Watch picks up The Strain

Watch in the UK has acquired new Guillermo del Toro drama The Strain.

The Strain

The Strain

The 13×60′ series, which airs on FX in the US, is set in New York and follows the lethal outbreak of a virus linked to ancient vampires.

It is based on the book trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and produced by FX Productions. Carlton Cuse is the showrunner and he executive produces with del Toro, Hogan, and Gary Ungar.

The cast includes Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.

It is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.

The Strain will premiere on Watch in the autumn.

CBS visits Zoo

CBS has ordered an adaptation of James Patterson’s novel Zoo.

Zoo

Zoo

The 13×60′ drama, due to air in summer 2015, is described as a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide.

Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg wrote the script and are executive producers with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen.

ZOO is a CBS Television Studios production. The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

Pinkner, Appelbaum, Nemec, and Rosenberg recently signed a first-look deal with CBS Television Studios under their banner Midnight Radio. Mangold and Konrad have an overall deal with CBS Television Studios through Tree Line Films.

The Fixer rolls into action

Production has begun on a new four-hour miniseries called The Fixer.

Produced by Muse Entertainment, it stars Eric Dane and Kathleen Robertson in a story about a conspiracy of “fixers” who are believed to be behind a huge oil rig disaster that is designed to manipulate the stock market.

The producer is Gilles Perrault and the executive producers are Irene Litinsky, Michael Prupas, Gene Stein, and Christina O’Shea-Daly.

It is distributed outside of Canada by Sonar Entertainment, with Muse Distribution International retaining Canadian rights.

Sons of Anarchy take final bow

Sons of Anarchy will begin its final run this September.

Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy

The seventh and final season of the FX drama will continue the story of the notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring their town of Charming, California, remains exactly that – charming.

Sons of Anarchy returns to FX on September 9.

Sky falls for TNT

The fifth season of Falling Skies will be the last, TNT has announced.

Falling Skies

Falling Skies

The cable network has ordered a ten-part final season of the show, which tells the story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion.

The cast is led by Noah Wyle, who stars with Moon Bloodgood, and Will Patton.

From Amblin Television, Steven Spielberg executive produces with Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, David Eick, and Greg Beeman.

Meanwhile, TNT has also ordered new seasons of The Last Ship and Major Crimes.

Season two of The Last Ship, which will be an extended 13-episode order (season one was ten episodes), continues the story of the crew of Navy destroyer USS Nathan James living in a world with few survivors after a global catastophe. It stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Adam Baldwin.

Based on William Brinkley’s novel, The Last Ship is from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and its partners, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Bay, Fuller and Form executive produce with series co-creators Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane.

The Last Ship

The Last Ship

Major Crimes will have a 15-part fourth season.

The crime drama stars Mary McDonnell, GW Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P Keene, Kearran Giovanni, and Jonathan Del Arco.

Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, in association with Warner Bros Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard, Michael M Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff and Leo Geter executive produce.

Major Crimes

Major Crimes