Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Dracula Salary May Have Been “Withheld” due to Substance Abuse Concerns

draculaDid NBC withhold Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Dracula salary? A recent report suggests that NBC may have actually withheld most of Meyers’ salary for playing the titular character in their newly premiered show, Dracula, due to the actor’s past history with substance abuse and alcoholism.

Meyers, who is most famous for his role as Henry VIII in the hit ShowTime production The Tudors, has long dealt with problems related to alcoholism and other substance abuse. There were reportedly several incidents with the actor during the filming of the four seasons of The Tudors, which resulted in some tension between the cast and crew; in addition to these on-set incidents, Meyers has been involved in several altercations that have occurred while he was under the influence of alcohol.

These incidents may have led NBC to consider Meyers a liability. It is not uncommon for production companies to take out insurance policies on actors or actresses whom they consider high-risk—such as actors with histories of addiction or other problems that might cause issues during shooting. NBC may have decided to hold back on the actor’s salary until he was able to complete the filming process for all episodes, thus ensuring that he would at least be able to finish the entire reason of Dracula.

The report, released this week, suggests that NBC withheld as significant portion of the actor’s Dracula salary until all ten episodes had finished filming. It is not known how much of this salary—roughly $100,000 per episode—was withheld, however. So far, neither NBC nor the PR team behind Jonathan Rhys Meyers has released a statement about this new report regarding the actor’s salary.

NCIS TV Series

NCIS is an exciting crime show with characters we have grown to love. Getting the viewer emotionally involved with the detectives and other professionals is nothing new- a quick look at hit shows in the same genre such as Bones can easily confirm that. However, a recent episode of NCIS was especially tear-jerking and representative of an astute level of emotion that is a rare find. We had to break the tissues out for this one!


The episode opens with Gibbs’ father, Jackson, at the station following a car accident. Much ado is made about his increasing age, and one instantly becomes concerned for his well-being. Levelheaded Gibbs tries to rid himself of his father only to learn he is there on a mission. Jackson’s old war buddy is dying, and he wishes for Gibbs to accompany him on a trek to North Carolina for a final visit. The sheer urgency of this request laced with WWII-era flashbacks is especially compelling, and there was no way to just tune out without knowing what the visit was all about.

Gibbs agrees, but the circumstances are puzzling. Only a cryptic note is left for them at the house of Jackson’s friend, and Gibbs begins to fear for his father’s mental health. Nevertheless, Abby helps the duo track down the hospice where Jackson’s buddy, Walter, is located. It is revealed that Walter fought on the enemy side and saved Jackson’s life anyway. Touching, to say the least.

The emotions poured out as the reason for needing Gibbs along for the ride was revealed. Jackson wanted to show Walter that his son was only able to exist because he saved his life. In a speech that would warm even the iciest of hearts, Jackson described Gibbs as the “best man he knows” and went on to explain how Gibbs works hard to help others.  Just in time for Veteran’s Day, this episode will remain in the hearts of fans for quite some time.

During that sweet little plot, the rest of the NCIS team was working on the case of a murdered marine. As always, mysterious details emerged and a ‘shock’ ending was revealed. This plot actually wasn’t as interesting as most and mostly just served as ‘filler’ aside the Gibbs/Jackson plot. Micheal Dawson, the murdered marine, had originally believed to have been killed during a robbery. In actuality, he had been visiting the store to confront his friend’s drug dealer, as he was trying to cope with his addiction. The owner of the store WAS the drug dealer and handled the confrontation by shooting Dawson dead. Kind of a bore as far as cases go, but we can forgive this because the Jackson/Gibbs plot is of such rewarding value.

We hope to see more of Gibbs’ dad on the show (though he declined Gibbs offer to move in), along with some more exciting cases. Abby’s package for Jackson was extremely cute though and we can’t get over her happy little dance as she handed the box to Gibbs. Warm fuzzies all around in this episode! Click here to find more great entertainment options.

Happy Days TV Series

happydaysA lot of the nostalgia surrounding a TV show stems from the theme song. The set in the 1950’s rosy glow of Happy Days is no exception.  In fact, it’s one of my favorite shows and subsequently favorite theme songs.  At the beginning of the series’ 11 season, 255 episode run, Rock Around the Clock, sung by Bill Haley and His Comets, was used as the theme song but this quickly changed to an original ditty called Happy Days.  What a shocker.  It wasn’t exactly a surprise that the song was simple and titled the same as the show but dang if it wasn’t catchy as anything!

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days!  Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days!  Thursday, Friday, Happy Days!  You know how it goes.  A simple, crowd pleasing doo wop that harkened back to when the fictional sitcom took place, the squeaky clean 50’s, when everything was fresh and new and America became a world power.  I don’t think there’s another theme song from a show that gets me more in the mood to watch the show or put me square in the middle of the setting, with the exception of perhaps Cheers.

Happy Days concerned Richie Cunningham, a normal teenager with normal problems but unusual friends and situations.  Richie was the prototypical teenager, with sweet, old fashioned parents and a younger sister.  He had goofball friends like Potsie and Ralph Malph and of course Mr. Machismo Arthur the Fonz Fonzarelli.

Who doesn’t know the Fonz?  He was super cool, super tough, could make juke boxes come to live and play whatever song he wanted at the snap of his fingers and was the guy every guy wanted to be and whom every girl wanted to be with.  Fonz was the ultimate ladies’ and man’s man.  That black leather jacket, his motorcycle, all trademarks of the 50’s style.

The setting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, furthered cemented the down home, cozy feeling the show promoted and one of the reasons it is so fondly remembered.  It was a fun, entertaining program with all kinds of guest stars that later went on to bigger things.  You can look at reruns on late night TV by clicking here now.

Bill Bixby

There are many TV “dads”, guys you look up to when you are growing up and want to either emulate or trust so much they could be your real dad.  Men who are responsible and work hard for their family, men that sacrifice, men that stand up for what they believe in or just are flat out likable you want to hang out them and even imagine they are your dad or favorite uncle.

Bill Bixby

Bill Bixby “My Favorite Martian”

Bill Bixby was one of those kinds of actors.  Likable, smart, funny, trustworthy, Bixby played on a number of highly successful TV series over the course of many years.  His first major foray into television was on My Favorite Martian.  He co-starred with the late great Ray Walston, who played the titular character.

I suppose looking back the series seems a bit silly.  When a Martian’s ship crash lands on earth, Bill Bixby’s Tim O’Hara, a newspaper reporter, is on hand to witness the strange occurrence.  What else can I say?  Craziness ensues as Bixby’s character takes him in and passes him off as his uncle while the Martian attempts to repair his ship.  It was fun show but mark it down as a reaction to the sci-fi crazy of the 50’s.

When Martian was cancelled after a 107 episode run, Bixby didn’t waste much time finding another hit show to be on, in this case The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, in which he played a widower whose son tries to set up him up with various women, kind of like Sleepless in Seattle where Tom Hank’s son believes he’s is such a great guy he should be happy.  It was a cute show that really showcased Bixby’s potential awesomeness as a dad.

Of course, most of us know him as David Banner, the alter ego of the Incredible Hulk, the legendary show that spanned 85 episodes, 3 TV and still has a loyal following to this day, despite being off the air for decades.  When the Hulk finally ended, Bixby was not done with TV, as he became a highly revered director for many shows, including the NBC sitcom Blossom.  He left us far too young at the age of 59.