SDCC Scoop: Corey Stoll, Sean Astin, Mia Maestro and More Talk THE STRAIN

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Can’t get enough of the FX’s freaky frightfest that is THE STRAIN? Well, then why not sink your teeth into these fun videos with visionary co-creator (Guillermo Del Toro) and cast members Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin Richard Sammel and David Bradley from this past July’s San Diego Comic Con. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more...]

TCA 2014: Quick Takes From FX’s TCA Presentations for TYRANT, THE BRIDGE, THE STRAIN, SONS OF ANARCHY and FARGO

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On Day 13 of the 16-day biannual Television Critic’s Association Summer 2014 Press Tour, FX introduced its new programming, and the following is a snapshot-look at a few of its new and returning series.

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“Tyrant” is FX’s new summer series that debuted June 24th, about a fictional Middle East country Abbudin run by a family dictatorship. Then, on the day of his grandson’s wedding, the reigning dictator Al Fayeed dies, leaving his eldest son Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) to take over. Unfortunately, the younger son, who had fled to the U.S. twenty years earlier changing his name from Bassam to Barry (Adam Rayner), had chosen this pivotal time to return for his nephew’s wedding, and once the father dies, Barry feels compelled to stay to help ease boiling tensions in the country by standing by his older brother Jamal’s ascension to power. The Al Fayeed family has been such an oppressive ruling dictatorship that now that the ruthless father has died, the entire country is unwilling to be subjugated to another. With Jamal’s taking over his father’s role and showing signs of being even more ruthless than his father, the country is on the verge of upheaval with violent protests erupting all over. So Barry is uncertain if he should flee with his family before things get any worse, back to their safe and comfortable lives in the U.S., or if he can really make a difference by staying and supporting his brother’s regime. “Tyrant” is show is a bleak look at tyranny and the tensions of a family that is uncertain how to maintain their position of power or even if they should continue to wield such unchecked power over an entire nation. The theme of the show is “the price of power” and it is explored in a thought-provoking fashion. First point of interest: As intellectually stimulating as it is to watch, “Tyrant” has graphic violence, some of which is sexual violence that can be stomach-turning. Point of interest: Due to a recent military conflict, “Tyrant” relocated the location for filming from Israel to Turkey. (“Tyrant” is a 10-episode series, with four episodes having already aired. New episodes air on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. on FX.) [Read more...]

THE STRAIN Scoop: The Cast Teases Season 1 From the Red Carpet

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FX’s new drama THE STRAIN is looking to bring a darker vampire tale to your television screens. It wants viewers to curl up with a blanket and pillow and get ready to have the hairs on the back on their necks stand on end. THE STRAIN may initially start out like a routine virus outbreak tale, but right away people will start to figure out that this is no ordinary virus. People are not just dying, they are changing, and vampirism is not pretty. The transformations are brutal and ugly, and the vampires are meant to be the creatures of your worst nightmares. This is, after all, coming from one of modern film’s greatest monster-makers, Guillermo Del Toro.

At a special advance screening of the series at the Director’s Guild, the cast and producers provided some fun teasers about the show and what to expect from the various characters who get swept up in the first-wave of the viral attack. [Read more...]

Red Carpet Redux: The Cast of THE BRIDGE Teases Season 2

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FX’s tense drama THE BRIDGE returns for its second season with the continuing saga of Detectives Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) as they seek to stop the killing of young woman in Juarez, Mexico, whether it be by one man “El Diablo” or a coordinated culture of police corruption and depravity amongst a select few who view these girls as disposable commodities. Also left unresolved from the first season is whether Marco will actually go forward on his vendetta against the man who killed his son.

Simultaneously, there is the fates of Charlotte Millwright (Annabeth Gish) and her faithful farm hand Cesar (Alejandro Patino), who inherited a tunnel between the U.S. and Mexico, which Fausto Galvin (Ramon Franco), the Mexican drug cartel leader, considers his business investment and property for his exclusive use in smuggling drugs over the border. But there may be a bit of a tug of war for that business opportunity with the appearance of Monte P. Flagman (Lyle Lovett) who may have his own designs on the tunnel and the drug enterprise.

Also pursuing life on the sidelines and looking for an angle to exploit to further their careers are Daniel Frye (Matthew Lillard) and Adrianna Mendez (Emily Rios), who are certain that there is a much bigger story to be uncovered with the disappearing girls of Juarez.

With so many lives unknowingly intertwined, yet all following the same threads to perhaps the same end point, things are about to get a lot more heated and intense and dangerous for everyone.

During a special premiere, the cast of THE BRIDGE took a few minutes to preview where their varied characters’ stories pick back up as well as introducing a few new characters who join the fight against drug trafficking and human slavery in both El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. [Read more...]

JUSTIFIED Preview: The Cast Teases “A Murder of Crowes” and Other Adventures of Season 5

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Returning to its Florida bayou roots, JUSTIFIED starts off its fifth season with a slight detour down memory lane for Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). Raylan is asked to take a trip back down to Florida’s everglades to lend assistance in a case where an off-duty customs officer was shot, and who may have had ties to the infamous Crowe family – more specifically, kin of Dewey Crowe. [Read more...]

THE BRIDGE: Introducing FX’s Hot New Murder Mystery

From the initial moments of the new series THE BRIDGE, it becomes apparent that there is something more than a mere murder going on.  For one, the body has been carefully placed, half in Mexico and half in the U.S., on the bridge connecting the two countries at the border.  Better yet, at each step of the investigation, a new significant surprise awaits. It also leads to a very thorny political issue of why U.S. crimes are pursued more diligently than crimes right across the border in Mexico.  The killer is not intent on simply killing, he has a very dark message; one which he uses many disturbing methods to convey. [Read more...]

American Espionage Story?! Your First Look at FX’s THE AMERICANS

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Because it’s never too early to get excited about mid-season’s slew of television premieres comes your first look at what is already shaping up to be a lock for one of our favorite new shows of 2013. Keri Russell (FELICITY) and Matthew Rhys (BROTHERS & SISTERS) star in THE AMERICANS. But don’t let that title fool you, as Rhys and Russell play Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, two KGB spies posing as Americans in the suburban Washington DC during the Reagan era. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more...]