With ‘Dracula,’ NBC Goes for Blood

It’s not just monkeys and talking dogs that NBC needs, it’s vampires. So trailing “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries” by several years, it will go back to the Transylvanian original.

A 10-episode “Dracula,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers in lead fangs is coming from the network, working in conjunction with the team behind “Downton Abbey.”

What’s billed as “an epic tale of love and revenge” has an odd backstory that might be akin to the period hit (which NBC Universal helped develop for PBS).

According to a press release, it introduces Dracula “as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society.

“In reality,” it goes on, “he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier.” Sort of like a mashup of two ABC hits, “Revenge” and “Shark Tank.”

“There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan,” the release says. “Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.”

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