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'Dracula' ratings rise for finale, 'Shark Tank' amazes

NBC’s Dracula ended on a sucky-yet-improved note Friday night.

The ratings-challenged horror-drama delivered only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. That’s actually the best number for the show in at least a month, and Dracula has actually improved its performance for its last couple episodes. The series is considered very on-the-bubble for a return, though NBC does seem committed to figuring out some kind of horror-drama block on Fridays with Grimm serving as the anchor — the promising second season of Hannibal moves into the evening next month.

Meanwhile ABC’s Shark Tank‘s had its best viewership and rating in the show’s history at 9 p.m. Check this out: 8.1  million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the adult demo. That’s pretty amazing. This is the show’s fifth season and it’s on Friday night its lead in is The Neighbors (which has a 0.9 rating, so Shark Tank is improving upon its lead in by 144 percent). Everybody talks of Fridays as the night where shows go to die, but Shark Tank proves it’s possible to grow nearly every season on the least-watched weekday.

Get a taste of NBC's 'Dracula' in this behind-the-scenes clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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

Fall TV: Six toughest time slot battles (and which show will win)

It’s war! Next week broadcasters shove the bulk of their new shows into the spotlight and anxiously count how many viewers show up to watch. Even in this era of heavy DVR use, a show’s time slot still matters plenty — just ask NBC’s Revolution, which was hugely boosted whenever it ran behind original episodes of The Voice last season (or any show that runs against The Voice, for that matter). Here are six of the most interesting new top time-period battles this fall — and who we think will win.

'Dracula' scoop: NBC's new series teams the titular vamp with ... Van Helsing!

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.

NBC's Fall Schedule Announcement: A snap judgement

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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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