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It’s been quite the week for summer programming renewals, with AMC renewing the low-rated Halt and Catch Fire, Showtime announcing the renewal of its Sunday night block of programming. Not to be outdone, FX has announced it will be renewing its freshman series The Strain for a second season.
The Strain has been a mixed bag for the network- pulling down alright ratings and some buzz, but leaving many critics cold. That being said, the pedigree of the series (it comes from the mind of famed film director Guillermo Del Toro, is produced by former Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse, and stars Corey Stoll) and the promise of more vampires and mayhem in season two helped seal the renewal.
The series, based on del Toro’s graphic novel, follows the response to a mysterious viral outbreak that turns out to be something more sinister than originally believed.
“We’ve never had any doubts about The Strain,” said FX Networks chief John Landgraf in a statement announcing the renewal. “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.”