Friday, January 22, 2016

We're gonna need a bigger cake

"The haunting theme music plays as the lilting gothic graphic title floats across the crashing waves, and it all becomes poetic, romantic and terrific, with an emphasis on 'terror' – and yet not."

Mainstream media is beginning to realize that DARK SHADOWS is turning 50 this year. We've got a few months yet before the According to Hoyle anniversary (the show premiered on June 27, 1966) but a few websites have already begun to light the candles on the birthday cake.

If you're a fan of classic television, you're going to be eating a lot of cake this year. 1966 was a big milestone for television, with the first episodes of such shows as THE MONKEES, STAR TREK, BATMAN, and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE also making their debuts that year. Mark Dawidziak at The Plain Dealer recently touched on the pageantry of television anniversaries taking place in 2016.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is also getting in on the action, with a feature devoted entirely to the Gold Anniversary of DARK SHADOWS. That quote at the top of this post was lifted from their story (written by Herbie J. Pilato) which also trots out original cast members to talk about the show's legacy. It's well worth reading. You can find it HERE.

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