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Review of "What We Do in The Shadows" 3/20/19 by Suzanne
airs Wednesdays 10pm on FX

This is a fun spoof about vampire series and documentaries. It's similar to "The Office" or "Spinal Tap," except that it's about some vampires who live together. It's funny, but it's basically the same joke over and over. If you enjoy this kind of wry humor, you should like it. It's based on a 2004 film of the same name. There was already one TV spinoff, called "Wellington Paranormal," on New Zealand TV. The show is written in part by Jermaine Clement, who co-wrote "Flight of the Conchords," another satirical TV series like this one.

I'm sure that anyone who enjoys documentary spoofs, or vampire series, will enjoy this. It's pretty funny at times.  These three vampires, (Nandor, Laszlo and Nadja) have been living in a low-key fashion in Staten Island for centuries, but they get a visit from their ancient master, who instructs them to conquer it for the vampire race. They have to find a way to do that before he returns, or else. We see a lot of it from the perspective of Nador's manservant, or "familiar", Guillermo. There's a fourth vampire who lives with them, named Colin, but he's an "energy vampire," not a regular one. The joke is that he's so boring that he drains people (or even vampires) of their energy. That's one of the running gags of the show.  Check it out!

MORE INFORMATION:

FX Sets Premiere Date for What We Do in the Shadows

New comedy series from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi follows the lives of four vampire roommates in Staten Island.

FX’s New Verité Vampire Comedy Will Premiere on Wednesday, March 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX

First Official Series Trailer Is Now Available

LOS ANGELES, February 4, 2019 – FX’s highly-anticipated new vampire comedy series What We Do in the Shadows will premiere Wednesday, March 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks. Today FX also debuted the official trailer for the new season, which is available to view here.

Based on the feature film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, What We Do in the Shadows is a documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years. In Staten Island.

The self-appointed leader of the group is “Nandor The Relentless” (Kayvan Novak), a great warrior and conqueror from the Ottoman Empire, who has taken the helm of the group despite many of his Old World tactics resulting in what some might politely refer to as bupkis. Then there’s the British vampire “Laszlo” (Matt Berry) – a bit of a rogue and a dandy and a fop, he might say. He’s a lover of mischief and a great soirée, but not as much as he loves seeing Nandor fail miserably in every attempt. And then there’s “Nadja” (Natasia Demetriou): the seductress, the temptress, the vampiric Bonnie to Laszlo’s Clyde. Her wisdom and provocative tales from times past allow us insight into the many ups and downs of living an immortal life.

Also cohabiting in the vampire household is “Guillermo” (Harvey Guillén), Nandor’s familiar (a.k.a. servant/protector during the daylight hours), who wants nothing more than to be made a real vampire just like his master. Also lurking about is “Colin Robinson” (Mark Proksch), an energy vampire and day-walker of sorts -- he feasts on humans, but not on their blood. A frequent visitor is Nadja’s new friend, “Jenna” (Beanie Feldstein), a student at a nearby community college. She loves LARPing, boys, and art history, and for some reason has been rather confused lately as to why it is she so ravenously craves the flesh of the living.

After an unexpected visit from their dark lord and leader, “Baron Afanas,” the vampires are reminded of what they were initially tasked with upon their arrival in Staten Island over a hundred years ago – total and complete domination of the New World. But what exactly is the best way to go about achieving said domination? Our vérité camera crew follows along as the vampires set out to answer this query. Clement created the 10-episode series.

Clement, Waititi and Paul Simms are Executive Producers with Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush. What We Do in the Shadows is produced by FX Productions and stars Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén and Mark Proksch, who guest starred in the pilot before being promoted to series regular.


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