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Number 152. June 26, 2006.

Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following breaking news.


Tomorrow - June 27, 2006 - marks the exact 40th Anniversary of the broadcast of the debut of "Dark Shadows": On June 27, 1966, ABC-TV aired Episode #1, showing Victoria Winters' arrival in Collinsport and introducing viewers to Collinwood and the Collins Family.

SG here updates the latest news for the official DS 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, NY, August 25-27 (exactly 2 months from now). The hotel is located at 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. 1-718-246-7000.

See SG #107 and SG #108 print issues and recent SG Online Updates for more details about Fest guests and programming.

---- SG Premiere Announcement:
New guests: Actors LISA RICHARDS (Sabrina Stuart) and CONARD FOWKES (Frank Garner), plus the original ABC-TV publicists for DS, LES SCHECTER and JAMES BUTLER. More guests to be announced. All guests are subject to professional and personal commitments. Fest proceeds benefit the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Center.


The Dark Shadows Festival reports its website - - now has been updated to include 40th Anniversary information. It is recommended that fans pay for their memberships in advance to ensure attendance at the gathering.

SG previously reported the Brooklyn Marriott has sold out of discounted DS rate sleeping rooms - although they do have rooms available at a higher rate. The nearby NY Marriott Financial Center in lower Manhattan, just 2 subway stops or a 5-minute taxi drive from the Brooklyn Marriott, now is offering discounted sleeping rooms for Fest attendees. Call 212-385-4900and mention Dark Shadows to receive the special reduced room rate.


SG print issues and Online Updates have reported Lara's new novel "Dark Shadows - The Salem Branch" will be published on July 11 by Tor Books. Lara shares these upcoming personal appearances and more are being planned. Scheduled appearances are:

Book signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego on Fri., July 14, at 7:00 pm. The store is located at 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, CA 92111. 858-268-4747.

Comic Con - San Diego: Panel appearance 12:30-1:30 and book signing 1:30-2:30 on Sat., July 22. The world-famous convention at the San Diego Convention Center draws approximately 100,000 exhibitors, guests, artists, vendors, and attendees spanning virtually every science fiction/fantasy/horror/entertainment industry interest.

Book signing at Dark Delicacies Bookstore in Burbank, CA, on Sat., July 29, at 2:00 pm. The store is located at 4213 W Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505. 818-556-6660.

The book about this award-winning international actress, dancer, and singer is in production and due to be released Aug. 29.

Over the years, SG has shared about filmmaker Alexandra's documentary movies. Her new documentary, "The Healing Gardens of New York City," is slated for broadcast on PBS on July 27. Syndicated columnist Liz
Smith says the film is "so incredibly lovely that it gives a person hope for the human race.... Who knew that NYC is dotted with plots of deserted land from Harlem to Rikers Island, from the Conservancy to the Labyrinth downtown, and that all sorts of citizens, high and low (some actually still incarcerated for crimes), have come to love and tend these gardens. There is even a small garden in Times Square, lovingly taken care of in the midst of car exhaust and noisy traffic. This is an unusually tranquil film experience with wonderful music. It will take your mind off a lot of nasty things. Don't miss it!"


Published SG newsletters detailed the late DAN CURTIS' last project as Consulting Producer on the 2005 ABC series that was based in part on his original cult favorite films "The Night Stalker" and the sequel "The Night Strangler." The network cancelled the series in Nov. and Sci Fi Channel plans to show all episodes - including those not aired by ABC - starting Fri., July 28.

*** NEW DS MERCHANDISE TO DEBUT AT 40th ANNIVERSARY SG has announced and reported about the following new DS collectibles and keepsakes expected to make their first appearance at the Fest convention in August.

--- DARK SHADOWS AUDIO DRAMAS #1 - House of Despair and #2 - The Book of Temptation will debut at the Fest. These original CD stories from Big Finish Productions feature original cast members re-creating theirTV roles: David Selby, Lara Parker, John Karlen, and Kathryn Leigh Scott. Portraying the new character "Ed Griffin" is newly-announced guest actor Jamison Selby, David's son. He was the playwright/director of the first DS sequel audiodrama, "Return to Collinwood," recorded live onstage with 11 original cast members at the 2003 DS Festival.

Note: "Return to Collinwood" CDs are available from MPI and Jamison's actual script is available exclusively from Marcy Robin/ShadowGram.

To note tomorrow's actual 40th Anniversary date, Big Finish Productions will post the cover image for CD #1 on the official CD website - It shows Quentin and Angelique flanking a mysterious silhouetted figure who is set against a darkly-eerie backdrop of the Collinwood tower.

--- DARK SHADOWS BLOOPERS & TREASURES DVD, new from MPI, will premiere at the Fest. It features a collection of the inadvertent mistakes that occurred when the original DS episodes were "produced live in sequence." There are "dozens of...hilarious mishaps" and "several outtakes." MPI will post information about the DVD later on its website - and the DVD should be available in stores in September.

are slated to be available at the Fest. The book summarizes each individual pre-Barnabas episode and the Calendar features specific photos for each month. SG will update more about these releases as details are confirmed.

