[TV] “Tales From the Darkside” Returns To Television!

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Too bad it’s with the CW…

Things may get even spookier over at the CW, as the network eyes a reboot of 1980s horror anthology series “Tales From The Darkside”, Variety reported Tuesday night,

The good news is that the project from CBS TV Studio currently has a script deal at the net, with Joe Hill — Stephen King’s son — attached as scribe!

“Sleepy Hollow’s” Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will exec produce alongside Mitch Galin, Heather Kadin and Jerry Golod.

The CW is considering the “Darkside” reinvention for a summer 2014 run as a halfhour series.

“Tales From The Darkside” was created by George A. Romero. The pilot for the skein aired in 1983, with the syndie series running from ’84-’88.

  • Lion7718

    Cool, I’ll watch…

  • EvilHead1981

    It being on the CW is kinda offputting, but the fact Joe Hill is writing for it make me really hopeful. It’s also kinda a nice nod to the original series, which was originally going to be a Creepshow tv series, but eventually went it’s own way. Creepshow, of course, being a nice collab between George Romero and Stephen King(Hill’s daddy). Nice cherry on top that Hill was in the first Creepshow too!! Really, if there was ANYBODY of noteworthy to pass the “Tales of the Darkside” torch(or even the Creepshow torch, hint hint) to, it’s Joe Hill.

  • STRIK9

    Are they writing all new episodes or remaking the old ones? A lot of those old episodes had a lot of cool stories and makeup fx, but a lot of ‘em were corny as a mutha..

  • j.c

    Really liked the original series and dug the movie too. Hope this turns out.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’m guessing you’ve never actually watched the CW because if you did you’d know that they show just as much as any other network. Beheadings, stabbings, heart extractions… the list goes on. The CW has more than girly shows you know. Anyways, I’m excited for this. I always thought the theme song was more scary than most of the episodes, but we’ll see what they bring to the table with this reboot.

    • EvilHead1981

      I think network TV’s getting a little more ballsy in the recent years. I think they feel the need to compete with cable channels like AMC. Yeah, generally a lot of these channels have upped the gore considerably, which isn’t bad in any means. Though, that being said, Tales From the Darkside was never about the gore. As you listed, one of the most scariest things was the creepy theme song. If anything, the most scariest things of the series was the creepiness over gore/violence exploitation. It was more “How can we send shivers down your spine?” and less “How can we gross you out with blood and guts?!”. I think gore is a dime a dozen, and you don’t need to be masterful to exploit it(as is the case for a LOT of horror out there which delivers gore in spades, but otherwise, are pretty shitty horror movies). Mastering the creep factor, the suspense and such, that takes someone skilled.

  • Krug09

    Love the film

  • flesheater24

    Why on the CW and not FX. I dont’ want a water down kidsfest crap. CW is bullshit. I liked it when it was WB. and actually awesome now it’s shit shows that cater to teens. And it sucks because this show and movie were the shit.