With the season two DVD release of Blood Ties coming up (October 6) I thought I’d give the underrated vampire crime show some love.
Blood Ties is a Canadian show based on the Blood Books by Tanya Huff (the books rock all things awesome, so check them out). It premiered in the United States on March 11, 2007 on Lifetime Television (the chick channel) which unfortunately for the show was before this big burst in vampire popularity. The show only lasted two seasons, had it come out now while vamps are so popular maybe it would have lasted longer, who knows.
Anyway, the show, set in Toronto, is about Vicki Nelson (played by Christina Cox), a former cop who left the force to become a private investigator after beginning to lose her eyesight. While working on a case she meets and teams up with the super sexy 480-year-old vampire Henry Fitzroy (Kyle Schmid), who, if you know your history, is the illegitimate son of Henry VIII. There is loads of hot and fun sexual tension between Vicki and Henry, which is complicated by Vicki’s former partner and love, Mike Celluci (Dylan Neal). Together they solve an assortment of supernatural crimes, covering everything from ghosts and demons to shapeshifters and psychics.
Now we all know that 9 times out of 10 the book version of a movie or show is always better, the same thing applies to this show. As a huge fan of the books I was a bit disappointed by the many many differences between the books and show, but putting the books aside and just seeing the show as its own entity I fell in love with it and never missed an episode. I was really sad to see the show go, it is for sure worth checking out. It may not be Twilight or Vampire Diaries with its young actors and teen drama but it’s still a great vampire and crime show with a damn hot cast.
I recommend checking out both the show and books. They are pretty different from one another. If you want to take a break from all the young adult teen vampire drama books out right now, go and pick up the Blood Books by Tanya Huff.
Here an amusing little clip from the show (there are much better ones but I am having a hard time finding them).