THE PASSAGE: Executive Producer Jason Ensler and actor Caroline Chikezie on new horror series – Exclusive Interview

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THE PASSAGE, new on Fox Monday nights, is based on a millennia-spanning trilogy of novels by Justin Cronin. When a scientific expedition to Bolivia goes disastrously wrong, one of the scientists, Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane), comes back with a virus that has the potential to wipe out humanity. Pre-teen Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) may be the key to a cure, but at the cost of her freedom and perhaps even her life. Caroline Chikezie (pronounced chick-E-zee) plays Dr. Major Nichole Sykes, a medical and military official tasked with trying to contain the plague by any means necessary. Originally from […]Read On »

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THE EXPANSE: Cas Anvar on Season 3 of the Syfy series and THE STRAIN – Exclusive Interview

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Actor Cas Anvar had a very intense year, toggling between filming as two characters who were virtually polar opposites. In Season 3 of THE EXPANSE, which began its third season on Syfy Wednesday April 11, he plays heroic space pilot Alex Kamal. In the fourth and final season of FX’s THE STRAIN, now available on Amazon Prime, Anvar portrays the monstrously self-serving Sanjay Desai, a human who collaborates with the vampires who had taken over the world. Originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, Anvar’s other credits include Syfy’s series OLYMPUS, the Oscar-winning ROOM, and STAR TREK CONTINUES (not to be confused with […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Carlton Cuse talks about the series finale – Interview

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THE STRAIN wraps up its four-season run on FX this Sunday, September 17. Created by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their trilogy of novels, THE STRAIN tells of an infectious strain of vampires, the strigoi, led by an extremely powerful Master, who can jump from body to body. Near the end of Season 3, the Master had taken over the body of billionaire Eldritch Palmer, played by Jonathan Hyde, who had been financing the vampire’s world conquest for his own (now thwarted) reasons. The Master is opposed by a small but dedicated band of humans. Dr Ephraim […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Kevin Durand and Miguel Gomez on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

iguel Gomez as Augustin Elizade in THE STRAIN - Season 2 | ©2016 Fox/Michael Gibson

In FX Networks’ THE STRAIN, now in its third season Sunday nights, New York has been overrun by the strigoi, a particularly vicious type of vampire under the control of the Master. A small group of humans are trying against all odds to defeat the Master. These include erstwhile NYC vermin exterminator Vasiliy Fet, played by Kevin Durand, and ex-petty criminal Augustin “Gus” Elizalde, played by Miguel Gomez. Durand makes himself available at a party thrown by Fox and FX Networks at West Hollywood’s Soho House. The following day, both he and Gomez sit down together at the Beverly Hilton […]Read On »

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FX NETWORKS: CEO John Landgraf talks THE STRAIN – Season 3 and more – exclusive interview

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FX Networks and FX Productions’ CEO John Landgraf sounds very happy when he addresses the Television Critics Association in August, which isn’t surprising given what he has to say. “In the twelve years I’ve been at FX, I don’t think we’ve ever had a better first half of a calendar year than 2016, and I know we’ve definitely never had a better traditional broadcast year than the 2015-2016 season. In addition to the four TCA and two AFI Awards, we broke out own basic cable record with fifty-six Emmy Awards.” Landgraf credits Variety reporter Maureen Ryan with, in November, writing […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Carlton Cuse talks Season 3 – Interview

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Carlton Cuse (LOST, BATES MOTEL, COLONY) is an executive producer and show runner on THE STRAIN. The FX Network series, now in its third season on Sunday nights, is based on a trilogy of books by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, about a vampire apocalypse that begins in New York City. Both Del Toro and Hogan are also executive producers on the show, with Del Toro directing some episodes and Hogan writing and serving as show runner alongside Cuse. Season 3 picks up on Day 23 of the emergency, with elite troops trying to eradicate the voracious strigoi, which […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Natalie Brown/Richard Sammel talk Season 3 – exclusive interview

THE STRAIN | © 2016 FX

THE STRAIN begins its third season on FX Network Sunday, August 28, with Manhattan fully under the control of the Master. Based on the trilogy of novels by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who also created the television series, THE STRAIN presents us with the Master as an ancient strigoi, or vampire, who holds telepathic sway over an ever-increasing legion of bloodsuckers. Lined up against the Master are a small group of humans. Among those on the Master’s side are his longtime ally Thomas Eichorst, played by Richard Sammel, and newly-turned Kelly Goodweather, portrayed by Natalie Brown. Brown, a […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Kevin Durand on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Kevin Durand as Vasily Fet. in THE STRAIN - Season 2 | ©2015 FX/Robert Sebree

It’s a busy period in actor Kevin Durand’s life. On FX Network’s THE STRAIN, now in its second season Sundays at 10 PM, he plays Vasiliy Fet, a New York City exterminator who switches from rats to vampires during an apocalypse. On History Channel’s VIKINGS, the Ontario-born actor portrays Harbard, aka the Wanderer, who may or may not actually be a Norse god. He also stars in the just-released-on-home video horror film DARK WAS THE NIGHT, where he plays a harried small-town sheriff. Meanwhile, in real life, Durand is a new father. Durand’s previous credits include STARGATE: SG-1, DARK ANGEL, […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Actor David Bradley on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

David Bradley in THE STRAIN - Season 2 | ©2015 FX/Robert Sebree

Actor David Bradley is dancing with the kind of gusto associated with Dickensian revels. His costar on THE STRAIN, Kevin Durand, is immortalizing the action with his cell phone. It’s perfectly appropriate – this is a party thrown by Fox and FX for the Television Critics Association press tour at West Hollywood’s Soho House and there’s music blaring – but whether one is most familiar with Bradley from his STRAIN role as determined and lethal vampire hunter Abraham Setrakian, the vile Walder Frey from GAME OF THRONES, actor William Hartnell aka the First Doctor Who from AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Guillermo Del Toro talks Season 2 and HELLBOY III – Interview

Corey Stoll is Ephraim Goodweather in THE STRAIN - Season 2 | ©2015 FX/Robert Sebree

With writer Chuck Hogan, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro has created THE STRAIN franchise three times – first as a trilogy of novels, then as graphic novels and now as the series running in its second season Sundays at 10 on FX Network, which has renewed the show for next year. Del Toro and Hogan both serve as executive producers on the chronicle of hive-minded vampires, called the Strigoi taking over New York City (and the world) under the command of a sinister Master. Del Toro, acclaimed for PAN’S LABYRINTH, the HELLBOY films, PACIFIC RIM and more, wrote (with Matthew Robbins) […]Read On »

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