Conrad Bain, the actor best known for playing Phillip Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes, died Monday in Livermore, Calif. He was 89.
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
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)
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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Jonathan Frid, best known for playing vampire Barnabas Collins on ABC's Dark Shadows, has died. He was 87.
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?
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
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Ask FlickChick Whats up with Johnny Depps Dark Shadows and can you name these moviesQuestion Is the Dark Shadows movie dead and if not is Johnny Depp still going to be in it -- HCRDFlickChick Dark Shadows a joint project between Johnny Depps Infinitum-Nihil production company and producer Graham Kings GK Films is still in development but it doesnt look as though a lot has gone on since mid-2007 Thats when they secured rights from the estate of Dan Curtis to base a movie on the 1966-1971 supernatural soap opera Curtis developed the series made two feature films based on it in the 1970s and later went on to produce and direct a slew of supernatural films mostly for TV At this time theres no screenwriter attached to the project but it does have a distributor Warner Bros Dark Shadows was briefly and unsuccessfully revised as a 1990s TV series but there is a loyal fan base who could make a theatrical film successful if and only if it got the to