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Hey you! This isn't a review, it's a PREview. Huge difference. Most notably, the "P." Also, these PREviews are based on early cuts of pilots that might change drastically by the time they officially hit the air, so we can't properly review them. But we CAN give you an idea of what to expect. In this series of early looks at the new shows of fall 2013, there's no contemplating, no deep analysis; just super-duper quick thoughts on what we just watched that we're passing on to you. We'll revisit each previewed show in the fall with the hyper-intellectual breakdowns and fart jokes you're used to from us goons here at TV.com. 



Dracula – Fridays starting October 25 at 10pm on NBC

STARRING AND CREATED BY: This one has a legitimate star front and center. Well, if you're British or a Tudors fan, anyway. Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his sweet facial hair (Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III) occupy the title role. He's joined by Jessica De Gouw (Arrow), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Selfridge), Katie McGrath (Merlin), Thomas Kretschmann (The River), and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones' Xaro Xhoan Daxos). Cole Haddon created the series based on a new take on the classic novel, but Carnivale creator Daniel Knauf will take over showrunning duties. It's a co-production between NBC and British network Sky Living.


THE GIST: Brought back from a prune state in the late 1800s, Dracula (Rhys Meyers) moves to London and poses as American entrepreneur Alexander Grayson to get back at the Order of the Dragon, a group of high-society no-gooders who pissed off the fanged one hundreds of years ago. But standing in his way of getting things done is what's always in the way for a handsome devil like Drac: a woman! Specifically, a beautiful maiden who may just be the reincarnation of his old flame. 


SNAP JUDGMENT: Oh boy. NBC is right on this vampire crazy train, aren't they? Dracula is a dreary period piece that for some reason the unimaginative press is saying True Blood fans will like. The big difference here is that there is zero sense of fun in Dracula, either intentional or otherwise. Dracula is played straight like a trashy romance novel, with the Drac on a pedestal as an anti-hero taking down the rich and elite (even though he's rich and elite himself). Forcing a connection to current events, the 99 Percent movement and global warming crisis are in full form here, with Dracula's offering of clean, wireless, and safe energy threatening the Order of the Dragon's control on the oil business. Yep, it goes there. One fight scene portends slow-motion, wire-assisted action sequences that look like every medium-budget vampire action movie from five years ago. The pilot was much shorter on blood, sex, and fighting than I thought it would be.  



PILOTITIS DIAGNOSIS: Maybe it's because we're all somewhat familiar with the Dracula backstory—an old vamp gets all hot over his reincarnated girlfriend—but Dracula moved along rather smoothly without much painful exposition. There's a neat twist on the familiar tale toward the end, though it's already been written about.


FACES TO LOOK OUT FOR: Kretschmann, who plays Abraham Van Helsing, is the only one who stands out here.


RANDOM THOUGHTS: Rhys Meyers' American accent should be weaponized and used as a threat toward uncooperative world leaders. It's the scariest thing about this show. However, some of the costumes are really great, if you're into that sort of thing.


EXCITEMENT LEVEL: All excitement has been staked through the heart, beheaded, and melted into a pool of garlic. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll be generous with a 3.



PILOT PREVIEW POWER RANKINGS:
(Where we rank the fall season's pilots based on very early impressions)


DRAMA
1. Almost Human - J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman's robotic buddy-cop drama

2. Intelligence - Josh Holloway stars as a Cyber Command agent who has Wi-Fi in his brain

3. Dracula - Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the fanged one in this reimagining of the classic story of an undead guy chasing his old girlfriend


COMEDY
1. Trophy Wife - Malin Akerman marries into a big family and ends up with two ex-wives and three stepchildren in the process 

