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How many episodes of Dark Shadows are there? When did the show run from?
Have there been any spin-offs?
Has there ever been a sequel to the show?
Why are there so many mistakes in the episodes?
Are any episodes of the show missing?
Where were the series locations?
Does the Dark Shadows studio still exist?
Where can I get an episode guide for the show?
Is Dark Shadows available on home video or DVD?
Are any more novels planned?
Is it true that the lost footage from Night of Dark Shadows has been found?
Is there an official fan club for the show?
Will the series ever be repeated on the Sci-Fi Channel?
What happened to the Sci-Fi Sciography documentaries?
Has a new pilot been produced for the WB Network?

How many episodes of Dark Shadows are there? When did the show run from?
There are 1,225 episodes of Dark Shadows, recorded from June 13 1966 - March 24 1971. The show originally aired from June 27 1966 - April 2 1971.

Have there been any spin-offs?
Dark Shadows
was the first soap ever to receive the big screen, in two MGM feature films, House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971). In addition to over 30 original novels, a 13-hour revival series aired on NBC in 1991, starring Ben Cross as Barnabas. In recent years, a number of new Dark Shadows projects have remained under development, including film proposals, a new television series and a musical stage production.

Has there ever been a sequel to the show? In 2003, a number of the Dark Shadows cast reunited for Return to Collinwood, a reunion audio play revisiting Collinsport and its inhabitants. The production was written by David Selby's son, Jamison Selby, and established a new present day cast and format. It received its debut performance at the 2003 Dark Shadows Festival, with a professional recording made on the following day. It is available now on CD from MPI Home Video.

In 2006, Big Finish Productions were awarded a license to produce a new series of Dark Shadows audio plays, starring original cast members. For more information, visit www.darkshadowsreborn.com.

Why are there so many mistakes in the episodes?
Sadly, Dark Shadows taped at a time before widespread editing of videotape was available, denying its cast the luxury of retakes. With minimal post-production time available, and primitive editing equipment only coming into use during the show's final years, the show was generally recorded 'as live', with just half an hour's taping for each episode. Any mistakes made during taping were broadcast with the finished episodes regardless.

Are any episodes of the show missing?
A number of shows are lost on their original two-inch videotapes, and are only retained as inferior 16mm black and white film copies. Because of this, certain colour episodes no longer air in colour. Only one episode of Dark Shadows (#1219) does not exist in either form. The episode has been reconstructed for home video using still images, surviving reprise material and an off-air copy of the original soundtrack.

Where were the series locations?
A number of residences in the New York and Connecticut area were used to represent buildings on the Collinwood estate. Seaview Terrace, in Newport, Rhode Island, was Collinwood, and is now a dormitory for the Salve Regina University. The Old House was Spratt House, a mansion on the Lyndhurst Estate, of Tarrytown, New York. It was destroyed by fire in 1969. The stables of the Lyndhurst Estate served as the Collinwood garages and Matthew Morgan's cottage, and the Lyndhurst mansion on the same grounds served as Collinwood in the two MGM movies. Essex, Connecticut represented the coastal town of Collinsport in the original series, with Malibu, CA providing locations for the 1991 series. The revival series featured the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills as the exteriors of Collinwood and the Old House, which also provided many interiors for both mansions. For more information on the original series locations, click here.

Does the Dark Shadows studio still exist?
For all but the early weeks of production, Dark Shadows taped at ABC Studio 16, located on 433 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019, between 9th and 10th Avenue. Today, the property houses the Montel Williams talk-show, which tapes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can get free tickets to see the show record, and get to see inside the building, by calling (212) 989-8101.

Where can I get an episode guide for the show?
Complete episode guides are available in two commemorative books published by Pomegranate Press, Dark Shadows Memories (2001) and The Dark Shadows Companion (1990). Both can be purchased from this site's online store.

Is Dark Shadows available on home video or DVD?
MPI Home Video released the complete archive of the show between 1989-1995, along with a number of video-only documentaries and compilations and the complete 1991 revival series. Many of these releases are available from this site's online store. Currently plans are underway to begin issuing the series on DVD from Summer 2002 onwards, beginning with the introduction of Barnabas. These box set releases are part of an ongoing commitment from MPI and Dan Curtis Productions to make the entire series archive available on DVD over the next few years.

Are any more novels planned?
HarperCollins issued two original Dark Shadows novels in 1998 and 1999, Angélique's Descent and Dreams of the Dark. Despite healthy sales figures for both titles, HarperCollins have no plans to continue with their range. Tor Books will now be publishing original Dark Shadows fiction, with a new novel by Lara Parker. The existing two novels are still in print, and are available from this site's online store.

Is it true that the lost footage from Night of Dark Shadows has been found?
In 1999, researcher Darren Gross uncovered Dan Curtis' original 129-minute director's cut of the film from an MGM preservation vault, though sadly with only a partial soundtrack. Plans are underway to restore the film for home video, though no date is set for this yet. Progress on the project is covered on its official site, located at www.nightofdarkshadows.com.

Is there an official fan club for the show?
The annual Dark Shadows Festivals are the officially sanctioned gatherings, attended by many of the series actors and production personnel. For information on upcoming events, visit the Festival website at www.darkshadowsfestival.com. For information on ShadowGram, the show's current events newsletter, email ShadowGram@aol.com.

Will the series ever be repeated on the Sci-Fi Channel?
Dark Shadows aired on the US Sci-Fi Channel for most of the 1990s, eventually ceasing broadcast at the end of 2003. Sci-Fi chose not to renew their contact for the show and have stated they have no interest in future repeats of Dark Shadows. Negotiations are underway to find a new US broadcaster and we will report any developments.

Sci-Fi Channel Europe debuted in fall 1995 and screened Dark Shadows from its first day of full broadcast until late 1999. They chose not to renew their contract for a variety of reasons, including management and policy changes, cost and a change of ownership. Fans can write to the channel to request a future broadcast at: Sci-Fi Channel, Universal Studios Networks Ltd, PO Box 4276, London W1A 7YE. Telephone: 0207 535 3517. Online requests can be submitted by clicking here.

What happened to the Sci-Fi Sciography documentaries?
In 2000, Sci-Fi announced that they would be producing two documentaries about Dark Shadows and the series fans respectively. Numerous interviews for both projects were filmed throughout summer 2000 under the supervision of producer Stuart Richardson. Due to concerns from Dan Curtis Productions and the actors involved over the content, which included numerous factual inaccuracies and tabloid speculation into the private lives of certain cast members, the production was eventually forcibly halted and the rough cut produced will never be broadcast.

Has a pilot been produced for the WB Network?
A new Dark Shadows pilot was produced for the 2004 season, but was not picked up for broadcast. There's a special section of the site detailing its development, which you can access by clicking here.

 
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