Kindred: The Embraced was an American television series produced by John Leekley Productions and Spelling Television. Loosely based on the role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade, set in San Francisco. It premiered on Fox on April 2, 1996, and ran for eight episodes before it was canceled on May 9, 1996.
The series focused on San Francisco Police Detective Frank Kohanek (C. Thomas Howell) who discovers his city is home to numerous vampires while investigating alleged mobster, Julian Luna (Mark Frankel). Julian is the Prince of the city, ruler of the vampire clans in his territory, collectively called "the Kindred". The vampires survive through the Masquerade, disguising themselves as humans, and Julian strictly enforces the laws that govern them to protect their anonymity. Julian and Frank form an uneasy bond as they work together to try to prevent a vampire war and Julian struggles with his romantic feelings for human reporter Caitlin Byrne (Kelly Rutherford).
Episode 1 - "The Original Saga"
A police detective, Frank Kohanek, has learned that vampires exist, but doesn't realise that he's surrounded by them. The businessman whom he suspects is a mobster, Julian Luna, is the Prince of the San Francisco Kindred clans. Frank's girlfriend, Alexandra (Kate Vernon), is Julian's ex and also a vampire. When she reveals herself, breaking the Masquerade, her unlife is forfeit.
Episode 2 - "Prince of the City"
The feud with the Brujah is escalating. Against Masquerade policy, Eddie Fiori (Brian Thompson) has ordered the death of Boyle, an informant of Detective Kohanek. Fortunately for Eddie, the vote by the ruling primogens is split and Eddie is not sentenced to Final Death. Julian has fallen in love with reporter Caitlin Byrne, a human who wants to do an article on him because he is wealthy, powerful and unseen. In order to control her, Julian buys the San Francisco Times and appoints her as the editor.
Episode 3 - "Nightstalker"
Episode 4 - "Romeo and Juliet"
Cash and Sasha (Brigid Walsh) have become lovers and Julian grudgingly gives permission for Cash to Embrace Sasha. He's too late, however, because the Brujah clan, trying to provoke a war between clans, has already Embraced her.
Episode 5 - "Live Hard, Die Young, and Leave a Good Looking Corpse"
Episode 6 - "The Rise and Fall of Eddie Fiori"
Lily is jealous of Caitlin and sends a P.I. to take photos of Julian and Caitlin together. The P.I. ends up capturing Eddie's assassination attempt on film. Frank ends up with a copy of the photos and shows them to Caitlin, so she breaks up with Julian. Lily, meanwhile, has sided with Eddie, who is still planning to kill Julian. Heads will roll, but not the ones Eddie plans.
Episode 7 - "Bad Moon Rising"
With Brujah primogen Eddie Fiori gone, fights are breaking out all over San Francisco to determine which Brujah will succeed him. This is to be expected. What isn't expected is the return of the Nosferatu Goth (Skipp Sudduth). Julian ran Goth out of town years ago, but he has returned, stronger than ever. And, when he performs the ritual and drinks the blood of the human infant he has just kidnapped, he will be unbeatable.
Episode 8 - "Cabin in the Woods"
Julian hasn't been out of San Francisco in seven years. So when Caitlin asks him to go away with her for the weekend, Julian leaves Archon Raine (Patrick Bauchau) in charge and goes with her sans bodyguards to Manzanita Springs in Sonoma County where Caitlin has secured a secluded cabin in the woods. Unbeknown to Julian, the sole survivor of that bloodbath, a Brujah named Cameron (Titus Welliver), has reunited with the three remaining Manzanita Springs Brujah and has plans to take over Eddie's seat on the San Francisco conclave.
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" or non-supernatural drama programs.
- 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 eight episodes of the series have been released on VHS and DVD.