name is Victoria Winters. My journey is beginning - a journey
that I hope will open the doors of life to me, and link my past
with my future. A journey that will bring me to a strange and
dark place - to the edge of the sea high atop Widow's Hill - a
house called Collinwood. A world I've never known, with people
I've never met. People who tonight are still only shadows in my
mind, and who will soon fill the days and nights of my tomorrows."
- from the first episode
of the original Dark Shadows, 1966
Produced by Dan Curtis (The Original Dark Shadows,
Kolchak: The Night Stalker, War and Remembrance) and John
Wells (Third Watch, ER, The West Wing)
Pilot written by Mark Verheiden (Smallville, Timecop)
Marley Shelton...Victoria Winters
Blair Brown....Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Jessica Chastain..Carolyn Stoddard
Martin Donovan.....Roger Collins
Alexander Gould...David Collins
Jason Shaw...............Joe Haskell
Alexis Thorpe...........Kelly Greer
Kelly Hu..........Dr. Julia Hoffman
Matt Czuchry.........Willie Loomis
Michael D. Roberts...Sheriff Patterson
here for more details on the cast
WB did not pick up Dark Shadows and it is unlikely
there will be a DVD release or an airing of the 2004 pilot.
anyone out there is reading who has any news tips, etc. about
the new Dark Shadows, please send us an e-mail at PlanetGotham@aol.com.
Sources will remain anonymous unless it's stated as okay to say
where things came from.
POSTED APRIL 19, 2012
RIP Jonathan Frid
We've been hoping/intending to update BarnabasUndead again for a while, what with a new Dark
Shadows film coming out in the coming weeks and some great new DVD sets being released.
Sadly, though, our first update to this domain in nearly five years comes with some bad news... Jonathan Frid, the original Barnabas Collins, has died of natural causes at the age of 87.
Without Frid's performance as Barnabas, it is unlikely that any DS revival would have even happened. His portrayal paved the way for other famed TV and movie vampires, and it is hopeful that he realized how much he meant to fans of good television. Even if Johnny Depp is great in the role, he still wouldn't hold a candle to media's first and best Barnabas. He will be missed.
POSTED DECEMBER 17, 2007
Years Later, Still No Dark Shadows
aside from a one-time convention appearance, the 2004 Dark
Shadows still has never surfaced, and it looks like it probably
won't at this time.
Shadows creator Dan Curtis has passed away in the intervening
years, though it is said that the spirit of Dark Shadows lives
on. There are new
audio adventures; frequent talks of new revivals, even for
the big screen and possibly involving Johnny Depp; and more. Almost
entire original series is now available on DVD. If you haven't
checked those out, please
do. You won't be disappointed, because they're a lot of fun.
for your webmaster Craig, I'm still
doing a bunch of websites and have written several books about
television, usually about Smallville.
Hope you're all doing well.
POSTED APRIL 24, 2006
Shadows Lives Again!
While the 2004 Dark Shadows TV pilot never became a series,
fans of the classic serial will be happy to know that several
of their favorite characters will live on.
Finish Productions, who have been successful with their range
of audios featuring new adventures of Doctor Who and other TV
classics, will be producing new, original full-cast audio stories
of Dark Shadows. The CD's will be launched at the 2006
Dark Shadows 40th Anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn, New York,
and they will subsequently be made available by mail order and
through retail outlets.
information about this series will become available throughout
the summer, so stay tuned. The official website for the Dark
Shadows audio range, including the initial press release,
can be found at http://www.darkshadowsreborn.com
POSTED AUGUST 10, 2005
Dark Shadows Revival Series Comes To DVD
first broke the news that the
1991 revival series of Dark Shadows, which lasted
for 13 episodes, will be headed to DVD on October 18 for a three-disc
is now taking pre-orders for the set - currently listed at $27.97!
Click here to pre-order your copy!
it is unlikely at this time that the 2004 revival will ever see
a DVD release.
on the DVD horizon in the near future, the
original Dark Shadows is now up
to Collection 20 - which means, now 800 of the original series'
episodes are available on the DVD format! Collection
20 will be released in late September; the most recent release,
19, came out on July 26.
POSTED JULY 24, 2005
Czuchry Talks Dark Shadows 2004
the WB's Summer 2005 TCA All-Star Party, Barnabas Undead's webmaster
Craig had the fortune
of catching up with Matt Czuchry, who played "Willie
Loomis" in the 2004 pilot episode.
show, it was very unique. It wasn't Angel, it wasn't Buffy,"
he said. "It was kind of scary, and I think a lot of people
are disappointed it didn't go, from what I've heard. As far as
for me, and what I do, you kinda just show up, do your job, and
whatever happens on the outside, you don't have control over.
You just can't worry about it."
very into horror and comic books, and I went to Comic Con, and
so to be able to play in a vampire kind of show like that was
a treat," he revealed.
admitted he wasn't that familiar with Willie Loomis or Dark
Shadows before taking the role. However, "the guy who
played Willie Loomis [John Karlen, from the original series] came
on the set. Super-cool guy, man. So nice. That was a treat, you
know, to be playing this guy, and then he comes, and says hi,
and say, you know, giving me his blessing. Cool thing."
has since gone on to have a popular recurring role as Logan on
WB's Gilmore Girls - a role that has even landed him on
the cover of TV Guide. Congratulations to Matt for your
great success after Shadows. The picture to your left is
from the party; standing next to him is his Gilmore co-star Yanic
Truesdale, who plays "Michel."
