Kris Lemche to be only regular on new Tales from the Darkside

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While its predecessor eschewed a framing device, host or lead investigator—utilizing only its awesome, melodramatic opening titles as intro—the upcoming new iteration of Tales from the Darkside will see Kris Lemche star as the only regular, a “tortured young man.” 

Deadline reports Lemche, who’s appeared in Existenz, Ginger Snaps and My Little Eye, the “weathered guide to the unsuspecting who come across The Darkside. Newman – a man with his own desperate, wrenching secrets – knows exactly what’s causing the terrifying Darkside Events that drive the series. What he doesn’t know is how to stop them.”

It’s evident that the pilot, from writer Joe Hill, will be a different beast. Hopefully the presence of Newman doesn’t soften the anthology spirit. Currently, Bradley Buecker, a vet of Glee and American Horror Story, is credited with helming the first episode for the CW series. Hill, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci produce alongside Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin and Jerry Golod.

Tales From the Darkside initially ran for four seasons from 1984-1988. The series, in the tradition of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, was created by George A. Romero and featured contributions from Romero, Tom Savini, Robert Bloch and more. The series adapted works by Cliver Barker, Harlan Ellison and Stephen King (Hill’s father). Tales From the Darkside: The Movie, directed by John Harrison, released in May of 1990.