The good news is that “What We Do in the Shadows” (shown here) has already been renewed for its fifth and sixth season – before the fourth arrives.
And the better news? The show is worth all that extra attention. A peek at the new season – starting July 12 on FX — shows that “Shadows” is getting even weirder … and funnier.
It has always been an odd show, with old-time vampires living unnoticed in modern Staten Island. Critics have raved; the second season brought eight Emmy nominations (including best comedy series) and the third is eligible for Emmys this year.
Despite that success, “Shadows” seemed to break up the gang at the end of last season. One vampire (Nadja) left for London, to be on the Vampire council; her husband Laszlo stayed behind to care for the odd creature that emerged from the chest of their deceased colleague Colin. Nandor decided to travel to his homeland … but shipped his long-suffering assistant Guillermo (Harvey Guillen, shown here) in a box, to London.
The show seemed to be falling apart. It wasn’t … but the Staten Island mansion is. We won’t spoil any plot details here, except to say the new season is bizarre and funny, even by “Shadows” standards.
“Shadows” was adapted from a micro-budget, 2014 movie, written by and starring two New Zealanders. Taika Waititi went on to win an Oscar for his “Jojo Rabbit” script; Jemaine Clement has had key voice roles (“Moana,” “Rio”), while producing two shows that return this summer – “What We Do in the Shadows” and CW’s “Wellington Paranormal.”