FX Passes on Charlie Kaufman’s Pilot HOW AND WHY

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The prospect of seeing an original TV series from the mind of Charlie Kaufman was almost too good to be true.  Alas, after producing a pilot for a comedy called How and Why, FX has decided to pass on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation. scribe’s potential series, per Deadline.  The show was to star John Hawkes as a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.  The promising cast also included Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener, but apparently it wasn’t up to snuff for the network.  Hit the jump for more.

FARGO and LOUIE Renewed by FX; FARGO Season 2 Will Have New Cast, Setting, and Characters

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FX has announced renewals for a couple of its most popular shows, both of which nabbed plenty of Emmy nominations this year.  Louis C.K.’s increasingly bizarre but nonetheless poignant Louie has been given the go-ahead for season 5, while Fargo season 2 is officially a reality.  Louie will return next spring, though the order is only for seven episodes as opposed to this year’s 14.  FX took on a unique airing format with season 4, though, as each week saw the premiere of two Louie episodes back-to-back.  I’m not sure if the abbreviated season 5 means they’ll continue with that format, or just play one episode a week for seven consecutive weeks.  It’s not necessarily a shock that the order has been shortened since Louie’s ratings hit new lows this year, but it’s encouraging to hear that the show will indeed be back.  There’s truly nothing else like it.

Additionally, the buzzy anthology series Fargo is returning for a second season next year.  Though most were rightfully skeptical of a TV series adaptation of the Coen brothers masterpiece, many found writer/showrunner Noah Hawley’s show to be an inspired take on the material.  So how will Fargo move forward given how the first season wrapped up?  Details after the jump.

THE STRAIN Comic-Con Event Gives Fans Access to the Show With Unseen Footage and Guest Appearances

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FX just premiered The Strain last Sunday and unfortunately I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet.  But I hear the series, based on the books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is one of the more unrelenting takes on vampirism in TV history (and that it’s quite fun as well).  If you’re already a fan of the show, and if you’re going to be at the San Diego Comic-Con next week, then there’s an exclusive event you won’t want to miss.

The Strain (check out our recap) tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather,” the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  Goodweather and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.  As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.  The show stars Corey Stoll, Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.  Hit the jump for more info on how to get into The Strain Comic-Con event!

SONS OF ANARCHY Season 7 Premieres September 9; Plus First Look at Marilyn Manson’s Character

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FX announced today that Sons of Anarchy Season 7 will premiere September 9.  The final season will kick off with a special 105-minute episode, followed by the live post-show Anarchy Afterword.  Hosted by Chris Franjola, Anarchy Afterword will air twice this year: once after the premiere and again after the series finale.

Additionally, FX released a new Sons of Anarchy Season 7 image that shows the new white supremacist character played by Marilyn Manson sitting across from Jax (Charlie Hunnam) in their orange prison jumpsuits.  Check out the first-look image and the press release with premiere details after the jump.

MARRIED and YOU’RE THE WORST Reviews: FX’s New Comedies Explore Difficult Relationships

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For its summer schedule, FX has rolled out two comedies (in name, if not exactly in execution) about couples desperate to break from the conventional.  In Married, Lina (Judy Greer) and Russ Bowman (Nat Faxon) find life to be dull and stressful, as they raise three girls and struggle to pay bills and keep an invigorated intimate life.  The Bowman’s situation is the worst nightmare for Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash), the stars of You’re the Worst, who claim to have allergic reactions to the idea of relationships at all.  Hit the jump to find out when the comedy kicks in, and if it does.

Brett Gelman Talks the “Darkness of Life”, Drawing from Personal Experiences, and Breaking Away from the Rigidity of “Jokes” on the Set of FX’s MARRIED

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They shoot really quickly on the set of Married.  The use of practical locations and natural lights naturally lends itself to a super quick turn around.  As such when the actors aren’t filming a scene, they’re usually rehearsing for whatever brief amount of time they have until the next set-up is ready.  On the day of my set visit for the upcoming series, co-star Brett Gelman (Go On) was especially busy in the midst of shooting his climactic moments on the show.  Gelman co-stars as AJ, a recently divorced lawyer, whose life slowly starts to unravel in a whirlwind of drugs and alcohol.  Have I mentioned yet that Married is a comedy?

