'The Strain' Episode 9 Recap: The Master's Face Revealed, And It's... Just OK

September 8th, 2014 9:33am EDT
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Downtime must exist in every serialized drama (that is, a drama where each episode's story runs into the next, and doesn't do the "Law & Order" thing where a bad guy is introduced, tried, acquitted and then shot down on the courthouse steps by a justice-seeking victim every week).

TV stories move in stages; they have to structure smaller conflicts around a larger conflict that will inevitably burst in about three months' worth of episodes.

So there are bound to be lulls, entire episodes where the writers just shift around the pieces and wind things just tight enough for a giant conflict-s...

Latest Batch Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Teasers Will Scare The Crap Out Of You

September 5th, 2014 2:43pm EDT
Latest Batch Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Teasers Will
Season four of FX's hit horror series "American Horror Story: Freak Show" is upon us, and so are some new creepy new teasers for the show!

The network dropped three new clips on Thursday, and if you're not a big fan of clowns, now's the time to turn away!

The show is set in 1952 in Jupiter, Florida, and when the circus comes to town so does a "dark entity" that threatens the lives of everyone, including the freaks.

"This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience," reads the official press release.

The s...

'The Strain' Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: Insert Boxcutter, Remove Worm

September 1st, 2014 9:01am EDT
The Strain
Every television show in existence must do a bottle episode- it is written in the great cosmic TV code. Whether bound by a low budget (a "bottle episode" being an episode of a TV show that's filmed almost entirely in a single location) or just a sense of "hey, wouldn't it be cool if the whole cast was stuck in a walk-in freezer for a full hour?" the bottle episode must come.

"The Strain" is no different. Once "Creatures of the Night" gets going, it never leaves the confines of a lonely gas station convenience store (well, technically some people leave, but there's a 50% survival rate for t...

'Hangover' Star Has A New Gig

August 28th, 2014 8:44am EDT
Zach Galifianakis To Star In FX Series 'Baskets'
FX has ordered 10 episodes of the comedy series "Baskets," starring Zach Galifianakis and co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel.

According to the network, "Baskets follows Chip Baskets’ (Galifianakis) pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown."

Baskets is a man from Bakersfield, Calif., who wants to be a professional clown. However, after he fails to make it work at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, France, he is forced to take a job at a local rodeo.

Eric Schrier, President of Original Programing for FX Networks and FX Productions, explai...

'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: Drunken Nazis and a Vampire SWAT Team

August 25th, 2014 8:35am EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: Drunken Nazis and a Vampi
"For Services Rendered," last night's episode of "The Strain," doesn't push the story forward much, if at all. Especially in comparison to previous weeks, which rocketed us through the exposition like a vampire in search of a scrumptious carotid artery.

Really, our two major plot threads for the week were Eph, Norah, Setrakian and Jim (really, everyone who matters, at this point) trying to pull a double cross on ol' Eichorst, and the continuing saga of lawyer lady Joan Luss, who at this point is now fully a vampire, and fully in favor of chewing on both her husband and her children.

Our ...

'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 6 Recap: Ephraim Goodweather And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

August 17th, 2014 11:03pm EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 6 Recap: Ephraim Goodweather And T
Hey, remember that time when a hungry vampire tore through a nursing home and start draining the elderly of their precious fluids? You know- last week on "The Strain?"

Apparently "The Strain" doesn't.

Look, it's not like "The Strain" is the most deadly serious show on TV. The subject matter is (vampires, Nazis, the inevitable bloodless death of the entire Earth), but it handles those subjects with equal parts horror and gleeful giggling. So "The Strain" isn't really a show we should be picking apart, plot point by plot point.

But that an old folks' home could be invaded by vampires, tha...

Summer TV 2014's Top Villains!

August 17th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
Summer TV 2014's Top Villains!
You can’t have a good TV show without a villain. Even if it’s a reality show about making widgets, there’s got to be an evil widget in the mix making trouble for the rest of em’. With Summer 2014’s television season just about to set, we thought it would be fun to talk a look back and see which television evil-doers positively sizzled!

In no particular order (here there be spoilers!) …

Thomas Eichorst - The Strain (FX)

If you've been watching FX’s schlocky end-of-the-world vampire drama The Strain you've probably enjoyed Richard Sammel's chilly portrayal of the head vamp’s slithery ass...

The World's Smallest Woman, Jyoti Amge, Joins 'American Horror Story'

August 14th, 2014 1:25pm EDT
The World's Smallest Woman, Jyoti Amge, Joins 'American Horror S
Ryan Murphy has revealed that the world's smallest woman will appear on the upcoming season of "American Horror Story."

The "Glee" co-creator and AHS producer announced the news on Twitter. He posted a photo of the show's star, Jessica Lange, holding Jyoti Amge.

Jessica and our newest cast member Jyoti Amge...the world's smallest woman. pic.twitter.com/SIPhd4V0pQ

— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 13, 2014

Jyoti Amge was born in 1993 in India. When she turned 18 she was deemed the world's smallest living woman by the Guiness Book of Records. She is officially two-and-a-half-feet ta...

'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 4 Recap: So Long, Petty Divorce Drama, Hello Sword-in-a-Cane!

August 4th, 2014 8:45am EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 4 Recap: So Long, Petty Divorce Dr
A bearded old man beheading vampires with a sword-cane is like TV heroin- once you get that first taste, you'd gladly rob your mother blind for another hit. Also, when someone hints at the possibility of a senior citizen sword-cane vampire-ectomy, it can be very hard to wait patiently.

So when "The Strain's" resident vampire expert Abraham Setrakian demonstrated the effectiveness of sword-canes on creepy vampiric little girls, it was a big ol' cathartic "Wheee!" for the series.

"The Strain" has been ramping up the vampire action at a really terrific pace- the first two episodes offered li...

'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 3 Recap: Dude, Where's My Crotch?

July 28th, 2014 9:15am EDT
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Before we begin, let's give a quick shout-out to everybody involved with that opening "Eichorst covers his horrible vampire features with simulated human" sequence. TV is not a medium known for the highest quality of special effects (and as nifty as "The Strain" is, the CGI tongue spikes can look a little dodgy sometimes). But that was some grade-A makeup work. Kudos, you vampire freaks!

Alright, now for the endless joy and squickyness of "Gone Smooth." Last night's episode was all about our four survivors (well, three, really, because Ms. Smarmy Lawyer Lady was too busy decomposing to mak...