‘Tales from the Darkside’ Getting CW Reboot From Kurtzman & Orci

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 14th, 2013 at 12:54 pm,

Tales from the Darkside title Tales from the Darkside Getting CW Reboot From Kurtzman & Orci

On television, the horror genre has enjoyed an enduring run of success, from premium cable’s uncensored slate of blood, gore and sex (Dexter, True Blood) to basic cable’s only slightly more restrained offerings, such as American Horror Story. Network television’s approach to the horror show offers a wide array of programming, such as the high-art drama-based approach of NBC’s Hannibal to the YA-friendly The Vampire Diaries, to the wild and over-the-top fun of Sleepy Hollow.

One thing that television has been missing in the past couple of decades is the anthology series. In fact, Screen Rant’s own Jason Tabrys recently explored this very subject. Since the dawn of television itself, anthology shows have been tried and true ways to tell a variety of different kinds of stories, while providing a showcase for up-and-coming creative voices (like Steven Spielberg, for instance, whose directorial debut was the first episode of Night Gallery in 1969). American Horror Story has been a notable success in the genre, and now it looks like it might have company.

Deadline reports that hit-making writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) are teaming with Horns novelist (and son of Stephen King) Joe Hill to bring a reboot of Tales of the Darkside to the CW.

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The original series was created by Night of the Living Dead auteur George A. Romero in 1984 and ran for four seasons. The new show will evidently follow the original’s half-hour format, showcasing short tales of horror, fantasy and the supernatural. Joe Hill will be on board as a writer and will executive produce with Kurtzman and Orci.

The original series featured contributions by some of the biggest names of ’80s horror, including Stephen King, Romero himself, Tom Savini and Clive Barker. A slew of famous actors came and went as well, including Debbie “Blondie” Harry, Christian Slater, the late, great Jerry Orbach and Phyllis Diller. The series led to a spin-off feature film in 1990, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, which was co-written by Romero and remains a schlocky cult favorite.

The ’80s were arguably the last heyday of the horror anthology series, seeing a revival of The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, and two bizarre but largely forgotten anthologies spun off from the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises (Freddy’s Nightmares and Friday the 13th: The Series). Perhaps the best-known and most beloved of these, Tales from the Crypt, began its run in 1989 on HBO.

If we’re going to see a new Tales from the Darkside series, Joe Hill’s voice will be the show’s secret weapon. Kurtzman and Orci have a list of hit TV shows to their credit (AliasFringe, Hawaii Five-O Sleepy Hollow), and previously worked with Hill on the the television adaptation of Hill’s Locke & Key comic book. Hill’s dad Stephen King saw many of his short stories adapted for the previous series alongside lesser-known writers; the platform was an engaging way to explore the different facets of horror for TV, and with these names behind an established brand, this project could (hopefully) be the first step in a new anthology trend on TV.


The reboot of Tales of the Darkside is currently in development and will air on the CW.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I’m excited to watch this, if done right.

    The one advantage I feel that this genre has to offer is the ambiguity that it can leave. Which in my opinion can have just as much of a long lasting impression as a novel or full length series.

  2. Nice.

    We still get the original show airing on The Horror Channel on a daily basis. I’m just waiting for the inevitable complaining from American readers about the fact it’s going to be on The CW but I have high hopes for it due to my impartial status (the only channels aimed at teens we have in the UK are the various Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network channels and none of the shows talked about on Screen Rant air on them).

  3. The title sequence was creepy and generic at the same time.

    • I thought the intro was effective. Showing comforting and beautiful scenery with creepy music to represent unease. Which symbolizes the show. Taking seemingly ordinary people in their everyday lives and putting them in extraordinary and horrific circumstances. But I guess the intro has aged over the years.

  4. I wonder how an anthology series would do featuring tales by vintage classic horror authors such as Algernon Blackwood, H. P. Lovecraft, and William Hope Hodgson?

  5. Been WAY too long w/o a TftDS, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone type show. Really bewilders me that they keep getting canceled only to be back on the air is a couple years (although this time it has been 10 years since the last TZ so what do I know?)

  6. UPN rebooted The Twilight Zone in 2002, so why not The CW?

  7. YES!

  8. This may be one of my favorite pieces of TV news in recent memory.
    Just tell me the date and time it will be on and I’m there…

  9. We need more anthology per-episode TV series (and not just per-season American Horror Story)

    Relaunch Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, while they’re at it.

    If only SyFy would do an anthology series a night focused on different subjects (say
    * M: SciFi/Futuristic
    * T: Fantasy/Ancient/Medival
    * W: Horror/Dystopian/Dark
    * T: Supernatural/Spiritual/Mystical
    * F: What If?/Alternate History
    And license the great pulp magazines to attach their names to the series)