Number Of Episodes: 1
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Katie McGrath, Victoria Smurfit, Nonso Anozie
Premise: Taking Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel into a new direction, Dracula follows the Count (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) living in America under the fake name Alexander Grayson and with a Bruce Wayne-like playboy stature. At night, when he's not schmoozing with Victorian London bigwigs, Dracula and his unlikely ally Abraham Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann) wage a war against the Order of the Dragon, a secret society that, centuries earlier, burned Dracula's lover—who looks an awful lot like London's own Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw)—alive.
Worst moment from the latest episode: There are many things wrong with Dracula: Meyers' hammy performance as the Count, an overall sense of dullness, a muddled plot that's all action and little character development. In the show's pilot episode, it's also established that Dracula wants to be more like Stephen Sommers' awful Van Helsing (2004) than Tod Browning's Dracula (1931). Because of course NBC's Count Dracula is a martial arts expert, he gets into a highly stylized, nearly Matrix-like fight with an Order of the Dragons minion. Like everything else about Dracula, watching the Count turn into Jason Statham is scary for all the wrong reasons.
Prognosis: Remember, though,: People love Jason Statham. And, so far, they're also not mad at Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Dracula, which debuted last Friday to strong, if not mind-blowing, ratings. The show scored a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, retaining 100% of the viewers for NBC's lead-in, the returning fan favorite Grimm. Even more worth bragging about: Dracula's premiere was the second-highest debut for a new 10 p.m drama this fall, behind NBC's breakout hit The Blacklist. Looks like there will be plenty more hand-to-hand combat in Meyers' future.