FX Renews The Strain

The StrainFX announced yesterday that it has renewed The Strain, its Carlton Cuse vampire drama based on the books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. From del Toro’s statement, as quoted at Give Me My Remote: “Another season to spread the virus! Working with Carlton, Chuck and FX has been immensely rewarding and we have such sights to unveil in the upcoming episodes—the blood hits the fan on this one, mankind becomes an endangered species.” The show will return next summer.

Inside The Strain: The World

The StrainWant to learn more about The Strain? Check out this featurette from FX in which EPs Guillermo Del Toro and Carlton Cuse and stars Corey Stoll, Sean Astin, Mia Maestro, David Bradley, Richard Sammel, and Kevin Durand shed some light on their fictional world and this version of vampires. The show premieres on July 13th.

TV in Development: Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, John Scalzi, & More

FremantleMedia has acquired Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods and is working on turning it into a drama series.

Universal TV is adapting Stephen King’s short story “Ayana.”

FX is working on a limited series based on John Scalzi’s Redshirts.

Seth Rogen is adapting the comic Preacher for AMC.

Syfy is working on an adaptation of DC Comics’s DMZ.

Justified to End After Season 6

JustifiedDuring his TCA press tour presentation yesterday, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf confirmed the rumors that season six would be the last season of drama Justified.

“It was [showrunner] Graham Yost and Timothy Olyphant’s decision,” he said. “I would have liked to have had more Justified. It’s one of my favorite shows.”

Justified, based on the work of Elmore Leonard, is currently airing season five, so I assume this means the final season will air in early 2015. Thoughts? While I’ll be sad to see such a good show go, I am a big fan of letting shows end on their own terms and in a good place, creatively, so I can’t really complain.

TV in Development: Knifeman, Dwyane Wade, Oprah Winfrey, Eliot Ness, & More

Let’s catch up on some books recently optioned or put into development for TV . . .

  • AMC: Knifeman, based on Wendy Moore’s biography The Knife Man
  • CBS: Randy Wayne White’s series Doc Ford
  • Fox: Dwyane Wade’s autobiography A Father First
  • FX: Ron Hansen’s Old West novel Desperadoes; The Code, an Underground Railroad event series from Kelsey Grammer based on James McBride’s Song Yet Sung
  • HBO: Julie Holland’s Moody Bitches, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Diablo Cody; comedy Mr. Romance based on a Joshuah Bearman (Argo) article
  • History Channel: Historical miniseries Jamestown based on Benjamin Woolley’s Savage Kingdom
  • IDW Entertainment: Michael Chiklis’s comic Pantheon
  • NBC: Eliot Ness miniseries Nemesis based on the book by William Bernhardt
  • Ringleader Studios: Colin Wilson’s The Space Vampires, to (probably) be called Lifeforce
  • ShineBox SMC: Philipp Meyer’s Texas oil epic The Son