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The Strain: Is FX's Vampire Drama Too Graphic?

Cory Stoll

Warning: The Strain might not be for everyone.

FX's new vampire drama isn't a melancholy love story about the undead cursed to walk the earth for eternity and forced to hide their true nature. Instead, these vampires are fierce, blood-hungry killing machines with basically one goal: spread the strain of vampirism around the world.

Based on the novels from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the horror story follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control, whose team is called in to investigate a mysterious "dead" plane that lands at JFK. Every passenger, save for four, have mysteriously died from an unknown virus that will soon turn them into vampires — cogs in the ultimate war in which vampires will take over the world.

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Weekend TV: FX's Creepy Strain, Return of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex

Mia Maestro

"It's not for everyone," growls the grizzled, sword-wielding Armenian pawnshop owner (Game of Thrones' David Bradley), whose unromantic notion of vampire slaying includes mass decapitations and body burnings. Likewise, FX's deliciously freaky and gruesomely graphic The Strain (Sunday, 10/9c) won't be for all tastes. But the network is betting, probably correctly, that a midsummer popcorn feast of classic monster-movie horror, served without apology and blessedly free of irony, will resonate with fright fans eager to jump out of their seats, which turns out to be a Strain specialty. This could, and deserves to be, FX's Walking Dead-sized blockbuster.

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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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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

White Collar First Look Photos: Will Neal and Mozzie Find Trouble in Paradise?

Matt Bomer

He may be a New York City boy at heart, but island living sure seems to agree with Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) on the new season of White Collar.

Rocking some sexy scruff and a straw fedora, the man last seen cutting his anklet and fleeing the country washes up worlds away from his old life at the FBI in these newly released photos from the Season 4 premiere (July 10 at 9/8c on USA)... read more

Exclusive: White Collar Corrupts The Closer's Raymond Cruz for Season 4

Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz, best known to fans of The Closer as Detective Julio Sanchez, is playing a man of the law again on the upcoming season of White Collar, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

But there's a twist! Cruz will play Sheriff Enrico Morales, a corrupt... read more

The Truth Behind Penelope Cruz's Girl-Girl Kiss

(Left) Monica Cruz by Lester Cohen/WireImage.com & (Left) Mia Maestro by John Sciulli/WireImage.com

Word has just come in that the reports which have been circling the web of Penelope Cruz hooking up with her sister in her brother's music video are false. Yes, Penelope is in fact swapping spit with another female in the video, but not with her sister Monica. Instead, the steamy scene is with actress Mia Maestro. You may recognize the Argentinean beauty from her role in Alias as Sidney's half-sister. Needless to say it's no wonder how the rumors began considering the uncanny resemblance between the two! read more

The countdown to Alias' hotly...

Alias' Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan

The countdown to Alias' hotly anticipated series finale officially got under way last week when new mum Jennifer Garner returned to the set to begin work on the show's last 10 or so episodes. And although ABC has yet to announce when (or where) the spy drama will complete its run (what's up with that?), there's every reason to believe that the 5-year-old series will go out the same way it came in: with a huge bang and a ton of hype. Not one to diminish expectations, executive producer Jeff Pinkner declares, "We want every episode from here to the end to top the one before it." OK, if ever there's a statement that demands a few follow-up Qs, it's that one. So, let's get to it. Ausiello: What are some of the big returns you have planned?Pinkner: Lena Olin's coming back for the 99th episode, which is our second one back. Ausiello: Really? Just for the 99th?Pinkner: Well, no, she's actually going to be back for a co read more

All this talk about Michael ...

Question: All this talk about Michael Vartan and Greg Grunberg's exits from Alias, what's the story behind Mia Maestro leaving?


Answer: The story is that she's returning on Nov. 17. Here's a tease ABC put out about the ep: "When the group claiming to have a cure for Nadia continues to play mind games with him, Sloane struggles for control."

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Is Alias planning on bringing ...

Question: Is Alias planning on bringing Mia Maestro back at all this season? I figured they would be able to cure Nadia as quickly as they cured Jack last season.


Answer: I'm going to let exec producer Jeff Pinkner take this one: "Jack's illness and Nadia's illness are apples and oranges. Coming into the season, Sloane's agenda is to find a cure for his daughter. The question for Sloane is, how far will he go to cure her? You will definitely be seeing Nadia this season, but ultimately, it will be up to Sloane how often we see her and in what condition." Hey, that's some major-ass prattle! (And with that, I rest my case.)

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