FX has renewed their Guillermo del Toro vampire series The Strain for a 13 episode second season, TVWise has learned.
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.
Based on Chuck Hogan’s best-selling vampire novel trilogy, The Strain was developed for television by Hogan and Guillermo del Toro. The FX Productions produced series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.
The show’s 13 episode first season is currently airing on FX on Sunday nights, marking the first time that the network has ever programmed on what tends to be an overcrowded night for scripted dramas. The decision to unspool the series on Sundays paid off, however, as The Strain has been averaging 4.5 million Total Viewers and 2.6 million Adults 18-49 in L+7. When VOD and online viewing (such as Hulu) is factored in the averages audience rises to more than 11 million viewers.
“We’ve never had any doubts about The Strain,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “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. It is thrilling when you have a show that is a creative and commercial hit, which is a rare accomplishment in this increasingly crowded marketplace. We look forward having it on FX for as long as Carlton, Guillermo and Chuck Hogan need to tell this epic tale.”
“I am thrilled! Another season to spread the virus!” added Co-Creator and Executive Produer Guillermo del Toro. “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.”
While fellow executive producer Carlton Cuse added: “It’s been immensely satisfying over the last year-and-a-half to work with the incredible team at FX, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan to bring The Strain to life. 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.”