The premise of What We Do In The Shadows is a mockumentary of three vampires living in Staten Island. In the opening, a vampire bigwig is coming for a visit.
The lead vampire, Nandor, is played by Kayvan Novak, and based mainly on his voice and mannerisms, I thought he was Bronson Pinchot from his Beverly Hills Cop character. He’s okay, but the whole show is ridiculous, so of course he’s got to be weak and ineffectual. Pathetic really, not the least bit intimidating. Another vampire, Laszlo, is played by Matt Berry, and while he is a bit more “with it”, it’s not much of a baseline. And the third vampire, a woman, Nadja, is played by Natasia Demetriou. She has some past comedy chops, but none of the three are familiar to me. They’re okay, but, well, they’re playing vampires worthy of mocking.
Speaking of familiars, a familiar for Nandor named Guillermo is played by Harvey Guillén. Again, never seen him before, but he does an awesome job as a toady nerdy who wants to become a vampire. And he wants to be a real vampire — not an energy vampire like the fourth vampire in the house, Colin, played by Mark Proksch. I don’t know if he’ll have much of a role, he’s more of a one-trick pony — an energy vampire that bores people to death and steals their energy. Looking totally like an office nerd (which he is) who stops by your office until you want to slit your wrists. He’s the one true source of mild amusement in the episode.
Based on what I saw, I would have to predict CANCELLATION, although I think it has already been renewed. I have no idea who will be watching, but it won’t be me.