Well, it took longer than I expected, but it’s finally here. After Edward Cullen and his various knock-offs, the vampire genre has come back a full circle to the character that started it all. NBC’s Dracula is an attempt to cash in on the vampire craze, but if you expect this to be a reverent, no-holds-barred portrayal, then you’ll be sorely disappointed, because they’re including a dumb romantic angle that turns Dracula into a love-lorn, conflicted anti-hero, like most of his contemporaries.
The pilot is directed by Steve Shill, who has worked on Dexter and The Tudors. Cole Haddon and Daniel Knauf (Carnivale) will serve as showrunners.
The show is set in Victorian London, with an experienced Dracula posing as an American entrepreneur/science enthusiast. Under his guise, he seeks revenge from his old enemies, but in his quest for blood he meets a woman who reminds her of his deceased wife. While trying to find the truth about her, he finds himself hopelessly in love.
The Cast and Characters
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula
Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray
Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker
Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra
Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield
Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jane
Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing
Michael Nardone as Hermann Kruger
Dracula will bite into your televisions from October 25, 2013, on 10/9c every Friday.
The Good Stuff
Pretty women in Victorian costumes. This can be fun in a similar way as True Blood.
The Bad Stuff
This looks very derivative and I don’t expect it to be any good. It might gain a sizable following though. If Vampire Diaries can do it, then so can this.