5 New TV Shows That Are Twists on Old Ideas

As with every fall, new series shows are dropping like leaves from network trees, and some are that bright yellow and orange color — while others are brown and crumbly. Either way though, the colors are familiar, and the shows are very much in line with what’s been popular on TV and in theaters — from vampires, to superheroes, to chefs.

It’s an undeniable truth that ideas and storylines are going to be recycled over time. Some good ideas never go bad, and some can be revamped — but others are better left untouched. Here’s a quick glance at some of what we’re seeing this season, and how shows looks compared to their instigating predecessors.

1. Dracula

From Buffy the Vampire Slayer — started back in 1997 — to Brad Pitt’s Interview with a Vampire years before that — to more recent creations like The Vampire Diaries and the dreaded Twilight, it’s pretty clear that the entertainment industry has been making bank on vampires. With Comcast-owned (NASDAQ:CMCSA) NBC’s newest show, Dracula, the trend continues. Set in the Victorian era, it may seem like the new show is testing viewer interest in a version of vampires sans the skinny jeans — but don’t worry, they still manage to make Jonathan Rhys Meyer look snazzy, despite it being the mid-1800s.