2. About a Boy - Jason Katims' TV adaptation of the film adaption of Nick Hornby's novel about a man-boy friendship


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 1/24/2014

Season 1 : Episode 10

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just seen the trailer,i would say can the real vampire stand up please,this looks verry good!
but still little to young looking dracula,but he can prove him self
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looking forword to this,but i dont know
dracula has fight in war he whas a war babarian,not some young boy.
but hey thats tv now avrything has to be young or for the young onces otherwise it ist hip pff

im 30,but i get sick off all the young drama on tv silly teen problems teen partys etc
but this show could be amazing if they do it right.
realy like the way he looks so thats a plus(i mean the had and stick!and outfit)
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Wow this saddens me - for Rhys. Is his career already tanking so badly that he has to don fangs and network TV to make a living? He's got amazing talent, more than his share of looks, and a decent amount of experience. Fire his manager and throw the man a real bone; he can handle it!
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I'll watch it & then see how it goes from there. I caught a commercial for it over a month ago & at a glance, thought it looked like a waste of effort...but it gets alot of potential brownie points for now because it doesn't appear they are going to add werewolves to the show just because it's got some vampires (I've learned to hate that overdone practice over the years)
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Hell yeah I'll watch it!
Minor(Major) doubts(NBC, romance, NBC) but reminding Tim's pilot preview of Banshee I'll gonna watch it to the death(probably quit after 4 eps.)!
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I love him as an actor, amazing in Tudors, cant wait to this this show!!!
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Rocksteady Crew!
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Frankly, I can’t understand why so much hatred! At this point, after watching the trailer, I believe the show could go either way—good or bad. The only thing that really bothers me, apart from a gratuitously albeit humorously negative (p)review, is that the producers would hire a British actor to play a European vampire faking an American accent.
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Just being able to watch Jonathan Rhys Meyers is good enough for me
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"Maybe it's because we're all somewhat familiar with the Dracula story (old vamp gets all hot over his reincarnated girlfriend)"

Apparently you're not very familiar with Stoker novel because it doesn't talk about that at all. Dracula is just a predator who comes to England and feed on women before Van Helsing and the family of the victims start hunting him. The plot is actually quite basic, it's the movies that gave Dracula this romantic background we are now familiar with but Bram Stoker's story is just an adventure story. A story of people fighting the good fight against the forces of evil.
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And were just suppose to take your word for it that you have actually seen the pilot >.>. No thanks, and we still don't like your reviews >.>
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A vampire show? Wow, TV has been in desperate need of a vampire show. If they really wanted to go out on a limb, they'd also find a way to work werewolves and zombies into it.

:rolleyes: and pass
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Sounds like Jack's still tanking NBC...
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What's next, Homonyms?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=algmKOzTSGE
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This sounds like it will suck.
(Sorry.)
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Pages of conversation regarding vamps in American pop culture and seriously not one person has mentioned Dark Shadows. (Not the movie). Doesn't this remind anyone of Barnabas?! lol
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I think Dark Shadows is far too old for many people to remember, especially those wrapped up in the vampire trend of today. I haven't seen it, but I've always wanted to out of interest... But because its such a long series and I doubt it will ever all be released on DVD I'm not sure if I'll get the chance.
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better call buffy 2 slay dracula....again:)
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How can a show with two talented beauties like Jessica DeGouw and Katie McGrath and being run by 'Carnivale's Daniel Knauf look so dreadfully boring. And why exactly does 'Dracula' have to be a hero? That's been overdone. Welcome to the vampire party 16 years too late! That's right, its not good television, its NBC.....
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I like The Tudors, but this looks terrible!
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"Rhys Meyers' American accent should be weaponized and used as a threat to uncooperative world leaders. It's the scariest thing about this show"..Hey Tim, is that good??! or bad...? That sentence kinda "excite me" and i need to know if i should be excited!!..
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Thanks, Tim. I'm definitely gonna pass on this one and catch up if it somehow turns out to be good.

On a side note, I find it amusing all the hate you've been receiving lately. Quite frankly, strong opinions (or just opinions in general) are the reason I come to this site so often, whether I agree with them or not. If I wanted to read plain factual previews and reviews, I'd go to one of the other 100 sites. It also helps that the tv.com staff is hilarious.
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I should be watching this show. I watch everything vampire related. I try and give everything science-fiction/ fantasy related a go, but this just looks, as you said Tim, ' dreary period piece' that has 'zero sense of fun'.