POSTED DECEMBER 2, 2004
#239 Features Dark Shadows 2004
December 2004 issue of Fangoria
features an in-depth article and interview with DS 2004
pilot writer Mark Verheiden about the aborted WB Dark Shadows
project. The interview is conducted by Darren Gross and tells
a bit about what went into the project - and what went wrong.
also features some of the first available promotional pictures
from the project. Everyone was so high on Dark Shadows
that they had even done photoshoots! See some scans: Barnabas
- Angelique - Dr.
Hoffman (However, we do recommend you go out and buy the issue
for these and several other great pics!)
the issue, Verheiden reveals one of his original ideas for the
new series - which sounded more like a sequel to what came before,
with a grown up David Collins returning to Collinwood and Barnabas
re-entering everyone's lives. "My mandate to myself was to
make it fresh," Verheiden said, pointing out with all of
the vampire-related projects that have premiered since Dark
article talks about the frantic and fast pace that went into putting
DS04 together, and what Verheiden would have liked to have
seen in a series. He says he would have loved to have cast John
Karlen (original Willie) in a role, and he says (about missing
characters) that "there's nothing to say that in episode
nine you can't bring in Joe or Burke Devlin or Professor Stokes
or whomever you need."
were, of course, differences of opinion between what series creator
Dan Curtis may have wanted and the wishes of Mark Verheiden. Curtis
wanted "a lengthy 1795 flashback," whereas Verheiden
believed that "trying to do too much in the first half-year
would be a mistake."
people get familiar with Barnabas' world and his love for Victoria,
what the hell Roger is up to, what's wrong with Carolyn, what
Elizabeth's story is, etc.," Mark said. However, he did say
"Dan's a very bright man and you don't want to discount what
he says. I just felt it might be a mistake."
entire article is a fascinating and interesting look at the new
version of Dark Shadows. You can buy issue #239 of Fangoria
on newsstands now or at www.fangoria.com.
Undead Forum Closed
Dark Shadows 2004 has ended, and because it became too
much of an undertaking to keep up with, the Barnabas Undead forums
as you know them have closed. There are still many great places
online to talk about Dark Shadows such as the forums at
are, however, reinstating the Dark
Shadows forum at KryptonSite, so all of you are invited and
welcome to come back to talking (or typing!) there.
this site will only be updated when there are new developments
regarding DS04. Until then, this will still exist as an
archive of news dealing with the development of the aborted series.
Dark Shadows ever be revived again, however, we will probably
refer you elsewhere. This website took a lot of time and effort
with no support whatsoever from Dan Curtis Productions, so obviously
they wanted to continously return to the same old wells of "classic
series" fans rather than try to reach out to the new. We
doubt this would change for another incarnation, and that is just
sad. A lot was put into this site without even the chance to see
the unfinished pilot or even a script, which left this webmaster
with a pretty bitter experience. If you did, however, like the
way the news was presented here be sure to check out KryptonSite
for Smallville news and Neptunesite
for Veronica Mars.
POSTED JULY 15, 2004
Ancier Addresses Dark Shadows
finally happened - the WB's Garth Ancier has addressed
the seeming disaster that was the Dark Shadows pilot, at
yesterday's WB Summer Press Tour. He called it "wonderfully
produced by John Wells, very well-written. It just didn't quite
gel the way we hoped it would gel, and we didn't go forward, and
we're not going forward."
was a director assigned to it, Rob Bowman, who was a terrific
director," he said. "He pulled out to do a feature film.
We had a new director come in who was accomplished in movies,
but frankly didn't do a particularly good job, and the rest is
said the network spent $6 million on the pilot, but none of it
was really salvageable. So, it seems now that Dark Shadows
2004 is certainly, irrevocably, dead.
POSTED MAY 28, 2004
Shadows 2004 Pilot Reviewed Online
what may be the first good news for New DS that has been posted
online in the last few weeks, Dark
Horizons has posted a review from someone who has actually
seen the 2004 Dark Shadows pilot. And their response is
reviewer called the pilot "terrific" and "ambitious,"
and "probably the fastest paced 40 mins. of television I've
seen." They said the casting was amazingly solid; that the
role of Barnabas fit Alec Newman like a glove. It said there was
a wonderful "Suspiria" like photography with scenes
bathed in primary colors.
review goes into some details about the plot, and gives positive
remarks to most all of the cast. The review ended with this comment:
the show does race from scene to scene, it doesn't leave you lost
or confused, but after seeing it, and getting a taste of the characters
and situations, you really WANT to see the next episode and find
out more about these characters and what happens to them. A flashy
first episode combined with a quieter character focused second
episode and it would dug its hooks fiercely into an audience."
Makes you REALLY want to see it, eh?
can read the complete review from "You're Sick" by clicking
here at Barnabas Undead are still hoping there's someone lurking
who'd like to share, and we'd be happy to review it.)
HERE FOR SOME MORE OLD HEADLINES ABOUT THE NEW DARK SHADOWS PROJECT
(including all of the casting announcements!)
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