Dracula made his debut last night on NBC! Get all the bloody/sexy details from Dracula season 1, episode 1 “The Blood Is The Life” with our recap.

Here are the highlights from Dracula season 1, episode 1 “The Blood Is The Life”:

  • Two men break into an underground tomb where Dracula’s body is being kept. While one assumed they’re there to get gold. The other is actually there to wake Dracula up and stabs the other man to feed the hungry vampire back to life.
  • London 1896: Alan (a.k.a Dracula) and Renfield prepare for the big event that will introduce him to English society.
  • Mina, Jonathan, and Lucy arrive at the Alan’s party and marvel at the grandeur. Mina and Jonathan wonder what the purpose of the party really is with such a varying group of people. It seems most of the people there are curious to meet the american entrepreneur.
  • Alan makes his entrance and is instantly entranced by Mina who causes him to have flashbacks. He tells Renfield he wants to know everything about her.
  • Lady Jane makes sure to introduce herself to Alan but they only have a brief conversation.
  • Jonathan gives Alan advice on how to conduct business with the English and Alan gets to meet Mina formally. Renfield informs Alan that Jonathan is an ambitious journalist while Mina is a medical student.
  • Handing out lightbulbs to each member of the party – Alan makes a big show at introducing electricity to society.
  • Too bad the plant has an accident and they have to shut everything down. The guests are clearly disappointed. But they cheer for the demonstration all the same.
  • It looks like Alan is already making enemies who are threatened by his desire to introduce electricity to England.
  • Alan and Renfield start their work at trying to figure out who’s the leader of The Order of The Dragon. He tells Renfield of their wrong doing and how he intends to bring them down by introduces electricity and sending them into bankruptcy.
  • Some creep cuts the head off a dead body and deliveries to Lady Jane. Apparently they’re checking to see if it was killed by a vampire. And talk about how they covered up the last vampire by making up the story about Jack the Ripper.
  • Jonathan arrives at Alan’s place to conduct an interview. With daylight shining through the window, Alan has to be careful not to get burned without Jonathan noticing he’s avoiding the sub.
  • At first Jonathan is impressed by what Alan has to say about moving England forward. But then seems to decide that he’s actually just egomaniac.
  • Mina speaks with her professor about her troubles with surgery. Apparently it’s the only thing that made her nervous as a medical student.
  • It looks like Lady Jane got her wish as Alan gives his opera box to Jonathan and Mina to join her. But since Alan can’t keep his eyes off of Mina while he kisses Jane we’re guessing he’s just using her.
  • While hanging out on a roof Dracula gets attacked by the creepy guy from The Order of the Dragon. But Dracula easily slits hit throat and promises to kill the rest of the order.
  • Jane practices her sword skills and tries to talk in a random female vampire into admitting her sire. The vampire warns that soon there will be a legion of them.
  • Mina’s professor (a.k.a Abraham Van Helsing) tells off Alan for killing so carelessly. It’s revealed that he’s the one who woke up Dracula from his grave! They both want The Order of the Dragon gone. Helsing wants revenge for his families murder, and Dracula wants revenge for the murder of his wife Ilona.
  • The episode cuts off after Mina awakes from sleep where she seems to have seen the same flashback showing Ilona’s murder.

What did you think of the ‘Dracula’ season 1 premiere on NBC?

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Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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