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Yay! Another Vampire TV Show!! NBC Buys 10 Hours of DRACULA!!

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You say with “True Blood,” “The Vampire Diairies,” “My Babysitter’s A Vampire,” and “Being Human” on the air, you’re still not getting enough vampires?

NBC has just ordered 10 episodes of “Dracula.” The pilot script is by Cole Haddon, the writer of the “Strange Case of Mr. Hyde” graphic novel.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) will play the titular bloodsucker.

From NBC's  press release:

"The 10-episode series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There's only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife."

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  • July 24, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    First!!!! - Cos we are all Suckers!!!!

    by dmstar

  • July 24, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by adeceasedfan

    I mean...Boo!

  • July 24, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I have zero faith in anything network TV has to offer

    by Simpsonian

    not a whole lot in cable either, but there are at least a few gems

  • July 24, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    This will SUCK HEAD CHEESE

    by TheBarmat

    So do you!!!!

  • July 24, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    At least do a show about more zombies.

    by yubnubrocks

    Or walkers. Remember, zombie movies never existed in the world of TWD.

  • July 24, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I don't get it.

    by Bagel13

    He's getting revenge on people from centuries ago? Why would Dracula know about modern technology? He's been holed up in his castle. Or will it be steampunk tech? And the reincarnation of the dead wife is from Coppola's movie, not the book or anywhere else.

  • July 24, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    kill this shite and bring V Wars to AMC please!

    by korbermeister

  • July 24, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Please let it be Victorian, steampunk-ish

    by Dharma4

    I don't want none of this modernization. Leave that to Sherlock. -Namaste-

  • July 24, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Once Person of Interest ends, Network TV can Kiss My Ass!

    by Kyle DeMattio

  • July 24, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Is Dracula the character adapted the most number of times to scree?

    by Mugato5150

    I can't think of any character that comes close. Anyway the reincarnated wife thing is always lame.

  • July 24, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    Possibly. Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, Jack the Ripper right there though.

  • July 24, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    This Makes Baby Jesus Cry

    by TheBarmat

  • July 24, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Cable (like AMC)...maybe... NBC... HELL no.

    by grendel69

  • July 24, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Synopsis sounds like..

    by MaxHeadroom

    ... ass.

  • July 24, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    This Fall... Dracula will suck! *bum bum BUM!*

    by James Robinson

    same thing everybody else was thinking

  • July 24, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Is this even worth me commenting?

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I don't think so.

  • July 24, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Is this even worth me commenting?

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I don't think so.

  • July 24, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST

    He falls in love with the reincarnation of his dead wife? REALLY?

    by Raptor Jesus

    Christ, was there a 'what's the least original way to do this' contest?

  • July 24, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Mugato: It's actually Holmes.

    by ROBRAM89

    It doesn't seem like it would even be close but it is.

  • July 24, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    DOOM Wants Frankenstein's Monster As A Guest-Star!

    by V. von Doom

    And then obvious imitators of Abbott and Costello for the "light-hearted parody homage musical" episode. DOOM finds it ludicrous that Dracula would even pretend to be an American. But the show's producers are probably counting on Americans to relate to Drac better that way! Better: Most of his opponents will perforce sound British, i.e. speak with an "evil" accent. DOOM imagines typical dialog as follows: GOOD YANK DRACULA: Whaddya want, ya palooka? EVIL YORKSHIREMAN: Arrr, 'tis too sunny for ye today, me duck?

  • July 25, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Dracula... no. Make it Blacula and I might be interested.

    by Prydie

    If only for the awesome funk soundtrack.

  • July 25, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    My moneys on Tarzan

    by Fred

  • July 25, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Too many vamp shows -

    by Anderson

    I'd hardly count two shows on basic cable, one show on pay cable and a network soap as a glut of vampire programs.

  • Prepare "Dracula" dead / cancelled jokes already, people.

  • That Winona Ryder being a reincarnation of his dead wife was a load of RUBBISH in 1992, you think it's better now, second hand and 20 years later? Either go with the original Stoker plot or do something completely different. Don't rip off someone else's hackneyed ideas!

