He brought life to Henry VIII, and now Jonathan Rhys Meyers will give life to the undead. Dracula to be specific.

NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Dracula, a new series from producers Tony Krantz and Colin Callender and writer Cole Haddon. The series is co-production between the U.S. network and the U.K. based Sky Living. NBC bought the concept last fall on a “script-to-series” deal, meaning that if the network liked the script it could skip the shooting of a pilot episode and go straight into production. It’s a similar deal that spurred the network’s Hannibal series which will also premiere midseason.

This new Dracula is set in the 1890s and has been described as β€œDangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.” According to Deadline, who broke the story:

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. β€œIt is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns with the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role,” said Universal TV Executive Vice-President Bela Bajaria.

The decision to go with a Meyers’ starring Dracula is a no-brainer. Current NBC head honcho Bob Greenblatt greenlit The Tudors starring Meyers while he was head of Showtime, and the series went on to be an international success. Of course, a network Dracula can’t indulge in the same type of sex and nudity The Tudors did, but between this, Hannibal and the Munsters in Mockingbird Lane, NBC seems willing to try anything to get them out of fourth place.

Will it succeed? Stay tuned.

Source: Deadline

First Look at the New Marilyn Munster

NBC has released its first character image from the Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane, one of the series in development for midseason being supervised by Bryan Fuller. The below image is of the Munsters so-called “normal” relative, Marilyn, who is now being played by English actress Charity Wakefield.

Check out the image below:

Shooting began today on the project, which comes quick on the heels of the announcement that Portia de Rossi had been cast as Lily Munster. Wakefield and de Rossi joins Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Fuller is writing and directing the pilot, which will premiere sometime on NBC in 2013.

We’ll have more info as it comes in.

Source: Coming Soon