'Tales From The Darkside' series revived?

November 21, 2013 9:02 PM

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Is it written somewhere in Hollywood that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci must write/create EVERYTHING on every screen, large or small?

With or without their pal J.J. Abrams, that's TV (Xena, Alias, Fringe, Hawaii 5-O, Sleepy Hollow) and movies (The Amazing Spider-Man sequels, Star Trek movies, Transformers, etc.).

Now they're reportedly digging into the vault of George Romero's oeuvre, producing a reboot of his '80s anthology horror series Tales From The Darkside.

Let's hope it's as good. The original showcased stories from the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison and Fredrik Pohl (and even inspired a Darkside movie).

And maybe it will be. They've teamed with comic book writer/novelist Joe Hill, Stephen King's son, who appeared in that original King episode when he was a young boy.

It's been a couple of months since AMC confirmed there would be a spin-off series to its zombie hit The Walking Dead.

And why not? Ratings have tripled to about 16 million since its debut four seasons ago, making it the most watched cable show in history, and the No. 1 show period among males 18-35.

Rumours are now filtering down that the "companion series," to debut in 2015, will be a prequel. An, ahem, no-brainer really. Walking Dead viewers would flock to a series that answers the question of how this ratings-busting zombie apocalypse came about.

Speaking of old TV series, does anybody remember The Flash, the 1990 DC comics adaptation with John Wesley Shipp that came and went at super-speed?

Well, those were different times. Superheroes have replaced cops and doctors as go-to properties. Which is why we point you to the Dec. 3 episode of CW's Arrow, which introduces scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).

That, of course, is the Flash's alter-ego, and the network has already announced a Flash series starring Gustin - which makes that episode effectively a pilot for Flash 2.0.

Just in time to play off Thor: The Dark World, Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week featured an Asgardian plot with God of Thunder references, and a Norse "Berzerker" staff that makes ordinary humans act like Rob Ford at a council meeting. (The Asgardian, by the way, was played by Peter MacNicol, the Vigo-obsessed professor from Ghostbusters 2, which was a bit of a hoot.)

That ties in nicely with boss-of-all-things-Avenger Joss Whedon's admission to TV Guide this week that the show will do some "crossovers" when Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released to theatres next April.

Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury is a given. But there's a hint of other surprises on the small screen.

Source: jam.canoe.ca

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