"The Strain" (FX, July TBD)
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's trilogy of vampire novels is a nasty, freaky, scary piece of work and, with del Toro directing the pilot, there's every reason to think that if FX's Standards & Practices department can handle it, a lot of that may get transferred to the small screen. TV doesn't lack for vampire stories, but there seems to be room for a dark-and-nihilistic bloodsucking drama in the "Walking Dead" vein and this outbreak saga could be it. "The Strain" scored big-time with "House of Cards" co-star Corey Stoll, who has been one of the most in-demand actors for the last few development seasons. The ensemble cast also includes Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Kevin Durand, who worked with showrunner Carlton Cuse on "Lost."
- Daniel Fienberg