'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
The Strain
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...

Kurt Sutter Thought 'Outside The Box' When Casting Marilyn Manson In 'Sons Of Anarchy'

July 22nd, 2014 10:19am EDT
Marilyn Manson
"Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter talked about casting rockers Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love during the Television Critics Association summer tour on Monday.

He explained how he likes to mix things up with surprising casting.

"I tend to do this every season, I like to do some casting that's a little bit outside the box, you know, from Stephen King to David Hasselhoff – we try to do stuff that's fun," he explained.

Manson's friendship with Sutter helped him land the role of Ron Tully, a white supremacist prisoner who Jax [Charlie Hunnam] uses to expand his power base.

Sutter said:...

'The Strain' Episode 2 Recap: Nazi Secrets Revealed! (Hint: They Were Vampires)

July 21st, 2014 8:45am EDT
The Strain
We already know how "The Strain" fares with two hours' running time and a Guillermo del Toro manning the cameras. But how does it fair with just one hour and a distinct lack of del Toro?

The answer? Still pretty outstanding.

Because of the time crunch, we don't get nearly the same amount of "getting to know you" time that we did last week. Plus, we've got a new character to introduce- Vasiliy Fet, rodent hunter extraordinaire- meaning "The Box" has an even larger piece of bread on which to spread its perilously thin amount of butter.

But all in all, things work out. And if we've learned...

'The Strain' Series Premiere Recap: Cliches, Neglectful Fathers and Skull-Crunching Vampires

July 14th, 2014 8:47am EDT
'The Strain' Series Premiere Recap: Cliches, Neglectful Fathers
Few television shows begin with a series premiere roughly the length of a feature film.

But then, most television shows don't reward you at the halfway mark with a nine foot tall cloaked creature with a giant worm for a tongue that drains a man of all his blood and then pulverizes his face with its bare hands.

That should keep butts planted on couches.

The Strain, for those who don't know, is the hideously ugly love child of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro, of course, is the eccentric Mexican filmmaker behind films of varying degrees of whimsy and horrific disembowelment- "P...

Courtney Love To Join 'Sons Of Anarchy' As A School Teacher

July 9th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Courtney Love To Join 'Sons Of Anarchy' As A School Teacher
Hole rocker Courtney Love is set to appear on the seventh and final season of FX's hit show "Sons Of Anarchy". According to a new report from TVLine, Love will take the role of a preschool teacher by the name of Ms. Harrison. Her character will be part of a multi-episode arc that will see her taking a special interest in Jax Teller's eldest son Abel.

In what is being referred to as a "pivotal" arc, Love will be making her "Sons" debut in season seven's fourth episode. Her interest in Abel will spark an interesting reaction from his mother, Wendy (Drea De Matteo).

This isn't the first t...

'Tyrant' Recap: Memorable Moments From The 'Pilot'

June 25th, 2014 8:34am EDT
'Tyrant' Recap: Memorable Moments From The 'Pilot'
Tyrant, FX’s newest addition to its excellent roster, was brimming with controversy before it ever aired. Many brilliant creative minds put their hands on the show in the beginning stages, such as Ang Lee and David Yates, only to promptly exit. The show was originally supposed to shoot in Morocco, but was forced to move to Israel after the pilot. Recently, discussions about casting a white actor, Adam Rayner, to play the main character, a Middle Eastern man, also cast a shadow over the series. It’s always troubling when a show has many public creative shifts and controversies in its early d...