Yep. Love that photo.
I watched DARK SHADOWS steadily back when it originally aired on ABC in the afternoons. I was led to it by my love for all things "television" at the time. In Philadelphia, we'd just gotten our first UHF TV station, and our family got its first UHF-capable TV set.
When DARK SHADOWS started up, it was not cleared by the local Philadelphia ABC station at the time. They were airing some syndicated show in that time-slot, maybe Merv Griffin. So the show was available for pickup by this new UHF station, hungry for programming from any source - so leftover ABC shows were grabbed up.
I remember that they had been airing the show that was occupying that time-slot before, WHERE THE ACTION IS. I'd tune in to that show just to see the ABC show on this newfangled UHF station. To me, it was kind of fun seeing ABC promos on this station - they didn't blank them out. And one day, that show ended and the following Monday, DARK SHADOWS began in that time slot.
I was surely not much of a soap opera fan. I liked the daytime reruns and game shows, but never looked at a soap opera. But this one, being a network show on this independent UHF channel was a fascination. So I was there, watching Victoria Winters arrive on the train - her connections in town, and her ultimate arrival at the strange Collinwood estate.
I watched the show pretty faithfully for those first months it was on the air on that UHF channel. It was like a secret obsession. I hadn't dared to tell my family that I was watching a soap opera, so there were times I couldn't watch.
Later, the Philadelphia affiliate saw the show's ratings rising nationally and were urged to carry the series in Philly, which they ultimately did. Once on the regular station, others in the family began to hear the buzz. I was able to fill them in on backstories about Burke Devlin, Matthew Morgan, Laura, and the arrival of Barnabas. We then watched the series pretty steadily through its run.
Later, in the 80's, I got to see much of the series all over again when it aired on NJN in New Jersey - and once more in the '90s when it aired on Sci-Fi.
It is those three runs - and the time devoted to them all - that have basically prevented me from much interest in the DVDs. I simply don't have the time nor desire to run through it all again, so while I'd love to own the series, its sheer size makes it impractical for me.
I have owned the LaserDisc of the two movies for years, plus the DVD set of the 1990 revival, so I get whatever DARK SHADOWS fix I need from those, especially now that I've been able to upgrade to the Blu-rays of the two movies. At first viewing, I wasn't fond of the 1990 series, but later came to appreciate the cast and what they were able to bring to the table. It's a shame it got cut short.
I refused to see the Depp movie. I didn't need a comic tribute to the series. It's fine enough the way I remember it.
Edited by Harry-N, July 11 2013 - 05:56 AM.