Dracula: The Series was a Canadian-produced television show that aired for one year, from 1990-1991, in syndication in the United States and Canada. The series was filmed entirely on location in Vianden, Luxembourg. Created by Phil Bedard and Larry Lalonde, executive producers were David J. Patterson and Robert Halmi, Jr., with William Laurin and Glenn Davis also serving as producers. The series was owned by Twilight Motion Picture IX Limited Partnership, which was composed of shareholders in Canada, France, and Luxembourg.
Dracula: The Series directors included Allan King, Allan Kroeker, Allan Eastman, Randy Bradshaw, Jeff Woolnough, and Rene Bonniere. Writing talents were by Phil Bedard, Larry Lalonde, Glenn Davis, William Laurin, Peter Meech, Stu Woolley, Sean Kelly, Pascal Bonniere, Jack Blum, and Sharon Corder. The series also featured a strong regular cast, all of whom went on to achieve great professional success, and many dynamic guest stars.
Initial Run ~ 1990-1991
The series was produced as family entertainment, sprinkling campy humor and teenage growing pains into the storylines, all while keeping the horror of Bram Stoker's original Dracula novel in the forefront. While die-hard horror fans criticized the show for its campiness, a great many others appreciated it for its dry humor, often razor-sharp wit, and just enough horror to send a chill down your spine without keeping you up at night. Further, it was just the right mix of spooky, comedy, and childhood/teenage angst to allow your trying-to-be-cool-but-still-afraid-of-the-dark 10-year-old son or daughter to watch it without worry.
Season 1 of Dracula: The Series concluded with a cliffhanger, and Season 2 had been granted approval. As late as May 12, 1991, the second season was in the works. Episode plot summaries for Season 2 had been written, and scripts were in development. Regular cast and crew were signed on, and writers were moving the characters from their Season 1 infancy toward deeper and more intricate beings. The plots were also evolving into darker and a bit more mature storylines.
However, Season 2 was not to be. France withdrew unexpectedly from the partnership, leaving insufficient funds to continue production. What had been the season cliffhanger became the series finale, with no resolution to the characters' fate.
Our purpose is to rekindle interest in and generate awareness of this classic series to encourage a modern-day reboot. A new, two-part teleplay has been written on spec and is currently undergoing critical review. The plot of the sequel is original and based on the characters of Dracula: The Series; it does not intend to infringe upon the rights of the holders of copyrights, trademarks, or other legal rights to the series. It is hoped that with a strong fan following and insider support, rights holders will see its potential, and a new series could be produced.