LB: Goodbye to Sam Hall





A TV writer I never knew but whose work helped me survive the ’60s died a few weeks ago. His name was Sam Hall, and he was the head writer of DARK SHADOWS.

I’m talking about the real DARK SHADOWS, the gothic daytime serial (that’s “soap opera” to those who probably watched it). Sam Hall wrote more than 300 episodes of the series and was nominated for 5 Daytime Emmys and a Peabody Award during his career.

How did Sam Hall help me survive the ’60s? If you have to ask, you probably won’t understand the answer, but I’ll give it to you anyway:

Barnabas Collins.

Oh yeah, baby.

‘Bye, Sam. Hope you’re having the best afterlife ever!

For DARK SHADOWS fans: Here’s a kind of Afterword to the series written by Sam Hall and telling how all the arcs in play were intended to end – if the @^%!ers in charge hadn’t canceled.

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.