‘True Blood’ Bad Guy Has Fun Bringing The Evil To ‘The Cape’

by | November 14, 2010 at 4:42 PM | The Cape, True Blood, TV News, Winter TV Preview

James Frain (Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

James Frain (Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Just in case there is any doubt, James Frain‘s ‘True Blood’ character Franklin Mott, who so devilishly kidnapped Tara last season, is indeed dead and not coming back. But that doesn’t mean Frain will let his penchant for playing evil lay dormant for long at all.

Rather, the compelling character actor next can be seen playing Peter Fleming (aka the super villain Chess) in NBC’s new superhero drama, ‘The Cape,’ which is expected to premiere in January.

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The plot goes like this: “This guy [lawman Vince Faraday, played by 'ER's David Lyons] is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, so he turns himself into his son’s favorite comic book hero and tries to reunite with his family,” Frain told Fancast at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 39th Anniversary Gala & Auction honoring ‘Glee’s Jane Lynch on Saturday night. “But he’s thwarted by the bad guy who is sort of a billionaire who’s taken over the city.”

Frain’s Fleming is that billionaire bad guy. “I will be taking care of the villain duties in the show,” he attests. “It’s definitely a lot of fun.”

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While none of the good guys – which includes an intrepid blogger played by Summer Glau (‘Dollhouse’) – has super powers per se, Frain boasts that his character is “super cunning and has a general concentration of evil.”

Frain fends off any comparison’s to NBC’s defunct ‘Heroes,’ saying, “It’s more along the lines of [the big screen] ‘Batman.’

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