ABC to Open the First Seventeen Minutes of The Gates

With the popularity of Twilight, “The Vampire Diaries”, and “True Blood”, it should come as no surprise that the major networks are trotting out their own vampyric soap operas. Premiering this Sunday night at 9/8 Central is ABC’s “Desperate Twilight” – sorry, “The Gates”, and the network is offering up the first 17 minutes of the show for viewers to sample. describes “The Gates” as follows:

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.

Why they felt the need to keep the fact that the show is about vampires with hints of possible lycanthropy thrown in is anyone’s guess since every promo for the show makes no bones about it.

Rhona Mitra redons her Underworld: Rise of the Lycans fangs to star as a sexy bloodsucking MILF who preys on creepy single contractors that nearly run over her young daughter and then takes a hot shower because, I guess, just wiping her mouth clean with a napkin wouldn’t have been as sultry.

You’ll see that and more threats of a teen love triangle with supernatural overtones in the opening 17-minute segment ABC has posted online to give potential viewers a taste of what to expect when “The Gates” debuts Sunday evening. Based on my viewing of the first act, I’m expecting a short-lived series.

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