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I love it when a plan comes together. One day after casting Mia Maestro as the lead for an intense little FX network pilot called The Strain, now the masters behind the vampire thriller, Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, select two more actors, choosing Titanic‘s Jonathan Hyde and Inglourious Basterds‘ Richard Sammel.
Who is who? Well, Hyde, who acted the part of Ismay in James Cameron’s massive and enduring blockbuster, Titanic, has been cast in the series regular role of Eldritch Palmer. Palmer is described as an elderly gentleman, the THR report calls “the third-richest man in the world” and “an invalid since childhood”. Where’s the kicker? Brace yourself, because here it comes. The goal our rich friend will stop at nothing to obtain is immortality.
Yikes! Right about now I’m remembering Cronos, Del Toro’s brilliant 1993 vampire film, which is perhaps one of the »
- Sasha Nova
One of the many projects Guillermo del Toro has moving forward is a TV version of The Strain, based on the trilogy of vampire novels he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan. FX has ordered a pilot episode and we have news of three more additions to the cast.
As previously reported, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) has been cast in the lead role, and Kevin Durand (Resident Evil: Retribution) will also be joining him. Stoll will be playing Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City, while Durand is taking on the part of “a second-generation Ukranian-American, a once-solitary rat exterminator who eagerly joins the war against vampires who have invaded New York.”
- Jonathan James
Two more names have signed on to appear in the upcoming FX adaptation of the Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan vampire opus The Strain. Read on for the details surrounding the latest additions, who happen to know a few things about changing the course of history.
THR reports that Titanic's Jonathan Hyde (pictured) and Inglourious Basterds' Richard Sammel have boarded the television project. Hyde will portray the series regular role of Eldritch Palmer, an elderly tycoon who's the third-richest man in the world who has been an invalid since childhood. Though his life-long fight against his frail body, he's developed a relentless drive to attain immortality by any means necessary.
Sammel, meanwhile, will play Thomas Eichorst, a mysterious figure from Professor Abraham Setrakian's past whose re-emergence in New York is not a coincidence. (The role of Setrakian has yet to be cast.) They join the previously announced Corey Stoll, »
- Uncle Creepy
One of the more intriguing projects on Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro’s always-crowded slate is the FX-backed television adaptation of The Strain novel trilogy. Del Toro co-wrote the books – a unique spin on both the vampire and post-apocalyptic genres – with celebrated crime novelist Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves, adapted by Ben Affleck in The Town), and will oversee the TV series with Lost veteran Carlton Cuse.
Beyond the casting of House of Cards standout Corey Stoll in the lead role of Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, news on this project has been light in the last few weeks, other than Del Toro’s confirmation that the series has gone straight into pilot production.
Now there’s a sudden wave of casting news, which is a definite signal that this is going forward. ...
Click to continue reading FX’s ‘The Strain’ Adds More Cast Members
- Anthony Vieira
A&E got some excellent news today as "Bates Motel" ended its first season as the second-most-watched new cable drama of the year. And if you're a fan of the show, we have more good news in the form of some hints of what's ahead.
Let's get the numbers out of the way first. Per THR's The Live Feed, the Season 1 finale episode averaged 2.7 million viewers, with 1.5 million of them in the targeted adults 18-49 category. That's a slight dip from March's 3 million premiere but on par with the series average of 2.7 million total viewers (1.5 million adults 18-49 and adults 25-54) tuning in during the entire ten-episode run. Live+Seven Day returns have the show earning 4.4 million viewers with DVR additions. The demographic scores rise to 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 2.5 million adults 25-54, boosts of a respective 72 and 67 percent.
As 2013 cable drama launches go, "Bates Motel" ranks only behind sister »
- KW Low
Last night we all saw A&E’s season one finale of Bates Motel. One day later, and Ep Carlton Cuse is giving us some information about what season 2 might entail. There’s a bevy of spoilers for the season finale in the following interview with THR.
The Hollywood Reporter: Norman killed Miss Watson!
Carlton Cuse: The ending is certainly a provocative moment that sets up a lot of story for next year.
