Dark Shadows Revival Ordered at The CW

The CW is reportedly moving forward with a revival of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows.

According to The Wrap, The CW has ordered a pilot script for Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, a one-hour gothic drama that will serve as a modern continuation the original 1960s Dark Shadows television series. With the backing of Warner Bros. Television, the pilot will be written and executive produced by Mark B. Perry (The Wonder Years, One Tree Hill).

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Created by Dan Curtis, Dark Shadows originally aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971. The series followed the Collinses, a wealthy family from Collinsport, Main - a town that would frequently experience supernatural happenings. Just under a year into its run, Dark Shadows gained a fair amount of popularity with the introduction of Barnabas Collins, a vampire played by Jonathan Frid who would become the show's de facto star.

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However, while Reincarnation will serve as a sequel to the original Dark Shadows, the series has actually been revived a few times before. In 1991, Curtis returned to create a Dark Shadows remake series for NBC, which was canceled after one season. A pilot for another new series was shot in 2004 for The WB, but was ultimately not picked up. Finally, a film adaptation directed by Tim Burton hit theaters in 2012.

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Dark Shadows: Reincarnation is written and executive produced by Mark B. Perry. Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo, Tracy Curtis and Cathy Curtis will also executive produce, with Tracy Mercer producing for Amasia Entertainment.

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