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<span style='font-size:16pt;line-height:100%'>Thursdays, 9/8c</span>

There are things in the dark, things adults deny but children are right to fear

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FROM Sci-Fi Wire

12:00 AM, 28-JULY-05

Townsend Stalks Kolchak Role

Stuart Townsend, who stars in ABC's upcoming update of The Night Stalker, told SCI FI Wire that creator Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) hasn't told him much about the mythology behind the new show. "Frank's been very evasive," Townsend said in an interview at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. "He explained the concept minimally. And that really excited me, and I wanted to know more, but in a way I want to respect that he's still formulating in his mind."

Townsend (Queen of the Damned, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) plays Carl Kolchak, a character originated by Darren McGavin in a string of television movies and a short-lived series in the 1970s. Kolchak is a newspaper reporter who specializes in stories of the unexplained. The new series will delve into investigations of various phenomena, with a backdrop of a grander mystery to be slowly unraveled.

Though Spotnitz, once a reporter himself, hasn't shared the secrets of the show with Townsend, he has worked with him to develop the character of Kochak. "We talk about character, and I can use his experience as a journalist as well," Townsend said. "But it's not like a movie where you go, 'That's your script, here's your character.' This will be the first time where every week my character will grow, and I'll learn more about the character as I go along and I'm kind of excited about that."

Townsend added that he's made his own suggestions about how he envisions the character. "I hope he's written that he can be quite ruthless when necessary, because I like that," he said. "I want him to have an edge. Every week I hope that sometimes you'll really like Kolchak and sometimes you're not sure about him. And I like that ambiguity in a protagonist. As Frank said, I don't think you've seen that much in TV. And I look forward to maybe being the bad guy or the good guy and kind of [oscillating] between them." Night Stalker premieres Thursday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

12:00 AM, 29-JULY-05

McGavin Makes Stalker Cameo

Darren McGavin, who starred as Carl Kolchak in the 1970s Night Stalker made-for-television movies, was digitally inserted into the season premiere of the updated version, which airs on ABC this fall. Executive producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) told SCI FI Wire that the cameo was his tribute to the original character. "I was intent on doing it," Spotnitz said in an interview at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. "It was not cheap to do, but it was very important to me to do that because I loved him. And I got to meet him doing The X-Files, because I cast him in that. And I loved the show so much, I just felt like you needed that respect to him in the pilot. So we went and we looked at every shot at him in the original Night Stalker movie. And we looked for shots that were lit and could be framed properly to insert into the newsroom, and got the negative out of a vault and digitized it and put it in there."

McGavin's appearance isn't the only reference to the original that can be seen in the pilot of the new series, according to Spotnitz. "You'll see some other little nods to Darren McGavin in the pilot," he said in a panel session. "I don't want to give them all away, but there is a straw hat somewhere in there."

The new Night Stalker stars Stuart Townsend as Kolchak, a newspaper reporter who investigates unexplained phenomena. Unlike his predecessor, Townsend will not be wearing a straw hat, Spotnitz said. Night Stalker will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Sept. 29.

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FROM TV GUIDE: The Insider

Conjuring the Ghost of Kolchak Past

by Frank Spotnitz, series executive producer

I was watching last Thursday night, as I know a lot of you were. In what is arguably the toughest time slot in prime time, Night Stalker [airing at 9 pm/ET] had a strong premiere, drawing 7.1 million viewers and giving ABC its best numbers at that hour in more than five years. That, along with great reviews from some major newspapers like the New York Times and New York Post, made for a very encouraging start.

For me, it was also the climax to a long journey. If you read the article in TV Guide (and TVGuide.com) a few weeks back, you know that this project began for me in the summer of 2004, when Touchstone Television called to ask if I'd be interested in developing a new series based on the original The Night Stalker TV-movie from 1972.

To my mind, that was

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Damn missed it!...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr , my Mother (yes I have one I wasnt hatched) and I used to watch the old NS, this one looks 5 times as good! hope they do an encore of the premiere.

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Did you miss an episode?

Check out this Kolchak: Night Stalker Marathon

Courtesy of: SCI-FI.COM, SCHEDULE

Tuesday, December 6, 2005: SCI-FI channel

8:00 AM KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER THE WEREWOLF

9:00 AM KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER THE DEVIL'S PLATFORM

10:00 AM KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER BAD MEDICINE

11:00 AM KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER THE ZOMBIE

12:00 PM KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER THE VAMPIRE

1:00 PM KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER THE RIPPER

2:00 PM KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER THE SPANISH MOSS MURDERS

3:00 PM KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER THEY HAVE BEEN, THEY ARE, THEY WILL BE

NOTICE.....SOME TIMES ARE AM Set your TIVO's or VCR's

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The above post must be reruns of the old Night Stalker.

Sorry to post this one but...

Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

LIGHTS OUT: ABC has pulled the plug on its low-rated Night Stalker update. Exec producer Frank Spotnitz confirmed the news on his personal website. "It is with regret that I confirm Night Stalker has been canceled," he said. "While I

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The above post must be reruns of the old Night Stalker.

Sorry to post this one but...

Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

LIGHTS OUT: ABC has pulled the plug on its low-rated Night Stalker update. Exec producer Frank Spotnitz confirmed the news on his personal website. "It is with regret that I confirm Night Stalker has been canceled," he said. "While I

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Courtesy of: ZAP2IT.COM

Sci Fi Breathes Life into 'Night Stalker'

Monday, December 12, 2005

01:37 PM PT

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"Night Stalker," which lasted but seven weeks on ABC this fall, will get some new life next year thanks to the Sci Fi Channel.