THR: Where will season two pick up? Will there be a time jump?
Cuse: I don’t want to say exactly how we’re going to do that. Certainly the events at end of this season are very much in play when season two opens. One of the big questions looming is: What is Norman’s awareness of his own self, how much does Norma know? How much does she know about what Norman is really all about? »
- Andy Greene
Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim trailer is seriously sweet, but don’t call him a one trick pony. The man is a ground breaker in science fiction and horror, but have you heard about his upcoming vampire drama? Actress Mia Maestro knows all about it. He chose her for the lead role in The Strain.
Your first order of business is to forget about The Andromeda Strain, because this is something completely different. The Strain is an adaptation of del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy, which official has a pilot order. Del Toro has his fingers crossed that this will become a 13-episode series pickup.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn actress Mia Maestro will star in the pilot opposite former House of Cards actor Corey Stoll. The FX drama project is already quite high profile, explained the recent Deadline article.
The thriller tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, »
- Sasha Nova
Bates Motel Season 1, Episode 10 ‘Midnight’
Directed by Tucker Gates
returns for season 2 in 2014
(Randy is taking over for Ricky this week. You can read more of Randy’s reviews for other episodes of Bates Motel over at Processed Media).
Campy, frustrating, intriguing, laughably ridiculous… all of these words describe the first season of Bates Motel in some form or another, whether you’re talking about plot, setting, performances, or characters. Unfortunately, the only word that comes to mind when it comes to the finale is “contrived.” At least the show finally put its cards down on the table – except it didn’t, and what cards it put down make little to no sense whatsoever. Top it off with a “shocking” “twist” that nobody could give a fuck less about, and ‘Midnight’ stands as a testament to all that Bates Motel is and isn’t… »
The Season 1 finale of Bates Motel last night on A&E got 2.7 million viewers with 1.5 million among adults 18-49 and 1.4 million among adults 25-54. That’s up 15% in the 18-49 demo from last week’s show and up 8% in total viewers and among Adults 25-54. The finale was down from the show’s March 18 premiere that was the most-watched original drama in the demos in A&E’s history. The debut of the Psycho prequel garnered 3 million total viewers and 1.599 million viewers among adults 18-49 and 1.633 million viewers among adults 25-54. Those numbers made it a no-brainer that A&E announced on April 8 that it had renewed Bates Motel for a 10-episode second season to air in 2014. Overall, Bates Motel averaged 2.7 million viewers in its first season with 1.5 million in both the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Those results are the best any A&E drama has performed in the demos. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
The Season 1 finale left us with so many questions -- Did Norman actually kill Miss Watson? Or is her death connected to other dangerous elements of White Pine Bay? Who was Bradley's father having an affair with? What's Sheriff Romero really up to? And what exactly happened in Norma's past? -- and of course the powers that be won't give us answers, because that would spoil the fun.
Here's what executive producer Carlton Cuse and stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot and Nestor Carbonell were able to tease about Season 2 before the recent "Bates Motel" event at the Paley Center in Los Angeles.
Get ready to meet more branches on the Bates family tree...
"We'll meet some »
A day after casting the female lead, FX's Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse pilot The Strain has added two more to its cast. Titanic's Jonathan Hyde and Inglourious Basterds' Richard Sammel have boarded the Corey Stoll starrer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Story: 'House of Cards' Star Corey Stoll Nabs Lead in FX's 'The Strain' Based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan's book trilogy first published in 2009, the story centers on a vampire virus that infects New York and the Cdc doctor, Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather, who investigates the case. House of Cards breakout Stoll will play Goodweather, the head of
- Lesley Goldberg
The first season of "Bates Motel" came to a stunning end last night, and we are already chomping at the bit for Season 2 to begin! In the meantime here's a look "inside" Episode 1.10, "Midnight."
In the below video you'll learn from the writers and actors just how far Norma would go with her back up against the wall and uncover how Sheriff Romero's moral compass guides the inner workings of the town. You'll also hear the writers' thoughts on Norman's behavior in the final moments of the season finale.
