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Dark Shadows John Wells Productions and Dan Curtis Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television

Photograph Copyright © Dan Curtis Productions. Reproduced with permissionFormat: Filming was completed in and around Los Angeles from April 3-23 on an hour-long pilot, in consideration for a weekly primetime slot on the WB for fall 2004. The WB network rejected the pilot and attempts to find an alternative broadcast home have not been successful.

Key characters in the pilot are listed below. Sarah Collins, Maggie Evans and Sam Evans did not appear, but would have featured in the projected series and were included in earlier drafts of the shooting script.

The Cast

Alec Newman Barnabas Collins: British born Alec is 29 years old and starred in the two Sci-Fi Channel Dune miniseries. His most recent work includes a guest spot on Angel and the title role in the upcoming Frankenstein miniseries.

Marley Shelton Victoria Winters: 30 year old Marley's past work includes the big-screen features Pleasantville, Never Been Kissed and Uptown Girls. Dark Shadows will be her first leading role for television.

Matt Czuchry Willie Loomis: 27 year old Matt's films include Swimming Upstream, Eight Legged Freaks and Midsummer's Night Rave, along with recurring roles on the television shows Young Americans and Hack.

Ivana Milicevic Angelique: 25 year old Ivana is a Bosnian born actress whose credits include the films Love Actually, Mail Order Bride and Vanilla Sky. Her television guest credits include Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Friends.

Blair Brown Elizabeth Collins Stoddard: Blair is a Tony winning stage and screen actress. Her stage work includes Copenhagen, James Joyce's The Dead and Cabaret. Her films include Altered States and the upcoming Dogville.

Martin Donovan Roger Collins: Martin is a prolific screen and stage actor, whose film credits include Insomnia, The Opposite of Sex and Malcolm X. His television work includes the acclaimed miniseries Traffic.

Jessica Chastain Carolyn Stoddard: Jessica is primarily a stage actress, appearing in productions of The Seagull, Trojan Women, The Grapes of Wrath and several Shakespearean roles. She has also guested on television's E.R.

Kelly Hu Dr. Julia Hoffman: 36 year old Kelly is best known for her lead roles in the series Martial Law and Nash Bridges, plus many television guest roles. Her films include The Doors, The Scorpion King, X-Men 2 and Cradle 2 the Grave.

Jason Shaw Joe Haskell: Jason has modelled for Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Gap and Ralph Lauren, along with appearing in dozens of commercials. He has worked as a fashion presenter for E!, along with appearing in the film Save Me A Seat.

Alexander Gould David Collins: Nine year old Alexander is best known for providing the voice of Nemo in Finding Nemo. His other work includes guest spots on Malcolm in the Middle, Freaks and Geeks and Ally McBeal.

Jenna Dewan Sophia Loomis: 24 year old Jenna's background is primarily as a dancer, including tours with Janet Jackson, Ricky Martin and Toni Braxton. She has also appeared in the films The Hot Chick and Hip Hopera: Carmen.

Alexis Thorpe Kelly Vance: 23 year old Alexis is best known as Cassie DiMera on Days of Our Lives. She has also appeared on The Young and the Restless and the movies American Wedding and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Michael D Roberts Sheriff George Patterson: 46 year old Michael brings a wealth of television experience, with roles in Friends, Beverly Hills 90210 and Seinfeld. His film credits include Manhunter, Rainman, Suckers and The Golem.

Guest Cast: E. J. Callahan (Old Man), Nathan Weiss (Boy in Devil Costume), Doug Jones (Demon on Train/Double for Barnabas)

The Production Team

John Wells Executive Producer: John is an acclaimed writer and producer of television and film. His work has included executive producer credits on television's The West Wing, Third Watch, E.R and the movie One Hour Photo.

Dan Curtis Series Creator and Executive Producer: Dan created the original Dark Shadows format, which he executive produced and directed. In addition to helming Dark Shadows for the big screen and its 1991 revival, he received acclaim for his epic miniseries, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

Mark Verheiden Executive Producer, Series Developer and Pilot Writer: Mark is co-executive producer of Smallville, for which he has written extensively. His other work includes writing and producing the television series Timecop.

P.J. Hogan Director: The Australian writer and director's previous work includes the hit cult film Muriel's Wedding, the feature film My Best Friend's Wedding and last year's live action adaptation of Peter Pan.

