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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Happy Birthday to Sandor!
« on: June 05, 2006, 09:07:26 PM »
Hey Sandor, hope you enjoyed your birthday surprise of walking into the Master Bedroom (tee hee) to find Chris Jennings curled up with a big red satin bow tied in a very special place!

Happy Belated Birthday, my friend!

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: New DS Audio Dramas on CD
« on: June 05, 2006, 09:00:12 PM »
What fun!  Being the Board Grump when it comes to new product, nobody will be surprised to hear me complain that I wish they had gotten the rights to Bob Cobert's original score... now, THAT would have given it that DS feel!  Still, this sounds as if it will be a lot of fun.

Am I the only one mildly hysterical to see that episode four is written by a gentleman named Scott WOODARD!

Julia... remember somebody...

Vengeance draws near, indeed!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Parallel Time
« on: June 02, 2006, 08:05:53 PM »
I thought that PT Angelique was a psychotic sociopath, full stop.  And, clumsy as Cass/Angelique often was in her spellcraft, PT Angelique's spells had all the finesse and control of a chainsaw on acid.

I didn't really get that PT Angelique was angrier; just completely out to lunch.  I wish [spoiler]they had done more with the storyline that hinted that Hoffman and Ang had been lovers at one time.  There were several hints about that during the first week of PT shows, but it was dropped when everybody came back from making the movie; probably because they realized they would never be able to get anything more explicit past the network's censors.

I thought it was interesting that in our time, Julia Hoffman fell in love with Barnabas and more or less helped him redeem his humanity.  The result of PT's Hoffman's love for Angelique went in the opposite direction--if anything, Hoffman encouraged Angelique to indulge her own monstrous ego and swollen vanity to excess.  There was one scene in the later part of the storyline where this is shown more or less explicitly, but I don't think you have gotten there yet, Buzz.[/spoiler]

G. 

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Hi Buzz, it was shown late Sunday afternoon, I think, in T'town.  I missed it because I needed to get home.  Actually, they might have only shown a clip from it in T'town.  Since I missed it (and my curiosity about the whole affair is at a rather low level), I'm not sure.  Perhaps someone who was there will chime in about it.

G.

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$65 for the Banquet made me raise my eyebrows.

You might want to eat on your own before that "meal" is served... just my two drachmae!

G.

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In Tarrytown, the pilot was shown on Sunday afternoon, which is the slot they seem to reserve for the "big draw" events.  However, if they're going to have a live on stage thing, the pilot may have to be bumped to a Sat. slot.  Who knows.

Just remember, no matter what it says on the printed schedule, it is ALL subject to change at the last minute.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Parallel Time
« on: June 01, 2006, 03:50:24 PM »
I love the setup of Parallel Time--the new look of the sets and costumes, the initial scripts with all those juicy scenes, Hoffman's scheming froideur, Roger's bitchy zingers, a bitter, cynical Carolyn, a dowdy and regretful Liz.  Alexis is a great character, too.  I do agree with you that neither Quentin nor Maggie (in my opinion) starts out garnering much sympathy from me, and by about two thirds of the way through, I don't care a toss what happens to either of them.  [spoiler]There are some fabulous characters introduced later on, notably Aunt Hannah portrayed by the wonderful Paula Laurence, who more or less covers Grayson Hall's disappearance from the storyline during the period when they were filming the movie, and deliiciously sleazy low-life, mad scientist/occultist Tim Stokes--Thayer David at his most magnificently seedy.  I think Thayer had some of his best scenes in all of DS during the final weeks of PT.[/spoiler]

I hope you continue to find something to enjoy in this storyline.  I think of it as something of a romp for the actors and, in some ways, for the writers as well.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: kls on "dynasty"
« on: May 31, 2006, 03:07:02 PM »
This sounds like a total hoot!

I wonder whether more of Dynasty is going to be released on DVD.  The "season one" set came out over a year ago, didn't it?

