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Night Stalker 

Investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, who's after his wife's killer, teams up with Perri Reed, Jain McManus, and their boss Tony Vincenzo to investigate strange crimes in Los Angeles that may contain dark supernatural elements.

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Frank Spotnitz
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2006   2005  

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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
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Investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, who's after his wife's killer, teams up with Perri Reed, Jain McManus, and their boss Tony Vincenzo to investigate strange crimes in Los Angeles that may contain dark supernatural elements.

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There are things in the dark, things adults deny but children are right to fear. See more »


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TV-PG
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Linda Caleca, a character in the episode "The Sea," is named after creator Frank Spotnitz's first boss when he was a news reporter in Indianapolis. Victor was also the real life Linda's husband, as in the show. See more »

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Referenced in The X-Files: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster (2016) See more »

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Vladimir's Blues
Written by Max Richter
Performed by Max Richter
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The New Night Stalker may cause Brain Damage
16 October 2005 | by Stalker74See all my reviews

This new Night Stalker totally sucks from every angle that you can possibly consider.

I don't like any of the actors. This Scooby Doo Gang has no chemistry, and having a bunch of people investigating and interviewing everyone kills any suspense or scares. None of them has any wit, they lack charm, and they are just lifeless pretty models. They look brain-dead.

Even in the X-Files, Scully and Muldur used to split up to do different parts of an investigation. In this new Night Stalker, the three clowns seem to be umbilically connected and can never do anything alone. They even interview people together. Having three people constantly chatting away destroys any possible suspense. There aren't any scary moments in this series.

This Night Stalker is so predictable that it makes "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock" seem great by comparison. Even worse than being predictable is the fact that it is very boring. No spunk, no energy, no bright ideas, no wit. None of the actors is ever seen reacting to a situation.

The original series was full of (Darren McGavin) Kolchack reacting to the unexpected. Sometimes it was for comic-relief, and other times it was a real threat. But Kolchak was always improvising and getting out of trouble. This new Kolchak (Stuart Townsend) is dull and witless. You can imagine that he has a GPS in his car and one of those systems so he can call the GPS company and ask them how to get to Wal-Mart.

Townsend is a dreadfully dull actor. The only thing worse is the moronic grinning of Gabrielle Union, one of Townsend's sidekicks (he had three in the last episode I watched, #3). Another guy plays the role of Jimmy Olsen, doofus photographer (with a haircut from Special Ed class). Then there is the new guy, a college reporter (I guess they want to rip-off Smallville too?).

The stories are all clearly rip-offs of either the X-Files, Angel, Buffy, or any combination of those shows (maybe even Smallville?). It would not surprise me if the writers had dusted off some old scripts and just changed the names to fit this new series.

I have seen all three shows so far, and frankly it was hard to sit through them. They were the most boring tripe that I have seen on television in several years. Even the remake of Kojak was a lot better than this. The original Buck Rogers and the 25th Century was better than this. Even Mr. Ed, Lassie, Flipper, and Gentle Ben (the show with the bears) was better than this. The new Night Stalker is painful to watch. It probably causes brain damage.


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29 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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