‘The Strain’ worms its way back into your eyes in July

FX has announced that the Season 2 premiere for “The Strain” will be almost exactly one year after the series premiere.

Previously set for a nebulous “July” premiere date, the premiere for Season 2 of the FX vampire drama has been set for Sunday, July 12. “The Strain” launched its first season on July 13 last year. And “The Strain” will continue in its regular Sunday 10 p.m. slot.

Vaunted as the most-watched new cable drama of 2014, “The Strain” continues to be based on the series of novels from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, with Carlton Cuse as showrunner. With Live+7 data, the first season of “The Strain” averaged 6.28 million viewers, including 3.49 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic. 

I was on the Toronto set of “The Strain” last month and while Season 1 stuck fairly closely to del Toro and Hogan's first book, it seems that Season 2 will be branching out in potentially dramatic ways, with possibly as much as half of the narrative arcs originating in the TV series. The original-to-TV storylines seem to concentrate on the collapse of various political and social institutions in the aftermath of the burgeoning vampire epidemic, which could potentially be interesting.

Changes for Season 2 include Max Charles replacing Ben Hyland as Zach Goodweather and Joaquin Cosio playing legendary luchador Angel de la Plata.

Oh and for fans of the books, you know how we kinda assumed that the character played by Stephen McHattie was Quinlan? Apparently that's not exactly the case…

We'll have more coverage of “The Strain” Season 1 as we get closer to the premiere…

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