Night Stalker

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Night Stalker
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Developed by: James Jordan
Genre: Drama / Horror
Running Time: One Hour (50-60 Pages)
Format: Script / PDF
Current Season: Season Two
Status: Airing
Number of Episodes: 30
Series Premiere: October 3rd 2007
Network: MZP

Night Stalker is a virtual continuation of the ABC television series that ran for six weeks in the Fall of 2005. The series stars Stuart Townsend as Carl Kolchak, an investigative reporter whose wife was mysteriously killed. Kolchak spends his time investigating other strange deaths, believing they are linked in some way to his wife's murder. He is helped along the way by fellow crime reporter Perri Reed (Gabrielle Union), photographer Jain McManus (Eric Jungmann) and editor Anthony Vincenzo (Cotter Smith).

Night Stalker is a reimagining of the 1974 series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Touchstone Television owned the rights to the original TV movies, but not the Universal TV series, and were limited to using only the characters that had appeared in those movies. Its premiere episode aired on Thursday September 29th at 9 PM, but the series was cancelled after six episodes due to low ratings. However, the Sci-Fi Channel subsequently showed all ten filmed episodes during the summer of 2006. Two additional scripts were in pre-production at the time of cancellation, but never made it before the cameras.

The virtual continuation picks up where those twelve episodes left off, completing the first season before pressing on with a second. It incorporates many of the ideas and planned storylines revealed by Frank Spotnitz while fusing them with original concepts and plots. It is produced by Triple Five Productions and currently airs all new episodes on Thursdays at virtual network MZP.

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Genesis

Night Stalker was originally pitched to BVC by James Jordan as his follow-up project to Millennium VS5 which completed its run there in July 2007. Jordan wrote a "second-pilot" and presented it to the network as part of its first (and eventually only) pilot season. The series was provisionally picked up and slated to air on BVC's Fall schedule of 2007.

However, as production began, other shows lined up to begin or return in the Fall season were delayed or abandoned. As a result, there was nothing to support Night Stalker on the schedule, and the network decided to delay all premieres until the following January. BVC executives subsequently decided to implement a policy in which all future series would air exclusively in a period from January to June and never during the Fall. Unhappy with the direction the network was taking and the affect it would have on his creative vision for the show, Jordan decided to pull Night Stalker from BVC and it was agreed to move production over to sister network MZP by mutual consent. BVC never aired new material and the network later shut down entirely in 2008.

Night Stalker premiered at MZP on Wednesday October 3rd 2007 with a reworked version of the pilot script originally written for BVC.

Season 1.5

Season 1.5 is envisioned as the latter half of the original run cut short by ABC, yet also designed to function independently to new audiences unfamiliar with the cancelled television series. It comprised 10 original episodes, running from October to December 2007. They serve as a self-contained body with no prior knowledge required, but when viewed in context with the 10 filmed episodes and 2 unproduced professional scripts, they can also be seen to form a complete first season of 22 episodes.

Season 2

Season 2 comprises 20 episodes and premiered on October 2nd 2008. The virtual series moved to Thursdays as of the start of its second season to match up with the day the original show aired on ABC. Season 1.5 aired on Wednesdays so that the Halloween-themed episode "House of Kolchak" could go out on October 31st.

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