November 15, 2005

Night Stalker: Canceled

It was revealed this past Sunday on Frank Spotnitz's official blog, Big Light Productions, that Night Stalker has been canceled. I came to discover this fact while I was making my weekly perusal through, putting together my weekly viewing schedule.

Night Stalker lasted a total of 6 episodes. It is unclear whether any more of the completed episodes will air. I am not sure how many episodes have been completed, but there is at least one, as the last aired episode, "The Source", was the first half of a two part arc dealing with Kolchak and his deceased wife.

I cannot claim to be a fan of the show, but I did watch all 6 of the aired episodes. I thought the concept was good, but the execution not so. I didn't find the leads to be all that compelling, although I kept coming back hoping that it would get better. I guess I don't have to worry about that anymore.

My only experience with the original series was with the two TV movies, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler. One day I will watch the series, only then will I be able to fully appreciate the impact it had on shows like The X-Files.

I like Stuart Townsend, but his glum and dour portrayal of Kolchak is not terribly interesting. He is all one note, there is no depth to the character. His partner in crime, portrayed by Gabrielle Union, is not much better. Her character bugged me from the start. I find it funny that the reporter character would be so quick to right off the bigger story out of hand and not be interested in actually investigating. I have nothing against Ms. Union, as she has been good in other roles.

I should probably stop now. Not being a big fan of the show, I may not be the best person to be writing about its demise. I know how I felt upon hearing of Arrested Development's impending demise from last week. I do feel bad for Frank Spotnitz who has not had terribly good luck after The X-Files, having worked on some other shows I have liked with short shelf lives, such as Millennium, Harsh Realm, and Lone Gunmen.


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