August 6, 2014 4:03 pm

Toronto-shot ‘The Strain’ renewed for a second season

Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro in a scene from 'The Strain.'

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TORONTO — U.S. cable channel FX is set to announce it has renewed the vampiric virus drama The Strain for a second season.

Global News has learned the series will be back in production in Toronto in mid-November.

The sci-fi series about a team of scientists trying to stop an ancient threat to humanity debuted in mid-July and has seen its audience grow slightly from week to week.

Production of the first 13-episode season took place in Toronto from September 2013 to late April.

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The series was created by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) and novelist Chuck Hogan, based on the pair’s book trilogy.

The Strain stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, David Bradley and several Canadian actors including Kevin Durand and Natalie Brown.

It’s not clear how Stoll will work the series into his schedule. He is about to play Yellowjacket in Marvel’s Ant-Man.

In June, complaints about a graphic billboard promoting The Strain led to FX promising to remove some.

FX announced last month it has renewed the made-in-Calgary series Fargo for a second season. The show is up for a leading 18 Emmy Awards.

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