Gilbert Previews Sleepy Hollow and Dracula

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I must have died and gone to heaven! The networks, this fall, are returning with some old and trusted favorites along with some new and exciting horror shows. Our illustrious leader, Andy Burns (knowing that I’m coo-coo for everything scary) asked me to review two new shows; “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox and “Dracula” on NBC, along with my weekly review of “The Walking Dead.” What was my reply, you might ask, my little zombie snacks? Find out after the jump.

Hell yes, I’ll do it! From the research that I’ve done on both shows, this fall season is going to rock! “Sleepy Hollow,” which is based on Washington Irving’s short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will premiere on Fox on September 16th at 9 PM. There is one slight difference; the action now takes place in the future.

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The Plot

Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is sent on a mission by General George Washington; take down a mad man (Richard Cetrone) who’s killing the troops. Ichabod finally kills the man; beheading, but also dies in the process. Now jump forward to the future, around two hundred and fifty years, where Ichabod Crane wakes up in the town of Sleepy Hollow. The year is 2040. Buried in the grave with him are General Washington’s Bible and a map.

When Ichabod’s claims that he’s a revolutionary soldier and a spy; the sheriff thinks he’s mad and locks him up in jail. That is until someone else returns from the dead. Yes, we’re talking about the headless horseman (Richard Cetrone) and he’s on a killing spree. After Sheriff August Corbin (Clancy Brown) is separated from his head, compliments of the headless horseman; Deputy Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) becomes sheriff. Deputy Mills, Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) and Ichabod learn that the former sheriff was investigating two witch covens; one good and one evil. It is the evil coven that brings the headless soldier back to life, while Ichabod’s wife Katrina Crane (Katia Winter), a good witch, calls her husband back from the grave. Katrina might or might not be stuck in the past.

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Ichabod discovers that he is part of an ancient order, and that he must stop the headless horseman, who is really one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, from destroying the world. Hmmm… I wonder when the zombies arrive on the scene.

Conclusion

The show is created by the same people who gave us “Fringe” and Star Trek, Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, so I have high hopes for this show’s success. Tying in the Biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with a witches’ coven, Ichabod’s ancient order, and future technology, should prove very entertaining.

Dracula

Dracula

After the disastrous finale of “True Blood,” I was looking for a new vampire to love and I got my wish. “Dracula” is a new British American television series produced by London based Carnival Films, Sky Living, and NBC. “Dracula” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Alexander Grayson/ Vlad Tepes, Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jane, and Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, will air on Friday, October 25th at 10 PM following “Grimm.”

The series was created by Cole Haddon, writer of The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde for Dark Horse Comics. Daniel Knauf, creator of the HBO series, Carnivale, will be the showrunner and head writer, working with Haddon. The show is scheduled for ten episodes. That’s ten episodes with my new eye candy, the very handsome Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Get in line, girls!

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The Plot

Dracula arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur. He tells people that he’s bringing modern science to a Victorian society, but he’s really there for revenge. There is only one thing that can keep him from achieving his retribution on his enemies; love. Dracula falls in love with Mina (Jessica De Gouw) who may be the reincarnation of his deceased wife, but she’s engaged to Jonathan Harker (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Will this stop Dracula; not likely. Attention to all my Steampunk friends, with the combination of the Victorian Era and modern science; this looks like a show made just for us.

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Conclusion

With Cole Haddon as the creator of the series, Daniel Knauf as showrunner and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula, this show is sure to be a big hit, and it might even help me forget what happened to my little stud muffin, Eric, on the season six finale of “True Blood.”

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