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Night Stalker: Season 1: Episode 10 -- Kolchak is kidnapped by a man who thinks he is receiving messages.


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Kolchak and his partner, Perri, investigate his wife's mysterious murder and end up uncovering something much more disturbing...
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 14)

Stuart Townsend ... Carl Kolchak (10 episodes, 2005-2006)

Gabrielle Union ... Perri Reed (10 episodes, 2005-2006)

Eric Jungmann ... Jain McManus (10 episodes, 2005-2006)

Cotter Smith ... Tony Vincenzo (10 episodes, 2005-2006)

Series Directed by
Daniel Sackheim (2 episodes, 2005)
Series Writing credits
Jeffrey Grant Rice (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Frank Spotnitz (10 episodes, 2005-2006)

Gregory Storm (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Dan Curtis .... consulting producer (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Daniel Sackheim .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Frank Spotnitz .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Adam Armus .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Nora Kay Foster .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
John Peter Kousakis .... co-executive producer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Suzanne Lauer .... associate producer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Darin Morgan .... consulting producer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Robert Parigi .... co-producer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
William Schmidt .... consulting producer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Robert P. Cohen .... coordinating producer (6 episodes, 2005-2006)

Gary LaPoten .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Michael Wandmacher (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Cinematography by
Rick Maguire (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Robert Primes (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Film Editing by
Christopher Cooke (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Marta Evry (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sunny Hodge (3 episodes, 2005-2006)

Peter Keller (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Mia Levinson (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Production Design by
Bernard Hides (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Art Direction by
Alex Hajdu (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Set Decoration by
Shirley Starks (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Costume Design by
Victoria J. Auth (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Makeup Department
Debra Denson .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Matthew W. Mungle .... special make-up effects / special makeup effects artist (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Roddy Stayton .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Shutchai Tym Buacharern .... makeup artist: Gabrielle Union (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Kris Kobzina .... special make-up effects (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Bob Smithson .... contact lens technician (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Aaron Koons .... special make-up effects / makeup effects lab technician (3 episodes, 2005-2006)

Ruth Haney .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Rich Knight .... lifecast mold maker: W.M Creations (unknown episodes)
Glenn Pulliam .... special makeup effects crew (unknown episodes)
Robin Slater .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Clinton Wayne .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Robert P. Cohen .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael Cedar .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David K. Riebel .... second assistant director (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Rodney Allen Hooks .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Barry K. Thomas .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Anne Carroll .... second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2005)
Cecilia Sweatman .... second assistant director: second unit (2 episodes, 2005)

Yor-El Francis .... trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
Jay Torres .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Rudy Van Zyl .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Robert Scott Kyker .... property master (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael F. Loomer .... on-set dresser (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Lorin Flemming .... assistant art director (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Gaston Wurth .... set dresser (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Andre Sowards .... on-set dresser (3 episodes, 2005)
Abigail Sheiner .... art department coordinator (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Don Bracken .... props (2 episodes, 2005)

Steve Park .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Joe Earle .... re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Victor Iorillo .... sound supervisor (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Richard Lightstone .... production sound mixer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Gabriel Cubos .... boom operator (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer (3 episodes, 2005-2006)

Kevin Roache .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Kelly Kerby .... special effects coordinator (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Eric Coon .... special effects technician (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Al Marangoni .... special effects foreman (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ken Rudell .... special effects foreman (2 episodes, 2005-2006)

Jonathan Kombrinck .... pyrotechnician (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Tim Jacobsen .... visual effects producer (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Stunts
Danny Weselis .... stunt coordinator (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Angela Meryl .... stunt double: Gabrielle Union (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jared S. Eddo .... lead stunt double (2 episodes, 2005)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jules Labarthe .... camera operator (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael Pizzuto .... key grip (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Corwin A. Bibb .... chief lighting technician (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Onofrio Nino Pansini .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Bill Greenberg .... electrician (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael Maloney .... grip (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jimmie R. Owens .... grip (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Robert Stenger .... first assistant camera (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Geoffrey Haley .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2005)
Scott Fieldsteel .... rigging gaffer (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Martin Reder .... lighting technician (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Deron Tse .... grip / additional grip: second unit (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
David Dowell .... first assistant camera (3 episodes, 2006)
Michael Chambliss .... hot head technician / remote head technician (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Andrea Ruane .... dolly grip (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Louis DiCesare .... chief lighting technician (2 episodes, 2006)

Brian Bernstein .... additional camera operator (unknown episodes)
Kristen Eccker .... second assistant camera: second unit (unknown episodes)
Brian S. Osmond .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
L. Andrew Sigler .... grip (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Michele Short .... casting associate (8 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia McLaughlin .... costume supervisor (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Brooke Fein .... set costumer (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Miranda Kelley .... set costumer (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Maria Lorenzana .... costumer (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Editorial Department
Jonathan Thornhill .... post-production coordinator (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Erin Dodgen .... colorist: dailies (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jimmy Hill .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dana B. Wilson .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Peter Keller .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Geofrey Hildrew .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2006)

