- By Kim
- 23 October, 2013
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NBC likes to celebrate Halloween in a big way. Last year, they put out the ill-fated Mockingbird Lane - Bryan Fuller’s modern take on the Munsters. It wasn’t bad at all, but I think NBC found it too different, too surreal. They aired the pilot with little fanfare and it disappeared into Internet history. This year, they are unveiling another macabre show: Dracula. And my favorite lanky, Irish, rock and roll hot mess boyfriend is playing the lead!
Let me get this out of the way. I am very fond of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He’s such an interesting, commanding presence to watch on screen. He never fades into the background. Watch him in Mission Impossible 3 – he steals focus from Tom Cruise, which is very hard to do! He brings a natural brooding intensity to all of his roles, which has become a trademark. When was the last time you saw him in a cuddly, cute role? August Rush? Bend It Like Beckham?! Nope. And then there are his almost too pretty looks. He’s certain to be a lifetime member of the High Cheekbone Club with Benedict Cumberbatch. Despite having been the face of various fashion campaigns, I’ve always thought that JRM comes across better looking on screen than in photos, like Ewan McGregor. I think a large part of why I find him attractive is due to his on-screen sex appeal. Disturbingly, while watching Match Point, I found myself finding him more and more attractive the more psychopathic his character became. (Maybe this says something more about me. Hmm.)
He is a delicious choice to play Dracula. Having already played the lustful, vice-driven king Henry VIII, JRM is suited to playing the most famous vampire in history. I’m curious to see what he’ll bring to the role. Typically, the Count is depicted as a charming, arrogant and ruthless killer. He is evil, but not unsympathetic. We’ve seen that element in a lot of JRM’s performances before, so I’m wondering if he and the show can bring a new element in, or if it will be sort of The Vampire Tudors.
With the success of shows like The Walking Dead, Grimm, and Once Upon a Time, fantasy and supernatural TV shows are back on trend. We’ve already seen Fox’s offering of Sleepy Hollow this season, which has already been renewed. Like Hannibal, NBC is giving us another anti-hero. If what I’ve read about this show proves true, it will be another prime time show that tests the network’s boundaries of sex, violence and gore. But mostly sex. The handful of stills I’ve seen all contain JRM sexily eyeing ladies up, sexily straddling ladies, or about to bite ladies sexily. The show should just be called Dracula: Sexy Victorian Vampire Chronicles. Thank god. I’m sick of all these emo, awkward teen vampires; I’m ready for some ruthless, bloodthirsty Interview With The Vampire-type undeads again. BRING BACK THE GOTHIC.
Other interesting things about this show:
- It’s a period piece set in Victorian times. Other recent period offerings have tanked pretty quickly on network TV (Pan Am, Swingtown, Vegas). Downton Abbey has found a large following through PBS, but can a big four network revive the period drama? Sleepy Hollow has elements of history but is not fully set in the past.
- Hey! Xaro Xhoan Daxos found a boat to London from Qarth!
- Intrigue-y type plots! Secret societies, revenge, vampire hunters, rooftop knife fights. I’m all in.
- JRM is going to be posing as an American. I get it – back then America was still the Wild West and nobody really knew much about Americans, so good cover story. Plus, it appeals to Americans on this American show I guess. But I don’t think JRM is particularly skillful with his American accent, so it could turn into a distraction. He is no Hugh Laurie.
- Apparently other supernatural creatures and spirits will be making an appearance. I’m cautiously optimistic about this, but seriously writers, True Blood has already got that covered.
Dracula premieres on NBC, October 25th 10 pm/9pm central