US tv series (2005). Touchstone Television/Big Light Productions for ABC tv. Created by Frank Spotnitz; produced by Lori-Etta Taub, Gary LaPoten. Cast includes Eric Jungmann, Stuart Townsen and Gabrielle Union. Directors included Rob Bowman, Dave Sarafian, Tony Wharmby. Writers included Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, William Schmidt. Ten 50-minute episodes. Colour.
This short-lived series was both a remake of and a sequel to the original series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975), with the new Carl Kolchak being a nephew of the Darren McGavin character. Kolchak's wife – also an investigative reporter – dies mysteriously, leading him into a series of investigations which reveal numerous killings and bizarre phenomena. Owing to Kolchak's pairing with Union as his more-sceptical partner, this series perhaps slightly too closely resembled The X-Files, with which Spotnitz was also involved. The final two episodes were not released until the programme saw home video release. [GFi]
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