Dark Shadows (found pilot of The WB TV series; 2004)

Dark Shadows (2004 pilot)
Promotional image for the pilot.
Promotional image for the pilot.
Status Found
Date found June 29, 2017
Found by All Things Dark Shadows & Beyond

Dark Shadows is a 2004 pilot shot for The WB, based on the 1960s Gothic soap opera of the same name. The pilot seemed like it was set to be picked up as the network originally ordered a further 6 scripts, but it was cancelled before completion and has never been formally released.


The idea for resurrecting this franchise came from John Wells and his production company, who then decided to include Dan Curtis into the production. Prior to this, Mr. Curtis had been interested in doing it himself and brought the idea to Fox in 2001 with a script written by Eric Bernt.

The pilot's script was written by Mark Verheiden, who originally wanted to set the story out of the view point of a much older David Collins; however, Dan Curtis and the network both disliked this idea very much. Verheiden then opted for a much more conservative approach, but still was able to give it its own identity and even introduce new characters to Collinwood. The subsequent script had been described by Peter Roth as the best script that he had read that year.

With the script finished, production was ready to begin on the pilot. Rob Bowen would have helmed the project but was forced to abandon it after another project that he was attached to received the green light. PJ Hogan took over the director's chair and production began on the 2nd of April 2004, though at the time production started, not all of the roles had been cast yet.[1]

Cancellation and Status

Filming had been completed and 80% of the visual effects had been done when the WB executives decided to pull the plug. They stated that the script was wonderful, and that the producing team was great as well. However, they felt that the resulting pilot had fallen flat, as they did not agree with the vision of the director, even though they conceded him to be accomplished in the film arena. At this time they had already spent $6 million on the pilot and did not wish to spent any more money.

Since then, the pilot has been screened at Dark Shadows conventions, but is yet to be made available to the majority of the population. Currently, the only pieces of the pilot to have been leaked are the script, the full audio and two short clips. However, on June 29th 2017, YouTube user "All Things Dark Shadows & Beyond" uploaded the full pilot (which is 39 minutes long).


1 minute of footage from the unaired pilot.
40 seconds of footage from the unaired pilot.
The full 2004 pilot in its completion.


  1. Gross, Darren. "Dark Shadows Staked." Fangoria Jan. 2005: 62. Print.

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12 months ago
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Is that Tara Strong as the blonde chick

Anonymous user #3

5 months ago
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No, that's actually Marley Shelton. Just thought I'd help. ;)

Anonymous user #1

12 months ago
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This sounds a bit to much like Nickelodeon's , Are You Afraid Of The Dark? to me....

Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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Has a Supernatural vibe to it which ironically aired a year later in 2005

Anonymous user #4

3 months ago
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As much as i could watch cause it keeps shutting off on me, I would have been glued to the t.v. watching it whatever night they put it on. A lot like the original but more up to date. Thought it was good.


1 months ago
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YouTube link of the full pilot is down. Here's an Internet Archive mirror: https://arch...-Kc4QPTHNC2I

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