‘The Strain’ Gets Renewed For 13 Episode Second Season

By August 19, 2014

FX seems to have a hit on its hands with “The Strain,” the vampire series based on the book by Chuck Hogan and writer/director Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro and former “Lost” showrunner Carlton Cuse are running this new show, and they spoke with us about it before the series premiered. We’ve been reviewing each episode as it airs here on the site, and Aaron and Jack on our Pass the Effin’ Remote podcast have spoken about it multiple times; to catch up with all of our “Strain”-related coverage, click here.

Today’s news will make fans happy: rumors recently made the rounds, but today EW confirms that the show will officially be getting a second season. The show is actually doing a lot better than I thought – it pulls in 4.5 million viewers during its first-run airings (including delayed DVR numbers), but it is actually seen by closer to 11 million people when you account for online viewing, On Demand, and repeats. That’s very impressive for a genre show on a cable network. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said:

We’ve never had any doubts about The Strain. 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.

And Guillermo del Toro jumped in with a quote of his own:

I am thrilled! Another season to spread the virus. 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.

Sounds like things will be ramping up in the upcoming episodes. I gave up on the show pretty early on, but I’ve heard if you can either get past or embrace some of the more ridiculous aspects of it, it can actually be pretty fun to watch. “The Strain” can be seen on FX Sunday nights at 10pm. What do you think about a second season? Will you be watching?

Check out the full “Strain” panel from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con below:

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