New Tales From the Darkside Series Gets a New Name; More Details Revealed

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New Tales From the Darkside Series Gets a New Name; More Details RevealedLast week we told you that The CW network had teamed with producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and writer Joe Hill for “Tales From the Darkside,” a reinvention of the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series by George A. Romero. Today we have more.

In an interview with MTV, writer Joe Hill revealed that the show is just called “Darkside,” and it really is a reinvention, not a reboot. “My feeling is, in the wake of shows like ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Fringe,’ the days when you could do a straightforward horror anthology are over,” says Hill, who describes the new show as a “descendant, not a reanimation,” adding that while he is writing the pilot, if the show does get picked up, he’ll be more of a “curator” than a lead writer due to commitments writing novels.

“Darkside” will still draw on short stories for some of its structure and plots. Hill notes the creators have already discussed authors Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, and C. Robert Cargill, though no official offers have gone out. “I would love if director Amanda Boyle could remake ‘Pop Art’ at the 22-minute length, but that’s just an idle thought,” Hill added, citing a short film made from one of Hill’s own short stories.

Though the show is clearly still very much a work in progress, Hill says the 2014 premiering project will have 11 to 13 episodes, “unless the pilot sucks, in which case I would expect zero episodes.

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  • Chernobyl Kinsman

    hm, I would love a new Tales from the Crypt style show, but a Friday the 13th sort of thing could work too.

  • addeisdead

    I am going to disagree on the grounds of books and movies being much different than a TV serial. Yes, V/H/S, Trick’R’Treat, and anthology books have had some success recently, but they’re things you can enjoy in one sitting. I don’t know if the average TV audience will tune in week after week to see an entirely new set of characters and actors. Though you can blame it on varied quality, recent anthology shows like Masters of Horror, Masters of Sci-Fi, and Fear Itself did not really go over that well.

    Although I do believe that the average horror fan would have no problem with an anthology series, I think the mass viewers have been conditioned to want familiarity and a certain level of repetition. If it’s an entirely new set of characters each week, I think a lot of viewers (especially on the CW) will lose interest and the ratings will diminish.

  • James Coker

    cinemascribe I couldn’t Agree more

  • Cinemascribe

    “My feeling is, in the wake of shows like ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Fringe,’ the days when you could do a straightforward horror anthology are over,” says Hill

    Is he fucking kidding? One of Hill’s first bestselling books was a horror anthology called 20th Century Ghosts. Go to and check out how many self published horror anthologies are there that have terrific reviews and are actually managing to sell copies. There are quite a few. Several years ago, when Trick R Treat was released to DVD after such a long delay, what was the first question most people asked? “Why the hell didn’t this get a theatrical release?” With films like both of the VHS films, The ABC’s of Death and The Penny Dreadful Picture Show (among others) being released, all signs point to yes for this being the PERFECT time to produce a straightforward horror anthology for television, especially now that broadcast television programming can push the envelope further than when the orignal “Tales from the Darkside” aired. And what’s this weak kneed, stripped down “Darkside” shit? The formula to follow here is really, really simple: Call it Tales from the Darkside. Then, actually make it about scary tales from the dark side of existence, for fuck’s sake. This isn’t rocket science.

  • James Coker

    “the days of straight forward Horror anthologies are Over”…..FUUUUUUUCK!