Fangs God It’s Friday: Julian Luna

Back in 1996, Fox aired the short-lived television series called Kindred: The Embraced. The show was inspired by the mythology contained within the role-playing game Vampire: the Masquerade. Among the cast was Julian Luna, who was something of a vampire mob boss. The series itself, with it’s five vampire families, drew comparisons to The Godfather.

Mark Frankel as the vampire Julian Luna from Kindred the Embraced

In concept, the show was great, but it only lasted eight episodes and was doomed for many reasons. Perhaps the biggest problem it faced was being ahead of its time. As True Blood has proven, a great vampire, nighttime soap opera really works best on cable in the hands of HBO or Showtime. Ironically, Showtime did consider picking it up for a second season, and one can only wonder what would have become of Kindred: The Embraced had that happened. Sadly, the actor playing Julian, Mark Frankel, died in a motorcycle crash before that could happen. Without him, the show never got a chance to come back from the dead.

I have to thank my wife for reminding me of this show, having found Frankel’s picture on Pinterest. We both remember watching the show when it originally aired. It premiered less than a month after we married.


About Bill Blume

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion's Blood is being released on August 11th by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He also served as the 2013 chair for James River Writers in Richmond, which produces one of the nation’s best annual conferences for educating and connecting writers.
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2 Responses to Fangs God It’s Friday: Julian Luna

  1. Margarita Gakis says:

    I loved this show! I was so interested in it and just disappointed when it was cancelled!


  2. tamaclagan says:

    One of my favorite shows back then. I even bought it on DVD! Now I’m feeling the urge to watch it again. Thanks for the reminder!


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