This series is based on a series of vampire thrillers Del Toro coauthored with a writer named Chuck Hogan a few years back. I'm told the books are deeply unexceptional, but they sound like they might lend themselves well to the more macabre side of Del Toro's film-making style. First season is 13 episodes, and starts on FX on Sunday July 13th, which is tonight as I write this. Looks pleasingly gross and disquieting. I have hopes. This is one of two semi-sf shows I'm looking forward to trying in the coming days, Extant being the other.
It surprises me we don't already have a thread about this, given Del Toro's popularity, so if I've missed one my apologies.
Of note: Del Toro directed the pilot for The Strain himself, and a set visit article I was reading earlier claims that he's also directed some individual sequences in subsequent episodes that particularly strike him. Apparently he's also made his presence and oversight felt on set fairly regularly -- Del Toro was shooting a big haunted house movie, Crimson Peak, during production on The Strain, limiting his availability, but he was shooting it in Toronto, which is also where The Strain was filmed, making it possible for him to be directly involved day-to-day to some degree.
Thoughts from those who've seen it? Is it the good shit?