Most cities have their curses. In Torrance, residents live with refineries. Inglewood and Playa del Rey dwellers get airplane noise. In Irwindale, it's the gravel pits.
So what do neighbors of Burbank's Media District, with the headquarters of several television and movie studios, have to put up with?
Oh, demonstrators carrying miniature coffins and wearing false vampire teeth parading in front of NBC Studios, out for blood.
More than 40 never-say-undead fans of "Dark Shadows," the recently revived--and then dropped again--version of the 1960s cult hit, rallied Wednesday to demand that NBC resurrect the vampire soap opera yet again. Demonstrators in vampire gear swooped down on the corner of Alameda and Olive avenues with protest signs, hoping to leave a mark--um, impression--on network executives.
NBC broadcast the last of 13 scheduled "Dark Shadows" episodes Friday, and the Nielsen ratings appear to have driven a stake in its heart this time, ranking it 64th among 83 shows in its final week.