NBC’s Dracula was an adaptation of the popular novel Dracula, and was first aired in 2013. The British-American horror drama TV series was a remake of a story that has been told several times. However, despite having been told several times, the series still received an overwhelming support when it was first announced for TV release. Let us take a look at what happened with this Dracula NBC TV series and what exciting news is in store for all the viewers.
The TV series had an interesting premise.
Dracula was introduced in the TV adaptation as an American entrepreneur wanted to bring modern science in the Victorian society. However, in reality, he simply wanted to create havoc and destroy the people who ruined his life several centuries earlier. This would have been a perfect plan had he not found the woman who seemed to be the reincarnation of his dead wife. This has immediately gotten the attention of potential viewers and it has raked over 5 million viewers on its first episode.
The show saw a continued decline as the next episodes were released.
Despite the overwhelming number of viewers who watched the first episode of Dracula NBC, it didn’t push through as the season progressed. It continued with only over 3 million viewers up until only a little over 2 million viewers were left. This prompted NBC to not renew the show for a second season.
NBC was generally silent after announcing the show’s cancelation.
After the announcement of the show’s cancelation, there was no further explanation on the part of NBC why they have to do it. Though the decline in the number of viewers prompted the cancelation, many people thought that it should have still been given the chance to take off. Sadly, it did not happen.
There were petitions to revive the show.
After NBC released its 2014-2015 schedules without Dracula in it, there were tons of calls from viewers to bring the show back. Millions of fans took to the internet their feeling towards the decision. They even tried to make pleas to NBC to bring the show back. There were petitions signed via Change.org to encourage the management to revive the show, but it fell in deaf ears.
The lead star, Jonathan Rhys Meyer, starred in the show despite substance abuse problems.
Rhys Meyer was the top choice of Bob Greenblatt, the chairman for NBC Entertainment, to take on the lead role. It was decided upon despite concerns that the actor has been struggling with substance abuse. It was also rumored that he was required a sober companion to accompany him to the set. His salary was also said to be held up until the first 10 episodes were completed. Despite the alleged problem, Meyers still had an astounding performance throughout the show.
Netflix decided to pick up the series for a second season.
In a surprising decision, Netflix announced that it would continue Dracula for at least a second season. According to the network’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, there show is of Netflix caliber. He believes that people around the world can’t get enough of it. Thus, there really is no reason for them to not pick up the show. Meyers has also gladly announced that the show is coming back for another season.
NBC declined to give comments regarding Netflix’s decision.
Aside from picking up the show that was earlier dismissed by another network, Netflix also released a statement that was referred to as NBC “snubbing” their viewers. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that if the other network wanted to alienate their viewers, it is up to them. For Netflix, their main priority is to give their viewers what they wanted. If they wanted to have Dracula, then they will get it.
Rhys Meyer is co-producing the show.
It has been very evident that Meyer was disappointed when the show was canceled. He treated the show like his own baby, but the project did not push further. Thus, when the negotiations with Netflix finally succeeded, he was very glad to announce it. The announcement was done during the party thrown by actress Goldie Hawn in London. The new show is also featuring a strong Irish cast composed of Kati McGrath and Victoria Smurfit.
#NetflixSaveDracula became a worldwide trending topic.
One of the reasons why Netflix decided to negotiate in bringing Dracula back to life was the overwhelming support by viewers over social media. With the #NetflixSaveDracula trending, it is evident that the show had a very strong fan base. Since Netflix is known for saving shows that were canceled by other TV giants, people are expecting that it can do the same for Dracula. Among the shows Netflix saved were Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, House of Cards and Arrested Development.
Netflix has a steady support for movies with vampire themes.
One of the reasons why Netflix said that its viewers would love Dracula is because it has a steady support for releasing films with a vampire theme. Among the most popular films that you can see on Netflix, are The Hunger (1983), 30 Days of Night (2007), Interview with the Vampire (1994), and Let the Right One In (2008). Netflix seems to understand what their viewers want and give whatever it is that they clamor.
Now that Dracula NBC is certainly going back on Netflix, fans from around the world can look forward to its release. This time, it should have a massive support if we want to see it for a third season or more.