TV News: Dracula, Family, Things, Howards

In a further departure from the original source material, NBC’s new “Dracula” series will not have Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s vampire count sleeping in a coffin, or a gothic castle.

Instead, he’ll occupy a lavish mansion with cutting edge technology at the time of the show’s 1896 setting. The series has Dracula posing as an American industrialist introducing modern science to Victorian-era London. [Source: THR]

More Time With Family
CBS has given a put pilot commitment to the multi-camera half-hour comedy “More Time With Family” which Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to executive produce. Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith will co-write the series.

Comedian Tom Papa plays a guy who changes his career and gives up a life on the road to spend more time at home with his family – but when he gets there, he realizes no one asked him to do that. [Source: Deadline]

Bright Young Things
ABC has begun development of a TV series based on Anna Godbersen’s novel series “Bright Young Things” which John Wells Prods. and Alloy Entertainment will produce.

Playwright and “Shameless” writer/producer Sheila Callaghan will pen the adaptation which centers on two women who escape their small Midwestern town and end up in Manhattan – one tries to be a singer, the other learns her true father is an NYC crime lord. [Source: Deadline]

Howards End
“Gangs Of New York” scribe Kenneth Lonergan has been hired to pen the BBC Two and Playground Entertainment’s four-part miniseries adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel “Howards End”.

The 1910 novel explores social and class divisions in early 20th century England through the prism of three families, and was most famously adapted into the 1992 Merchant Ivory film. [Source: Deadline]