FX Sets Summer Premieres of ‘The Strain,’ ‘The Bridge’ Season 2, Final ‘Wilfred’ and More
All spring long FX has teased us with cryptic spots for Guillermo del Toro vampire drama ‘The Strain,’ as well as the ‘Homeland‘-esque ‘Tyrant,’ but even without a full trailer, the cable network has good news. Find out exactly when FX and FXX will roll out its summer premieres, including ‘The Strain,’ ‘Tyrant,’ ‘The Bridge‘ season 2, the final episodes of ‘Wilfred,’ and new comedies ‘Married’ and ‘You’re the Worst’ right now!
According to the latest press release, FX will first roll out the middle eastern ‘Tyrant’ on Tuesday, June 24, with FXX premiering the fourth and final season of Elijah Wood’s ‘Wilfred’ on June 25. ‘The Bridge’ will return for a second FX season on Wednesday, July 9, with ‘The Strain’ drawing first blood on Sunday, July 13. The subsequent Thursday July 17 will bring us new FX comedies ‘Married,’ with Nat Faxon and ‘Arrested Development”s Judy Greer, as well as ‘You’re the Worst.’
Based on del Toro’s 2009 novel trilogy, ‘The Strain’ follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (‘House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll), a CDC operative who investigates 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. Also present among the cast are Regina King, Sean Astin (‘Lord of the Rings‘), Roger Cross (‘24‘), Leslie Hope, Robert Maillet (‘Pacific Rim‘), Mia Maestro (‘Alias’), Lauren Lee Smith, Miguel Gomez, Kevin Durand (‘LOST‘), David Bradley (‘Game of Thrones,’ replacing John Hurt) and Richard Sammel (‘Inglorious Basterds’).
‘Tyrant’ was developed by ‘Homeland’ producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, along with ‘LOST’ writer Craig Wright, and centers on Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), son of the dictator of a war-torn Middle Eastern country who returns from a self-imposed 20 year exile with his American wife and children, and gets caught up past conflicts once again. ‘Life of Pi‘ director Ang Lee had originally signed on to helm the pilot episode but was later replaced by ‘Harry Potter‘ franchise vet David Yates.
As for ‘The Bridge, ‘The Descendants’ star Matthew Lillard and ‘Breaking Bad‘ heartbreaker Emily Rios had been promoted to series regular, following acclaimed guest turns in the first season. Season 2 will pick up the ongoing thread of border relations, where much of the first season moved away from the politics to a more general murder mystery. A mysterious cash-filled home discovered by Lillard and Rios’ characters toward the finale will also play prominently into the second season.
Finally, the fourth and final season of ‘Wilfred’ will take place over 10 episodes on FXX, down from the 13 of previous FX years, though departed showrunner David Zucker will return to helm the dramedy’s final year after co-showrunners Eli Jorne and Reed Agnew stepped up for Zucker’s season 3 absence.
Well, what say you? Which of FX and FXX’s summer offerings are you most looking forward to checking out?