In what is easily the best news we've heard all damned day, Deadline, has learned that Dan Knauf, creator of the cult HBO series "Carnivale," has joined NBC’s upcoming 10-episode series "Dracula" as showrunner/head writer, working with series creator Cole Haddon.
NBC's "Dracula" will feature Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors", Shelter, Velvet Goldmine) as the iconic vampire. The series, from producers Tony Krantz and Colin Callender and writer Cole Haddon, is being produced for both NBC and the UK’s Sky Living. It was originally bought by NBC in January with a “script-to-series” commitment, meaning that it wouldn’t go through a pilot stage but straight to series if NBC brass liked the script.
"Dracula" is produced by Krantz’s Flame Ventures, Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Universal TV, and NBCU International Prods.’ Carnival Films & Television, the company behind "Downton Abbey". Krantz and Callender are executive producing the series with Gareth Neame and Anne Mensah. Haddon and Flame’s Reece Pearson co-executive produce. Based on an idea by Krantz, it is set in the 1890s and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets 'The Tudors,'” which is fitting given that "Tudors" star Meyers has been tapped to play the title role. The new series reunites Meyers with NBC's Bob Greenblatt, who cast the Irish actor in "The Tudors" while running Showtime. As a producer, Greenblatt gave Meyers his first starring role in the CBS telefilm Elvis, which was overseen by Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria, then head of CBS’ movies and miniseries division.
In the NBC/Sky Living series Dracula (Meyers) arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. “It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns with the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role,” Bajaria said.
NBC? I would think that it would be better show it on cable.
When does it air?
JRM went from Elvis to Henry VIII to Dracula. Is Jesus Christ next?
Finally, someone casts him in an appropriate role!
He sucked so bad as Henry VIII, he's got to do something to make up for it.
This needs to be on cable. Can't imagine it having any heat if it's on broadcast network. What will be the point of another porduction of Dracula if we can't see tits, ass and full frontal bulge? I can just watch TrueBlood. An ORIGINAL take on Vampires.
Hasn't the vampire craze pretty much run its course by now? I'm sure the final TWILIGHT will rake it in, but otherwise aren't audiences pretty much "over" vamps? I don't believe TRUE BLOOD gets the audience size it used to (and the show is just plain awful now anyway).
I don't think the problem is doing Dracula on network television. This is the problem:
[quote]In reality he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. “It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns
This is schmatz Dracula, you know? This is plotting for the fraus and the tweens. I was initially going to comment that network TV doesn't have to necessarily be limited by its no nudity format. Talented writers can create erotic suggestion, costuming and lighting can be employed to create effect, etc. But nothing can overcome bad plotting.
His version will prowl at night because he's on coke!
Does anyone know if he has been able to maintain any sobriety since his last rehab? I have think he is if NBC is willing to take him on given his history. Ten episodes is a large financial commitment. It seems like something of a risk if half are in the can and he goes off on a binge he can't easily stop. It sounded like at least one episode was like that, though I'm not sure if it interfered with any filming.
I can't imagine this being a hit.
Also, am I the only one who thinks this guy is gay? I know he's been linked to women, but my gaydar goes off whenever I see this guy or hear him talk.
I dunno, R11. The fact that the network exec who developed SMASH has been fostering his career since a TV movie in 2002 is a little suspect...
R12 Oh really? I didn't knwo that. Tell us more.
Just context clues I inferred from the article, R13.
"The new series reunites Meyers with NBC's Bob Greenblatt, who cast the Irish actor in "The Tudors" while running Showtime. As a producer, Greenblatt gave Meyers his first starring role in the CBS telefilm Elvis, which was overseen by Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria, then head of CBS’ movies and miniseries division."
[quote]am I the only one who thinks this guy is gay?
No. There have been gay rumours about JRM for a good 10 years.
R15 Do you think maybe being in the closet is why he has all these alcohol/drug problems?
That's one of the theories, yes, R16, but part of it could also be because of his difficult background growing up, the breakup of his parents' marriage, the loss of his Mom at only age 50 etc.
I wonder if he's a top, bottom, or both...
I don't know, R18, but he has a big uncut cock that he showed off frequently in his younger days.
[quote]In reality he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life... but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
Wasn't this a Columbo episode?
I love watching him on screen. I'll at least watch it once.
I get the feeling this will be cancelled soon after it starts. It just seems so cheesy and dated.
Does he still look like a male Scarlett Johansson?
I thought it looked pretty good. I do have doubts about Meyers as Dracula though.
R25 He's still beautiful if that's what you mean.
R27 Beautiful my ass. He looks rode HARD these days. This is what he looks like now without makeup.
The link works for me... Google image "Jonathan Rhys Meyers" and "Sheridan Smith" in the same search.
It's funny.. I thought it was Johnny Depp at first. Maybe they had the same plastic surgery procedure lol.
R46, I was making a joke about the link being worse @R43 because JRM's looks are far worse than an actual bad link (@R40).
I think he is a very talented actor, and I heard he is always gracious to his fans; sadly, he seems self destructive. Some people just don't realize their worth. I will be rooting for him in his new show
JRM is a stunningly handsome man and a good actor. I'm looking forward to the series.
ANOTHER fucking vampire tv show!
Jesus Christ, will this played put vampire theme EVER die! I mean, there have been MULTIPLE new vampire-themed show each of the last few seasons! Is that the height of creativity in Hollywood?
I agree. This vampire shit is really tired.
I co-sign for R50.
R53 Are you black (I'm guessing yes because mostly black people do the "co-sign" remarks)? If so, you do know that he's a racist, don't you? So think before you go praising him.
