1. Nickelodeon initially turned down the present, telling co-creators D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel that they “could not scare little youngsters,” in response to MacHale.
However after a brand new head of improvement took over a yr later and seemed on the Are You Afraid of the Darkish? pitch, they referred to as the duo “and requested why we weren’t doing the present,” MacHale instructed The Globe and Mail. “The concept of doing ‘horror lite,’ which is what Darkish? is, individuals cannot get their minds round it.”
2. In an try and get forward of any backlash from involved mother and father, the community requested the inventive workforce to base the tales off of basic literature.
“Nickelodeon may declare it is primarily based on basic lit: Daphne du Maurier, Edgar Allan Poe,” MacHale explained. “However by no means did we have now any complaints alongside these strains. We knew what the restrict was. You are not going to indicate blood, violence or depravity. You are going to present, ‘Oh my God! What’s behind that door?!’ We had been doing Hitchcock 101.”
3. The unique title of the present was Scary Tales, a play on fairy tales. “Nickelodeon truly stated, ‘We just like the present, however we do not just like the title. We want one thing that is extra distinctive, extra Nickelodeon-like,'” MacHale instructed Vulture.