Thursday, December 3, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 8-11: Darkroom

*Thanks again to listener Greg for suggesting this show, and you can check out his band The Explainers right here!

*Note that there are major spoilers for the Darkroom episode we cover on the podcast!

*NBC's streaming portal for the series is here.

*Darkroom aired November 1981 to January 1982 on ABC, running Friday nights at 9:00 P.M.

*James Coburn, in his early fifties at the time, was in movies like Goldengirl, Looker, and Loving Couples just before Darkroom. Wikpedia reports that Coburn's severe arthritis limited his output in the 1980s.

*This particular episode premiered Friday, Christmas night 1981, following Benson and Bosom Buddies and preceding Strike Force with Robert Stack!  NBC started the night with NBC Magazine and then had The Gathering Part II.  On CBS, it was a Christmas episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, Falcon Crest, and a Mike Wallace interview special.

*William F. Nolan wrote Logan's Run (the novel and the pilot of the TV series), The Norliss Tapes, Trilogy of Terror, and many pieces of genre fiction in addition to "The Partnership" segment of this episode.

*Speaking of Leonard Nimoy and about plants, as we do in this episode, the first "regular" episode of In Search Of... is titled "Other Voices" and explores the idea of plant life responding to human thoughts.

*Does anyone know more about the short-lived career of Elizabeth Halliday? She isn't even listed in the cast credits for the episode at

*Our crack research team was unable to find more information about the cat in the 'Catnip" segment.  Or was it THWARTED by mysterious forces hailing from....The Darkroom?  

Cinema Cats has no information.

*This article says that Darkroom spawned a motion picture, though that has been disputed elsewhere. A comment in this article says that on the audio commentary of the Blu-Ray of said movie, Nightmares, the director denies it!

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