Let's talk Shakespeare, Greeks and a teleporting mega-dog

Yes, this is the new golden age of TV drama, filled with classy stuff. But there's still room for something that's ... well, just odd. "Inhumans" debuts Friday (Sept. 29) on ABC; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

As the newest
fantasy show reaches ABC, people discuss the classics. They often do
in Hollywood.

“Inhumans,” says
producer Jeph Loeb, is “about two brothers, in almost a
Shakespearean kind of way.”

These two happen to
be royalty. “We've been fascinated by the royals since the Greeks,
you know,” said Anson Mount, who stars. “It was Shakespeare's
favorite subject.”

But before your mind
is consumed with Bard images, let's remember what else is in the
show. There's “a 2,000-pound teleporting dog,” says co-star Iwan
Rheon. “Which is a little offside for normal life.”

Well, we're sure
Shakespeare would have included one if he'd thought of it. In his
days, he didn't even have GPS systems; in “Inhumans,” you just
say the place, touch the really big dog and you're there.

Shakespeare also
failed to include a queen who had long, lethal red hair that can lash
out like a deadly tentacle. Or a king whose voice is so powerful that
he dare not speak. “One whisper from him and it's (boom),” said
Serinda Swan.

She plays Queen
Medusa, with the mega-wig. “It's very heavy,” Swan said. “You
put it on and everyone is like, 'You have such good posture; you are
so regal.' And I'm like, 'No, my head is being pulled backward.'”

Mount plays Black
Bolt, the wordless king. “It was the only way they were going to
let a redneck play a superhero,” he joked.

He's from Tennessee
and easily fit his “Hell on Wheels” role as a former Confederate
officer. That role was written as a strong-and-silent type; even
then, Mount says he trimmed some words. “More often than not,
there's a lot of dialog ... that's not neccesary.”

Now he reaches the
extreme – zero dialog. And no, that's not really a Shakespearean

-- “Inhumans”
debuts 8-10:01 p.m. Friday, ABC.

-- Then moves to 9
p.m. Fridays, starting Oct. 6; after its eight-week run, that spot
(following “Once Upon a Time” will go to another Marvel show,
“Agents of SHIELD.”