Lord, how would I know if he is a racist? I didn't praise him, I agreed with him.
How would you know that I am black?
You are presumptuous. Best stop there son.
[quote]Best stop there son.
After that line - definitely black!
that ex-girlfriend he had for donkey years, wasn't she ethnic? I've only seen a few pictures of them together, never read the articles etc. She's not white, so how can he be racist? She's an heiress but guess she got tired of his ways.
R55 is meant for R54.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a babe and a good actor. I agree with R50.
He did the mash. He did the monster mash.
[quote]She's not white, so how can he be racist?
I can't believe you people still exist.
Good reviews and the hotness that is JRM? I'm there dude.
Jonathan is perfect playing Dracula, very happy with the rave reviews.
DVR'ed it and am watching now.
They should have set it during the present not the late 1800s.
The show has potential. Suck it haters.
agreed R18 it's fun
Any gays on the show?
I fell asleep - too talky.
JRM has the tiniest rodent eyes. They always look bloodshot and painful.
Review of the first episode from Den of Geek (posted on another Jonathan Rhys Meyers is DRACULA! thread--because we need more than one because JRM is SO HOT, like Johnny Depp untainted by the baggage of a long Hollywood history)
In that scene of him dressing, right near the beginning of the show after he's revived, do we get a glimpse of his pubes? On NBC?
Good show, so far.
The show is sumptuously produced, but I'm annoyed at the attempt to refashion Dracula into an anti-hero fighting against a greater evil. And I seem to be in the distinct minority here, but I don't find JRM terribly attractive. Plus, he looked high in most scenes in the premiere ... and I don't think he's being well served by having to adopt an American accent.
In that scene of him dressing, right near the beginning of the show after he's revived, do we get a glimpse of his pubes? On NBC?
I agree r72, I don't like the American accent at all. I watched the first 20 minutes and I'm done. Vampires are tedious.
I watched this and enjoyed it, but isn't it just the Barnabus Collins storyline on Dark Shadows with a bigger budget?
I like Victoria Smurfit, the actress who was in two of my favorite British series, Berkeley Square and Trial and Retribution.
Oooh!!! He gave a peck on the mouth to some dude in last nights episode.
Are either of the actors playing the secretly gay couple actually gay?
I didn't watch tonight, I can catch it On Demand, as Comcast calls it.
Maybe that's the problem. Gay guys (and het women) who might like this aren't watching it at that time. On Demand viewing, sans ads, wouldn't be measured by the rating services.
I've only seen the first two episodes but they were beautifully filmed, albeit talky, stodgy, and sadly unerotic--even with JRM who looks great. He seems to laid off the liquor.
If you like vampire things, it's worth a look but don't get hooked. NBC won't stick by something as esoteric as this.
OMM is after this show big time. They've sent letters to all their churchy frauen.
Tiffani Thiessen is a fat facer!
Wrong show, R83.
How heartbreaking!!!. Poor guys.
Its interesting too that the Kiera Knightly doppelganger might be in love with Mina.
I kinda like this show, but JRS just doesn't *look* like Dracula to me. Too moonfaced. Not tall and elegant enough.
And when is this guy gonna turn into a bat? I wanna see him turn into a bat.
'Cause that would be cool, R85.
Seeing JRM yesterday was eye opening. For some reason I thought that he was skinny, venturing on scrawny, but he is sort of beefy. He is not skinny at all. His clothes make him look slim and elegant.
I almost didn't think it was him and that it was a body double.
The show is a flop - each week the ratings get worse, and last night it had its' worst ratings yet.
This show definitely won't be renewed after these 10 episodes finish airing.
I love JRM. He's beautiful and a good actor, but I just don't like vampires. I never understood the appeal. I tried watching because of him but I can't get into it.
This is a co-production made by the company that makes Downton (Downton is also NBC ). So British viewers on Sky Living and international sales are also important. The cast is British and it looks great.I think they will make another series.
It is British Tv on an American station which is an experiment.
[quote]It is British Tv on an American station which is an experiment.
And so far it's failed.
I tried watching the first episode but was so bored I wound up backing up my computer, balancing my check book....
The article linked below claims that Meyers pay was largely held back until he completed all 10 episodes due to his "problems". He was paid 100K per episode.
He had a "meltdown" on set and a sober coach was with him rest of the way and after he finished filming, he went to rehab (again).
Well they killed off the two gay characters and the black guy is getting tortured by wealthy white people so they'll get a GLAAD award in no time.
" CUT! "
"Johnathan, how many time must we go over this? You bite him on the NECK, this part UP HERE , and suck his blood. Why is your aim always so off? "
He's so beautiful. Sad that he's so troubled.
Why does he wear modern driving gloves? I think they look hot on a guy, but the type he wears aren't from that era.
The show s getting better. It took three episodes to get going.
I just haven't been able to get into the show. When watching I'm constantly on my phone or doing something else. It just doesn't hold my attention.
Katie McGrath was better on Merlin, I can't stand her in this and I can't stand Xaro Xhoan Daxos either.
Saw some recent pics of him - these ones were at the Lady Gaga concert a couple days ago. And quite frankly I don't think he looks very good. Is his lifestyle catching up with him? He looks drawn in the face and, well, just plain miserable. I hope he gets his act together.
[quote]Katie McGrath was better on Merlin
That was a terrible show - I'm glad the BBC stopped it after 5 seasons and is now focused full-time on Doctor Who.
As for JRM, he's been a heavy drinker & smoker for years and it's time he stopped.