We’ve got bad news for fans of last Fall’s NBC horror drama Dracula, as it gets a stake through the heart and turns to dust after being cancelled after only one season! I truly enjoyed the season and had high hopes for a second, but it was not to be. With low ratings and talk of problems with its lead actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, NBC decided to opt out for any more. Tis the season for renewals and cancellations with all the networks upfronts going on right now. Read on for more details.
According to 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.)
Source: The Hollywood Reporter