--- SG previously announced and now notes other new releases due for the Fest: Books by Kathryn Leigh Scott, Donna McKechnie, and Betsy Durkin Matthes, plus titles by DSOnline writer Craig Hamrick and a Grayson Hall biography by Rebecca Jamison.

*** SG invites all fans attending the Fest and Lara's signings to please share their photos and reports with SG so all SG readers worldwide can enjoy the events with you. Please also send all articles, reviews, and publicity material you may find about the different book, DVD, and CD releases. A Contributor's Copy SG print issue is given in thanks for major sharing.

Thank you.
Marcy Robin

ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
Marcy Robin, P.O. Box 1766, Temple City, CA 91780-7766


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ShadowGram Online Dark Shadows News Updates List
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Number 151. June 5, 2006.

Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following breaking news.


The latest published issue, SG #108, is being mailed now to all current postal-mail subscribers. It will be mailed to new subscribers and renewing subscribers as well.



*** This issue is Part 2 of 2 full-size companion issues, SG #107 and SG #108. Each presents special memorial information following Dan Curtis' recent death. They also premiere-announce new guests and plans for the DS Festival's 40th Anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn in August. There are pictures and details about the coming new DS audiodramas on CD; new DVD releases from MPI; plus all the latest news and information from and about the original 1966-71 DS cast/crew.

This SG #108 salutes DS' actual 40th Anniversary - June 27, 1966 - as well as a special 30th Anniversary milestone for DS fandom itself.

****** SG #108 HIGHLIGHTS:

*** DAN CURTIS (DS Creator/Producer/Director) is further honored upon his March 27 death with special memorial material. (Also see SG Update #148, dated March 27 and the SG #107 print issue.)

This SG tribute includes never-before-seen pictures of him and his late wife Norma, highlighted by an exclusive pose of him as a young man. There is a detailed report about the touching and insightful memorial service held on May 13. Entertainment figures and those who knew Dan for many years spoke candidly about his life, career, and strong yet generous personality. SG #108 features quotations from many of the speakers' personal recollections and memories. The issue also publishes an extensive representation of international media obituaries. More never-published pictures of Dan and Norma and other media obituaries / tributes will be in upcoming SGs as well.

*** ShadowGram # 108 Premiere Announcement - 40th Anniversary DS Festival Celebration:

--- Announcing New Guests:

DONNA McKECHNIE (Amanda Harris, Olivia Corey) attends her first DS event. The acclaimed actress, singer, and dancer will sign copies of her new autobiography.

BETSY DURKIN MATTHES (Victoria Winters - 2nd Casting) also attends her first DS event. She will sign copies of her new book, the delightful resource, "Dressing The Man You Love: A Woman's Guide to Purchasing, Coordinating, and Caring for His Classic Wardrobe." In SG #108, Betsy shares a recent photo of herself and discusses the book. She also announces upcoming book signings in the NYC/Long Island area.

MARILYN ROSS (Wife of the late DS novelist Dan Ross, who wrote these books under her name) returns to the Fest after a long absence. She plans to bring the actual oil painting used as the cover of the first paperback novel, "Dark Shadows," and other special pieces.

CHRIS PENNOCK (Jeb, Cyrus/John, Sebastian, Gabriel) has joined us at many previous Fests.

STUART GOODMAN (Cameraman) shares more of his behind-the-scenes memories and experiences as part of the talented crew that brought DS to the TV screen.

More guests to be announced on this SG Updates List and in the next SG print issue newsletter. Subsequent SGs will fully report on the Weekend with exclusive behind-the-scenes potos and much more. All guest appearances are subject to professional and personal commitments. Fest proceeds benefit the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Center.

---- Several guests will re-create the very first DS episode and the final DS episode live onstage on Sat., Aug. 26. Portraying characters first performed by their co-stars are David Selby as Roger Collins; John Karlen as Burke Devlin; Lara Parker as Victoria Winters; and Marie Wallace as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. Other guest cast to be announced.

NOTE: Fans attending the Fest are invited and welcome to share their photos, video footage, and reports with SG readers, who enjoy being part of the Weekend festivities through your eyes. A Contributor's Copy SG issue is given in thanks for major donations.

*** SG #108 Premiere Announcement -MPI`s DS DVD Releases:

SG's reported the final DS episode appears on DVD Set #29, due in Sept. This SG #108 describes all of its "special bonus materials," including "documentaries, special compilation programs, featurettes and montages, rare rehearsal footage, promotional spots, trailers, and behind-the-scenes home movies."

SG #108 also announces MPI's 40th Anniversary Commemorative DVD, due in Nov., plus subsequent DVD releases that bring the pre-Barnabas episodes to DVD for the first time. (See SG Online Update #150).

