The Strain Renewed for Season 2 by FX

Apparently, a little Strain-ing is good for the bottom line.

FX has renewed its vampire-virus thriller The Strain, from executive producers Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, for a 13-episode second season that will debut in summer 2015.

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The Strain, FX’s first original Sunday-night series, drew 12.7 million total viewers for its premiere, according to a network release.

“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,” noted John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions, in making the announement. “We look forward having [The Strain] on FX for as long as Carlton, Guillermo and Chuck Hogan need to tell this epic tale.”

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Back in July — and prior to the series premiere — Cuse told TVLine he envisioned Season 1 of The Strain following the books’ initial installment, and that all told, “The plan is that the show will run somewhere between three and five seasons.”

As with Cuse’s best-known series, Lost, “We’re writing to an endpoint,” he added, “following the path as established in the novels, but obviously there’s a lot that is going to be added. The television show is its own experience. The show and the book can each be separately enjoyed.”

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