Jonathan Rhys Meyers Isn't the Only Thing 'Dracula' Has Going for It

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jonathan rhys meyers You probably aren't watching NBC's Dracula. But you absolutely should be. It's not your fault. You probably didn't even know it was on the air. That's because NBC has done almost nothing to promote it. I mean, even me, a professional television watcher OBSESSED with both all things vampire-related and also Jonathan Rhys Meyers, didn't even know this show happening until I saw a poster drive by me on the side of a bus. A bus told me about this show, you guys, a bus.

The show has gotten 'meh' reviews, but that's because critics are so done with vampire-based entertainment that they aren't giving it a fair shake. The only real buzz about the series that I've seen has been a rash of recent reports about Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his salary. There are a slew of articles saying that the network wouldn't pay him until shooting was done on the new show because they were worried Meyers' drinking problem would negatively impact the series. 

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I think it's not just bogus that this is all the attention the show is getting, but also totally unfair. It's bogus because Jonathan Rhys Meyers is credited as one of the show's producers. I doubt very much he's being pushed and pulled around like an addled child, whatever the current state of his relationship with alcohol may be. Secondly, if his salary was held until the show was shot, that's not totally unheard of -- back-end payments are a pretty common element in the industry, especially if the party involved really believes in the project and want it to move forward. 

All of this is detracting from the fact that the show is quietly really fun and enjoyable and maybe even good. At the very least the lead himself is mad charismatic. Give Meyers his due, the dude only plays epic characters. The pilot itself was even solid, setting up Meyers' usually-evil villain as a complicated (AND SO SEXY) anti-hero. I can't remember a time where I last cheered for Count Dracula -- but it's totally happening on this show. Even if you aren't a vampire fan by nature, I'd say give it a try. The costumes, relationships, and dialogue might really jive for you Downton Abbey folks -- after all, the same production team is beyond this show! GO WATCH IT! 

Have you watched Dracula or do you have another favorite vampire show?


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Liz132 Liz132

I watch it. I think it's good

nonmember avatar Carmen

I watch it faithfully, I was dubious but I was hooked after second chapter, it is elegant and original!!!Please advertise it!!

nonmember avatar Lynda

HOORAY ,something positive at last .Cole Haddon has taken this production to new heights by his lateral thinking & has appealed to a much wider audience by doing so .Its compulsive ,enjoyable to watch & can't wait for the next episode .The casting is brilliant but especially the charismatic JRM who makes a delicious vampire (he can bite my neck anytime) & so what ,he's made mistakes in his life ,let him without sin cast the first stone .Thank you for this positive piece if journalism .

nonmember avatar Elizabeth

Hello All Well Well If Ever There Was A Brilliant Show This Is The Very One & JRM
Is An Exceptional Actor Straightaway His Name Means SimplyBrilliant Quite Right What A Show Wicked Good as ever Elizabeth

nonmember avatar chris

I have been watching the show since day one.I LOVE IT. Jonathan is a very sexy and talented actor. I hope the show is picked up for another season.

Kim Hunn Budnick

The reason no one is watching it is because it is boring.

Anne Allison

I totally agree that this is a fun and sumptuous show to watch. The costumes, scenery, action, intrigue, writing and last but not least the stellar cast all contribute to Dracula's success. Jonathan is the ultimate Dracula and some of his scenes as Alexander Grayson actually brought me to tears. I wish people would not dwell on JRM's past but concentrate on his remarkable talent and his past and future successes.

nonmember avatar Sara

I like it. I think people should see how the story develops. Not boring at all.

nonmember avatar texasbelle

Adding JRM to the growing list of sexy vampires. I've watched Dracula from the first night, I look forward to every Friday. Boring...NOT!!! I love that Alex Grayson made a fool out of the hunter. What a clever vampire!

I'm entertained every Friday!

nonmember avatar Brandi

I think that this show is wildly under advertised!! It is so good, and I love all things vamp, but usually think the Count is a snoozefest, but this show has me hooked, and JRM is hot!

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