The proposed series, meant to serve as a true sequel to the original classic daytime television series from the mid-60s to early-70s, to pick up the story where the earlier series left off, has been nixed by the powers that be at the CW. They never even made it as far as filming a pilot episode.
This is good news.
How can I say that? Because the CW wasn’t the right place for this show to begin with. Look at how it has handled that LOST BOYS remake series. Or mishandled it, to be more precise. The CW wouldn’t know what to do with a DARK SHADOWS show. They’d run it into a tree in no time. Such a series as this belongs elsewhere; specifically, it belongs on cable. I’d much rather this have happened now, before they even got started, than for them to have put together a show, started airing it, then cancelled it midway through the first season, leaving fans hanging—which is most likely what would have happened. If the show goes to a cable network, we’d be likely to get an entire abridged season in its entirety; if they canned it, they’d do it after all the episodes had aired, like they did with NOS4A2. We got to see the whole story with the latter. There were no unresolved cliffhangers. Now that the CW has passed, the creator of this prospective new series should be free to peddle it elsewhere. And hopefully one of those “elsewhere” will bite. We’ll have to wait longer for it, but it will work out better in the long run, if that happens.