For those of you who have been living under a rock and haven't managed to catch it yet, Dracula is British-American horror television series that is running on NBC this season. It stars the very talented Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character. Backing him up in the main supporting roles are Jessica De Gouw (Mina Murray), Thomas Kretschmann (Abraham Van Helsing), Victoria Smurfit (Lady Jayne Wetherby), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Jonathan Harker), Katie McGrath (Lucy Westenra) and last but not least, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield.
The premise of this series is somewhat different than Bram Stoker's original story, as they always are. Here, it introduces Dracula, posing as an American entrepreneur, as he arrives in London, with this "heart and soul" set on bringing modern science to the masses. The kicker is, his true mission in life, with the assistance of Van Helsing, is to wreak havoc and revenge on those who killed his wife and destroyed his life centuries earlier, namely the Order of the Dragon. Of course, the "fly in the ointment" to this plan is, as it always is, Dracula meets Mina (the reincarnation of his dead wife), falling madly in love with her. If you know anything of the Stoker's Dracula, you should have no problem following the premise of this series.
I fell in love with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors, as I'm sure many people did. He commanded that role, bringing a passion to it that I had not seen from an actor in a long while. Yet, here was this young man, whom I had never heard of before, dazzling me with his art and presence! How had I missed him before? Needless to say, I was hooked. I binged watched every episode of The Tudors, feeling extremely sad when it came time to watch that last episode.
So, when I heard that Rhys Meyers had been cast to play Dracula, I was “jump up 'n down” ecstatic! And as far as the new "Dracula" series goes ... I absolutely love it! The first episode seemed a bit convoluted, like it was trying to find its niche, its footing. But since that first episode, it has come along very nicely ... building the story line, at times, to edge of your seat excitement. It is finding that niche, and given the opportunity, could easily be successful for NBC. (Although, I'm one that firmly believes that network TV is NOT where a series such as this truly belongs.)
So, it saddened my heart today when I read the article posted by Kim Masters at The Hollywood Reporter (http://tv.yahoo.com/news/jonathan-rhys-meyers-dracula-salary-delayed-nbc-amid-050000495.html), writing about how Rhys Meyers' Dracula salary was delayed by NBC due to their addiction concerns and his being able to finish the first season of Dracula. I urge you to read Ms. Masters article.
It saddened me to think, with this being a major concern for the network, we may not have this wonderful series to enjoy for very long. It saddens me to think that such a talented young man, with the drop dead gorgeous looks, and such a commanding presence on the screen ... with so much seemingly going for him, would be haunted by these demons. Don't get me wrong ... I don't even begin to understand addictions nor the life or death grip they can have on their victims. Nor do I try to judge those people. I know these are very real and dangerous problems. (I remember thinking the very same thing regarding Robert Downey Jr. Thankfully, he found his way back!) Needless to say, I am but one (of many) fans who hopes he will be able to face those demons, defeat them, and come back to the fans who adore him so, and would love to see even more of him on TV/film.
Please feel free to let me know your feelings on the new Dracula series below. I have not yet seen any real discussion of the new series here on MoviePilot ... and would love to know and discuss what others think about it.