Tales from the Darkside, the infamous George A. Romero anthology television series, looks to have just been revived for a new generation of horror TV viewers. Since the anthology series that started it all aired in the late 1950s, the Twilight Zone, many have sought to replicate that formula. The Twilight Zone, itself, was actually repeated in both the 1980s and 2000s. In a time when the ’80s version of the Twilight Zone needed TV competition, Tales from the Darkside answered the call.
After it went off the air in 1988, Monsters and Tales from the Crypt immediately followed it. However, though other have come and gone like Night Visions, Masters of Horror, Fear Itself, and Twilight Zone 2000, there still has been a gaping void that needed to be filled.
American Horror Story was the first anthology series to come out in a while, and according to the Inquisitr is returning once again, but that still was not a traditional anthology series with varying stories per episode. If the Hollywood Reporter is correct, Tales from the Darkside will be returning to us in the fall of 2015.
“Tales From the Darkside hails from Joe Hill (writer of the Locke & Key comics and Stephen King’s son) and will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci via the Sleepy Hollow duo’s overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Mitchell Galin (The Stand), K/O Paper Products president Heather Kadin and Jerry Golod — who produced the original Darkside— also are on board to executive produce the half-hour entry.”
It only seems fitting that Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, would take the reigns. Romero and King collaborated on several things. Creepshow 1 and 2, the original Tales from the Darkside, Tales from the Darkside the movie, and a lesser known Stephen King film adaptation, The Dark Half.
Apparently, the CW is branching out from being known for its superhero television as of late. Originally, Deadline reported that the Tales from the Darkside reboot was to follow the original’s half hour episode style, but now it is said to be hour-long installments. Very few, outside the horror and anthology community of fans, probably even remember this show.
However, with CW’s reputation of committing to their shows and making most shows they produce hits, seems to indicate that the reboot might make a more lasting impression.
The CW also put in orders for two other new TV shows, a Belgian series adaptation Cordon, A/V Club reported. Also, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Californication creator Tom Kapinos, Dead People.
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