ABC’s new vampire series, The Gates, is a borderline parody with a twist. The Gates community is the perfect place to live. It has perfect houses, perfect lawns, and the perfect looking inhabitants. There’s a catch in this perfect gated community. The Gates is a safe haven for the supernatural. So, a few of those perfect houses are filled with beautiful vampires, angry werewolves, and a couple of feuding witches.
Frank Grillo plays the new sheriff, Nick Monohan. On his first day as Sheriff, Nick investigates a man who went missing and his detective instincts start working. He knows something is amiss with the community. He sneaks around to find answers, but he only causes more problems.
To attract the youthful audience of The Vampire Diaries and Twilight, there is the added element of the typical high school supernatural drama. The Sheriff’s teenage son, Charlie, is played by Travis Caldwell.
This good looking young man portrays Charlie as the perfect All American teenager. At his new high school, he meets an attractive classmate (Skylar Samuels). Charlie is already in trouble. The dangerous rival for her heart is a member of the football team and a werewolf (Colton Haynes).
Marisol Nichols, as the Sheriff’s wife Sarah, depicts an anxious woman who is close to reaching her emotional limits. The Sheriff’s deadly mistake at his previous job almost tore the family apart. Now, after dealing with the anxiety of moving, she insists her husband ignore his detective instincts.
Claire Radcliff, Rhona Mitra, is the beautiful next door neighbor. This bored suburban housewife just happens to be a vampire. Sunlight is not an issue, her thirst for blood is her weakness. The Gates pilot opens with her killing a man and draining his blood. Her husband, Luke Mably, considers forcing his wife to leave The Gates community to protect their daughter.
This TV series is directed by Terry McDonough in Shreveport, Louisiana. This director’s outstanding resume includes episodes of the The Street, Eleventh Hour, and the outstanding British crime drama, Wire in the Blood.
With an excellent script written by Richard Hatem and Greg Scharbo, The Gates characters have enormous potential. In the pilot episode, several characters already revealed some fascinating quirks. With the quirky comedy of Northern Exposure and the teenage angst of The Vampire Diaries, it could be the biggest hit ABC has seen in years.