From novels to comics to headlines, the insatiable content maw that is television in the 2010s keeps sucking up dubious source material from every available medium—and movies are no exception. But don’t hold that against What We Do in the Shadows, which has cried out for a TV adaptation since the 2014 film by the same name. Directed by two of its stars, Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilder­people), the mockumentary about slacker roommates who also happen to be vampires was like an uproarious, super­natural Real World.

With Clement and Waititi on board as executive producers—and on hand to write and direct some episodes—FX’s comedy treatment is even more fun. Premiering on March 27, it relocates the lair from the creators’ home country of New Zealand to exotic Staten Island and switches up the cast of vamps: Decadent Laszlo (Matt Berry), whose hobbies include erotic topiary sculpture, and his enchantress beloved Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) are campy twists on well-worn Gothic archetypes. Their nominal leader is Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), an out-of-touch erstwhile Ottoman warrior whose human familiar (Harvey Guillén) is desperate to be “turned.”


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