Question: I have been racking my brain for the name of this show, and for the life of me I can't seem to recall it. It was about vampires. If I remember correctly, it was on Thursday nights or Tuesday nights back in 1997. I don't think it ran for more than one season, if that long. I want to say it was called The Kindred, but I am not sure. If you could let me know if this is right and how to get hold of a copy of it, I would greatly appreciate it.
Answer: You rack rather well, Terrie-Lynn. Much of what you came up with is on the money, or at least close enough to salvage some pride points, though I must say fans of the series would've been a lot happier had it indeed lasted an entire season.
Kindred: The Embraced actually ran on Fox's schedule for an entire month in 1996. Based on the popular Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing game, it starred '80s icon C. Thomas Howell (Soul Man, The Hitcher), who played Det. Frank Kohanek, a San Francisco cop who fell in love with a lady vampire and got pulled into the world of powerful, feuding vamps who zoomed around the city in limos and on motorcycles, betraying each other and sucking blood all the while. Also in the cast was Kelly Rutherford (Melrose Place) as a pesky reporter who threatened to expose the whole bloody mess with her snooping.
Even given the popularity of the vampire genre in gaming, books and movies, the series didn't have much bite. Launched in April, it was defanged in May. Despite that, however, it does have its adherents on the Web, where you'll find a number of extensive fan sites, should you care to look. And a complete set of all of the episodes is available on DVD for about 10 bucks.