British babe Rhona Mitra has survived the apocalypse in Neil Marshall’s Doomsday and faced-off against vampires and werewolves in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. But, now, she’s up against horror’s most deadliest foe: the Nielsen families.
That’s right. Mitra is heading back to the small screen (she stared on the David E. Kelly lawyer dramas “The Practice” and “Boston Legal”) to star in ABC’s new vampire series “The Gates.”
(UPDATE: CLICK HERE TO SEE MITRA IN FIRST 17-MINUTE PREVIEW CLIP OF “THE GATES”)
The show’s synopsis reads:
Nestled inside a private mountain community are The Gates. The image of perpetual suburban bliss, each street is lined with perfectly manicured homes protected by the massive iron gates, but a dark and delicious secret is buried just beneath the surface of this picturesque neighborhood.
Like most families that settle inside The Gates, the Monahans are unmoored from a complicated life they abandoned in Chicago. Named the new police chief of The Gates, Nick Monahan is expecting a change of pace in this quiet suburb.
Nick’s wife, Sarah, and their children, Charlie and Dana, are embarking on new adventures as well. Their house is to die for, but amidst the excitement Sarah is still burdened with the revelation that her husband may not be the man she thought he was.
Charlie and Dana will also face some challenges of their own: Along with navigating the trials and tribulations of adolescence, they’ll also face the daunting task of fitting into their new upscale school, where their new friends run in tight-knit packs.
There’s something very different about this place, almost… haunting. Unions will be complicated by friends with unnatural influence, insatiable housewives will struggle with ravenous cravings, and teenagers will be cursed with keeping their beastly instincts in check.
The Monahans are facing an uncertain fate. Nick is about to be tangled up in a mystery where he will begin to piece together the dark truth about their new home and the supernatural elements that lurk behind the shadows of The Gates.
Ironically, the show was probably canceled during the time it took to read that synopsis. Horror just doesn’t survive on network TV (HBO & Showtime don’t count). CBS killed “Harper’s Island” last year and ABC recently announced that “Happy Town” would not be renewed after airing two episodes.
“The Gates” costars Frank Grillo (Mother’s Day), Marisol Nichols (”24″), Skyler Samuels (The Stepfather), Chandra West (White Noise), Luke Mably (28 Days Later), Colton Haynes (”Teen Wolf”), and Janina Gavankar (”The L Word”).
The show is set to debut on June 20.
Mitra’s additional horror/sci-fi creds include The Number 23, Skinwalkers, “SGU: Stargate Universe,” and Hollow Man, which featured a topless Mitra being raped by an invisible Kevin Bacon (you can see those shots here).