This year, FX is celebrating Pride Month by giving fans a first look at their favorite queer vampires. The channel has released the trailer for the fifth season of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, the acclaimed sitcom adapted from the mockumentary film.
Released in 2014, the original ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ was directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, who also starred in the film as immortal vampires living in suburban New Zealand. The show, which premiered in 2019, takes the basic premise but translates it to America, following another vampire family living on Staten Island. Roommates in the show include former emperor Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), married couple Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) and Laszlo (Matt Berry), boring energy vampire Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch), and Nandor’s familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillén).
Season 5 follows on from the heart-pounding finale of season 4, which saw Guillermo – frustrated after Nandor refuses to turn him into a vampire – bribes his friend Derek (Chris Sandiford) to turn him. The transformation doesn’t go as planned, however, as Guillermo is forced to wait weeks for the effects to take effect. As Laszlo tries to help him understand why he hasn’t fully transformed, Nandor becomes jealous of their newfound intimacy. Meanwhile, Colin runs for public office and Nadja discovers a supernatural curse upon her and reconnects with her ancestral home. Kristen Schaal, who played bureaucratic vampire The Guide in a recurring capacity in previous seasons, joins the main cast for season five.
Since its premiere, ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ has received critical acclaim and been nominated for 17 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2017 and 2020. The series is executive produced by Clement and Waititi, along with showrunner Paul Simms, Sam Johnson, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush, and produced by FX Productions.
The first two episodes of Season 5 of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ will premiere on FX on July 13. The new episodes will air Thursdays at 10 ET/PT and stream on Hulu the following Friday. The season finale will air on September 7. It won’t be our last glimpse of the vampire housemates; a sixth season of the show has already been ordered.
Check out the trailer for the new season below.