EXCLUSIVE: House Of Cards’ Corey Stoll has been tapped as the lead of FX’s high-profile drama project The Strain, from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and veteran showrunner Carlton Cuse
Admittedly, I have not (yet) read The Strain, nor have I seen Pan’s Labyrinth or any of del Toro’s other projects. BUT. I loved Lost and I really enjoy Bates Motel, so Carlton Cuse is A-OK by me, and there are few actors I think are more talented and yet tragically underutilized than Corey Stoll. I have had a not-so-secret crush on Stoll since Law & Order: LA, so I’m always happy to see him working.
(Also good: that this is being produced by FX, which has a reputation for being very, very good to its creative people.)
This has been your TV Newsflash for the day.
The Borgias version of Texts from Last Night is just the greatest thing.
I will preface this by saying that what has been seen can never be unseen.
I have a habit of catching up on TV over breakfast. This morning, I’m watching the first episode of Da Vinci’s Demons, available on the unfortunately named Starz Channel’s website. I should probably not have been eating when this came up (warning: probably not safe for work. or life.)…
I’ve been in Los Angeles for two weeks now, getting situated and trying to get back in the habit of writing regularly. It seems odd that writing—the thing that I would, ideally, like to make my career—has become something I have to remind myself to do. I used to stay up until 4am writing just because I couldn’t stop and I had to get all the words out. Now I’ve gotten out of the habit. It’s work. And I think that’s good, because it’s work that I care about, and I haven’t had that in a long time.
I’m living in Westwood, which is gorgeous and pedestrian-friendly and quiet (well…it’s LA-quiet, which is to say that there aren’t many car alarms and only a couple helicopters per day). The neighborhoods feel like a more tropical version of the lake-adjacent areas of Minneapolis. The apartment where I’m staying is great and everyone I’ve met has been friendly and easy to get along with. It’s kind of strange.
I’m going to try to actually use this tumblr as a real blog now — chronicling my [slow] adjustment to the west coast and tentative exploration of Los Angeles. I would say that this will force me to get out the camera and venture forth into the world…but if past experience is any indication, this will be the last you hear from me for about six months.
(At least my intentions are always good!)