Monday, June 27, 2011

Dark Shadows Celebrates 45 Years


Today marks 45 years to the day that Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV. Replacing cancelled teen soap Never Too Young, Art Wallace's opening episode saw governess Victoria Winters travel to the mysterious Collinwood mansion, where a household of troubled characters and an epic journey spanning nearly two centuries awaited her.

I recently wrote about the enduring power of Dark Shadows, so I'll try and avoid repeating myself. But how wonderful to consider that right now a new cast and crew are busy bringing the series to life all over again. They have big shoes to fill. However much of the original show thrived on luck and improvisation, no one should underestimate the sheer mass of talent assembled for the show, ranging from Oscar nominees to keen newcomers. This one's for them. So to all of the Dark Shadows cast and crew, happy anniversary!

5 comments:

Dave said...

What a great photo! I need to frame that and hang it on my living room wall!

catonsvillecats said...

Is Lara in that photo? can't see her...

Tof said...

Huzzah to all on the anniversary! (@catonsvillecats: Lara seems to have missed this photo op)

Christopher Stephen, BSG said...

Judging from the other cast members present in the photo, it was taken shortly before the 1795 flashback, so the part of Angelique had probably not been cast yet.

Tracy said...

There are actually two of these shots. In one, all the characters look very mysterious like they're all hiding deep, dark secrets (which they are!) I suspect that the photographer then said, "Let's do another one for fun, BIG SMILES everyone!!"

They're both great, but I prefer the more "gothic" one! ~Tracy