Aired: 2013-14 (1 Season Totaling 10 Episodes)
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann, Victoria Smurfit, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie, Katie McGrath
Series Website: www.nbc.com/dracula
Description: Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world’s most iconic characters. It’s the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night – useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan…until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. From the producers of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning hit “Downton Abbey” comes “Dracula,” a twisted, sophisticated and sexy take on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, proving that some stories never die. NBC.com
Why Was It Cancelled? Dracula premiered in the difficult Friday 10 PM EST hour, but its prospects looked decent because it had NBC’s successful Grimm as its lead-in. It ended up pulling decent numbers for its timeslot, but apparently not good enough for the NBC executives to give it a second season. The show was originally billed as a limited-run, “event” series, but it ended on a cliffhanger indicating that the story was meant to continue. A small, but vocal group of fans was very active online trying to convince another network or one of the streaming services to pick up the show and they continue their efforts today with the #SaveDracula campaign.
Can It Be Saved? It is possible if something happens pretty soon. This show attracted a vocal fanbase and it actually didn’t perform too bad for its Friday 10 PM EST timeslot (where it pulled a 1.1 average rating in the 18-49 demographic based on the overnights). The series has the name recognition and a similar international production arrangement that has kept Hannibal going so far. This one would actually be a good fit on one of the premium cable channels, giving the show more leeway for exploring its adult themes. Maybe HBO could look at it as a replacement for True Blood? It could also make a good fit on one of the streaming services and I believe it would be affordable for them. But if the actors have been released from their contracts (likely because of the cancellation), it will make it harder to bring the show back unless something happens in the next few months.
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