This isn’t your daddy’s Dracula. The upcoming retelling of the Bram Stoker horror classic is set to take over NBC’s Fridays, but before the series premiere, check out an exclusive sneak peek at the making of the fantastical series. Detailed sets, elaborate costumes, and wicked stunts mark the ten-episode limited run as a slick, action-packed adaptation. New York Comic Con attendees will get a more in-depth first look at the series during a special fan pilot screening on Saturday, Oct. 12. READ FULL STORY
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This fall, NBC will unleash its new remake of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire saga Dracula on Friday night TV audiences. The Tudors‘ Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the titular character in the series, which has a fair share of diversions from Stoker’s text.
Says executive producer Tony Krantz (24), “We’ve made a number of alterations with regard to the classic Dracula.” One of the biggest twists? In this new take, which premieres Oct. 25 at 10 p.m., Dracula works alongside Van Helsing (played by The River‘s Thomas Kretschmann). “In our tale, Dracula and Van Helsing are actually partners,” reveals Krantz. “They’ve partnered up to fight a bigger bad, which is called The Order of the Dragon, a secret organization. This is an order of right-wing zealots who cursed Dracula and turned him into a vampire years ago. We flash forward to today to Victorian England where Dracula has assumed the alter ego of an American inventor by the name of Alexander Grayson. He has come to England to essentially avenge the fact that he was turned into a monster years ago.”
For those of you attending Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego, NBC will be showing a new trailer for Dracula after the Grimm panel.
You know that a network has stopped taking risks when they start billing Michael J. Fox as their biggest, buzziest star. Yes, the artist formerly known as Alex P. Keaton (and currently know as an Emmy-magnet guest star) will return to NBC this fall, right back where he started with Family Ties, to star in his new sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show, which kicks off a whole new family-themed Thursday night. That means no more witty, career-minded single ladies and cult-movie-referencing twentysomethings on Must-See TV. (Parks and Recreation is still around, but it’s been moved to the 8:00 PM sudden-death time slot, opposite The Big Bang Theory.) Instead, we get Fox, alongside the blended-family comedy Welcome to the Family, and Sean Hayes starring as a divorced gay dad on Sean Saves the World, all capped off with an hour of Parenthood. Aiming squarely down the middle of American brows this year, NBC is also bringing back some recognizable faces from decades past (Fox! Blair Underwood for Ironside! James Spader for The Blacklist!), along with a certain brand of comedy that hasn’t changed much since that time. You want jokes about parents tricking their kids into eating vegetables? You’ve got it! You want something a little edgier? Go watch AMC.
THE MICHAEL J FOX SHOW
The good news? Michael J. Fox’s new show comes from writer/executive producer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town) and co-stars the great Betsy Brandt, who brings such sad and funny suffering-wife pathos to the role of Marie on Breaking Bad. The bad news? Despite the fact that it was inspired by Fox’s real-life battle with Parkinson’s, it looks like any other bland, what-is-this-family-coming-to-if-we-can’t-sit-down-to-eat-dinner-together? comedy, and the teaser clip just isn’t that funny. Be warned: there will be kale jokes.
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