Supernatural beings are everywhere in the entertainment world at least. ABC's "The Gates" is yet another new drama about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night.

Supernatural beings are everywhere in the entertainment world at least. ABC's "The Gates" is yet another new drama about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night.

It's a wholly unoriginal premise, but a couple interesting plot twists and some decent performances mean the pilot isn't as bad as you might think. Unfortunately, it's not that good, either.

The Gates is a fictional suburb complete with security cameras, high-tech cops and, of course, impenetrable gates.

Sounds like "1984" set in a good school district - and it is, but with supernatural inhabitants trying to live normal lives in an ideal neighborhood that's secluded from the outside world.

When a new sheriff comes to town (his only superpower is a nose for suspicion), he quickly finds something's not quite right.

"The Gates" succeeds as often as it fails, with most of it falling squarely in the middle.

The good: Rhona Mitra as a vampire trying to go straight almost makes you feel sympathetic, and the mysterious town overload (Brett Cullen) could have interesting legs.

The bad: Just about everything feels like it's been done before, and usually better.

If you're into vampires and werewolves, give it a shot. Just leave your high expectations locked outside.