I think you've swayed me not to watch, I mean, with there being so many more exciting pilots for me to check out, why should I waste my time watching another rehashed and uninspired Dracula?
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I'm gonna trust Tim on this one and will pass.
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This should have been on HBO or Showtime. Cause who wants a vamp flick without boobies.
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I wouldn't dismiss this so fast! I will definitely check it out when it comes out. The trailer wasn't good but that doesn't mean the show's not. I've watched a lot of good trailers followed by bad movies and reverse. Producers of Downton Abbey, the director of The Tudors sounds really promising. We''ll see...
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Should I get the V urge, I guess I'll put George Hamilton's master class on.
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Im going to have to add this to my Dead Pool list. It just sounds bad.
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Let the games begin! Yeah, its definitely up there. I think ABC might have worse drama pilots then NBC overall though. Killer Women and Betrayal will probably be on my dead pool list too.
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Before we make decisions on the 2013 crop of shows; would you let us know who won/lost the 2012 Dead Pool?
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It was such a mess that I don't think there was one. I can't recall if enough shows were cancelled for a winner to be declared.
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Even if there wasn't a winner, there had to be someone who lost-least, right?
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Katie McGrath is enough to get me to check this show out. Is she enough to keep me watching? Only time will tell...
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Like the actor, but no fucking way.
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I, for one, am excited about a new take on Dracula.
For one, NBC gets about two miles of leeway from me when it comes to foreign co-productions.
I have one word for you, Tim: Hannibal.
This alone should at least have brought you to neutral about this show.
Second, the cast is truly promising and Katie McGrath alone is worth giving this show an extended chance.

I do hope they don't pile on the cheese and that they focus on the type of person/creature Dracula originally was but I don't know, this cross of a Talent Mr. Ripley meets Great Gatsby meets Dorian Gray is appealing. Perhaps more adult that the oh-so-important 12-24 demographic cares about (do they even read?) but don't adults deserve fine entertainment?

And I hope with all my heart, fingers, and keyboard that this is nothing like True Blood. Which has gone down the toilet and come up through the kitchen sink, bringing every bit of uninspired stories and inconsistency in between.
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No! Don't go pulling the Hannibal card!
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Wow, sounds brutal. I almost thought this looked good, should have trusted the "it's NBC, idiot" instinct from the start.
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While I absolutely love Jonathan Rhys Meyers as an actor I can't see myself enjoying this show.... It takes everything I loved about the original Dracula story and neuters it. I prefer my Dracula bloodthirsty and power hungry.... And I can't help but roll my eyes at the Van Helsing team-up.
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If we don't take it too seriously (IT IS TV) and pick it to death it may be enjoyable. I don't want to compare it. Will check it out as I love Johnathan R Myers. Just enjoy the ride people. Anything but reality tv please.
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The problem with shows like this is that is becomes difficult to not take it seriously as a viewer when the show obviously takes itself so seriously.
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I agree. Again I will watch it but I too hope it does not take itself too seriously. It would be nice to see it played a little tongue in cheek. At least it is not aimed at the teenage market I think.
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"EXCITEMENT LEVEL: All excitement has been staked through the heart, beheaded, and melted into a pool of garlic. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll be generous with a 3. "

THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU.
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Also, Dracula woking alongside with Van Helsing AND having an American alter ego? You just killed Bram Stoker AND his work.
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Ok, that's TWO of you with the spoilers now. Please don't do that. Some of us didn't click the spoiler link in the article. :-(
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So sorry. Didn't realize it.
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I'd like to actually see Dracula. It's a shame that they keep trying to turn the story into Twilight. Dracula wasn't a romance. There never was a "reincarnated lost love". Dracula was an undead monster that fed on human blood and came to England to expand his power. Not a supermodel that liked to flirt and give love-bites!
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As soon I saw Tim Surrette's name at the top I thought "he's going to hate this and just write a trash 'I hate this' rant.' sure enough that's exactly what he did. Frankly describing Dracula as a 'period piece' with 'trashy romance', Dracula is 'an anti-hero' and there was (thank the Fates) 'much less blood, sex and fighting' only makes it appeal even MORE to me.

The fact is True Blood and it's ilk have become little more than blood soaked soft porn. So much so it no longer even shocks us. I haven't bothered with S6 and I'm not even missing it. Dracula sounds brilliant on the other hand; the talented Jonathan Rhys-Meyers can only add to it's appeal and so I will be waiting with anticipation for a vampire story that has romance, and - shock of shocks - a STORY to tell. Lets face it, even Charmaine Harris LOATHES True Blood now; and when the author of the original novels despises what the show has become then it's all over.

