FX has renewed “The Strain” for Season 3, and set premiere dates for a slew of dramas, including the new season of “American Horror Story.”
The cabler is expected to make the announcements Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills.
“The Bastard Executioner” from “Sons of Anarchy” boss Kurt Sutter will bow Sept. 15.
“Bastard” will make its TCA debut this afternoon with casts members and creatives Paris Barclay, Brian Grazer, Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal and Sutter. The 10-episode drama follows newcomer Jones, who plays Wilkin Brattle, a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is spiritually tortured and broken by the ravages of war, thus vowing to lay down his sword. However, when violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
“American Horror Story: Hotel” will debut Oct. 7.
Ryan Murphy’s fifth installment of the Emmy-winning franchise stars Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Wes Bentley, Chloë Sevigny, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson and musician Lady Gaga. Details on the new season are being kept under wraps, but a glimpse of Lady Gaga’s character was revealed in a recent promo, showing a creepy hand at a hotel bell desk.
The second season of “Fargo” with an all-new cast premieres Oct. 12.
The miniseries, this time, is set in 1979 and follows Patrick Wilson’s and Ted Danson’s respective cops Lou Solverson and Hank Larsson as they investigate what appears to be a murder at a diner. Along the way, the duo has encounters with a conspiracy-minded character played by Nick Offerman and a formidable foe, played by Jean Smart.
Today’s TCA panel for “Fargo” will welcome Danson, Smart, plus Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, John Cameron, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Jeffrey Donovan, Zahn McClarnon, Brad Garrett and Bokeem Woodbine.
As for “The Strain,”the horror drama series was last summer’s No. 1 new television series among young adults, and is now averaging a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and about 2.65 million viewers overall in the early going of its second season, according to live plus-3 estimates from Nielsen. Among ad-supported cable dramas, it ranks No. 2 this summer (behind ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars”) in adults 18-49.
“Strain” is slated to return next summer.