Vampire fans may be getting bored with the current slate of bloodsucking TV programming. The ratings for NBC’s “Dracula” dropped significantly from the premiere, with a quarter of the original audience skipping the second episode. Part of the reason that “Dracula” is losing its audience may be because vampire fans aren’t getting to see the types of scenes they crave. “Dracula” and other vampire TV shows, take note. Here are some things TV fans really want to see more of on vampire-centric shows.
1. Vampire politics
Most vampire shows focus on interpersonal drama between vamps, but many fans would really like to see a show that explored the various governing bodies and political factions in the vampire world. These groups are at the core of franchises like “Twilight” or “Interview with the Vampire,” but few TV shows have really explored the logistics of a vampire governing body, and how that body might interact with human governments. There is great potential for both human and supernatural drama there.
2. Scary vamps
Today’s vamps are all too pretty. It may be time for TV shows to start featuring vampires that are truly scary and fearsome, instead of just sexy. It might increase the budget a bit, but it would make the show distinct from other vamp shows that are all about the eye candy.
3. Sweeping, chronological epics
Shows like “The Originals” and “The Vampire Diaries” make regular use of flashbacks, but it would be really interesting to see a vampire show that is told entirely in chronological order. Tracing the life of a vampire from their birth to their death would allow fans to see how the vampire adjusted to changes in society and technology over the centuries. Each season could, conceivably, be set in a different century, allowing for a rotating cast of characters.
4. A great vampire hunter
There have been some memorable vampire hunters on supernatural TV shows in recent years, but there is definitely room for a show that centers around a really powerful hunter with lots of cool weapons. All too often, when there is a cool vampire hunter on a TV show, they get killed off.
5. Non-European vamps
An overwhelming number of vampire TV shows are about vampires of European descent. However, there are some unique vampire legends from Asia and Africa that could form the basis of fresh, interesting vampire shows. Some non-European vampire lore could really intrigue TV fans who love scary stories, but want to see a new twist on a tired genre.