We haven’t heard too many details about The CW’s ‘Transylvania‘ but some recent character descriptions give us a better idea of who will be popping up on the show if the pilot goes to a series order. Based on what was released, I can only think of describing this show as a diet version of ‘Penny Dreadful’ as it has the same concept of giving us quite a few of the iconic horror monsters who will all be wrapped up in one singular storyline. The series will be produced by Midnight Radio’s Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg who gave us CBS’s ‘Zoo’. They also brought Hugh Sterbakov (‘Hell And Back’) on board to both executive produce and write the series.
Set in the 1880s, ‘Transylvania’ will follow a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father who ventures from NYC to Transylvania. She teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective and together they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history. The lead actress will be playing none other than Victoria Harker who is from Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see a certain bloodsucker eventually making his way onto the small screen.
Here’s a look at which characters will appear in the series:
Victoria Harker – Lead Actress. A private detective from New York whose father went missing. Her search brings her to Transylvania where she discovers he was on the hunt for the illusive Wolf Man. She is a strong, smart and capable woman who can see the deeper meaning hiding within each case.
Marius Rieekan – Mayor in his early 30’s. Wants the mysterious cases resolved and doesn’t care how it’s done. Assigns Lestrade to work with (and learn from) Victoria. He’s a charming virtuous man but a shrewd politician when he needs to be.
Godrey Lestrade – Constable Inspector of Transylvania. A non-believing drunk who doesn’t buy into the rumors of the locals. He is logical and by-the-books which constantly puts him at odds with the townsfolk and Victoria. He is still new to Transylvania, having only been there for 2 months when Victoria arrives.
Victor Frankenstein – Not yet a doctor. In his early 20’s with lots of enthusiasm and ego which masks a hint of rage. He is responsible for the intake of bodies found in Transylvania which he uses in his research.
Coriander – A resident of Transylvania who is at odds with both Marius and Lestrade. She doesn’t think Lestrade will last much longer and believes that Marius is harboring her brother Cal. Fluent in Romanian. Deep down she hides a dark secret.
Cal – Coriander’s brother. As Victoria searches for her father she discovers Cal hidden in an alleyway with bruises all along his neck. After discovering the secret of his family, he assists Victoria with information about her father.
Father Maltara – King of the Szgany and your worst nightmare. Appears to be within his 60’s. He talks with the voice of a devil in languages other then English. Upon encountering Victoria he orders his followers never to harm her. While secretly fearing what he see’s within Victoria.
Victoria, a possible Wolf Man, Victor Frankenstein, and at least one potential Dracula in Father Maltara right off the bat. It sounds like they are borrowing some of the ideas that ‘Penny Dreadful’ went with but made it different enough to make their own.
Are you looking forward to The CW trying to throw some of horror’s iconic monsters into the same world the same way that ‘Penny Dreadful’ already has and what Universal is trying to do on the big screen? Is this a show that could catch your attention or is being on The CW already doomed it for horror in your eyes? Share your thoughts below!