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Review of "What
We Do in The Shadows"
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!
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
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
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
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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