Because Don Stroud, who played Mike Hammer's friend and police contact Pat Chambers in the previous Mike Hammer series, was disfigured by a mugger who stabbed him several times that the producers created the character of Skip Gleason as a replacement. See more »
I must disagree with TC-4. The "grittiness" he describes, I would call "cheap".
I think the original CBS series of 1983-87 was superior to this one. With Don Stroud as Pat Chambers, Donna Denton as "The Face" Lindsay Bloom as Velda and the other regular supporting actors, it was a class act all around.
While Shannon Whirry makes a tasty Velda, the rest of this production was just a bargain-basement attempt at bringing back a good series. Obviously, it didn't work, with so few episodes shot.
Stacy Keach was good as always, but I miss his previous co-stars.
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