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: ''“When Dark Shadows was waning in popularity and ratings, [writer] [[Sam Hall]] and [producer] [[Robert Costello|Bob Costello]] suggested to [creator, Dan] [[Dan Curtis|Curtis]] that they could continue the vampiric conflict [which had made the show so popular]… by simply killing off the one person who knew everything, [[Dr. Julia Hoffman]]. Then they could begin again with the “discovery” of the vampire and his secrets. Curtis adamantly refused.”''
 
: ''“When Dark Shadows was waning in popularity and ratings, [writer] [[Sam Hall]] and [producer] [[Robert Costello|Bob Costello]] suggested to [creator, Dan] [[Dan Curtis|Curtis]] that they could continue the vampiric conflict [which had made the show so popular]… by simply killing off the one person who knew everything, [[Dr. Julia Hoffman]]. Then they could begin again with the “discovery” of the vampire and his secrets. Curtis adamantly refused.”''
   
The character of Julia Hoffman was highly popular with viewers and Dan Curtis felt it would have been a mistake to replace her. During the shows final year on air another sign that the writers were starting to overly repeat themselves was most notably apparent with a second ‘adaptation’ of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_James Henry James] Gothic novel ‘[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turn_of_the_Screw The Turn of the Screw] ’. This storyline played out much the same way as it had done the first time the text was used for inspiration except this time with the character of [[Gerard Stiles]] in place of [[Quentin Collins]]. This also had the same effect as before of leading the shows narrative into another storyline set during the [[1840|19th Century]]. There were also plans for [[Diana Millay]] to return for a third stint as the [[Phoenix]], a supernatural character that had helped the show gain popularity in its early days, had the show continued past April 1971. One of the show’s most prolific writers Sam Hall admitted in an interview, included in the ''Dark Shadows DVD Collection'', that:
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The character of Julia Hoffman was highly popular with viewers and Dan Curtis felt it would have been a mistake to replace her. During the shows final year on air another sign that the writers were starting to overly repeat themselves was most notably apparent with a second ‘adaptation’ of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_James Henry James] Gothic novel ‘[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turn_of_the_Screw The Turn of the Screw] ’. This storyline played out much the same way as it had done the first time the text was used for inspiration except this time with the character of [[Gerard Stiles]] in place of [[Quentin Collins]]. This also had the same effect as before of leading the shows narrative into another storyline set during the [[1840|19th Century]]. There were also plans for [[Diana Millay]] to return for a third stint as the [[Phoenix]], a supernatural character that had helped the show gain popularity in it early days, had the show continued past April 1971. One of the show’s most prolific writers Sam Hall admitted in an interview, included in the ''Dark Shadows DVD Collection'', that:
   
 
: ''“We stole things right and left from the horror classics and I only wish [prolific horror and suspense writer] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King Stephen King] had been operating then because he could have kept the show going for a 100 years.”''
 
: ''“We stole things right and left from the horror classics and I only wish [prolific horror and suspense writer] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King Stephen King] had been operating then because he could have kept the show going for a 100 years.”''
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