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Notes From the Shadows

Jaclyn Smith could have been in “Dark Shadows”?

In my watch of the TV series “Dark Shadows” on disc, currently in what is known as Collection 6, there is an interview with Roger Davis, who played the jailer/lawyer of Alexandra Molke’s character Victoria Winters. He said he was married to Jaclyn Smith for a time and they met when she auditioned for “Dark Shadows” when the production was looking for a replacement for Molke, who was leaving the show. Smith could have had the part – the producer was eager to hire her – but she turned it down. (In the end they decided not to replace Molke after all, choosing to write her character out of the show.) How TV history could have been different…

Davis also shared that when he got the part in the show he was in an off-Broadway play with Stacy Keach. Names of those well-known continued when he added that he was friends with Hampton Fancher, screenwriter for Blade Runner. He got some facts wrong here, saying that Fancher wrote a short story (then he said novella) titled … and here he got the title Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep incorrect, which was actually a novel by Philip K. Dick, the novel on which Blade Runner was based. He said that Fancher never got any money from the short story/novella/screenplay – it wasn’t clear – but that could hardly be the case. Certainly Dick saw little money from Do Androids Dream when it was first sold, because of what publishers were paying for science fiction paperbacks back then, and didn’t start seeing decent income until Blade Runner, according to his biography.

At any rate, this watching of “Dark Shadows” continues to yield rewards. 📺 👻