Gelman was too busy during filming to speak with me on location; but a week later, the gregarious character-actor was more than kind to hop on the phone and chat with myself and a couple other journalists about his time on Married, breaking away from the rigidity of jokes and finding the comedy in the darkest of moments.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Jenny Slate Talks Being Typecast as the Bitch, the Restrictions of Network TV, and Her Own Marriage on the Set of FX’s New Series MARRIED

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Jenny Slate is having a hell of a year.  The perennial guest star – stints on Bored to Death, Parks and Recreation & House of Lies – has finally found her own lead role on TV. “It’s really nice to have an actual home” Slate confides, “I like my other [shows] a lot but I like having a real place where everyone knows me. I’m a family gal.”  I’m on the set of the new FX relationship comedy Married in mid May about two or so months before the show is set to premiere this week and a month before Slate’s own indie feature Obvious Child will become a surprise critical and commercial success.

On the day of my visit, Slate seems infectiously eager to chat in-between takes about her character Jess, best friend to protagonist Russ (Nat Faxon).  Married follows a trio of friends (Faxon, Slate & Brett Gelman) as they experience the highs and lows of (you probably already guessed it) married life.  The personal subject matter of the show naturally lends itself to more intimate questions with the talent, Slate (herself recently married) confiding what she drew from her own personal life for the character.  In addition, Slate discussed her confusion with always being typecast as ‘the bitch’ and the restrictions she felt on Network TV.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro Talk THE STRAIN, Creature Design, Casting, a Maximum 5 Season Run and More

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From filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, The Strain tells the story of an epic battle for survival between man and vampire.  When Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control in New York City, and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that is eerily similar to an ancient and evil strain of vampirism, they quickly realize that they are waging war for the fate of humanity itself.  The show also stars David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown and Jack Kesy.

During this recent interview to discuss the show’s premieres, Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro talked about collaborating together, that this is the unadulterated version of the show that they wanted to make, that they basically follow the narrative of the first book in the first season, that they don’t see the series going beyond five seasons, creating the look of the creatures, and how the casting came together.  Check out what they said after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Guillermo del Toro Talks the Status of CRIMSON PEAK, PAN’S LABRYNTH on Criterion, and Making THE STRAIN Idiosyncratic

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As you may have noticed from our recent news that Guillermo del Toro is directing a small-scale black and white film before Pacific Rim 2, considering releasing two cuts of At the Mountains of Madness, and dropped details regarding the Pacific Rim animated series, Steve recently had a revealing conversation with the filmmaker about his upcoming projects.  There’s plenty to unpack from the interview, and so today we’d like to share what he had to say about the current status of his next film, Crimson Peak, whether Pan’s Labyrinth will be coming to Criterion, and how much creative freedom he was given by FX to make his new TV series The Strain.  Highlights include the revelation that Crimson Peak only has one deleted scene, a bit of insight into his production process, and the evolving creative procedure in making The Strain.  Read on after the jump.

Comic-Con 2014: FX Announces Panels for THE STRAIN, ARCHER, SONS OF ANARCHY, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY

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FX has unveiled its schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014, which kicks off in a little over two weeks.  Panels will be held for three returning series, as well as one highly anticipated debut.  Briefly:

  • The Strain – The panel for Guillermo del Toro’s new vampire drama series will be held on Sunday in Hall H, with del Toro, showrunner Carlton Cuse, executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and the entire cast (including Corey Stoll and Sean Astin) in attendance.  The entire third episode will be screened after the Q&A.
  • Archer – A screening and Q&A for the magnificent animated series will be held on Friday in the Indigo Ballroom, with the voice cast and creators in attendance.  An original animated short created specifically for SDCC will be screened.
  • Sons of Anarchy – Creator Kurt Sutter, executive producer Paris Barclay, and cast will take part in a screening at Q&A on Sunday in Hall H.
  • American Horror Story – Creator Ryan Murphy and a number of castmembers will discuss AHS: Coven and the upcoming AHS: Freak Show with a special tease of the new season on Saturday in Ballroom 20.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned panels, and look for our full recaps on Collider during Comic-Con.  2014 Comic-Con runs from Thursday, July 24th through Sunday, July 27th.

