TV News: Blood, Strain, CBS

True Blood
HBO’s “True Blood” saw a ratings dip in its sixth-season premiere Sunday. An average of 4.5 million viewers tuned in at 9pm, down 13% from last season.

Admittedly it faced tough competition from the NBA Finals on ABC. Also, half the show’s audience tuned in early at 8:45 to watch the behind-the-scenes special “True Blood: Live from the Set.” [Source: The L.A. Times]

The Strain
John Hurt has been set as the co-lead opposite Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro in the high-concept thriller pilot “The Strain” on FX. Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse are executive producing.

The story follows a CDC team called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Hurt plays a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. [Source: Deadline]

CBS has unveiled its premiere dates for the 2013-2014 TV season:

September 18th: Survivor

September 22nd: The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

September 23rd: 2 Broke Girls, Hostages, How I Met Your Mother, Mom

September 24th: NCIS, NCIS: LA, Person of Interest

September 25th: Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

September 26th: The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Two & a Half Men, The Millers (Series debut), The Crazy Ones (Series debut)

September 27th: Undercover Boss, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods

September 28th: 48 Hours

September 29th: 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, Good Wife, Mentalist

September 30th: We Are Men (Series debut)

February 24th 2014: Intelligence (Series debut)

[Source: CBS News]