- "There is a reason so many people fear the dark. For untold centuries darkness has concealed the nightmares which plague the hearts of men. Beware the dark hours for they belong to an ancient foe..."
- ―show tagline
Shadowkin was a supernatural horror drama series hosted on Zephyr. It was featured in a prime-time slot from March 15th 2006 until October 31st 2013 with a total of ten seasons. Due to its horror nature the series was given an R18 rating due to its use of graphic violence, coarse language, adult themes and sexual content. It attracted a cult-like following among viewers in their twenties and early thirties with many fans protesting the end of the series.
It was primarily based in the fictional mountain town of Twin Pines in northern San Andreas. But in a number of episodes the series visited larger cities and towns as the storyline required. The narrative followed the primary protagonist Emily Gardener as she investigated the mysterious brutal murder of her older brother and his new wife. As her investigations deepened Emily attracted the attention of the shadowy and pale-skinned Viktor Sala, an initial antagonist who later became a deuteragonist, a Romanian immigrant and "newblood" vampire who goes on to become her greatest ally in her pursuit of vengeance. He initially tries to feed on and turn Emily but later befriends her after she spares his life.
Shadowkin was a "hit show" with fanatically loyal fans and an active fan-fiction writing community. It came to an end on Halloween 2013 with an hour long finale that wrapped up the storyline in a way that pleased fans. However, the series creator Jeremy Kierson has hinted at a sequel or prequel series to be released on an undisclosed date.
The series follows the life of Emily Gardener as she investigates the brutal unsolved murders of her brother and his young wife. After discovering strange markings at the crime scene and unexplained wounds on the bodies Emily begins a personal investigation that sees her delve into Twin Pine's dark and bloody past. She searches for the truth behind her brother's death unaware that she is constantly being stalked by what a small group of locals call the "Cold Ones".
Unsatisfied with the official explanation for the murders, that are swept under the carpet as a murder-suicide, Emily continues her hunt for information thrusting herself headlong into a world of darkness and bloody horror. Her suspicions are aroused when, one-by-one, the police officers and investigators involved in her brother's murder case disappear only to turn up days later brutally mutilated in posed positions. Emily soon realizes that anyone remotely connected to her brother's case is being targeted and brutally murdered - or fed on...
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- Shadowkin is a parody of popular vampire-themed shows such as "The Vampire Diaries" and "True Blood." However, it is much darker and more violent that these shows staying true the the vampire-horror genre. It began as a single pilot episode presented to Vector Networks by an amateur scriptwriter. Developed into a full series it has become one of WCN's highest performing shows propelling its creator to fame seemingly overnight. It has attracted an immensely loyal fan-base in the young adult age bracket with a spin-off rumoured to be in development.
- It is currently broadcast into in New Zealand and Australia in a prime-time television time slots following an exclusive broadcast contract between Vector Networks and local satellite television companies. It quickly became highly popular with these audiences as well further expanding the show's success.
- Vector Networks has announced that Shadowkin will end after the tenth season. The twelfth and final episode of the tenth season is to be an hour long series finale which will bring the storyline of the series to a highly emotional conclusion. However, the network has hinted at the possibility of a spin-off series with limited teaser content leaked online. Fans of the series are bitterly divided over the looming finale with some expressing dismayed frustration and others looking forward to fitting end to the six-year series. Both fan groups have expressed excitement at the possibility of a spin-off based on the original series.