Dracula sounds great; I suggest Surrette sticks to True Blood and it's blood soaked sex in future - he clearly can't deal with anything that might be even remotely intelligent. Especially, it seems, if it doesn't have lots of blood, sex and violence in it.......
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"Lets face it, even Charmaine Harris LOATHES True Blood now; and when the author of the original novels despises what the show has become then it's all over."

Its pretty clear she hates what she created because she took it and ran it into the ground about 4 books ago, and shat all over it with the last book. I'm pretty sure she said recently however, that she was amazed at how popular the series was and how great Alan Ball was for bringing her characters to life. She never said she LOATHES it.
And to be fair to the new showrunner, this recent season has been really quite good. Almost as good as the early seasons.
BTW, her name is Charlaine.
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AndreaMcCooey - if you look at a thesaurus you will see that 'HATE' also has 'LOATHING' amongst its synonyms. Since my strokes I use my thesaurus a lot...and I mean a LOT. So I do know this fact better than most people. It's also why I spelt her name wrong, brain damage is a real nuisance let me tell you; but continue to ridicule me all you like, I'm not bothered. If that's all you can find to pick me up on in my reply then I'm having a good day - so go me!

Her comments about Alan Ball, if you actually read the interview, were politically correct to say the least - the wording was such that you could see she was 'towing the line'; I could even picture the gritted teeth.lol. She's made it clear in the past she resented the way the show took the books......well, it's not even remotely the books anymore either.

Sounds to me like you're one of the haters of book 13's ending more than anything else.....
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Yeah, thanks for the English lesson, I know what loathes means.
A difference of opinion does not constitute ridiculing you, especially not because you have a disability, which I would have no way of knowing and which is completely irrelevant to this discussion.
I was merely pointing out that I think you are projecting your particular feelings about TB onto what Charlaine was saying in her interview. But who cares what I think, because clearly my opinion is a personal attack on you and your illness.
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You said "she never said she loathes it"; she said she hates it and loathes is a synonym of hate. So I was correct in what I stated. But when you ridicule people, as you did with me over the spelling of her name, you have to accept there may be a reason for their spelling/grammar/punctuation issues beyond basic intelligence issues.

They might be like me brain damaged from a stroke, they might be dyslexic, they might have had a terrible accident that affected them - at which point they will tell you; I see this a LOT on all types of forums. When someone ridicules another poster for their errors, then they point out the reasons WHY; and it *IS* relevant.They have a right to make it known they're not stupid, there's more to it than that. You might not like them doing it because it makes *you* look like a bit of a bully, but the fact remains they're entitled to do it.

I don't care if you disagree with me; we're all entitled to our own opinions. but ridiculing someone because they don't spell a name right, or have had the temerity to point out that use of a particular word *is*correct (as in this case) IS a 'personal attack', not the opinion you hold.
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You set the tone of this thread by ridiculing Tim's opinion in the preview so when someone in turn ridicules your opinion, don't play the disability card. @andreamccooey could not know you have a disability and it is irrelevant as you are clearly very articulate and well able to convey your points of view.
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I ridiculed the OP's stance because this type of 'review' is a default for him. However, I am NOT 'playing the disability card'- I am entitled to explain WHY I made the error, if the poster to me doesn't like being made to look bad then that's her issue and not mine.

Trying to make people look stupid, like over the use of the word loathe instead of hate or spelling her name wrong, carries the possibility that there is a bigger reason for it - stroke brain damage or dyslexia for instance - not just lack of intelligence as the poster implied. Are you saying I have to just accept being made to look stupid? That's ridiculous and so I, and anyone like me, is entitled to point out WHY the error was made.

Don't like the response? Don't try to make posters look stupid if they make errors. I *never* pick people up on spelling or grammar, etc because I don't know if they're like me. it really is that simple.
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I'm pretty sure Tim gave up on True Blood long before you did. And if Dracula fighting against carbon pollution sounds good to you than good luck to you.
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Firstly Tim doesn't even review True Blood. And secondly it's okay if you don't agree with his reviews or previews, they are subjective after all. If you always disagree with what Tim likes, then at least you'll know that a show he hates is for you.
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Tim does like television, contrary to what some of his reviews may make it seem (you should look at all the Orange Is The New Black praise he's been dishing out).