Brian Sherwin .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music supervisor (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Micha Liberman .... music editor (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Philip Glass .... theme by (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Susie Bench .... orchestrator (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Series Transportation Department
Steve Duncan .... transportation coordinator (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Joe Meylor .... transportation captain (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jack Jay Reece .... driver: production van / production van driver (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Tim Sisson .... transportation captain (3 episodes, 2005)
Series Other crew
Jana Fain .... production associate (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Simran Baidwan .... production staff (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Noah Baylin .... executive story editor (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Nancy Mosher Hall .... production coordinator (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Thu Pham .... production staff (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Thomas Schnauz .... executive story editor (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Adam Sussman .... story editor (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Tricia Ronten .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Mark L. Ruberg .... script coordinator / production staff (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Peter Sands .... location manager (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Thane Watkins .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Natasha McGough .... production staff (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Katherine Kousakis .... office production assistant / production staff (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dan Harder .... production medic (4 episodes, 2005)
Gabrielle Glorious .... first assistant accountant (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Erin A. Ramos .... production staff (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Cheryl D. Sims .... payroll accountant (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jason K. Smith .... production staff (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Austin Wright .... accounting clerk (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Charles Fagin .... assistant location manager (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Valerie E. Norman .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sabrina Somma .... additional medic (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Christian Breiding .... production staff (2 episodes, 2005)

Michael Chambliss .... hot head technician/operator (unknown episodes)
Liz Gaffney .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
Melanie E. Gonzalez .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Nicole Marostica .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Omar McClinton .... post-production finance: Touchstone Television (unknown episodes)
Richard G. Orozco .... key assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Nik Perleros .... additional set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Samuel Proof .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jon Recher .... key set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Huey Redwine .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Ben Shelton .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Matt Tulve .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Scott C. Williman .... pre-rigger (unknown episodes)
Mari Wilson .... additional script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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60 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
ABC's bloodless "Night Stalker", 1 October 2005
Author: Thomas_Veil from Cleveland

When the show was first announced it sounded promising, mostly because producer Frank Spotnitz was a veteran of "The X Files"...and as we all know, several "X Files" veterans were big fans of the original "Night Stalker" movies and series.

Now, whenever a cultural icon is reinvented for a new era, one always expects a few changes. I don't think we were expecting this many.

Carl Kolchak, as you may recall, was a down-on-his-luck loner, a middle-aged, average-looking has-been reporter whose primary positive qualities were his investigative skills, his tenacity and his flair for mocking authority. He had a part buddy/ part adversarial (mostly the latter) relationship with his boss, Tony Vincenzo. The adversarial part of their relationship came to a head when Kolchak came upon the story that first piqued his interest in the supernatural: a killer who appeared to be an actual vampire. The police, not wanting to look stupid, were not about to admit that there really might be things that go bump in the night running around their city...and Vincenzo (being not exactly akin to Ben Bradlee) was only too happy to quash the story in order to keep the authorities happy. This, of course, rubbed Kolchak the wrong way. Kolchak was dedicated to getting the truth out, no matter what.

Well, that brings us to the new Kolchak.

In ABC's latest incarnation, Kolchak is changed almost beyond recognition. Now he is young, good-looking and morose. He no longer seems to have arguments with Vincenzo. Most surprisingly, perhaps...he was married. His wife was killed by one of these bumpy-night-things, and now he pursues stories about them. Instead of operating alone, he's joined by his partner Peri and staff photographer Jain.

This makes for an awfully weird feel. Watching a young, handsome Kolchak investigate a story with his capable partner Peri and wide-eyed photographer Jain, you get the feeling you're actually in Metropolis with Clark, Lois and Jimmy.

Those changes alone are enough to alienate a number of the "Night Stalker" faithful. But there's an underlying feeling, a style, that's also very different from the original books, movies and series.

Whereas the "old" Kolchak used to narrate events in a snappy, factual way, Spotnitz has fallen back into his "X Files" habit of just using opening and closing narration which, even then, is more on the philosophical than factual side. It's a change that removes a considerable amount of the pacing and realism from the show. And if you're looking for the old Kolchak who had a smart mouth and was ever quick with a quip...forget it. He's not here. This Kolchak is more moody than mouthy.

Even the music is languid. In the original movies, the score was jazzy yet kind of morbid, a style that fit the stories to a T. Here, you'll find music more like what you'd hear on...well, "The X Files".

Then there's the Vincenzo thing. "Old" Kolchak had to battle not only the authorities but his boss. This one is clearly Kolchak's pal, which removes half the conflict from the show. Believe it or not, there are none of those wonderful Kolchak-Vincenzo screaming matches here. Instead, we're offered an FBI agent who wants to pin the death of Kolchak's wife on Kolchak himself. Shades of The Fugitive. (Ironically, the agent's name is Fain. Bernie Fain was an FBI agent buddy of Kolchak's in the original novel.)

One truly bizarre feature of the show: this Kolchak drives a newish yellow Mustang and lives in a penthouse suite with a built-in swimming pool. Give me a break!

The true test of whether this is a worthy "Night Stalker" or not is...if you removed the title from the show, and changed the names of the characters to Smith and Jones...would anybody recognize it? Chances are, beyond the fact that the stories are supernatural and the hero works at a newspaper, no, you would not. Kolchak no longer resembles Kolchak, either figuratively or literally.

The one bright spot in the show was a digitally-inserted "in-joke" in which Darren McGavin, replete with seersucker suit and straw hat, was inserted into the foreground of a shot of the newsroom. Unfortunately, it served only to remind the viewer of the big difference between the original Kolchak and Spotnitz's Kolchak.

And finally -- without giving away spoilers -- there's the puzzling shot of Kolchak's hand at the end of the episode which ties in with the murder of his wife. That was just weird.

The fault does not all lie with Frank Spotnitz. In a TV Guide interview, he stated that the "mission" aspect of the show -- finding the killer of Kolchak's wife -- was inserted at the insistence of the suits at ABC, who felt Kolchak needed a stronger motivation for going after ghoulies and ghosties. Nevertheless, this "Night Stalker" does not have the jazzy music, the narration, the pacing or the comic patter -- in other words, the feel -- of the original. It looks more like "The X Files" than "The Night Stalker".

Oh well. It's not a bad show. It just should've been much, much better.

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