealedthat Season 4 will be the shows last when it renewed The Strain last September. From executive producers Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del [] //tvline.com/2017/05/09/the-strain-final-season-4-premiere-date-fx/