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Ron Sproat only did a few weeks of SP, I believe.  But once Bob Costello arrived, around week 8, they added daily opening voiceovers that really gave the show a DS feel.  (For the last couple of months, the daily voiceovers were dropped.)

After week 13, the action shifted away from Maljardin ("Island of Evil") to Desmond Hall in Desmondton (which was supposed to be in the US, somewhere).  One of the characters even made a pilgrimage to Harvard University!

G.

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MB, the woman who played Cal actually reminded me of Lisa Richards in Sabrina's more "out there" moments.  Since Richards obviously developed considerable chops (or at least became very widely employed after her work on DS), it's possible that this other actress also went on to better things.

Tudi Wiggins did indeed play Erica Desmond on SP.  In a subsequent storyline, she played another character, Helena Raleigh, and in true DS fashion, people kept mistaking Helena or actually ACCUSING her of really being Erica. It's a hoot!

We lost Tudi last year, as I think David posted.  I believe cancer was to blame.

G.

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Thanks for that tip!

G.

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A very kind friend pointed me today to a complete 1975 episode of Love of Life.  I'm posting the link here for part 3 which features Jerry Lacy (also seen in other parts of this episode):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IITwr5NVLT0&mode=related&search=

The real excitement of this show for me is seeing the divine Tudi Wiggins shredding the scenery as uber-bitch Meg.  Just watch the fur fly!  I'm a huge fan of Tudi's work on Strange Paradise (will it EVER be released on DVD?)

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: can you make a salad out of bay leaves?
« on: June 06, 2007, 04:02:38 PM »
I actually can just imagine Angelique serving a salad of bay leaves and cider vinegar to Ma'mzelle and gloating, "You shall HAVE your precious salad, Josette... but not as you would have wished it!" and then, as the bespelled Missy weepily crunches the harsh jagged leaves against her soft cheeks, cackle:  "You shall vinaigrette the night, my dear ... FOR ALL ETERNITY!"

Cue commercial break...

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Julia Hoffman, Battleaxe!
« on: June 05, 2007, 04:05:57 PM »
I wish there had been a scene at the C'port Hospital where a couple of doctors were seen discussing a case (perhaps Joe Haskell's?) and one of them shook his head and commented wearily "But to get anything done, we'd have to go up to Windcliff--and that means crossing that BATTLEAXE, Julia Hoffman!"   And the other would shrug, sigh and agree that such an exercise would be a pointless waste of time and energy.

I did love it when Sebastian referred to her as "that WITCH of a Doctor."  All the more amusing given her frequent run-ins with Cass/Angelique.

Also loved the one scene where Liz slyly informed Julia that she was onto her little game of social manipulation and deception (in the '67 storyline).  Great stuff.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: Happy BDay to Sandor!
« on: June 05, 2007, 03:51:55 PM »
Sandor DAHling,

May your Birthday be the Divine Glamour-fest that your life has been!

cheers, Gothick

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Thanks for that scoop, Mysterioso Darling!

G.

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The new vampire series *I'd* like to see is The Lair, airing on the obscure gay TV channel, here!  All of here!'s products always come out on DVD.  Supposedly the same folks behind the here! cheese-a-thon, Dante's Cove, are producing The Lair.

The dialogue sounds like an old AIP film from the Sixties, chockful of references to "megalithic remains" and "a coven of gay vampire witches."  The blurb states that the show is meant to be a "gay version" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but I seriously doubt whether it will prove as compelling or long-lived.  And, as was the case with Dante's Cove, there will be an abundance of soft core man-on-man sex on view.

Maybe one of the vamps will "do the Tom Jennings" with the tongue rolling around between the fangs?

G.

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Where have I been living??? I've never seen either The Eiger Sanction or Peepers!

I really must track down copies of both flicks!

I checked through the episode list of Banacek (just released on disc) but was sad not to see any credits for Thayer listed.  It's possible that he did do a stint on one of those shows in a small role that isn't listed in the available credits.

I still wonder whatever happened to Grayson's episode of Search (the Doug McClure/Burgess Meredith series)...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: Happy Birthday, Heather!
« on: June 01, 2007, 07:13:17 PM »
That capture is AWESOME, darling!  LUV IT! and luv you for making it to share with all of us.

The other evening I had a rare "I simply MUST watch Grayson NOW or I WILL DIE" evening and I screened the episode with Julia's first "showdown" with Nicholas Blair.  There were some delicious moments where the sly minx with the black bag taunted Mr. Knowitall Warlock.  I just love those sidelong smiles and soubrette glances.

I'm saving for another evening the follow-up scene to this where she visits Blair House with stake in hand and just stops short of ripping Our Favorite Warlock a new one...

xo, G.

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Many thanks, retzev!  I've been waiting for this... for some reason, the site never emails me about these sales, even though what DS DVD sets I own have all been purchased during those sales!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: How Did DS Influence Your Life?
« on: May 31, 2007, 05:24:42 PM »
What a coincidence--the episode I mentioned with Quentinwolfy's attack on Judith is featured in today's slide show!

Great shot of Cassandra from the '68 show, too.

Thanks again to MB for making these available to us.  I'll feel true regret if the shows come to an end upon the completion of our year cycle on June 27 this year.  Any chance we might continue for another year?

Looking at the slides is always one of the bright spots of my day, particularly since I seldom get the chance to watch the show these days.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: How Did DS Influence Your Life?
« on: May 30, 2007, 05:36:45 PM »
My Mom DETESTS Dark Shadows.  Now she more or less ignores it, but back in the day she actually forbade me to watch it.  It was banned--the only TV show I can recall my parents banning from the house.  I think she happened to catch part of the episode in 1897 when the werewolf is attacking Judith in the drawing room and just thought it was WAY too violent for a child to watch.  I know she did think it was a bad influence on me and when I left home for college she went through my bedroom and made a clean sweep of every bit of DS memorabilia in plain sight.  (She still denies doing this.)

I used to know someone who described to me how when they were on vacation, his father drove him several miles to another town because the local affiliate did not carry DS (this happened more and more in '70-'71) and he watched the day's show on a portable set--in the back of the car!  Needless to say, I often had to put up with missing episodes when we were on vacation or if I had to stay late at school to work on a project.

From '69 onwards I had very few friends who watched it as religiously as I did.  I remember being shocked at a pool party in the neighborhood when several other kids were commenting that they had long since stopped watching it because it was "too confusing."  This was in the Summer of '69 around the time when Count Petofi first came on, I think.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: What Happened To Joe Haskell?
« on: May 29, 2007, 11:18:36 PM »
Was Secret Storm the soap on which Marie Wallace appeared as India Delaney?  That would be a trip if she and Joel got some scenes together on that.  Everything I've ever read about Marie's work as India makes it sound like a dream role for her.

G.

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