Nickelodeon’s 2019 revival of its 1990s generation-defining horror anthology series, ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’, will be making a return to its lineup. Here’s everything we know about the renewal of the classic’s reboot.
Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, which first premiered in 1991, had run for seven seasons on Nickelodeon, till 1996. The Canadian horror series was picked up again by the network after three years in 1999, this time with a whole new ensemble, and this lasted for another year. The increasing popularity prompted Nickelodeon to take it up for a miniseries, the first part of which premiered on Nickelodeon on October 11th, 2019. The three-part season wrapped up on October 25, 2019. Now, a second revival of the miniseries is on the cards.
- When will the next part of Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ miniseries premiere?
- The cast of Are You Afraid of the Dark?
- Episodes in the second installment
- The plot for the show
When will the second installment of Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ miniseries premiere?
In an interview last year, executive producer Matt Kaplan revealed that the team is always hoping to return.
He said, “I think we all went into this with the intention that there would be many, many, many more”. He further unveiled that the potential future parts would continue to revolve around the Midnight Society.
The reboot could also mean that fans will get to see the return of Jeremy Ray Taylor, Lyliana Wray, Miya Cech, Sam Ashe Arnold, and Tamara Smart.
In February, show-runners announced that a second season of the miniseries is happening, but are yet to announce an official release date. Given the health crisis that is gripping the globe currently, it is likely that it must have brought about changes to its original plan of production. Despite that, we think the show can be expected to premiere sometime in the fall of 2021.
Cast of Are You Afraid of the Dark
Are You Afraid of the Dark? features an all-new Midnight Society with new characters and cast members. They are Rachel, played by Lyliana Wray, Gavin, portrayed by Sam Ashe Arnold, Akiko by Miya Cech; Graham, played by Jeremy Taylor, and Louise, portrayed by Tamara Smart. Playing the wicked ringmaster of the Carnival of Doom, Mr Tophat, is Rafael Casal.
As for season 2, it’s hard to tell who will make the cut as the makers are playing cards close to their chest. Check this space in case there’s an official update on who will be in the next season.
Episodes in the second season of the miniseries
The original iteration of the series, which ran for five consecutive seasons from 1990-1996, carried 13-episode frames; a format that was continued in its revival, which ran for two seasons from 1999-2000.
But, the news of the second season reboot didn’t reveal anything about the number of episodes. It will be interesting to see if the second season of Are You Afraid of the Dark? tell spine-chilling stories as a single-story series spread across the limited episodes, or if it will replicate the classic show and format itself as a weekly showcase of horror tales told by a repertory cast of Midnight Society members.
What is the show about?
The original Are You Afraid of the Dark? featured a group of teens who call themselves the Midnight Society. The group gathered weekly at a secret, secluded location in the forest, where each member narrated one creepy tale to the rest of the group. Meanwhile, fans got to see the dramatized versions of the story that ranged from legends, experiences, and folklore.
While some episodes gave viewers a happy ending, others ended in a twist or as open conclusions. To call the session a wrap, one member would put out the fire by pouring a bucket of water and said, “I declare this meeting of the Midnight Society closed”.
The miniseries also embraced a similar format and revolved around the members of the newly assembled Midnight Society, where one of the teens told the spooky story of the Carnival of Doom and its ringmaster, Mr Tophat. But what was supposed to be only a story, becomes even more terrifying when the events in the tale started bleeding into reality. Following which, the gang embarks on a nightmarish adventure to battle whatever awaits them.
How likely is it for the second season to follow the one-story format again? Will it break it down into the anthology format like the earlier seasons? Which format do you think is most well-suited? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.