If you read any of my Halloweenfeatures this past month, my love for the lost art known as horror anthology TV should be well apparent. When I was growing up, anthology viewing options abounded, with 'Crypts' and 'Limits' and 'Zones' as far the eye could see. Then, sometime in the late '90s, the genre just up and died. Sure, there's been a few since then ('Masters of Horror,' 'Fear Itself,' 'Night Visions,' 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes,' 'The Twilight Zone 2002'), but none of those were very successful, and all were canceled within two years of their debut.
Which is why I'm so delighted to report the following piece of news. The CW, in conjunction with 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Fringe' producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, is preparing to revive '80s staple 'Tales from the Darkside.' Unlike the so-called reboots of 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Tales from the Crypt' that are currently in development, 'Darkside's revival will maintain the classic 30-minute anthology format, with a new story and new characters every single week. Sweetening the deal even further is the presence of award-winning author Joe Hill ('20th Century Ghosts,' 'Heart-Shaped Box,' 'Locke & Key'), who will pen at least the pilot episode of the series.
The new 'Tales from the Darkside' is being eyed for a possible summer 2014 run. The CW already had great success this past summer with another revived property, that being the now undead 'Whose Line is it Anyway?.' I really, really hope this project is a success. The world needs more anthology shows. Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight.
I'm peering into my trusty crystal ball, and I foresee this remake being a total flop ...just like every other remake has ever been. The general mass tv-audience has been effectively dumbed-down to such a degree that they'll ultimately watch any crap that you broadcast into their living rooms. The proverbial creative-talent bar has been lowered and it keeps moving further downward each passing year.
"Death to Videodrome! Long live the new flesh!"
Message Posted On Nov 16th, 2013, 1:20 am
With Joe Hill being attached to this I will definitely be watching (at the very least) the pilot episode. If Hill continues to write for the series, I'll be there for any of his episodes. He's an amazing writer and I'm sure that he will be able to deliver the goods to make this a fine show.
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Message Posted On Nov 12th, 2013, 8:18 pm
Mixed feelings. First, I don't know why they have to go through the trouble of using the Tales from the Darkside title. Yes, The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits had some unique staples, but Tales from the Darkside had only that intro/extro that was copied and pasted onto every episode. And it's not like the show was that well known enough to rope in significant fanbase as the aforementioned series. Wouldn't it be just easier and likely more cost efficient to strike up their own title? The only upside I can imagine is that they make a show more consistant in its tone. I don't mind lighter stories, but when you've got "Dakside" in the title, I expect a certain level of, well, darkness. Not goofy crap like "Barter" or generally non-horror concepts such as "Mookie and Pookie". And if it has a higher budget, maybe they can evade falling victim of using more than a one or two sets an episode. I can tel you one thing, though, they can't outdo that opening sequence. That music is so eerie and combined with that imaginery - it's just so chilling and effective. Shame many episode couldn't live up to that buildup.