Thursday, November 26, 2009

grayson as Mrs. Parks......

From GARGOYLES in the 1970's I do believe that is the year! Love ya GRAYSON!

Monday, November 16, 2009


TV writer Ron Sproat dies at 77

Scribe wrote for serial 'Dark Shadows'

Ron Sproat, who wrote hundreds of episodes of serial "Dark Shadows" in the 1960s, died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment on Nov. 6. He was 77.

Sproat wrote for "Dark Shadows" starting at the series' creation in 1966, continuing for three years as the creator of characters including vampire Barnabas Collins.

Sproat graduated from Hamilton College, the U. of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.

After college, he began his career in TV, writing for the anthology series "United States Steel Hour" and "General Motors Presents." He later worked on TV shows such as "Love of Life," "The Secret Storm," "The Doctors," "Where the Heart Is" and "Strange Paradise."

Under his mentor, Charles L. Jackson, Sproat wrote his first plays for TV "Rachel's Summer" and "The Great Gold Mountain," which were both based on Jackson's books.

Sproat later joined the BMI Musical Theater Workshop and wrote librettos for the musicals "Back Home," "Abie's Island Rose" and "Ravenswood." His works were performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse, The New Hope Peforming Arts Festival, The Spirit of Broadway Theatre, The York Theatre and Musical Mondays Theatre Lab.

He also contributed articles to New York magazine and Paris Match.

Sproat is survived by his partner, Frank Evans, and a sister.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

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The Official Dark Shadows News Updates Yahoo Group
Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates

An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM -
The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters
Number 206. November 1, 2009.
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Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,
ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following breaking news in this Online News Update "bulletin."

---- SG Update #205 (10-25) premiere-announced the event and this Update provides specific details.
--- SG just received the actual press release for the Paley Center event, It is included in full here.

Dark Shadows at Twilight: A Paley Center Vampire Weekend
Friday, November 13, 2009
to Sunday, November 15, 2009
New York
We are currently in the midst of an explosion in the popularity of vampires, with the Twilight movie franchise and HBO's gothic soap True Blood leading the undead charge-suddenly, it seems, audiences want blood. Why now? Is it the parlous state of the world, economic anxieties, the end result of a morbidly sex-and-youth obsessed popular culture?
The Paley Center for Media has partnered with Entertainment Weekly to explore what's going on. EW's Ken Tucker will moderate a panel of informed fans to debate the relative merits of vampires across media, with special attention to the rankings of the Paley Center's TV Vampire Poll (vote through November 2). A display of EW's coverage of the undead phenomenon will be on view in the Spielberg Gallery through November 15.
And don't miss the screenings of several past PALEYFEST events-with reunions of the casts and creative teams of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, True Blood, and Dark Shadows-along with the uber vamp Nosferatu and Guy Maddin's hypnotic Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary.
Screenings are free to Members and $10 (general admission) for nonmembers. No reservations are required.
The Saturday Vampire panel: Free to Members and $10 (general admission) for nonmembers. Reservations are recommended. The first 200 ticket holders will receive fang-tastic vampire giveaways.
Friday Screenings, 2:00 to 4:30 pm
PALEYFEST: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion (2008)
The cast and creative team of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunite to discuss the groundbreaking series. With Sarah Michelle Gellar and Joss Whedon. [Own a DVD of this event.]
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors (1922)
The German Expressionist silent vampire classic-on the big screen!
Saturday Screenings, 12:00 to 2:30 pm
PALEYFEST: Angel (2001)
Angel's actors, writers, and producers on everybody's favorite brooding Irish bloodsucker. With David Boreanaz and Joss Whedon.
PALEYFEST: True Blood (2009)
The cast and creators of television's hottest vampire series take you behind the scenes of steamy Bon Temps. With Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, and Stephen Moyer.
Saturday Event, 2:30 to 4:00 pm
TV Vampire (s)Takedown
Our panel of expert fans will debate the relative merits of different vampires across media in an appropriately spirited and irreverent fashion. Special attention will be paid to the rankings of TV vamps determined by the Paley Center's TV Vampire Poll (vote through November 2). Come argue for your vamp of choice. Trivia, special gifts, and a bloody good time for all!
Angel Cohn, Senior Editor, Television Without Pity
Sammy Buck, Blogger,
Chelsea Doyle, Freelance Writer,
Jim Pierson, Author/Producer, Dark Shadows DVD releases
Moderator: Ken Tucker, Editor-at-Large, Entertainment Weekly
Free to Members and $10 (general admission) for nonmembers. Reservations are recommended. The first 200 ticket holders will receive fang-tastic vampire giveaways!
Sunday Screenings, 2:00 to 4:30 pm
PALEYFEST: Dark Shadows (2001)
Dark Shadows alumni reunited to discuss the classic series. With Alexandra Moltke and creator Dan Curtis.
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)
Guy Maddin's visionary ballet based on the Dracula myth.

