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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.
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The past few weeks have been trying ones for anyone who cares about TV and the potentially devastating impact the ongoing writers strike could have on the current season and beyond. Which is why, being a cockeyed optimist and all, Ive been cautiously thanking the fates ever since hearing that the Writers Guild and the producers alliance are going back to the negotiating table on Monday. No guarantee, of course, that this will mean a quick end to the standoff that has shut so much production down already. But hey, its Thanksgiving week, so lets stay in a thankful and hopeful mode, OK?In that light, here are 10 more reasons to be thankful about the current week in TV as we head into the Thanksgiving break.1. Were still in a sweeps month, which has allowed us most nights to live blissfully in denial that a strike is even happening, since new episodes continue to abound (including over most of this long holiday weekend). Depending on what happen...
Lara Parker, Dark Shadows
Producer-director Dan Curtis passed away on Monday from brain cancer. He was 78. Although he helmed such acclaimed miniseries as The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Curtis was most beloved for dreaming up Dark Shadows, the cult supernatural sudser that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971.
In a daytime first, DS told soapy tales of vampires, witches, werewolves, ghosts and more. Yeah, this show was famous for its funny gaffes — the harried actors often flubbed their lines on live TV — but fans adored it for its originality, warts and all. My fave Collinwood stories involved Angelique (Lara Parker), the jilted witch who condemned Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) to dwell in misery as a broody vampire.
"When I heard of Dan Curtis'
Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis died yesterday at the age of 78, the Associated Press reports. The producer-director responsible for such miniseries as The Winds of War and War and Remembrance had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in December but, it seems, hung on until his wife passed away only weeks ago.
When I heard that longtime TV producer Dan Curtis died this week at 78, I kind of felt like a part of my childhood died as well. This showman no doubt was most proud of his epic World War II miniseries of the '80s, Winds of War, and its colossal 30-hour sequel, War and Remembrance. Yet I can't help but think fondly of the supernatural '60s soap opera he created (also for ABC), Dark Shadows, which introduced the world to that fang-tastically brooding vampire hero, Barnabas Collins.
Many was the afternoon I would hurry home from school (or, in the summer, the public pool) to catch the latest creepy installment of this Gothic soap. I had the books; I had the board game; I even sported plastic fangs and could produce a replica of Barnabas' gaudy ring upon demand. I w