The Gates Is Not the Next True Blood - And It's Not Trying to Be

The Gates may seem a bit familiar - vampires and werewolves and witches, oh my! - but the producers of the new ABC series (premiering Sunday, June 20 at 10/9c) want viewers to know that it's not just another True Blood.

The series, which grew out of a movie pitch about a community built on the gates of hell, actually preceded the vampire trend. "There was no True Blood, so it was a different landscape when we wrote it. It felt much more original back then," jokes executive producer Grant Scharbo.

"True Blood has a lot of fans and has its own feel and vibe to it," adds executive producer Richard Hatem. "We took a look at it and breathed a sigh of relief because it's not the same. If the last two years have proven anything, it's that it's a really big and wide enough genre. If you like vampires and supernatural beings, you've got another show to watch."

The show centers on Nick Monohan (Frank Grillo), a new police chief who moves to the neighborhood with his wife and kids. During his first day on the job, Nick must investigate his neighbors, including bloodthirsty housewife Claire Radcliff (Rhona Mitra), in a missing-persons case. Nick quickly realizes his new home is not as picture-perfect as it seems.

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