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Zombies, Power Outages, Global Pandemics: Why TV Is Embracing the Apocalypse

The Walking Dead

If it's the end of the world as we know it, TV feels fine. Led by shows including AMC's The Walking Dead, TNT's Falling Skies and NBC's Revolution, postapocalyptic TV is blowing up — and a lot more of it is on the way.

"There's a huge appeal right at the moment," says Revolution executive producer Rockne S. O'Bannon. Among the upcoming shows that revolve around a dystopian future: The CW's The 100 (debuting Wed., March 19, at 9/8c), which follows a group of juvenile delinquents who are shipped from a space station back to Earth in order to see whether it's inhabitable a century after a nuclear holocaust. (The network also just ordered a pilot for The Messengers, about a group of people who are killed, then resurrected, after something crashes into Earth.)

In July comes FX's The Strain — created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and executive produced by Lost's Carlton Cuse — which stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as an epidemiologist charged with preventing a mysterious viral outbreak from destroying humanity. Also this summer... read more

FX's The Strain Grabs Southland's Regina King

Regina King

Southland vet Regina King has landed a recurring role on FX's new vampire drama The Strain, Deadline reports.

From Guillermo del Toro and Lost's Carlton Cuse, the high-concept thriller follows the... read more

FX Orders Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse Drama The Strain

The Strain

FX has given a 13-episode order for The Strain from Guillermo del Toro,Carlton Cuse and author Chuck Hogan, the network announcedTuesday.

The drama is based on the vampire novel trilogy of the same name written by del Toro and Hogan, who co-wrote the pilot, which del Toro will also direct. The series will star Corey Stoll as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. When a viral outbreak of ancient vampirism begins to spread, Eph, his team and a group of average New Yorkers will fight for humanity's future.

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Charlie Hunnam Breaks Silence After Fifty Shades of Grey Exit

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam has finally broken silence about his shocking departure from the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation.

The Sons of Anarchy star told E! News that he's "doing good" since stepping down from playing Christian Grey. "I am just really concentrating on work. It's been a really busy time," Hunnam said.

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The Weekend Playlist: Simpsons' Halloween Tradition, PBS's Paradise, More Witches

The Simpsons

Next to Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin, my favorite Halloween TV touchstone is The Simpsons' annual "Treehouse of Horror" special, with Mad Magazine-worthy parodies of things that go "D-oh!" in the night. It's airing unusually early this year in advance of post-season baseball pre-emptions, but what better way to get in the spirit — and as a bonus for the 24th edition (Sunday, 8/7c, Fox), horror maestro Guillermo Del Toro has designed an elaborate "couch gag" opening sequence that's a kaleidoscopic homage to... read more

The Simpsons Turns 25 With Kristen Wiig, Guillermo Del Toro And More

Simpsons Homerland

When Homer Simpson suddenly stops eating pork and drinking booze it can only mean one thing — he's gone Muslim! Homeland gets spoofed when The Simpsons returns for its 25th season Sunday, Sept. 29 (8/7c, Fox) to find the D'oh Man greatly changed after his trip to a nuclear-power convention.

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FX Casts Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo Series; FXX Aims for Younger Viewers

Billy Bob Thornton

FX will drop in on Minnesota next spring.

The network has cast Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton to star in its Fargo limited series, adapted from the 1996 award-winning movie of the same name by Joel and Ethan Coen, FX CEO John Landgraf announced at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Friday. "It will do justice too the classic Coen Brothers film," Landgraf said.

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Box Office: Despicable Me 2 Comes Out on Top Again

Despicable Me 2

Despite dropping off nearly 50 percent from its opening week, Despicable Me 2 topped the box office for the second week in a row this weekend, narrowly beating out newcomers Grown Ups 2 and Pacific Rim with a $44.7 million haul.

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True Blood Scoop: Meet Sookie's Sexy New Love Interest Rob Kazinsky

Rob Kazinsky

Sookie Stackhouse has dated vampires and werewolves, and a shifter even harbored a crush on her, but the True Blood heroine will literally meet her match this Sunday when she stumbles across a fellow faerie played by new castmember Rob Kazinsky.

Though Sookie (Anna Paquin) will be put off by the new guy at first, the two may find more common ground than Sookie has experienced with past love interests — which is why Kazinsky begs Team Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Team Bill (Stephen Moyer) fans to give Ben a chance. TVGuide.com caught up with Kazinsky to get the scoop on his new character and find out why True Blood fans should even trust Ben: read more

John Hurt Joins FX's Vampire Thriller The Strain

John Hurt

John Hurt has joined the cast of The Strain, FX announced Monday.

Based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy, the pilot is a high concept thriller about Dr. Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  He and his team investigate a... read more

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