FX Renews ‘The Strain’ For Third Season, Sets Premiere Dates For ‘The Bastard Executioner’, ‘Fargo’ & More

The StrainFX has renewed their hit vampire drama The Strain for a 13 episode third season, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf announced during the company’s executive panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

“Guillermo and Carlton have delivered two thrilling seasons of The Strain that are captivating and visually arresting, doing justice to the original novel trilogy and meeting fans’ high expectations in the process,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “We’re excited to see them carry this powerful story into a third season on FX.”

Based on the series of novels by Chuck Hogan, The Strain follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. The drama series is produced by FX Productions and stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.

Other announcements made during the FX Networks panel include:

– FX has handed out a 10 episode series order to comedy pilot Better Things, which hails from FX Productions, Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon. The comedy follows Sam (Adlon), a working actor trying to earn a living, navigate her three daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two, and also – just maybe – squeeze in some sex once in a while.  Her life is funny to watch, but you wouldn’t want to live it (except sometimes). Mikey Madison, Riley Watson, and Olivia Edward also star.

– The network has set premiere dates for their Fall line-up. The Bastard Executioner debuts on Tuesday September 15th at 10pm, American Horror Story: Hotel is next up on Wednesday October 7th at 10/9c, while the second season of Fargo will launch on Monday October 12th at 10/9c.

– Animated espionage comedy Archer is moving from its previous home on FX to comedy themed sister network FXX for its upcoming seventh season. It is the latest comedy developed for FX that has made the jump to FXX, following in the footsteps of The League, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and You’re The Worst.

– FXX has given the greenlight to action-buddy comedy Cassius & Clay. The 10 episode series follows Cassius and Clay, bandits looking to survive in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic American South. The voice cast includes Kaitlin Olson, Lake Bell, JB Smoove, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeffrey Tambor, Katy Mixon, Robert Patrick and Stephen Root.

– The first season of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series American Crime Story (subtitled The People Vs. O.J. Simpson) is expected to premiere on FX in the “first half of 2016”.

– Louis C.K. is taking an “extended hiatus” from his FX series Louie as he focuses on other comedy projects, including the aforementioned Better Things, Baskets and a yet-to-be-announced project, for the network. It is not immediately clear when work would begin on a potential sixth season, with Landgraf telling reports that it is “up to him”.