Hi. Years ago, back when we had satellite TV, I would get up early every morning to go in and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the Sci-Fi Channel, and, invariably, I'd end up catching part of the old 60s/70s gothic soap opera 'Dark Shadows'. Subsequent research into the series - combined with the parts of the show that I'd been able to see - garnered an interest in it that's persisted since. Independently of all this, I've ended up becoming interested in screenwriting, and have involved myself in several different projects that have helped me hone my skills as a script writer. However, with the project I'm currently involved in a period of rebuilding, I'm looking for things to do to occupy my time, and was recently struck with the idea of attempting an unofficial BSG-style re-imagining of an old television property. With interest in vampires pretty much at a new high right now, what with the HBO series Tru(e) Blood, Stephanie Meyer's Twilight novels (and the Twilight movie), and others, I figured Dark Shadows would be a good property to try and unofficially 're-imagine'. However, I've been having trouble figuring out how you could take what made the show what it was and update it, so I figured I'd start a discussion asking you guys for your opinions on how you could go about re-imagining the series.
Note: You don't necessarily have to have seen any of the series (or its accompanying movies) to contribute to this discussion, although having a knowledge of the show would certainly help.