The Austin-based ATX Television Festival (June 5-8), the first festival dedicated to the TV binger in all of us, announced Tuesday it would host the world premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s heavily anticipated FX drama series The Strain. FX Networks has partnered with ATX for closing night programming and will also present the eighth episode of its new critically acclaimed original series Fargo.
“We at FX Networks really respect and appreciate the independent spirit of the Festival, and what Caitlin and Emily are building, so we feel like this is the perfect year to get involved,” Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement. “The Festival has grown each year, and it’s becoming a destination for people who appreciate good, quality television. I can’t wait to be able to screen The Strain pilot as well as a brand new episode of Fargo. Plus, who doesn’t love Austin?”
The Strain, whose ensemble cast includes the great House of Cards player Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, and Sean Astin, will premiere on FX later this July. The series is based on the bestselling vampire trilogy written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Lost’s Carlton Cuse is the writer/producer.
Fargo premieres Tuesday night on FX at 10 p.m. Coen brothers purists may resist giving themselves over to a show that doesn’t include the goddess Frances McDormand, but the show, which stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Allison Tolman, is actually its own kind of unique delight.
For the latest developments and tickets and badges to all the weekend’s events, visit the official site of the ATX Television Festival.