  • July 25, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    throw money at joss wheldon

    by rakesh patel

    would i like another series set up in the buffyverse? why yes, yes i would.

  • Based directly on Stoker's Novel... 1. Nosferatu 1922: this eerie illegal version is still probably the best of all the Dracula's and one of the greatest silent movies of all time. Great but it ain't Stoker's novel. 2. Dracula 1931: poorly directed, poorly scripted, plodding but with some of the best sets ever devised and Lugosi is simply amazing. A classic but not a great film and bares little resemblance to the book. 3. Dracula 1958: a great Hammer movie even though they took huge liberties with the story and Lee (as always) is given fuck all to do except show his fangs off. Cushing's Van Helsing is peerless though. One of Hammer's best but not the novel. 4. Count Dracula (1969) Jesus Franco's Cheap and tacky effort made for about $5, but it does at least try to stay true to the source material. Sadly though it's pretty unwatchable. 5. Dracula (1973) Dan Curtis' take on the novel is one of the best efforts and the one that introduced the reincarnation thing. Even though Jack Palance is totally wrong for the part his performance is pretty good. 6. Count Dracula (1977) The BBC mini series with yet another miscast Dracula, Louis Jordan who just comes across as a smug bank manager. The script is by far the most faithful of all the versions but its creaky 70's video photography makes everything look cheap. 7. Dracula (1979) Frank Langella is John Travolta's evil twin brother in this lush remake of the Lugosi version. It's decent but underplays the horror far too much, needed much more blood, breasts and fangs. The epic sets are impressive as is John Williams score. But again it ain't Stoker. 8. Nosferatu (1979) Herzog's remake is my personal favourite of all the versions. Kinski is brilliant, funny, sad, pathetic and chilling. Isabelle Adjani is utterly gorgeous and well worth dying for. The most unique of all the versions and although not quite the source material it feels the closest in tone to the novel. 7. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) Where do I begin? This should have been the definitive version, but Coppola's effort is just utterly bizarre. In spite of an impressive cast (not you Keanu or you shoplifter) and a really great script and one of the best soundtracks of the last 20 years, Coppola just piles on the dementia. Granted there are some great moments here and there, but overall the film is just shambolic. This is the most infuriating of all the version's by far. 8. Dracula 3D (2012) Not even going there.

  • July 25, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Awesome, I love it when Dracula...

    by buggerbugger

    ...pretends to be an American entrepreneur. He does that a lot. I also love it when he wreaks revenge on people who died centuries ago. What's he going to do, take a shit on their graves like this series will take a shit on Stoker's?

  • July 25, 2012, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Holy shit -- this sounds like trash.

    by Skraggo

    Dracula posing as an American entrepreneur? And oh my god the whole reincarnation of his lost love is just about the laziest thing you can do with a vampire at this point. Also, he wants to wreak revenge on people who are centuries dead by now? By what stretch of the imagination is this in any way connected to Stoker's story? Will he at least be a grown-ass man? Or should we expect a brooding 23-year-old with Victorian bedhead?

  • July 25, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    When in doubt, go back to the classics.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • July 25, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST


    by Balkin Flabgurter

    true blood is done, twilight is done, blade is done :'( let the fucking wave die so somebody can calm the fuck down and figure out a better way than abraham lincoln and ANOTHER dracula.

  • July 25, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Don't understand

    by spyro

    How can he wreck revenge on people who ruined his life centuries earlier ? Surely they would be dead ? Or can dracula travel in time and if so why does he come to london ? or are the people who wrecked his life also vampires ? The synopsis makes no sense.

  • July 25, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Do these people actually read the novel?

    by donkey_lasher

    What the hell is happening? The whole 'brooding Vampire' shtick got old with Angel and Anne Rice's novels, and was milked to death (along with werewolves vs Vamps) with Underworld. Then Twilight appeared and suddenly they're cool again? I do wonder if the younger generation realise just how recylced current Tv and films really are.

  • July 25, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Fuck vampires, werewolves and zombies.

    by buggerbugger

    It's Mummy time.

  • July 25, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    So it's set in London

    by zer0cool2k2

    and during the Victorian era? That's gonna' play well in the suburbs and trailer parks. Not to mention, it's going to be too expensive to last long. Could have been entertaining on Showtime, but not NBC.

