TV Find: “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” premieres next week

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There’s a rule (for me) when it comes to television shows or films based on books I love — I usually hate the film/TV version. And 99% of the time I hate the remake if I loved the original film or show. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone take their own movie, a blockbuster movie at that, and turn it into a show. But Robert Rodriguez is doing just that with his launch of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.”

I am going to tune in and check it out. How could I resist a remake of the movie that make Salma Hayek a household name? At the time, it was one of the “bloodiest” vampire movies I’d ever seen (and there literally was red everywhere at some point). It was campy, silly, bloody and just plain different. I loved it.

The show features a few faces you’ll recognize: Wilmer Valderrama (“That ‘70s Show”) departs from his comedic past and plays a criminal and (possibly) a connection to the vampires; Robert Patrick (best-known as the cyborg in “Terminator 2” and for his role in “The Unit” and “The X-Files”) takes on the role of former preacher Jacob Fuller.

The “lead” roles are cast by actors I don’t know: D.J. Cotrona takes on the role of Seth Gecko (played in the film by George Clooney); Zane Holtz is Richie Gecko (played in the film by Quentin Tarantino); and, Eiza González becomes “queen vampire” Santánico Pandemonium (did I mention Salma Hayek played this in the film?). I think we can all agree that those are tough acts to follow.

“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is the crown jewel of El Rey Network, which is also headed by Rodriguez. It premieres on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 8 pm on El Rey Network. Check with your cable provider to find the channel.

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