As for True Blood, I don't consider it a great show by any means, but this season has surprised and shocked me. It's good for an hours entertainment, which Dracula doesn't look like to me.
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I watched 'Orange is the new black' and decided that, actually, no it isn't. His taste in shows is.......well, not mine. Like borgsblueyes says, and it's very true, if Surrette hates a show I will usually like it. Kind of funny really.

As for True Blood, I stand by what I said - it's blood soaked soft porn. Still I suppose it's better for most than paying for it on the adult channels. But not for me. I prefer for such shows to at least *pretend* to have a coherent storyline; but TB gave up with that around s3/s4 and s5 was just a total bizarre mess - I can only assume the writers had overdone the ganja when writing that season.

For me, knowing how much surrette despises it, Dracula is a winner. I mean let's face it, less blood, less sex but more story - yup that's for me.
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Personally I would like an actual Vampire story. Not the dreck that True Blood has turned into or old vampires still hanging around High School TVD. And no freaking sparkly vampires. Seriously Bram Stoker should have climbed our of his grave and slapped her for that.
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What do you mean by an 'actual' vampire story? I'm not saying that you're wrong, I'm just interested in seeing what people would like to see in a new vampire series (whether it be on television, films, novels) that would convince them to watch and that hasn't already been done (like Dracula obviously has).
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I think a traditional vampire story would be interesting. It probably wouldn't get a lot of ratings. Old school Bram Stoker type vampires.
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That`s the only way I could consider being interested. And ratings wise, we might even surprise ourselves!
Actually, the only vampires that didn't give me the grips on tv are the ones that, from time to time, appear in Supernatural. By no means are they sublimized (if that's a word) and they are kind of animalistic creatures. Very much in agreement with the other monsters and beast that poblate the show.
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I have no idea if I will bother with this, I guess it depends on what it's up against.
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At 10.00pm on a Friday night? Nothing. Personally, I'd suggest catching up on something you didn't have time to watch during the week then bothering to tune in to this.
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Yeeeey! Good news all around!

"Dracula is a dreary period piece..."
Period piece = great!

"Dracula is played straight like a trashy romance novel..."
Sounds promising.

"...with the Drac placed on a pedestal as an anti-hero taking down the rich and elite."
Sounds fun!

"...but there was much less blood, sex, and fighting than I thought there would be."
GREAT news! Then it will be worth watching. I feared it would just copy the movie and True Blood hype with lots of sleazy, boring sex scenes. With this article you restored my hope in this series. :)
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Well there's a positive way to look at things.
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So NBC is jumping on the vampire craze bandwagon about five years too late? And with a remake of a tired old story?! I see you're working hard to remain the worst performing network, NBC. I don't know which I'm less interested in, Dracula or Sleepy Hollow on Fox. My bet: Dracula will be cancelled after four episodes. Like you, Tim, I'm being generous.
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Still gonna check it out, it looks gorgeous! I don't mind a more adult, slower paced show and love period pieces. But why did Dracula's alter ego have to be an american entrepreneur? :/
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I get the feeling NBC'S Dracula will a lot like this -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-rroGskFnE

but without the humor

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That's disappointing. I was mildly interested in this (albeit without having heard anything about it so far), but it sounds like a pass. Or at least, I'll wait and see if it gets a second season.
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No, thanks.
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This sounds and looks (that facial hair, yikes) awfully boring... Do we need yet another show on vamps? And the most used up of them all, Dracula? Geez... Thank you NBC but no thank you.
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I like the comment in the link above that Exec Prod Kantz makes.

"This is an order of right-wing zealots who cursed Dracula and turned him into a vampire years ago."

Really? Okay, they're businessmen in the "modern day" of the show. But really? They're describing what were probably an order of rich people that were around probably no earlier than the early 19th century as "right-wing"? Congratulations: "right-wing" has officially been stripped of meaning.
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When do you believe conservatism began to exist?
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The question is, when did "right-wing" as Kantz uses the term begin to exist? It originated during the French Revolution (roughly 1789). It didn't really come into it own until the 20th century.

Vlad the Impaler is circa 1436 to 1442. He died in 1447.
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