Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nickelodeon Reimagines Beloved Anthology 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' as Brand-New Limited Series

Original Nickelodeon USA Press Release:

NICKELODEON REIMAGINES BELOVED ANTHOLOGY
ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? AS BRAND-NEW LIMITED SERIES

Production to Begin this Month on Three-Night Event Premiering October

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BURBANK, Calif.–June 10, 2019–Nickelodeon is reimagining its chillingly beloved anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? as a brand-new limited series premiering this October. Through three hour-long episodes, the series introduces an entirely new Midnight Society group of kids who tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life. Production on the new Are You Afraid of the Dark? will commence this month in Vancouver, Canada.

The new members of the Midnight Society are: Gavin, played by Sam Ashe Arnold (Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.); Akiko, played by Miya Cech (Rim of the World, Always Be My Maybe); Louise, played by Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl, The Worst Witch); Graham, played by Jeremy Taylor (It, Goosebumps 2:Haunted Halloween); and Rachel, played by Lyliana Wray (Top Gun: Maverick, Black-ish). The Carnival of Doom’s ringmaster, Mr. Tophat, is played by Rafael Casal (Blindspotting).

The Are You Afraid of the Dark? limited series is produced by ACE Entertainment (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Perfect Date) with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Spencer Berman serving as executive producers. The series is written by BenDavid Grabinski (Skiptrace) and directed by Dean Israelite (Power Rangers movie, Project Almanac), both of whom will also executive produce.

Inspired by the classic art of storytelling, Nickelodeon’s original Are You Afraid of the Dark? (series ran from 1992-1996 and 1999-2000) broke the mold by exploring a whole new genre of entertainment. One of the net’s most iconic series from the ‘90s, Are You Afraid of the Dark? delivered riveting stories of horror to young audiences, all from a kid’s perspective. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel.

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Sheryl Levine (All That, Drake & Josh) is serving as Casting Director on the mini-series, with Rose Marziale, serving as Casting Assistant.


Jeremy Taylor | Photo: courtesy of Kelly Balch


Miya Cech | Photo: Joe Lee

Nickelodeon’s original Are You Afraid of the Dark? broke the mold by exploring a whole new genre of entertainment. A joint production of Canada-based Cinar and Nickelodeon and created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, the show ran as an anthology series and aired on Nickelodeon from 1992 to 1996 and again from 1999-2000 with new writers and showrunners, as well as on YTV in Canada. One of the net’s signature series from the ‘90s, Are You Afraid of the Dark? delivered stories of horror to young audiences, all from a kid’s perspective.

It was set around a group of teenagers who called themselves the Midnight Society and would meet weekly at a secret location in the woods to tell a scary story. The show was revived in 1999 for two more seasons

When the Are You Afraid of the Dark? revival was first announced in February as part of Nickelodeon’s upcoming slate, the network said that “the miniseries will coincide with the upcoming Are You Afraid of the Dark? theatrical movie from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players’ and Nickelodeon Movies, in theaters October 2019.”

That movie has since been moved out of its October 11 release date and is expected to debut later following some behind-the-scene changes.

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Originally published: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 18:40 BST.

Additional sources: Deadline, Variety.
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