Kindred: The Embraced was a television adaption of Vampire: The Masquerade, set in San Francisco. It was produced by Spelling Television, the same production team behind more traditional dramas such as Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Models, Inc., and so on.
The series was introduced as a mid-season replacement, featuring the works of SFPD Detective Frank Kohanek to discover the truth behind the revelation that mobster Julian Luna is actually a vampire. As episodes progressed, the focus was less on Kohanek and more on Luna himself.
Background Information Edit
- Based on Vampire: The Masquerade (second edition) by Mark Rein-Hagen.
- Clans Represented: Ventrue, Bruja, Gangrel, Nosferatu, Toreador, and Assamite. One character was to represent the Malkavian but his Clan affiliation was changed to Gangrel.
- The Clans in the show were not faithful to their World Of Darkness character. The most changed were the Bruja which were nearly unrecognizable.
- The program ran for only 8 episodes. Aaron Spelling envisioned Vampire: The Masquerade as a Melrose Place with mafia vampires. A 9th episode called "Skull" was supposedly planned but never came to fruition.
- While Fox was deciding whether or not to renew KTE for a second season, star Mark Frankel was killed in a motorcycle accident. The decision was made not to try to find a replacement and let the single season stand.
- KTE received higher ratings than Buffy The Vampire Slayer when it premiered the very next year. Had KTE continued into a second season, Buffy may not have happened.
- KTE also received higher ratings than Melrose Place, but Fox decided to focus on its more "real world" drama programs.