Dark Shadows was a short-lived gothic drama which aired on NBC from January to March of 1991, spanning a total of twelve episodes. Based on the original 1966 daytime soap opera Dark Shadows, the show brought together all of the familiar faces from the first series and revisted many of the same plot elements. Dan Curtis, series creator of the original Dark Shadows, pitched the idea for production of a mid season, program to NBC in 1991. Referred to as the "Revival Series", this version of Dark Shadows maintained the same gothic allure that made the original series so popular. Rather than running it as a daily half hour soap opera like the original, NBC aired the series as a one hour weekly program. The story structure of the program mirrored many of the key plot lines from the 1967-1968 seasons of Dark Shadows, including a character who travels back in time to the 18th century. Due to poor ratings, the Dark Shadows revival series was cancelled after only twelve episodes.