ABC officially put a stake in the heart of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Greg Berlanti's (You, Batwoman) The Brides. Starring Gina Torres, Goran Visnjic, Erin Richards, Katherine Reis, Chris Mason, and Sophia Tatum, the series was described as a "vampire soap" about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy, and their non-traditional family. The series joins sequel series thirtysomething(else) and comedy Valley Trash in having gotten a series pass from the broadcast network.
Torres' Cleo Phillips was one of the three Brides of Dracula and the leader of this vampire trio. An imperious woman with a queenly manner—understandably, as Cleo was a queen in her former life. Turned by Dracula after the death of her husband, Cleo was a maven of New York City real estate. Richards' Renée Pélagie was another of Dracula's three brides, the head of a top modeling agency in New York City, known for her torrid affairs with her beautiful female models. In her former life, she was the wife of the Marquis de Sade when she invited Dracula into her "house of pain" and asked to be "turned" by him. Reis' Lily Stevens was the youngest of the three Brides of Dracula, a striving singer in New York City whose relationship to a news reporter threatens to tear apart her marriage to her "sisters." Visnjic's Count Dracula was the powerful, ageless King of Night who had "turned" each of his three brides, but has been left for dead at his destroyed castle in the Carpathian mountains while his three wives flee to start a new life together.
The series took its inspiration from the infamous "Brides of Dracula" found in Stoker's novel as well as in some television and film adaptations. Aguirre-Sacasa wrote and executive produced, with Maggie Kiley (Riverdale, American Horror Story) directing the pilot and executive producing, alongside Berlanti and Sarah Schechter for Berlanti Productions. The Brides was a co-production between ABC Studios and Warner Bros. Television, where both Aguirre-Sacasa and Berlanti are under overall deals.