‘The Strain’ co-creator Chuck Hogan on taking the horror series in a ‘different direction’ [Exclusive Video]

“You can expect a lot of new stuff,” says “The Strain” co-creator Chuck Hogan about what we can look forward to in the upcoming second season, which premieres Sunday, July 12. The series, which Hogan developed with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, is a horror drama about a vampire virus that ravages New York City. After a successful first season, Hogan loved being able to “go back into this world that I helped create and approach it from a different direction” by adding several new elements that were not in the novels he wrote with Del Toro, on which the series is based. (Watch our complete video chat below.)

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Prior to “The Strain,” Hogan had been known primarily as a writer of crime fiction, including the book “The Prince of Thieves” which was eventually adapted into Ben Affleck‘s 2010 film “The Town.” He discusses the differences between writing the two genres, explaining that crime fiction is “based in reality and is very heavy and labor intensive,” while the speculative nature of horror is more “freeing” and allows him “to do something really different and fun.”

Considering the possible episodes the show will submit to the Emmy judging panels if “The Strain” is nominated for Best Drama Series, Hogan singles out three that he is particularly fond of. He first chooses the pilot, explaining that “it’s not even like a television pilot but more like a small movie.”

He also discusses episode eight, “Creatures of the Night,” in which the characters find themselves barricaded in a convenience store. Hogan liked how this installment “shows the different things we can do in each episode to keep the show fresh,” including the death of a major character.

And he’s proud of episode 10, “Loved Ones,” in which CDC investigator Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) retraces the steps of his wife, who has been infected.

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