  • July 25, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    This will do as well as Crusoe, another classic done up "NBC style".

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Introduce "modern science to Victorian society", eh? I imagine a lot of steampunk gadgets, ala Wild Wild West.

  • July 25, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Vampire Hunter D / Under the Fang

    by lv_426

    Done properly could be something truly great. Yes, we sort of got a taste of a Vampire Hunter D style film with the not great but fun vampire/blade runner/dredd pastiche Priest. Or how about Under the Fang? It was a compilation of various short stories by different authors, about a world where humans and vampires were at war. In a weird way, sort of like a more traditional precursor to something like World War Z, in that we get different perspectives on the vampire versus human struggle. Under the Fang is more in the wheelhouse of vampire properties like Blade or True Blood, but could make for a pretty wild anthology style miniseries. If the initial miniseries were then a hit, the producers could hire on some new scriptwriters and authors to create new stories for a season two.

  • July 25, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see an series about vampires set in ancient times

    by lv_426

    True Blood using the Lilith myth and all that kind of stuff makes me think it would be unique to have a series about vampires in the ancient world. Of course, other supernatural beings and creatures could be brought into the fold as well.

  • July 25, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I've got a pretty crazy idea for an epic vampiric space opera

    by lv_426

    It would be pretty sprawling though, and might be better as a novel, which I know fuck all how to do anything with in terms of prose stylings and all that literary jazz.

  • July 25, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Ventriloquists vs Vampires

    by lv_426

    The next big thing!!!!

  • July 25, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Virgin Ventriloquists versus Victorian Vampires

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    followed by the re-reboot of V.

  • July 25, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Virtual Vampires

    by lv_426

    Vamps in virtual reality! That way the vamps can secretly live out their fantasies of world domination while in the real world they live in secret amongst humanity. This is due to the fact that if the vampire society revealed themselves to the public, then everyone would want to become a vampire and humans would lose their freedom and become livestock bred for their blood. Of course, there would be flashbacks to the elaborate alternate reality like games and pageants that old school vampires played throughout history to quench their thirst for the experience of power and domination over the human populace. VR sims are just the latest and greatest way to accomplish this role playing.

  • July 25, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Somebody use Ed Wood's idea: Doctor Acula

    by Meta

    Network TV, no titties, no watchie

  • July 25, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Don´t mess with Dracula

    by CuervoJones

  • July 25, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    What the fuck is My Babysitter's A Vampire??

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Is it a spinoff of My Mother's A Werewolf?

  • July 25, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Period shows don't do well on network tv.

    by Royston Lodge

    If it was Dracula in the modern day, I could almost see it working (though I personally wouldn't watch it). If it was a niche cable show, or even PBS, I could see it working. But network audiences have never really taken to period shows, except for sitcoms that trade heavily in nostalgia (Happy Days, That 70s Show, etc).

  • July 25, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Remember when vampires used to be damned for eternity?

    by sweeneydave

    Those were the days...

  • July 25, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    NBC's Already Done It

    by shakatany

    NBC already did a show featuring Drac called "The Curse of Dracula" way back in 1979 with Michael Nouri in the title role. I can see this new one lasting as long as that one :(

  • July 25, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Anybody read Del Toro's "The Strain" novels?

    by sweeneydave

    I read the first one and thought they could do it like a Stephen King "LOST" series. Multiple characters all over as the infection spreads and begins to effect the world. I didn't read the other two books, though, so I don't know how it pans out.

  • July 25, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Minotaurs. The next big trend will be minotaurs.

    by Royston Lodge

    That's right, pre-teen girls are gonna be totally sex-crazed over minotaurs. Believe it.

  • July 25, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Too bad it's on regular TV

    by IAmLegolas

    who watches regular TV after the awesomeness that AMC, Showtime and HBO have been delivering these past 10-15 years? Adult themed entertainment, baby!!!

  • July 25, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I would include Jersey Shore in that list of vampire shows

    by cromulent

    Those people suck the life outta me

  • July 25, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Maybe if I was an asshole I would care about Downton Abbey.

    by Fries Against

  • July 25, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    On Studio 60

    by taff

    I believe it was a Dracula mini-series that ran into trouble, the crew ran off with the equipment and NBS had to counter with one more reality series...

