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dracula television
10th May

It’s a sad news for Dracula’s fans as we know now the fate of the show: NBC confirmed that the drama will not be back for a second run. We will miss Jessica as Mina Murray/Ilona.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – NBC continued to firm up its 2014-15 schedule on Saturday, canceling rookie drama Dracula.

NBC tried to use Grimm to launch Dracula earlier in the fall — and the sophomore run of Hannibal when it moved from Thursdays during its second season. Dracula was never a huge performer in the hour, but it was quite consistent after dipping from a strong October launch. It saw significant time-shifting, 80 percent in the demo, to an average 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers.

The series was said to be a passion project for NBC Entertainment chairman BobGreenblatt, who courted lead Jonathan Rhys Meyers to play the titular vampire — despite concerns over the actor’s struggles with substance abuse. (Rhys Meyers, who required a sober companion accompany him to set, had part of his salary held until the first 10-episode season was completed.)

NBC remains committed to making Friday a destination for genre. The swashbuckling Crossbones, starring John Malkovich, sets up shop on the night in the summer. And don’t expect Grimm to stray far from its 9 p.m. home when it returns for its previously announced fourth season in the fall. The fantasy procedural has continued to be Friday’s biggest scripted draw in the key demographic and posted some of the biggest DVR gains.

Dracula joins freshman dramas Believe, Crisis and Ironside in the canceled heap at NBC. Of the network’s rookie drama class, only The Blacklist and Chicago PD will return. The writing for Dracula had been on the wall after the network picked up Constantine, its take on DC Comics’ Hellblazer, which is considered a likely companion to Grimm. For its part, Hannibal will also return for a third season.

dracula Interviews television
07th Feb

FEMALE FIRST – Jessica De Gouw has starred in the recent hit series Dracula in two separate parts, and we got the chance to chat to the rising star about her role on the show, chemistry with other cast members including Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and just what drew her to taking part in the series.

For those who haven’t yet seen Dracula, can you tell us a little bit about it and the characters you play?
Dracula is the re imagining of Bram Stoker’s classic tale by NBC and Carnival. Set in Victorian London, the series follows many of the original characters, but in this version we had ten hours of television to tell a much more detailed story, and to really explore the complex relationships, old and new.
I play Mina Murray, and Ilona, Dracula’s great love from centuries before, who we see in flashbacks.

What is it about the show that drew you to take part?
When I heard that Dracula was being made into a series by NBC and Carnival, I couldn’t resist. I knew they would do something interesting with it. A period drama with a supernatural twist, seemed like a whole lot of fun.

Did you feel pressure being part of something based on such an iconic story?
I never really felt the pressure of playing an pre-existing character, because I knew i would make it my own, and an audience would either like it or not. My job is to make a choice and commit to it, that’s all I can do.
I knew the show had to offer something different in order to find an audience, but I always knew it was in safe hands.

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Arrow dracula Interviews television
03rd Feb

DIY – Everyone’s favourite classic vampire Dracula has once again been given the remake treatment, this time under the gloriously suave and sinister hands of King Henry himself, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Featuring a number of recognisable faces such as Nonso Anozie from Game of Thrones, and Katie McGrath from Merlin, Dracula manages to bring exactly what you would hope for – part sexy, part scary, but always entertaining.

We had the chance to catch up with Dracula’s leading lady Jessica De Gouw and learn about her origins as an actress in Australia, the differences in now working in America, and just how exciting it is working with a talent like Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

After being so successful in the beginning of your career in Australia, what influenced the move to LA?
It seemed like the right decision for my career. Australia is a lot smaller than the US and UK industries, so I had to leave and create my own opportunities. It was more about being someone that people recognise and getting more work from there. In fact I’ve just wrapped a film in Melbourne with a director I’ve always wanted to work with, so it’s definitely working so far.

What was it like getting a role in a hit TV show almost immediately?
Well I did the traditional pilot season in the US which is pretty intense. You do a load of auditions and then maybe something will come from one of them. I then went home and did a film, then eventually did call backs and jetted off to Vancouver and got very very lucky. It’s not always that easy!

Were you a fan of comic books before getting your role in Arrow? Did u feel any pressure taking on The Huntress?
Oh well there’s obviously that awareness of comics and DC Comics but no, I had to do a lot of learning. The audition was actually a simple script for a role, and I had no idea of the importance of the character. They were quite secretive about it really, not giving it away. As soon as the part was mine, I got a package of DC comics and started learning quickly!

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dracula television
25th Jan

So, what did you think of this season finale? Did you like it? Jessica was amazing as Mina and we hope we will see her in this role again for a second season, if there is one (fingers crossed!). You can already find HD screen captures from yesterday’s episode in our gallery.

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dracula television
18th Jan

Be ready for the season finale of ‘Dracula’ next week on NBC!

dracula television
18th Jan

HD screen captures of Jessica in the latest episode of ‘Dracula’ have been added to the gallery.

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Television Productions > Dracula (2013) > Season 1 > Episode Screencaps > 1.09 – Four Roses
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