FX horror series The Strain will be pleased to know that the network has confirmed its return for a second season this week, as producers prepare to get a new set of 13 episodes out for a summer 2015 premiere date.
The created by renowned moviemaker Guillermo del Toro, starring Corey Stoll and David Bradley, will take its total episode count up to 26 at the conclusion of the next run, though the current run is still yet to conclude, with 7 of its episodes to air between now and the season finale date of 5 October.
Speaking of the renewal (and of the show as a potential mainstay in network schedules) was FX’s CEO, John Landgraf, stating: “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 to having [The Strain] on FX for as long as Carlton, Guillermo and Chuck Hogan need to tell this epic tale.”
Meanwhile, it was also confirmed that UKTV channel Watch have picked up the British rights to the first season of The Strain, and will premiere it on 17 September at 10pm.
UKTV’s ‘director of acquisitions’ Catherine Mackin said of this move: “The Strain feels totally fresh in the horror/fantasy genre – forget everything you’ve seen about vampires, as this series will turn it on its head and leave you spinning. It has a rich heritage of writing talent combined with stunning visuals and outstanding acting, and we can’t wait to bring this exciting and epic series to Watch. We are also delighted to be extending our relationship with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution and bringing more quality drama to the UK.”