Anyway, I had really been looking forward to The Gates, which was touted as Desperate Housewives, but with vampires, werewolves and witches. It has elements of a somber, toned-down True Blood. I enjoyed it a lot.
The premise of this glossy, suburban Dark Shadows is that these families, for one reason or another, want to live in a gated community–and this one is an actual community with schools, stores, and woods (of course)–so they can feel protected from the outside world. More than a few of the residents are monsters. Bloodletting and non-hilarity ensues.
It was creepy, stylish, and very serious, which may or may not work. Part of the fun of Housewives and True Blood is the over-the-top humor. So far The Gates has an emotionally torn vampire mom and an emotionally torn teenage werewolf boy, both of whom I was rooting for.
I hope it lasts. So far it looks like it’s drawing crap ratings: 4.65 million viewers and 1.5/4 in the adult 18-49 demo.