1. Nickelodeon initially turned down the present, telling co-creators D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel that they “could not scare little children,” in keeping with MacHale.
However after a brand new head of growth took over a yr later and seemed on the Are You Afraid of the Darkish? pitch, they known as the duo “and requested why we weren’t doing the present,” MacHale informed The Globe and Mail. “The thought of doing ‘horror lite,’ which is what Darkish? is, individuals cannot get their minds round it.”
2. In an try to get forward of any backlash from involved dad and mom, the community requested the artistic workforce to base the tales off of traditional literature.
“Nickelodeon might declare it is primarily based on traditional 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 point out 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 really mentioned, ‘We just like the present, however we do not just like the title. We’d like one thing that is extra distinctive, extra Nickelodeon-like,'” MacHale informed Vulture.