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I was poking around imdb this afternoon and was amused to see that Wayne Tippit, who played Dr. Fisher on the NBC Dark Shadows had an unbilled role as a drunk who gets killed in the camp classic The Horror of Party Beach. Mr. Tippit was quite the multitasker. He was also the film's assistant director and is said to have worn the monster costume for at least one sequence.

Sad to report that Diana Millay passed away earlier today. Diana was a fixture at the festivals for many years and was quite the fan favorite. She had been suffering from dementia for many years and had been in a long term care facility for some time. She is survived by her son Kiley.

Several media outlets have announced that a potential All My Children sequel/reboot entitled Pine Valley is in development as a prime time series. The concept would find an investigative reporter going to Pine Valley to look into the town's past and become involved in a conflict between the Kane and Santos families.
The project is being produced by All My Children veterans Kelly Ripa and Mark Consults and has creator Agnes Nixon's son on board as well. Ripa is very highly regarded at ABC and has produced several other series. The network may well want to keep her happy, so the show might get a shot.
It's too early for any casting announcements but they hope to include AMC alumni.

If it actually does go to series, it might encourage further interest in a Dark Shadows revival.

Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Tom and Jerry and Chloe Moretz
« on: November 18, 2020, 05:36:49 PM »
I saw the trailer for this online last night. It's supposed to tell the origin of the infamous cat and mouse team. Jerry has taken up residence in a posh hotel which is about to host what is termed the wedding of the century. The event planner, played by Moretz, brings in Tom to get rid of the mouse. Hijinks ensue.
They are trying to sell this as being in the same vein as Who Framed Roger Rabbit but, aside from being a mix of live action and animation, the films don't seem to be very much alike. As a kid's movie, it seems okay but I am not sure that today's kids have any idea who Tom and Jerry are.
Chloe does look cute and maybe her audience will support the film. It's currently scheduled to be released next March.

Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Semi Off Topic: Scream 5
« on: November 10, 2020, 01:31:30 AM »
Marley Shelton, who played Victoria Winters in the 2004 DS pilot, will reprise her role as Judy Hicks in Scream 5. She joins returning Scream mainstays Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox. The film is currently being filmed, with plans to release it in 2022.

Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / David Selby in Retro Fan
« on: August 18, 2020, 01:52:34 AM »
David Selby has done an interview with the magazine called Retro Fan. He's got the cover and the issue, #11, is scheduled for November and should be out in time for Halloween. Retro Fan can usually be found in most comic book stores and Barnes and Noble. Due to the pandemic, distribution may not be as reliable as it would be otherwise. I would strongly recommend checking with your local store. Retro Fan can be ordered directly from the publisher at

Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Off Topic: Melange
« on: May 22, 2020, 05:32:10 PM »
Did anyone catch Melange when it aired on Logo this week? It is the pilot film for a proposed online soap about a legendary NYC gay bar named Melange, the mysterious death of its owner and the battle for ownership. The cast is full of veteran soap actors. My little friend Kristen Alderson is playing a character named Abigail Collins. Yes, Abigail Collins. Collins is a pretty common name, though Abigail is not. I had to ask if that was just a coincidence. Apparently, there are a lot of Easter Eggs in Melange aimed at soap aficionados. Ilene Kristen is playing a character named Dolly Faye. Wonder if she's descended from Leticia or Pansy.
I don't know if it will be airing again on Logo but it is on YouTube.

Yes, there is a connection! The credits for The Gold Key comics have long been a mystery but someone did some detective work and discovered that several of the books were written by a young Merrie Spaeth. Spaeth costarred with Tippy Walker in the Peter Sellers classic The World of Henry Orient. Acting jobs were hard to come by after Orient, so Spaeth supported herself by writing comic books. Boris Karloff's Thriller. Smokey the Bear. And Dark Shadows.
No indication as to which issues or how many she wrote but the author has requested an interview with her for a future article on the Gold Key comics for Back Issue Magazine.
I wouldn't expect her to make an appearance at a DS event. Spaeth did extremely well for herself and is in demand for speaking engagements.

It's several months away but Sharon Smyth Lentz has announced that she will be appearing at The Haunted Screams Expo in Hampton, Virginia on September 19-20.

An announcement was made on the Chiller Theatre Facebook page that Kate will be attending the April Chiller Theatre. It has not yet been posted on their website. Kate has made very few appearances at these kind of shows, so this is a great opportunity to finally meet her.

Hermes Press is accepting preorders for copies of the reprint of the second DS novel Victoria Winters. There will be a limited amount of copies (200) that will be signed by Alexandra Moltke. The price is $24.99 for a signed copy, ten dollars more than an unsigned book. There is a 25% discount with the code FEB2020.

Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Donna Wandrey, NYC Play Reading
« on: February 01, 2020, 11:24:25 PM »
Donna Wandrey will be appearing at a play reading in NYC on Sunday, February 9th. It is being sponsored by The League of Professional Theatre Women. There will be 8 short plays, all written by women, of about 10 minutes each. Admission is free. The event runs from 7PM to approximately 9PM. It will be held at St. John's Church at 81 Christopher Street.
Donna is working on a book about a church from NYC'S Upper West Side. She will also have a role in an unspecified series for HBO Max.

Sharon Smyth Lentz will be in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Carolina Fear Fest. The event is scheduled for May 22nd through May 24th. For further information:

Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Mitch Ryan, The Hollywood Show
« on: October 29, 2019, 08:51:12 PM »
A posting on The Hollywood Show's Facebook page states that Mitch Ryan will be retiring after his appearance at the show on November 1st and 2nd. It doesn't specify if Mitch is retiring from acting or just from personal appearances. He is 91 and has certainly earned a rest. If you can't attend the show, you can order a signed photo through their website. The cost is $35 and I would expect about another $10 for shipping.

Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Sharon Smyth Lentz on the radio
« on: October 17, 2019, 03:02:30 AM »
Kind of short notice but Sharon Smyth Lentz will be interviewed on an internet radio station from Pennsylvania on October 18th at 11 am.

For further information:ColassalRadio.Rocks

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