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White Wolf Kindred Press Release
White Wolf proudly announced today that an air time and date for the Vampire: The Masquerade weekly television series has been determined. The series will kick off with a 2-hour movie on the FOX Network at 8 PM on Tuesday, April 2nd. Eight exciting 1-hour episodes will then air on Wednesday nights at 9 PM, after Beverly Hills 90210, beginning Wednesday, April 3rd.
Described as "slick, sexy and sophisticated," Kindred: The Embraced is a weekly horror drama based on the Vampire: The Masquerade storytelling and fiction setting and is produced by Spelling Entertainment. The series focuses on the Machiavellian aspects of the vampire underworld presented in Vampire: The Masquerade, exploring the activities and turmoil of 5 of the 13 clans outlined in White Wolf's setting. Those clans include: the Toreadors, Ventrue, Brujah, Nosferatu and Gangrels.
Mark Rein*Hagen, White Wolf's Creative Director and creator of Vampire: The Masquerade, is a Producer and writer for the series. John Leekly serves as the Co-executive Producer and Creator of the series. C. Thomas Howell ("The Outsiders," "Red Dawn," "Secret Admirer") stars as San Francisco detective Frank Kohanek, who penetrates the vampire society. Brilliant British actor Mark Frankel ("Fortune Hunter," "Sisters") stars as Julian, the city's Ventrue vampiric prince. Other cast members include Stacy Haiduk, who plays Lillie; Erik King, who plays Sonny; Brigid Walsh, who plays Sasha; Kelly Rutherford, who plays Caitlin; and Jeff Kober, who plays Daedalus.
"I'm excited! Bringing Vampire: The Masquerade to life has always been a dream of mine. The conspiratorial tone, political intrigue, and horror of our world really show through in Spelling's work. The series they've created starts off very strong and only gets better. People will be especially blown away by Mark Frankel, who plays Julian, the Prince of San Francisco," comments Rein*Hagen.
Based in Atlanta, White Wolf has published books and games since 1991. Known primarily for its modern-gothic World of Darkness setting, which consists of Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Mage: The Ascension, Wraith: The Oblivion and Changeling: The Dreaming, White Wolf continues to aggressively expand into new areas of publishing and entertainment, maintaining its reputation for off-beat, innovative and quality products.
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The first eight or so episodes of Kindred: the Embraced have been pretty good. While the initial shock of messing with the White Wolf system while keeping the clan names and some other details was confusing, disorienting, and even angering at first, once the show is taken on its own merits, and the concept that it's not supposed to be White Wolf Vampire is taken into account, it makes for some pretty enjoyable watching. The last episode of the first season aired on 5/8/96, and while it was not the best (the best, in my opinion was the .. third, was it? The one where the Nosferatu avert the clan war), it was still pretty cool, and I have to admit that I like the new Brujah Primogen, Cameron. I wonder who's going to be the new Ventrue Primogen - maybe Frank's partner? - and when the Sabbat are going to come in and kick some ass for being cam wussies. Anyway, if you want some more background on the show, you should go to their home page at http://www.kindredemb.com.
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