Television: 'Dracula' on NBC

Friday July 27, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- NBC is sinking its teeth into the classic tale of Dracula for a new drama series.

The network has announced a 10-episode version of the Bram Stoker novel. Jonathan Rhys Meyers has the title role as the vampire set in Victorian-era England.

Meyers is known for starring in the Showtime series "The Tudors," and for the TV film "Elvis."

"Dracula" is from the producers behind the acclaimed hit "Downton Abbey," Carnival Films & Television. It will begin production later this year, NBC said.

The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association conference. NBC did not announce an airdate for "Dracula."


NEW YORK -- Comedy Central’s late-night duo is sticking around for at least a few more years.

The network has announced that Jon Stewart has extended his contract to host "The Daily Show" through the middle of 2015. Stephen Colbert also signed an extension that takes him through the end of 2014 as host of "The Colbert Report."

Last week, each show was nominated for four Emmy Awards.

Colbert has hosted "The Colbert Report" since 2005. Stewart has presided at "The Daily Show" since 1999. Both are also producers and writers of their shows.


NEW YORK -- ABC is celebrating one of its best summertime weeks in the TV ratings largely because of Emily Maynard’s big choice on "The Bachelorette."

The single mom from Charlotte, N.C., gave her final rose to entrepreneur Jef Holm in the show’s season finale on Sunday. Nielsen said both the two-hour episode and the hourlong interview special that followed drew nearly 9 million viewers. Add in the second-to-last episode on July 16, and Maynard gave ABC three of the week’s top 10 shows.

Except for weeks when it aired the NBA finals, it was ABC’s best summertime ratings performance in two years.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Reality TV mogul Nigel Lythgoe is producing a new competition series where a dance company is created in just 28 days.

The Ovation network said that "A Chance to Dance" will follow the audition and training process leading up to a live performance in New York by the new dance company.

The network says choreographers Michael Nunn and Bill Trevitt will audition and select dance hopefuls in Washington, Salt Lake City and Austin, Tex.

"A Chance to Dance" is executive-produced by Lythgoe, a creator of "American Idol" and a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance," in partnership with his son Simon Lythgoe.

The seven-part series premieres Aug. 17 on Ovation, an arts-oriented cable network available in 50 million U.S. homes.


NEW YORK -- Jerry Seinfeld is bringing back his live stand-up comedy to New York City -- the place he says he learned to be funny.

It will be the first time he’ll present full live com e dy performances in the city since his 1998 Broad way show, "I’m Telling You for the Last Time."

There will be one performance in each of the five boroughs on Thursday nights in October and November.

Seinfeld says: "I was born in Brooklyn, went to school in Queens and started out as a comedian in Manhattan. I feel like New York City taught me how to be funny."

The first performance is at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater on Oct. 4.

Each show will feature Colin Quinn. Seinfeld directed him in the Broadway show "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short."


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