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Dracula Series to NBC

From Tudor to Vlad

By Robert T. Trate     July 25, 2012
Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

NBC has bought a Dracula drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Vampires are coming to NBC. The network announced today that it ordered 10 episodes of Dracula, a drama from the producers of PBS’ Downton Abbey that will be set in 1896. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) will play the man with the fangs.
“In the world of Twilight, we thought we would go back to the original,” Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters Tuesday. “The book is still really fresh. Hopefully this will be a cool new version of Dracula.”
“This will bring a Tudors sensibility to Dracula,” he added. “It will be faithful to the period but look to the future.”

 

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Dazzler 7/25/2012 3:52:30 AM

Cancelled in three...

Reminds me of the theme song from another series...drac drac Dracula!

redvector 7/25/2012 4:57:20 AM

Vampires are so damn played out it makes me want to gag. It's pretty apparent that the guy running NBC has no freaking clue what he's doing.

Ryodin 7/25/2012 5:05:30 AM

 This might have been cool . . . 10 years ago.

jimvo99 7/25/2012 7:13:01 AM

They should make a Blackula TV series

monkeyfoot 7/25/2012 7:23:13 AM

There are no period pieces anywhere on broadcast TV and very few on cable either except Downton Abbey. I'm thinking it might not catch on with audiences no matter how well done it might be.

fatpantz 7/25/2012 8:04:13 AM

I would love to see a revamp of Kindred the Embraced

Chameleon 7/25/2012 9:45:37 AM

kindred the embraced would be fantastic...what a great series...mark frankel was amazing!!!!  RIP

jackwagon 7/25/2012 1:05:05 PM

 If it's only a 10-episode miniseries of sorts, I can see why NBC would give it a shot.  Minimal commitment and expense on their part, and hopefully it will capitalize on a popular genre.  

Speaking of which, has anyone noticed how NBC is going fairly outside the box with their programming? Hannibal, the pirate-based series, and now Dracula. Far cry from traditional cop, lawyer, or medical procedural series that other major networks stick to.

jdiggitty 7/25/2012 4:08:43 PM

 Jackwagon, they've cancelled a lot of shows that were "out of the box". The Cape, Kings, Journeyman, Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, my own Worst Enemy, Crusoe, The Event, Awake and about a dozen others I can't remember from recent years. There hasn't been a shortage of genre on NBC, just that they haven't been particularly good or given a proper chance. 

You forgot to mention the new series Revolution coming to NBC as well. Sounds interesting but the budget is going to be too high to keep for very long. 

InnerSanctum 7/25/2012 5:08:54 PM

 Dracula and an American version of Sherlock Holmes (BBC's Sherlock isn't going to be topped) on TV...meh.  Next subject.  They do know there are thousands of interesting literary characters out there that would make interesting limited series?  Not much can substain a true seven years.  Something the Brits understand, but the greedy Yanks don't get.  Why our programs go on for ten years and we bitch about them burning out in season five.  

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