The series stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland), Max Thieriot (Disconnect), Olivia Cooke (Blackout), and Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender). “Bates Motel” is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions.
"Bates Motel »
- KW Low
Last night saw the season one finale of Bates Motel. I'll be diving into an analysis of the hit A&E show a bit later today on The BloodCast podcast (with guests Brian Collins and The Psycho Legacy's Robert Galluzzo), until then, let's read what Carlton Cuse has to say about season two, shall we?
The showrunner spoke recently to The Hollywood Reporter. When asked what he had in mind for the sophomore season, moreover, if it would pick up a bit later in Norman's teenage years, Cuse said: "I don't want to say exactly how we're going to do that. Certainly the events at end of this season are very much in play when season two opens."
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Bates Motel Episode 110
Directed By: Tucker Gates
Original Airdate: 20 May 2013
In This Episode...
Norma goes straight to Romero to tell him about the threats Jake Abernathy made. He promises to “take care of it” but won’t elaborate on how. Norma can’t trust him on that and goes to Dylan, asking for a gun. He thinks that is a bad idea, but later takes pity on her and brings her a pistol. They go out to the woods and spend some quality mother-son bonding time as Dylan teaches her to shoot. He even, accidentally, calls her “Mom,” which pleases Norma and embarrasses Dylan.
Romero retrieves a sack of cash from a garage, then meets with Keith’s sister, Maggie. She was the bookkeeper for Keith and Shelby’s little business, and had been visited by Abernathy - using the name Joe Fioretti. »
- Alyse Wax
Mia Maestro has been added to the cast of FX’s The Strain, based on the bestselling novel from Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro. She will be opposite Corey Stoll, and will play his love interest. Here’s her character description:
…plays Dr. Nora Martinez, who works so closely with Ephraim, they finish each other’s sentences and stumble into an affair. A brilliant biochemist, Martinez cares more about people than the diseases that threaten them, but she will soon be forced to embrace a new identity as a ruthless warrior.
Maestro is known for her work on Alias, Frida and The Motorcycle Diaries. del Toro is directing the pilot, based on a script he also co-wrote with Hogan. Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, Lost) will act as showrunner. »
- Andy Greene
Spoiler alert! Don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the season finale of Bates Motel.
So that’s what Norman’s first kill looks like. Not his first first kill, mind you. That happened before the pilot — as far as we know, Norman attacking his father was his first homicidal break. But this was different: This was Norman being comforted by an older woman and then coerced by his “mother” into slashing her throat. That’s right: Our budding psycho offed sweet, pre-pedophiliac Miss Watson in Monday’s finale, which also included a shooting and a high school dance. »
- Adam Carlson
Corey Stoll ("House of Cards") is already set to star as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and Maestro will play his colleague and lover Dr. Nora Martinez in the series about a mysterious viral outbreak that turns people into vampires. Kevin Durand (who played Martin Keamy on "Lost") is also in the cast as Vasily Fet, an exterminator turned eager vampire slayer.
Although only in the pilot stage right now, FX is expected to order 13 episodes of the series which is also executive produced by Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel"). Del Toro will direct the pilot and co-wrote the script with Hogan.
According to Deadline, Maestro (pictured) plays Dr. Nora Martinez, who works so closely with Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) that they finish each other’s sentences and stumble into an affair. A brilliant biochemist, Martinez cares more about people than the diseases that threaten them, but she will soon be forced to embrace a new identity as a ruthless warrior.
Del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, who also co-authored the books with him. Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel"), who helped develop the adaptation, executive produces alongside del Toro and will serve as showrunner, overseeing the potential series with del Toro. Hogan and del Toro’s longtime manager »
- Uncle Creepy
The high-concept thriller is directed by Guillermo del Toro (the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth) — who also co-wrote the script with Chuck Hogan (The Town) — and exec-produced by Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel).
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Two pieces of casting news to share... Mia Maestro has been cast to play opposite Corey Stoll in The Strain, the upcoming horror series in development at FX based on the novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro is directing the pilot. Maestro is also joining Kevin Durand, who was cast in the pilot last month. Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel) is acting as showrunner.
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