---- SG Update #204(10-18) encouraged DS fans to visit the Paley Center website to vote for Barnabas Collins in its "TV Vampire (S)Takedown" poll. Voters were asked to help determine "Who is the best bloodsucker, the greatest ghoul, the ultimate undead, your favorite fiend? Stake your vote now in our TV vampire poll!" Voting ends tomorrow, Nov. 2.

--- SG note: This event honored DS during the annual Paley Television Festival in Los Angeles, March, 2001. It brought together many DS cast and crew members to discuss and reminisce about DS. Audience members asked questions and several scene clips screened. This is the only DS event ever attended by Dan Curtis, Kate Jackson,Alexandra Moltke Isles, and Lela Swift (director).
For more information and behind-the-scenes pictures, see SG print issues from that time. These are available from Marcy Robin at SG's e- or postal- mail addresses.

DS/horror/science fiction fan Jeff did his doctoral thesis on Dan's productions in the genre. It was published this year as "The Television Horrors of Dan Curtis." Jeff, an assistant English professor at Columbia University community college in Nashville, will discuss the book and the impact of Dan's TV projects.
Press release: "Curtis, a popular television producer in the 1960s and 1970s, pioneered a new breed of popular horror shows that were motivated by character, continuing story arcs, and a strong awareness of the genre literature of horror fiction. In Curtis' productions, knowing the background story of the various horror characters was essential to understanding the complex and serpentine plots."
The free lecture is Nov. 2 at 12:30 pm at the Ledbetter Auditorium in the Clement building on Columbia State's Columbia Campus. For more information, contact Mike Darrell at (931) 540-2714 or Stuart Lenig at (931) 540-2877 or slenig@columbiastat

*** Fans attending the Paley "Vampire Weekend" or Jeff's talk are invited and encouraged to send their photos and reports plus local media coverage to SG. In this way, fans who cannot attend can share the experience with you. Please send all material to SG's e- or postal- mail addresses at the end of this Update.
--- The next print issue newsletter, SG #117, is underway and will expand on the above news items. The issue, subsequent SGs, and future SG Online Updates also will cover all the latest DS-related news, including developments for the 2010 DS Festival convention, to be held July 16-18 at the Marriott Hotel & Convention Center at the Burbank Airport in Burbank, CA.
The hotel is across the street from this international airport, located very close to Los Angeles, Hollywood, and many Southern California attractions. See SG Update #202 (Sept. 6) for more specific details about the event and the area.

--- Please continue to send SG your photos and reports from the 8-14/16 DS Festival convention in Elizabeth (Newark), NJ. You can send hard copy photographs or send images as jpegs at high resolution. Every picture captures a unique moment and each person has an individual experience. In this way, fans who cannot be there with us can share in the weekend fun.
Please also send - at any time - articles, reviews, publicity, or other material you may find about the new DS film, the DS personnel, and DS-related news. Use the SG addresses below.
You will be named as aContributor in upcoming print issues. You also may receive a complimentary Contributor' s Copy for major contributions of information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, publicity, assistance, etc.
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**** This Update is posted to the ShadowGram YahooGroup and dispersed by interested fans to various lists, boards, websites, in personal emails, and other online communications. You can join the SG YahooGroup easily at no cost by going to: http://movies. com/group/ ShadowGram/
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Thank you.
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