*** SG #108 spotlights the 4 new DS Audiodramas with details provided by U.K.-based Big Finish Productions (BFP), producers of the upcoming CD releases. Each CD "contains a complete story in 3 episodes," with a running time of approximately 70 minutes.The first 2 will debut at the Festival in August and be available through selected retailers thereafter. General release: #1 - Sept. 2006. #2 - Sept. 2006. #3 - Nov. 2006. #4 - November 2006. Price within the U.S.: $15 + $2 p/h or pre-order all 4 for $50 + $8 p/h ($10 saving).

These initial 2 stories were recorded in Los Angeles in mid-May, starring David Selby as Quentin, Lara Parker as Angelique, Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie, and John Karlen as Willie.

SG Online Update #150 premiere-announced these original dramas. This SG #108 postal-mail newsletter includes pictures of the cast during the recording sessions, descriptions of the stories, release and ordering information, and more.

*** "Grayson Hall: A Hard Act to Follow" is a new biography expected at the Fest. Author R. J. Jamison provides information about this extensive look at the life and complete acting career of DS' Julia, Natalie, and Magda. In SG #108, R. J. also shares photos of Grayson as a teenager, at the premiere of her Oscar-nominated "Night of the Iguana" in 1964, and one of the last professional pictures taken of her in "The Madwoman of Chaillot" before her 1985 death from cancer.

*** ShadowGram #108 Highlights - 1966-71 DS Personnel

--- LARA PARKER (Angelique, Cassandra, Alexis, Valerie, Miranda, Catherine) gives SG more thoughts on her new novel "DS: The Salem Branch," published by Tor Books on July 11. She notes booksignings and other promotional plans are being considered. SG will announce and update confirmed details.

--- DAVID SELBY (Quentin) participated in the "Explore-A-Story" benefit for the Wonder of Reading organization in Hollywood. SG #108 features a picture of him at the event and also updates his recent films. He's "General Ryker" in the original movie "Black Hole," premiering on Sci Fi Channel this Sat., June 10. Please send SG any reviews, articles, or publicity you find for the movie.

--- JERRY LACY (Tony Peterson, Rev. Task, Gregory Trask, Lamar Trask) updates his news.

--- PAUL MICHAEL (King Johnny Romano) and his "special lady" actress MARION ROSS ("Happy Days" and more) are featured in an interview for their recent Hallmark Channel movie.

--- MARSHA MASON (Dream Vampire Audrey) guests in an episode of TNT's new anthology series "Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King."

--- MARIE WALLACE (Eve, Mad Jenny, Megan) tells SG #108 about her recent photography projects. She continues to offer autographed copies of her memoir "On Stage & In Shadows" with a bonus signed photo and a personalized note.

--- ABE VIGODA (Ezra Braithwaite) provided the voice and is seen as his character "Tessio" in the new "The Godfather: The Game."

--- BEN CROSS (1991 Barnabas) was the villain "Professor Ullman" in Sci Fi Channel's original film "S.S. Doomtrooper" in April. SG #108 features review excerpts.

--- JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (1991 David, Daniel) shares his latest news and upcoming films in SG #108. His acclaimed starring roles in "Brick" and "Mysterious Skin" are highlighted in this issue.

--- JEAN SIMMONS (1991 Elizabeth, Naomi) was saluted on her birthday by Turner Classic Movies.

--- MICHAEL T. WEISS (1991 Joe, Peter) starred in "Les Liasions Dangereuses" in Boston. SG #108 features a photo, program book biography, and review comments about the production.

--- MATT CZUCHRY (2004 Pilot Willie) continues as "Logan Huntzbeger" in GILMORE GIRLS; the character and the series are featured in the media.

--- JENNA DEWAN (2004 Pilot Sophia Loomis) stars in the intriguing horror film "Tamara."

--- ALEXANDER GOULD (2004 Pilot David) returns this month in the new 2nd season of Showtime's successful series "Weeds," playing "Shane Botwin." SG #108 features media attention on the show as well as coverage of his starring voiceover in the recent Disney direct-to-DVD release, "Bambi II."

--- IVANA MILICEVIC (2004 Pilot Angelique) stars in "Love Monkey," dropped by CBS after only 3 episodes aired. All the episodes are being shown on VHI.

--- MARK VERHEIDEN (2004 Pilot Co-Executive Preoducer, Screenwriter) updates SG #108 about his recent writing and producing projects on "Battlestar Gallactica" and the "best-selling Superman/Batman comic."

Thank you.
Marcy Robin

ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
Marcy Robin, P.O. Box 1766, Temple City, CA 91780-7766

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As seen in the newest Entertainment Weekly, prominently displayed in "Feedback" (p. 10) in the print edition:


Liz Lapof of Brooklyn bared her fangs over
our brief mention of Dark Shadows creator
Dan Curtis' death (#871): "As a lifelong
fan--and you know how obsessive we are
[Ed. note: Yes, we do]--I was surprised to see
four measly lines. I was expecting to see
a one-page article or, better still, an entire
issue devoted to Dark Shadows." Point tak-
en...but LIz, that's why God made Passions!

Liz, are you out there?  [shyy]


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