Friday, October 2, 2015

Burke Devlin returns in DARK SHADOWS: AND RED ALL OVER

On June 27, 1966, the first episode of DARK SHADOWS premiered on ABC. The production would never again have the luxury afforded its debut episode. In addition to the location shooting that took place out of state, the cast was granted the unheard of two days of taping at the small studio on Manhattan's West 53rd Street. It was probably an exciting and terrifying time for everyone involved.

Among the actors appearing in that first episode almost 50 years ago were Kathryn Leigh Scott and Mitchell Ryan. In a few weeks, the two will be reunited in Big Finish's 50th audio drama, "And Red All Over." And the episode looks to possibly resolve a dangling plot thread from the original series: Whatever happened to Burke Devlin?

Devlin was lost and presumed dead in an airplane crash in South America. By the time Devlin — who was both the hero and villain of DARK SHADOWS when the show began — exited the series, Ryan had been replaced by the late Anthony George. Bumping off the character, even in such a non-committal way as a plane crash on another continent, was probably not that difficult a decision for the producers. Fans never warmed to George in the role, a sentiment that hasn't changed much in the years since.

Big Finish has released a trailer for the episode, which you can hear below. In it, you'll hear another familiar name mentioned, that of Joe Haskell. I have no idea what any of this means, but I'm intrigued.

Meanwhile, Big Finish is celebrating Halloween by putting one of the best episodes in the series on sale. For a limited time, you can get the MP3 version of DARK SHADOWS: BEYOND THE GRAVE for just $2.99. This is one of the boldest episodes ever produced for the line, as well as one of the scariest.

Via: Big Finish

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