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Are You Afraid of the Dark? mini series (2019) was a three episode, long, mini-series revival of Are You Afraid of the Dark?
It aired in three separate parts, on a weekly basis.
- Part One: Submitted for Approval Aired on October 11, 2019.
- Part Two: Opening Night Aired on October 18, 2019.
- Part Three: Destroy All Tophats Aired on October 25, 2019.
On February 19, 2020, the revival was renewed for a second season. However, it will be featuring a different cast.
Plot and casting
According to Variety, "The new members of the Midnight Society for this updated series have been named as Gavin, played by Sam Ashe Arnold, Akiko, played by Miya Cech, Louise, played by Tamara Smart, Graham, played by Jeremy Taylor, and Rachel, played by Lyliana Wray." Additionally, there will be a circus ringmaster named Mr. Tophat, portrayed by actor Rafael Casal.
The mini series will air on October 11, 2019. It has not yet been confirmed what the story will be about, but it has been confirmed that Rachel will be the one telling it.
Ross Hull, the actor who portrayed Gary in the original incarnation of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, claims that he has not been approached for any part in the revival and expressed concerns over how fans might react to this.
At the 2019 New York City Comic Con executive producer Matt Kaplan mentioned that this “felt like the right time” to be bringing back the series, with horror reboots reaching an all-time high in movie theaters today. Kaplan also went onto say that he felt that Grabinski was his first choice to write the script. Grabinski himself spoke about the “tricky balance” to bring the show back in an era where our “fear tolerance is much higher,” making it scary enough for today’s horror fans and watchable enough for the intended, younger, audience. Still, Grabinski’s love for the original balance of horror and watchability was a massive part of crafting the show. It was also revealed that The new Midnight Society will be a lot more developed than the OG group. However, the new series will forgo the structured, anthology format of the original show. Fans of the original series can look forward to the new opening credits for being an homage to the original, and will will have easter eggs harkening back to the original series sprinkled throughout as confirmed by Kaplan and Grabinski. 
Behind the Scenes
- Nickelodeon Renews Some of Its Biggest Franchises and Hit Series for the 2020-21 Season - The Futon Critic
- Nickelodeon Announces Cast for ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Revival (mirror)
- 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Star Ross Hull Wants in on the Reboot (mirror)
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