Dark Shadows

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Titanic, SNL Among Titles Expiring on Netflix on New Year's Day

Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon

Titanic, Top Gun and episodes of Saturday Night Live from the 2000s are among the titles set to expire on Netflix on Jan. 1, according to a list that popped up on Reddit over the holidays.

Other TV shows that will no longer be offered through the streaming company in the New Year include... read more

Diff'rent Strokes Star Conrad Bain Dies at 89

Conrad Bain

Conrad Bain, the actor best known for playing Phillip Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes, died Monday in Livermore, Calif. He was 89.

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Thanksgiving Weekend TV: Your Guide to the Marathons, Specials and Sports Games

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion

Stuffed with Thanksgiving turkey? Tired of flag football with your family? Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to stay put on the couch all weekend long. Check out our roundup of all the parades, specials, marathons and sports on tap. (All times ET)

Network Parades and Specials
Thursday:
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (9 a.m.- Noon, NBC)
Thanksgiving Day Parade (9 a.m.- Noon, CBS)
The National Dog Show (Noon-2 p.m., NBC)
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (8 -9 p.m., ABC)

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The Scoop on Dark Shadows From Tim Burton, Helena Bonham-Carter and The Original Cast

Johnny Depp

More than 40 years before True Blood and Twilight made angst-ridden vampires the hot new thing, there was a wicked little afternoon soap called Dark Shadows. At its center was Barnabas Collins, a brooding bloodsucker played with equal parts torment and relish by Jonathan Frid, and if you were an offbeat kid in the late 1960s there's a good chance you raced home from school to watch it. Tim Burton, the acclaimed director, was one of those eager young fans. And now he's put his own spin on things. His movie version of Dark Shadows opens May 11 with a starry cast headed by Johnny Depp — yet another boyhood buff of the soap — as the reluctant, guilt-ridden and immortally sexy Barnabas.

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Ask Matt: Sherlock, Killing, Fringe, Revenge, Ringer, NCIS

Glenn Close

Send your questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Thanks for your intelligent and frankly hilarious reviews! I especially love that you highlight lesser known but completely fantastic gems on networks like PBS! I'm thrilled the days of sub-par, toast-dry programming on PBS seem to be slowly going the way of the Titanic. Query: Are my Brit-Geek friends and I the only ones this side of the pond absolutely chomping at the bit for the month of May and the return of BBC's Sherlock on PBS' Masterpiece Mystery? Obviously, I'm biased, but ... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Vincent Kartheiser

This week in TV was as notable for the legends who left us as for what actually happened on TV in the last full week before the May sweeps begin (next Thursday). So let's start there, acknowledging two figures who loomed large in my formative years of being weaned on TV.

It's impossible to imagine TV without Dick Clark, the genial host and canny impresario...

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Dark Shadows Star Jonathan Frid Dead at 87

Jonathan Frid

Jonathan Frid, best known for playing vampire Barnabas Collins on ABC's Dark Shadows, has died. He was 87.
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Will American Horror Story Be a Hit for FX? A Look at the Recent History of Horror on TV

The Walking Dead, True Blood, Supernatural

Historically, horror hasn't scared up a great track record on TV. Supernatural series? Yes. Terrifying ones? No. The good news for FX, which on Wednesday launches American Horror Story, is that audiences seem to be growing braver. Millions have dared to peek out from behind their fingers, making hits out of The Walking Dead and True Blood. Even when Nip/Tuck dipped its scalpels into overt horror -- terrorizing us with sadistic serial killer The Carver -- it drew record numbers to FX.

But do viewers have the stomach for a haunted house dreamed up by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who gave us both Glee and Nip/Tuck? read more

With the heavily panned and ...

Johnny Depp

Question: With the heavily panned and commercial disaster of the new X-Files theatrical movie, it makes me truly wonder if Johnny Depp can pull a miracle and make the new theatrical version of Dark Shadows into a very good movie and one that is a commercial success. In addition, the original Dark Shadows television series has been off the air since 1971 and the revival series ended in 1991. Based on the fact that The X-Files has been off the air for only six years and had a poor box office, do you think Depp can actually bring in millions of new and old(er) fans to the big screen after all these years since Dark Shadows has seen the light of day on television? Answer: An interesting question, and one that taps into the very core of my cult upbringing, having been a big fan of the daytime Dark Shadows as a kid. But these are such different franchises and such different challenges in translating them to the big screen. The X-Files movie needed to stay true to the series and core ... read more

Family Guy and Other Announced Releases

Family Guy courtesy Fox

New releases announced today, July 16:Back To You - Season 1 will be coming out October 14 Dark Shadows -The Beginning, Vol. 6: Episodes 179 - 209 will be coming out October 28 Family Guy - Volume 6 will be coming out October 21 The Simpsons - The Complete 11th Season will be coming out October 7 War and Remembrance - The Complete Series will be coming out October 28 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

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Premiered: June 27, 1966, on ABC
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Premise: Ghosts, witches and werewolves populated this creepy daytime serial about Maine's Collins family, which included Barnabas, a nearly 200-year-old vampire who longed to be cured. The supernatural soap shifted between the present and the 18th century to tell its gothic tale. A prime-time revival mounted in 1991 possessed more special effects, sex and gore than its bare-bones original, but it never caught on and was buried by NBC in less than two months.

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