Believe it or not another version of Dracula is heading to the small screen, airing on NBC this Friday at 10:00pm, and so far the advanced reviews have been positive, or so NBC says.
Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers moves from playing King Henry the Eighth to another ruler from around the same time period— Vlad the Impaler, better know as Dracula (Son of the Dragon/Devil). Borrowing more from Bram Stoker's novel (and very loosely mind you) than from the historical record, the new series introduces a young and totally Americanized Dracula, running around as American industrialist Alexander Grayson. Grayson's cover story is to bring Edison's electric light to Victorian England, but his real mission is to drink blood, bed as many woman as possible and destroy his enemies.
Despite all of Drac's faults, the producers of the show want you to know that Drac isn't all bad. In fact, he's more of an anti-hero, who wants revenge on a group called The Order of The Dragon, an age-old cabal that murdered Drac's wife way back in the 1400's. The order is still around and still pulling strings from the shadows, manipulating world events and politics.
Even though Drac has a lot on his plate, he still finds time to fall in love with Mina Murry— a dead ringer for his dead wife. Other characters from Stoker's book turn up as well, including Renfield, now Drac's manservant and Van Helsing who is now Drac's ally.
NBC has invested a lot in Dracula and is hoping for a ratings winner here. Guess we'll find out on Friday whether Dracula will live or die.