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Funny news story.

I doubt it will ever be widely discussed or acknowledged, but over the years I've become fairly certain that DS was "canceled" because Dan Curtis privately told somebody high up at the network that the show needed to end. The fact that the taping of the final episode occurred just a few days before filming on NoDS began was the first clue that DC was mostly likely involved in the "cancellation."

When we discussed this on one occasion, somebody--perhaps you, MB--cited a story they had found somewhere that reported that the cancellation was announced first at a network board meeting in early March. And the network trustees or corporate heads expressed great concern because believe it or not, the ratings were going up again during the Bramwell Collins/PT 1841 storyline.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Happy Birthday, ROBINV!
« on: December 16, 2019, 12:50:24 AM »
Happy Birthday Robin!

Best wishes,

Gothick

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New BBC Dracula trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fokdvaYR220

This is really not my idea of fun, but I know some of you will love it. The actor cast as the Count is best known in the UK for a performance in a comedy series.

G.

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It's actually the title of my as yet unwritten memoirs, to be published by Harper Collins in the Spring of 2030: From Dark Shadows to Sodomites: my life, loves and laughter.

Will fit right on the shelf next to a volume authored by Mrs A. Rumson, From Tycoon to Lackey.

G.

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Happy Birthday Darren!

cheers, Steve

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Where, oh Where Was Vicki?
« on: December 10, 2019, 03:36:04 AM »
Pretty sure it was the West Wing. It was often called "the closed-off wing," if memory serves.

G.

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It might be available for streaming through their site. I don't fully understand how that works, but a friend of mine watches a lot of stuff on there via the streaming feature. He said it is typically just for one week after the initial broadcast.

G.

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Besides being an important antecedent of the Gothic genre (which ultimately gave birth to Dan Curtis and Art Wallace's original concept for DS), Wuthering Heights contributed some suggested plot points in both the 1840 and, especially, PT 1841 storylines. This is a TV version from 1958 co-starring Richard Burton and Rosemary Harris (who I worshipped in her performance as novelist George Sand in a mid 1970s Masterpiece Theatre serial, "Notorious Woman").  The recording has gone unseen since 1958 and was recently found in an archive. It's being screened on TCM this evening.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/found-a-lost-tv-version-of-wuthering-heights

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / DS sighting
« on: December 02, 2019, 09:35:29 PM »
Fans,

A friend who follows various contemporary artists sent me this image from an online gallery featuring the work of artist Pat Rocha. I'm not sure if these are paintings, or images generated via software.

If you look carefully towards the back left of the image, one of the TV screens has an iconic shot of the Dark Shadows title screen. I wouldn't have noticed this at all if my friend had not pointed it out to me.

http://www.101exhibit.com/exhibitions/pat-rocha#works-7

Other images from the period featured in this work include Captain Kangaroo, Walter Cronkite, and a Turtles LP.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: James Hall Mention in New Book
« on: December 01, 2019, 07:56:36 PM »
That sounds fascinating. Pretty sure there was a sort of counter-culture scene in Greenwich Village already during the World War I period and perhaps earlier still. George Chauncey's book Gay New York collected a lot of material specifically relating to queers--but if there was anything avant-garde going on, we were pretty much there.

James Hall seems like a really interesting guy. I personally liked his episodes of Willie. It was so different from the Willie we know and love as brilliantly incarnated by John Karlen that I feel as if James Hall's Willie is a different person altogether--more sleazy and more dangerous.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 2
« on: December 01, 2019, 02:11:13 AM »
Interesting how Nathan and the Tim Burton Angelique are wearing nearly identical expressions (with nearly identical framing) in today's respective images.

The curse of Dark Shadows?

G.

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Seems more in the school of Grandma Moses than the Pre-Raphaelites. And I know I'm being catty, but the traditional end of the Pre-Raphaelite school is around 1880, not the 1920s.

Still, interesting to see!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Midnite's Dark Shadows Website
« on: November 26, 2019, 10:56:15 PM »
The Satan's cheerleaders thing was one of Ashenrider's running gags. He had a great sense of humor.

I can't recall if we ever found out why we stopped hearing from him. There were a number of people who would suddenly just drop out of sight and never show up again. I figured out at some point that that's just what happens on "teh interwebs."

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Midnite's Dark Shadows Website
« on: November 25, 2019, 12:04:07 AM »
He wrote this one really outrageous one about one of the 1967 episodes that was headlined something like "Grayson Hall--Hormel has nothing on her ham!" Even though I'm such a big fan of Grayson, I thought that was pretty funny.

G.

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