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Normally, I'm not sure we could celebrate a new series being scheduled for Fridays, but I think we can make an exception for Dracula, which is being paired nicely with Grimm when the supernatural drama moves back to Fridays this fall. The above trailer introduces us to Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Dracula, a vampire posing as an American entrepreneur looking to bring modern science to Victorian society in 19th century London.
A technologically-minded vampire is a forward-thinking vampire, and that's a vampire that's built to last, especially for Dracula in this story. But an appreciation for artificial forms of light is just a cover for this vampire. He has a score to settle with the society that sentenced him to a life of immortality.
The trailer for Dracula, which comes from Daniel Knauf, Tony Krantz, Colin Callender and Gareth Neame, teases a series that will be dramatic, glamorous, dangerous and at least a little bit bloody as Dracula witnesses and takes a liking to a woman who looks exactly like his dead wife. In addition to starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who's likely best known for his starring role in The Tudors, and thus, knows a thing or two about period pieces, Dracula stars Victoria Smurfit, Thomas Kretschmann, Jessica De Gouw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie and Katie McGrath. Kretschmann will play Van Helsing in the series.
Tonally, the series looks very different from Grimm, which is modern-day and has a bit more humor than what we can probably expect from Dracula, but the common thread of predatory, supernatural beings is present enough that these shows may very well share an audience. That's likely what NBC was hoping for when they set this new drama to air after Grimm on Friday nights this fall.