I'd love to see the Michael Praed episodes.  I believe that "Sky Rumson" (Geoffrey Scott) was on some of them, too, as one of Alexis' boyfriends.

cheers, G.

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I honestly thought I had read that Dan Curtis' involvement with the Warner Bros series project was at best honorific.  But then, I've never gotten clear just who owns what in the DS 'verse.  To really understand it, I'd have to know more about "the Industry" than my stomach can handle.

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: BEST BARNABAS BITE
« on: May 30, 2006, 11:33:14 PM »
Offhand, my favorite is the one where [spoiler]Charity Trask comes to the Old House (in the 1897 storyline) and muses about how wonderful Barnabas made her feel when he gave her wine that tasted of apples and warmed her with his love (I'm paraphrasing).  He looks at her slowly and thoughtfully, then moves in for the bite.  It's a great scene.

Of course, probably the most horrifying of them all is Old Barnabas chowing down on Carolyn.  It's amazing to me that the network censors passed that--presumably because they weren't really previewing every episode and their minds were elsewhere.... 1967 having been a rather eventful year![/spoiler]

G.

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Hi Jim,

I thought it was established in an earlier discussion of this topic that DCP had no say in the WB's treatment of the series, the pilot, etc.  I had understood that Dan was allowed to visit the set or make suggestions as a courtesy.  I do remember being surprised that he had finally surrendered his role in the development of the new Dark Shadows.

Perhaps somebody who is in the know will post just who currently owns the rights to possible future incarnations of the series.

Best wishes, Gothick

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Barnabas is one strange vampire
« on: May 30, 2006, 07:44:16 PM »
For quite some time, whenever watching the Summer 1970 episodes, I found it quite strange that Barnabas not only never fed, he never even really alluded to his bloodlust.  I've sort of put it together that Jonathan Frid really hated what he called "the fanging" and I think that DC agreed to let the writers ignore this aspect of Barnabas' character for entire periods. They did bring it back in high style with his arrival in 1840... apparently, this was followed by his walking off set one day and having to be talked into coming back on the show.

In a March 1973 interview, some fans asked Grayson Hall if it was true that Frid no longer wanted to play Barnabas.  She corrected them and said that what was true was that he no longer wanted to play a vampire and was adamant about that.  The role of Bramwell was created for the actor in Parallel Time 1841 to satisfy his desire to play "something other than Barnabas."  The original script for the second DS movie was a Return-of-the-Vampire scenario featuring Barnabas again, and Frid flatly refused to do it, which resulted in the story involving Quentin, Tracy, and the Jenkins battling Angelique's spirit.

I thought DS was just as interesting when Barnabas wasn't an active vampire, but as usual, I am in a minority.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: The Artistry of Clarice Blackburn
« on: May 30, 2006, 04:50:49 PM »
Hi Vlad,

I really love Clarice's work as Minerva Trask, too!  It's quite subtle but she really made her a very different characterization than Abigail... the first time I watched the shows, I remember thinking, "Oh, she's doing the Abigail shtick again," but the character of Minerva is really very different.

There's this wonderful scene where Minerva and Laura bond around their views on child-rearing. That scene always has me in stitches.  Both ladies are clearly very complacent in their views... a wonderful example of bizarre, understated, classic DS humor!

Best, Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Favorite and Least Favorite Child
« on: May 24, 2006, 09:10:33 PM »
Agree that Sharon is lovely, sweet, and a great lady.  It was so cute when she appeared in a Cheep Productions video about ten years ago.

As for Sarah, I have to admit that I usually fast forward through her scenes.  Her voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Why Did Some of the Actors Leave the Show?
« on: May 24, 2006, 05:01:04 PM »
It seems from what I have read that most of the actors worked without a contract.  KLS implied in her first book that she had had one (perhaps a 3 year one?) but it had expired at some point in 1969, I think.

Lisa Richards said in a published interview that they suddenly wrote her character out of the script after she had a talk with DC about a raise.  I believe that Robert Rodan had something similar happen to him.

G.

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