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Night Stalker 

Investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, who's after his wife's killer, Carl's partners Perri Reed and Jain McManus and their boss Tony Vincenzo investigate strange crimes in L.A. that may or may not have dark supernatural elements to them.

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Series cast summary:
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, Carl's partners Perri Reed and Jain McManus and their boss Tony Vincenzo investigate strange crimes in L.A. that may or may not have dark supernatural elements to them.

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29 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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Kynigos tis nyhtas See more »

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Cancelled after six episodes aired. The show got picked up by Syfy Channel, which aired the episodes that ABC didn't air. 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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Get This Impostor Outta Here!!!
1 October 2005 | by MadTomSee all my reviews

Okay. I understand that Chris Carter and his *The X-Files* crew were inspired by the original *Kolchak: The Night Stalker* TV movies and series. I understand that Frank Spotnitz, the head writer for the 2005 *Night Stalker*, was a member of Carter's X-Files crew. I also understand that Darren McGavin is in his 80s and ailing, and even if he were in perfect health he'd be too old to reprise the role of Carl Kolchak.

I'm a pushing-50 baby boomer who watched the original Kolchak movies on ABC's Movie of the Week when I was in high school and watched the one season of *Kolchak: The Night Stalker* when I was in college. I'll even point out that I grew up watching reruns of George Reeves in *The Adventures of Superman*, and never had a problem accepting Jeff East, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain and now Tom Welling taking over the role of Clark Kent/Superman in his various subsequent incarnations. I wish I could say the same for Stuart Townsend's incarnation of Carl Kolchak, but I can't.

Inspiration and imitation do NOT equal replication. Kolchak may have inspired *The X-Files*, even to the point that Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz may have created a guest character for Darren McGavin in that show in tribute, but Spotnitz missed the mark completely on what Carl Kolchak was about. Kolchak was an irreverent, sarcastic and wisecracking rogue who could get knocked down but never out, who always got back up laughing, still irreverent and sarcastic and ready to keep swinging. Humor and irreverence were the lifeblood of the original Carl Kolchak, and Spotnitz sucked it out of this incarnation of Kolchak as thoroughly as Janos Skorzeny, Dracula, Nosferatu, Lestat or any other vampire who appeared on the big or small screen.

Many are touting *Night Stalker* as "the new X-Files," and I can't disagree with that; Stuart Townsend's Kolchak doesn't resemble Darren McGavin's original Kolchak so much as he does Fox Mulder-- if Mulder were taken off Prozac. It's obvious that the Generation Xers (pun definitely intended) like their TV shows about the supernatural dark, depressed and humorless; this show may be the new X-Files, but don't try to pass it off as the new *Kolchak: The Night Stalker*!

Somebody stake this vampire before it hurts anyone!


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