The cable network has acquired rights to the entire series, which includes three episodes that never made it onto the air. Sci Fi will air all 10 episodes sometime next summer.

"Night Stalker" joins a roster of genre shows on Sci Fi that have been discarded by broadcast networks. The channel enjoyed success with "Firefly" repeats earlier this year and has also served as a second home for shows like "Now & Again" and "Roar" in the past.

The pickup of "Night Stalker" means that Sci Fi will now own both versions of the show. The network also airs episodes of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," the 1970s cult favorite on which the new show was based.

The new "Night Stalker," which starred Stuart Townsend as Carl Kolchak, a reporter with a nose for the supernatural, and Gabrielle Union, had a rough go this fall airing opposite the No. 1 show on TV, CBS' "CSI." It averaged a scant 5.26 million viewers in its time on the air.

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Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, ASK AUSIELLO

Question: Any chance that Sci Fi Channel will do a Night Stalker wrap-up movie?

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Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

NIGHT LIFE: Three previously unseen episodes of ABC's Night Stalker series, which was yanked off the air last fall after seven outings, now are available for download at Apple's iTunes Music Store for $1.99 each. Emily's Reasons Why Not will take a bit longer, as interns are still sifting through the burned masters.

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Courtesy of: ZAP2IT

'Night Stalker' Rises Again

Thanks to DVD and a run on Sci Fi, ABC's short-lived remake gets more life

By Kate O'Hare

June 6 2006

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'Night Stalker's' Stuart Townsend and Gabrielle Union

LOS ANGELES -- In the olden days of television, when a show was canceled after only a few episodes, it was tossed in the dustbin of history, never to see the light of a TV screen again. Now in the age of cable channels and DVD box sets, even a premature death is no impediment to a rewarding afterlife.

On May 30, Walt Disney Video released "Night Stalker: The Complete Series," a boxed set of all 10 produced episodes of the ABC series "Night Stalker," which premiered in Sept. 2005. It was a re-imagined version of an unpublished novel by Jeff Rice and two 1970s TV movies, "The Night Stalker" and "The Night Strangler," which starred Darren McGavin as monster-hunting newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak.

In the new version, handsome Irish actor Stuart Townsend took on the role of Kolchak, who was still investigating the bizarre, but this time with a far more personal twist because of the mysterious murder of his wife.

Also on the DVD are four unaired episodes and two unproduced scripts: "Ascendant," by Melissa and Joy Blake, and "The 'M' Word," by the reclusive Darin Morgan, who won an Emmy for his "X-Files" script "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose."

Also, Sci Fi Channel starts airing the series beginning Friday, July 28.

Frank Spotnitz, who was an executive producer on "The X-Files," created the new "Night Stalker" and says, "It's bittersweet. I'm thrilled they're putting it out on DVD, and I'm thrilled to be on Sci Fi Channel, but more than that, I wanted the show to continue. It's a great disappointment, because you put everything you have into the thing. I believed in it. It's frustrating to not be able to follow through on your vision.

"And I finally got Darin Morgan back in television, finally got him to finish a script, and the day after he turned it in, we got canceled."

Although he'll never know exactly why "Night Stalker" was canceled, Spotnitz feels that a lack of promotion, combined with a weak lead-in in "Alias," and the Thursday, 9 p.m. ET, time slot, contributed to the demise.

"'CSI' was the highest rated drama in television," says Spotnitz of his direct competition. "As it turned out, not only did we have an incompatible lead-in, but our audience is their audience, so it was just brutal."

Spotnitz is aware of some of the criticisms of the show, starting with the casting of Townsend, who couldn't be more different from the rumpled McGavin.

"My whole thing was," Spotnitz says, "'I'm not trying to do what Darren McGavin did, because I'll fail.' You can't do Darren McGavin better than Darren McGavin. The direction the show went in is so completely different.

"If you watch the second part of the two-parter ['The Source' and 'The Sea'], you see where the mythology of the show was going, and you see that Stuart was perfect for this. He's young and good-looking and charming, but is he good? Is he good or evil?

"Stuart, I think, was a home run for that, but it's a tough thing when you're doing a remake. You get people to check you out because of the title, but you're trying to complete with their fond memories of a beloved title. That's a double-edged sword, to be sure."

Speaking of the McGavin original, it became an ABC series that lasted barely longer than the newer edition, leading one to wonder if there's a fatal flaw in the concept.

"I would like to think that's not why we didn't make it," Spotnitz says. "I thought there was a lot to recommend in the show and a lot of reasons to stick with it. I made that case as forcibly as I could. Also, a lot of other people at the network and at the studio felt the same thing. It just was a battle we couldn't win."

On the subject of battles, Spotnitz relates one example from his "Night Stalker" experience: "Believe it or not, after the show was ordered, I was told they didn't want any monsters in the show, which was kind of jaw-dropping to me, because if anybody knows the 'Night Stalker' title, more than anything it's about monsters.

"I didn't want my monsters to be cheesy, but I did want monsters. As a result, in the testing we did, we didn't have monsters, but the human villains we came up with were, in some ways, scarier than monsters would have been.

"It's one of those things where, maybe if we'd had the monsters I wanted ... this is when you get into the game of 'what ifs,' which is not a good game to play."

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