Some thoughts about the dead on “All Hallow’s Eve”-
Noticed a new twist on ‘type casting’ watching TV recently. Catching the first few episodes of “Desperate Housewives” (could be subtitled “sex in suburbia” but it is developing into some sort of mystery/intrigue show) one of the neighborhood wives starts the series by committing suicide then returns each week in flashbacks or as the narrator as the other women that knew her try to understand why she died. The actress playing the “dead” housewife character also plays a similar role in the series ‘Everwood’ where she is the deceased wife of Dr. Andrew Brown (Treat Williams) often appearing in flashbacks or fantasy conversations with Dr. Brown. Will she ever play a “live” role?
This reminded me of my favorite late 60’s soap opera, “Dark Shadows”. In this series, the problem of what to do when killing off a character (the main character was a vampire so it happened often) had a unique twist. The actor who had played the role of the recently deceased simply came back as the character’s ghost or the ghost of a long dead relative or as a “live” character in one of the many flashbacks.