News Briefs: Guillermo del Toro Is Partnering with FX on a Non-Wussy Vampire Series

By Tim Surette

Sep 21, 2012


... FX has ordered a pilot that sounds awwwwwesome. Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) will produce and write The Strain, based on the trilogy of novels he wrote. The series details a vampire outbreak, and will differ from the rest of pop culture's vampires in that these guys don't sparkle or romance your teenage daughter, they just rip people to shreds and drain them like Capri Suns. Lost's Carlton Cuse will run the series if it makes it to series, with del Toro directing as many episodes as possible. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox is developing America's Son, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. in the vein of Hamlet. The drama, which comes from The West Wing writer Paul Redford, follows the son of a recently killed president as he uncovers family secrets and learns that his father was murdered. Sounds like another project that belongs on cable. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC is in talks to revive the canceled NBC show The Playboy Club. Wait, that's not right. TLC is in talks to revive the canceled NBC show Who Do You Think You Are?, the reality program that digs up the pasts of celebrities' ancestors. [Bloomberg]

... Spike TV has ordered to series Urban Tarzan, another one of those docu-reality shows that chases professional animal wranglers as they extract beasts from people's backyards. This time, the focus is on a guy who legally changed his name to UrbanTarzan. I'm sure he's a regular Joe like you and me. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Stephen Colbert will be making a guest appearance on The Office! The former Daily Show correspondent will play Broccoli Rob, a guy who used to be in an a cappella group with Andy. Look for Colbert in the Halloween episode. [EW]

... Sherilyn Fenn, my first love, is acting again and joining the Starz series Magic City. The Twin Peaks star will play a madam at a brothel paid for by Ben Diamond. I don't care if they're fake and plucked to hell, she still has the best eyebrows on the planet! [THR]

... Missy Pyle (Galaxy Quest) will guest-star on the NBC midseason comedy 1600 Penn. She'll play a secret service agent who looks after one of the president's daughters. [TV Guide]

... Diane Kreuger (Inglourious Basterds) has landed the lead in the FX pilot The Bridge. The series follows two detectives—one in the U.S. and one in Mexico—as they track down a serial killer who's doing the murder thing in both countries. Kreuger will play a cop from El Paso, Texas who's said to be a bit uncouth, with offensive and comedic results. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Eric Kripke is looking to old friends for help with his new show Revolution. Kripke has asked three actors from his former show Supernatural to guest-star on the new NBC series. Mark Pellegrino, who played Lucifer on SPN, will play a militia officer in Episode 3; Todd Stashwick, who played Dracula in the underrated "Monster Movie," will play a drug lord; and youngster Colin Ford, who played young Sam, will play a kid whose brother was abducted by the militia. How about we bring on Jensen Ackles as a hunky shirtless dude, too? [TV Line]

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  • TrueTvWatcher Sep 22, 2012

    The Strain sounds awesome, and I love Del Toro's directing!

    Supernatural cast members cast on Revolution should be interesting.

  • Jossjunkie Sep 22, 2012

    The Strain sounds awesome. Capri-Suns lol...made me think of Spike, "happy meals with legs".

    Yay for Mark Pellegrino on Revolution! He's always so good. And I loved Todd Stashwick in Monster Movie, great episode.

  • klotensen Sep 22, 2012

    Awww, I love Wussy-Vampire Series... No wait I hate them! So good news about the Strain and del Torro handling it. On the other hand del Torro said a lot and did little over the last few years - I sincerely hope he pulls through with it, because visually he's one of my favorite directors!

  • keramarie Sep 21, 2012

    I am so excited about The Strain news as I have read the trilogy and loved it!!!!!! Also, I like the news about Kripke bringing Supernatural actors to Revolution. I love when my favorite shows share actors/actresses. Besides Mark Pellegrino was on Lost with Elizabeth Mitchell, created by JJ Abrams... Those Lost actors are everywhere! :)

  • dark7angel Sep 21, 2012

    Exciting news about The Strain!

  • lsbloom Sep 21, 2012

    It's odd to make it sound like Stephen Colbert hasn't done anything since the Daily Show.

  • Writerpatrick Sep 21, 2012

    I've still to watch the last three episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? There's only so much one can take of it because it just tends to repeat itself after a while. There's also now a Canadian version of Who Do You Think You Are? airing on the CBC. The first episode had Don Cherry.

  • Davieashtray Sep 21, 2012

    I would look forward to a vampire show where the vampires don't sparkle or seduce high school girls 200 years younger than them. Vampires are supposed to be monsters, stop romanticizing them. I'm getting kind of sick of the "good" vampires. Even on shows like the Vampire Diaries, both Stefan and Damon have arcs where they go bad for an episode or two, and yeah they kill a few people, but all is forgiven next episode when they are good and tortured again.

  • prowly Sep 21, 2012

    Well that formula certainly works for movies, but I have my doubts about how it might work on TV. I assume based on the premise that the focus will be on the humans, and the vampires will be antagonists in the same vein as the zombies of The Walking Dead? You know, there, but not really fleshed out? Otherwise, wouldn't the cast just be giant revolving door of talent, with humans and vampires frequently getting killed off?

  • Taccado Sep 21, 2012

    I have a soft spot for Guillermo del Toro. His work isn't always top quality, but it is consistently entertaining and the visuals are stunning. Another vampire show sounds kind of boring, but maybe he'll turn into something great.Apparently the last time he did a TV show was in the late 80s, so having him back on the small screen is quite a catch for FX.

  • StickBoySalad Sep 21, 2012

    Sorry, can't help it. Every time you talk about Erik Kripke, I think of this guy:

  • prowly Sep 21, 2012

    Who doesn't?

  • hakone1 Sep 21, 2012

    You are not alone:)

  • TrevPlatt Sep 21, 2012

    Me too!

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