FX Orders Denis Leary’s New Comedy SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL to Series; First Images Released

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Denis Leary is back in the FX business.  The network has ordered to series a new comedy from the Rescue Me co-creator/star, titled Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.  Leary created and also stars in this new series, which revolves around middle-aged rocker Johnny Rock, whose dash with stardom was cut short due to his alcohol and drug abuse, as well as the fact that he slept with his best friend/lead guitarist’s wife.  His band, The Heathens, only managed to put out one very well-received album before breaking up, and now 25 years later Johnny is trying to get the band back together.  FX has ordered 10 episodes of the half-hour comedy, set to debut sometime in 2015.

In addition to Leary, the cast also includes John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix, and Bobby Kelly.  Check out the first images after the jump, along with the full press release.

New THE STRAIN Trailer Marks the End of Our World

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FX has released a new trailer for The Strain, and it’s the first one that isn’t a creepy teaser.  Created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, the story revolves around a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects.  Del Toro co-wrote and directed the pilot and oversaw the writing of the scripts for the first season, but Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse acts as the day-to-day showrunner of the series.  This is the first trailer to provide some hints about the plot, but, like the other trailers thus far, shows that TV might have another great horror series on its hands.

Hit the jump to check out The Strain trailer.  The series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel GomezThe Strain premieres on FX on July 13th.

New THE STRAIN Trailers and Images for FX’s New Thriller Series Starring Corey Stoll and Sean Astin

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It seems like we’ve been waiting a long while for FX’s adaptation of the book trilogy The Strain, but we’re now a little under two months away from the show’s premiere and the network has unveiled some new teaser trailers and images to tide us over.  Created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, the story revolves around a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects.  Del Toro co-wrote and directed the pilot and oversaw the writing of the scripts for the first season, but Lost alum Carlton Cuse acts as the day-to-day showrunner of the series.  It continues to look like a sufficiently creepy horror drama, and I can’t wait to check out the full show this summer.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Strain trailers and images.  The series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel GomezThe Strain premieres on FX on July 13th.

THE STRAIN to Premiere on FX July 13th; Premiere Dates Announced for TYRANT, WILFRED, THE BRIDGE, and More

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FX and FXX have announced summer premiere dates for its upcoming series.  Briefly:

  • The Strain (July 13th) – The FX adaptation of the horror trilogy comes from creator/executive producer Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, telling the story of a viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient strain of vampirism.  Cory Stoll and Sean Astin star, and del Toro directed the pilot.
  • Tyrant (June 24th) – The new FX drama series from Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon revolves around an American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.  David Yates directed the pilot.
  • Wilfred (June 25th) – The comedy series returns for its fourth and final season on FXX, starring Elijah Wood.
  • The Bridge (July 9th) – The second season of the FX drama continues the relationship between Demian Bichir’s Mexican police officer and his American counterpart, played by Diane Kruger.
  • Married (July 17th) – The new FX comedy series starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer tells the story of being “miserably in love.”
  • You’re the Worst (July 17th) – Another new FX comedy series revolving around a new relationship.

Hit the jump to read full synopses for the aforementioned series.

Oliver Platt Talks FARGO, His Initial Trepidation to Join the Series, How Much Backstory He Was Given, and More

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An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, the FX drama series Fargo features an all-new crime story with all-new characters.  Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who turns the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined.  From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Adam Goldberg and Joey King.

During this recent interview to promote the show, actor Oliver Platt (“Stavros Milos”) talked about what attracted him to this role, how much of a backstory he was given, his trepidation about signing on, approaching the show’s unique humor, shooting in Calgary, and how he feels about the evolution of television.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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