FX has renewed “The Strain” for a fourth and final season, which will premiere in the summer of 2017.
Now airing its third season, the vampire series — designed from the beginning to be a limited-run production — is from Guillermo del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH), Chuck Hogan (13 HOURS) and Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel”). The trio executive produces and writes the series, with Cuse also serving as showrunner.
“We sincerely thank Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team, as well as the fantastic cast for three exciting seasons of ‘The Strain,’” said Nick
Grad, FX Networks president of original programming. “Though we’re sad to see it go, we fully support the way in which they are crafting the fourth season’s dramatic conclusion.”
Cuse points to FX’s willingness to fully embrace their “creative intentions” as a key part of the show’s successful development.
“Our original plan was for the series to last three years,” Cuse said. “Once we began telling that story, it expanded to be more. After finishing the writing on Season 3, Guillermo, Chuck and I looked at our remaining story and felt the best version could be told in one more season.
“We have a fantastic plan for an exciting and climatic Season 4. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.”
Based on a trilogy of novels launched by del Toro and Hogan in 2009, the series follows a wide-scale vampire invasion of New York City and the resulting chaos as residents are walled in by the government and must fight for their survival.
Season 4 should prove to be exciting end for “The Strain,” especially with a story in place that is likely free from padding, which often trips up series that are not mindful of the ultimate endgame.
“The Strain” stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez, Ruta Gedmintas, Max Charles, Rupert Penry- Jones, Joaquín Cosío and Samantha Mathis. It’s also executive produced by Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, Gary Ungar and J. Miles Dale.
The series airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on FX and concludes its third season Oct. 30.