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.
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.