Associate Producer: Jim Pierson, Director of Photography: Bobby Bukowski, Editor: Kaja Fehr, Production Designer: Kirk M. Petruccelli, Costume Designer: Lyn Paolo, Makeup Design: Todd McIntosh and Steve Anderson, Prosphetic Makeup: Andrew Clement/Creative Character Engineering, Hairstylists: Gloria Casny and Lisa Marie Rosenburg-Alpert, Visual Effects Producer: Rick Baumgartner, CGI: Stargate Digital, Casting: Matthew Lessall and Robin Day

News Headlines

Pilot Post Mortem January 26 2005
Pilot Takes Flight in Fangoria November 18 2004
Pilot Heads for Fangoria October 18 2004
Ivana Meets Frankenstein October 2 2004
Newman Speaks on Pilot October 1
Angelique Pilot Photograph September 21 2004
New Pilot Photographs September 12 2004
Pilot Presentation Comment
August 24 2004
Pilot Round-up
August 2 2004
Wells Speaks Out
July 21 2004
Pilot Interview and Photos
July 20 2004
Pilot Hopes Fade
July 15 2
WB Pans Pilot July 15 2004
Levin Leaves June 19 2004
Jenna Dewan Profiled
June 17 2004
Pilot Photograph Posted June 10 2004
Pilot Review May 27 2004
New Pilot Photograph May 20 2004
Alexis Resurrected
May 19 2004
Pilot Press Clippings May 18 2004
No Dark Shadows for WB May 17 2004
Pilot Personnel May 12 2004
Midseason Best Hope? May 12 2004
The Mountain is Go May 11 2004
Location Round-up May 11 2004
Additional Locations May 10 2004
Shadows a Long Shot May 10 2004
Jack and Bobby Picked Up May 8 2004
Blair Brown on Stage May 6 2004
WB Schedule Shapes Up May 5 2004
Pilot Guest Cast May 4 2004
Test of Faith May 3 2004
First Pilot Photograph May 3 2004
Three Weeks and Counting... April 27 2004
Curtis Approves April 26 2004
Dan Curtis Reception
April 23 2004
Pilot Updates April 23 2004
Casting Updates April 16 2004
Production Notes
April 16 2004
Kelly Hu is Julia Hoffman April 14 2004
New Look Hoffman? April 14 2004
Pilot News Round-up April 13 2004
Greystone is Collinwood Location April 10 2004
Starting in Style April 9 2004
Frid Passes on Pilot
April 8 2004
Series Hints April 8 2004
Reinventing Shadows April 8 2004
Alexis Thorpe Speaks April 8 2004
More Cast Announcements April 5 2004
Monster Makers April 5 2004
Blair Brown is Elizabeth Collins Stoddard April 2 2004
Filming Begins April 2 2004
Shadows Over Germany March 31 2004
Decisions, Decisions...
March 30 2004
Pilot Cast Announced
March 27 2004

Ivana on CSI March 24 2004

Angelique is Cast March 22 2004
Director Changes as First Cast Announced March 6 2004
Six Episodes?
March 6 2004
Pilot Date and Location March 5 2004
Casting Shadows March 5 2004
WB Speaks March 1 2004
New Directions
February 26 2004
Pilot Writer Speaks February 25 2004
Vote Dark Shadows!
February 24 2004
Pilot Casting Begins
February 22 2004
Pilot Director Confirmed
February 19 2004
Angel Cancelled as Pilot Details Emerge
February 14 2004
Pilot Reports
February 3 2004
Dark Shadows Pilot Confirmed
January 28 2004
WB Script Details January 22 2004
Joss Whedon Surprised by Dark Shadows Pilot January 20 2004
Rewriting the Myth December 22 2003
Casting Speculation Begins December 5 2003
WB Behind Dark Shadows Pilot November 11 2003
A New Dark Shadows? November 7 2003


Casting Shadows Our reader's dream casting suggestions
Desktop Wallpaper Download stunning official publicity stills
Interview: Jim Pierson Associate Producer
Interview: Todd McIntosh Makeup Department Head
Interview: Andrew Clement Prosphetic Makeup Designer
Interview: Rick Baumgartner Visual Effects Producer

With thanks to Andrew Clement/Creative Character Engineering, Dan Curtis Productions, the Dark Shadows Festival, Darren Gross, BarnabasUndead, VictoriaWinters, and ShadowGram

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