We weren't all that surprised when NBC began developing a Dracula television series, considering how alive and well the character still seems to be (pun) in popular culture and the horror zeitgeist, but with the cast rounding out nicely and previous trailers teasing juicy drama and a new take on the classic story, expectations for the show have been on the rise.
The network showed confidence by skipping the pilot stage with a 10-episode first season order, and with Dracula's fall premiere rapidly approaching, NBC was sure to show off more footage at Comic-Con 2013. Check it out above.
As with previous trailers, this one introduces audiences to the cast and the new story, which follows the titular character (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) in 19th century London as he seeks revenge against those who cursed him centuries earlier. To blend in with society, he lives a double-life, posing as an American business man bringing modern science to the Victorian era, but his revenge plot is jeopardized when he begins to fall for a woman named Mina (Jessica DeGouw), who appears to be a reincarnation of his deceased wife. A brilliant, but power-hungry professor named Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann) also comes into the picture to further complicate matters for our titular count.
However, unlike footage we have seen in past months, this trailer presents us with a much bloodier and more eroticized show. Before NBC took a bold gamble on its dark and often graphic series Hannibal, we may have been surprised Dracula was headed toward network television, but after Hannibal's first season found an audience and garnered widespread critical acclaim, we aren't shocked that the network is trying to duplicate its success.
Though it didn't become a ratings smash, Hannibal did draw in strong enough numbers and a strong enough response to warrant a season 2 renewal. Based on what we've seen so far, Dracula's strong lead performances, intriguing set-up and unabashed approach could help it become another NBC series with serious bite.
Will you be tuning in to see the latest Dracula story unfold on NBC? Let us know in the comments!
Dracula premieres on October 25, 2013 on NBC.