How many times have you flipped through the channels and then turned off your TV? It happens to me all the time. But one Friday night, I stumbled upon Dracula. Sucked in by the dramatic lighting, sumptuous costumes, sensuous actors, and sets that rival Academy Award winning films, I set down my remote.
Dracula poses as a wealthy American, Alexander Grayson, who takes up residence in London. He longs for love and light, both lost when his wife was burned at the stake by a secret society that cursed him with immortality. He is humanized by his grief and his need for revenge. He meets his reincarnated wife Mina Murray (Jessica de Gouw) and her boyfriend Jonathan Harker (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) which creates an interesting love triangle. The plot twists when he hires Harker, who seems to know everything about everyone, to work at Grayson Industries.
Grayson seduces a vampire tracker, Lady Jane Wetherby (Victoria Smurfit). She has incredible strength and is a member of the secret society. Rather than kill her, he sees Jane as the chink in the society’s armor. She has no idea she’s sleeping with the very prey she hunts. The society’s power is funded by money made in the oil industry. Dracula plans to dismantle and destroy them by introducing free magnetic power for everyone.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Dracula. He won several awards for his role in The Tudors and for Elvis. Born in Dublin and raised by a single mother, he spent some time in an orphanage. He was expelled from school at 16. He has a natural brooding quality perfect for this role and gives a raw and convincing performance as the nighttime predator.
Why do we need to save the Count? Because the Friday night 9:00 time slot is driving a stake through his cold heart. After four episodes of the series, the ratings have slipped. Finally, there is a show on TV worth watching and it may not be renewed.
Dracula is horror by genre, but the show is not about gore. There is blood and it has its terrifying moments, but it is tempered with a refined beauty and an unpredictable plot.
I hatched a plan. If we tweet #savedracula, maybe we can create enough buzz to attract new viewers!
Tune in to NBC next Friday night November 29th, at 9:00. Full episodes can be viewed online at NBC.com/Dracula or check out your cable station’s pay-per-view and watch them free whenever you like. Don’t let the Count go down for the count…
Have you seen any episodes?
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