  • July 25, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    royston -- Centaurs vs. Minotaurs

    by lv_426

    Whoever wins will have to clean up a lot of blood, horseshit, and dead farm animal body parts.

  • July 25, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Bring back Count Duckula!

    by Triple_J_72

    Or Count Chocula... or Count Von Count from Sesame Street... any of them would be gold compared to this other crap.

  • July 25, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Agreed! Need new vamp slayer show

    by chris k

    First couple of seasons of Buffy when they simply focused on hot chick with super powers kicking vampire ass were great and a clear line between good/evil. Then it descended into stupid crap ( spike/ Buffy, willows sexuality etc. )A new vampire slayer series where the slayer is a straight human male, has consistently portrayed enhanced strength and reflexes, is feared by vampires, has great martial arts action, where the hero doesn't cross the between good and evil---seriously if a smart producer put this up on some network it would pull great ratings/demographics. Pair it with a reboot of the Brady Bunch and the new Hulk series and we are set to go. Tell me this isn't a great idea---new shows about a guys with super powers kicking ass followed by wholesome family entertainment

  • July 25, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Remember Friday nights as a kid?

    by chris k

    We had the dukes of hazard followed by bixby's hulk. I want another night like that. I'm tired of tv series with long drawn out plot arcs and episode after episode of nothing happening and of little or no plot progression. Networks need to go retro one or two evenings a week and yes, I'm saying it---- they need to offer family shows other than Glee type programming.

  • A scientist and a mythologist team up with some gruff blue collar guys to start a vampire slaying business after the media leaks evidence that vampires might be real and living among us. Maybe not as outright comedic as Ghostbusters, but a mix of horror, action, and comedy. Set it in Texas or Southern California and use the notion of vampires going back and forth between the United Stares and Mexico to feast on the innocent. Damn, this is starting to sound like a mix of Ghostbusters, From Dusk Til Dawn, Breaking Bad, and a little of The Walking Dead. I like it.

  • That way you have a bit of the best of both worlds. Something a bit more digestible for viewers without having to spend 20 or more weeks on a show without missing an episode, but also the ability to do a single story arc and wrap it up properly. Then in certain cases when a mini is a hit and makes sense as a series, they can turn it into a regular show. BSG started that way a few years back, as well as the original in the late 70's. Sometimes it works better to introduce new worlds and characters via a three to four hour mini, then once established strongly go into a regular series model.

  • July 26, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    So many vampires....

    by pearlanddean

    In the UK we had 'Ultraviolet' which was a slick retelling of vampire mythology. Shame it only lasted six episodes though. Back in the 70's Tom Baker battled space vampires in the TARDIS in 'State of Decay'. So that's been done, I know Matt Smith met more vamps in venice but that was meh. Favourite TV vampire moment? Krusty's Halloween special "Tonight I'm going to suck.." <pause for new cue-card> "...your blood!"

  • July 26, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Bella has a beer and cheets on Edward.

    by adeceasedfan

    Poor Twihards. Your world is crumbling.

  • July 26, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Emo-Drac

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • July 26, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    How about a series based on John Carpenters' Vampires?

    by angry kitty

    Plenty of potential there

  • July 26, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    We had a Blade series that tanked not too long ago, didn't we?

    by sweeneydave

  • July 26, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    How about a show about a sexy young cyclops in NYC!

    by Royston Lodge

    There could be a running gag about his lack of depth perception!

  • July 26, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    How about a Boston cop show starring a leprechan!

    by Royston Lodge

    Peter Dinklage, hellooooo!

  • Fred Armisten, call your agent.

  • July 26, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Touché! Dinklage as a cop! Genius

    by chris k

    You got me! Really your idea is brilliant. Dinklage as a cop. Pure genius. Dude, you should copyright that because some Hollywood writer troll will steal your idea. In fact, I bet we see dinklage as a cop on Tv within 3 years.

  • July 27, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    njgeek: Leprechaun cop, or no deal.

    by Royston Lodge

    Heh heh heh ...