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Friday, July 28th, 2006
12:30 pm
Nightstalker Repeats On Sci-Fi!
Hey, it's me! Hasn't been any Nightstalker-related stuff just lately...but I thought you folks might be interested to know that Sci-Fi is starting to show the 10 eps of Nightstalker (Townsend version) tonight at 7pm (central time). They'll be showing the pilot (1st) episode. Episode 2 is scheduled to air next Friday at 7pm. Right now (through 3pm,central) they're showing several of the eps of the old 70's series (McGavin). Just thought you might like to know that.
Monday, June 12th, 2006
10:02 pm
Nightstalker Eps On Sci-Fi
Just wanted to give everybody an FYI about the new series. I just learned (courtesy to tns05) that the Sci Fi Channel will begin airing the 10 episodes of the new Nightstalker series (the one w/ Stuart Townsend) starting on Friday, July 28th.</a> So, those lucky folks out there w/ the Sci Fi Channel...there's something to look forward to.
Sunday, June 11th, 2006
7:59 pm
K:TNS Marathon on Sci-Fi!!
Just wanted to let you guys know that there will be a Kolchak: The Nightstalker marathon on Sci-Fi Channel on June 16th. They will be showing 7 episodes in a row, beginning at 7am (that's Central Daylight Time). Keep in mind this is the old series from the 19 70's; not the newer version. I haven't heard/seen when Sci-Fi will begin airing the 10 eps from the new series.
Thursday, June 1st, 2006
6:23 pm
Nightstalker DVD Released/Episode 7
Hey...it's me. Long time no see/hear/write (I think my last post here was around April 13th). Anyway, yesterday was the scheduled release date for the Nightstalker DVD (I'm assuming it WAS released as scheduled; I hadn't heard any news to the contrary). So there's three different ways a person might get to view the eps: the DVD...download from I-Tunes...or watch them on Sci-Fi Channel (supposed to start airing them sometime this month, I think). Now the bad news...I don't have Sci-Fi. I can't down-load anything (Web-Tv). And I can't afford the DVD right now (nor do I have anything to play it on). But...at the same time, I don't want to stand in anybody's way if they feel like discussing the eps. So here's what we'll do: if you'd like to make a comment about Episode 7 (that would be Part 2 of that two-parter; the one w/ the bikers), then leave your comment in this post. The spoiler-thing is really a non-issue to me (at this point in time)...so you can say what ya like (no profanity, please). For others that don't want to be spoiled, don't read the comments to this post. That's simple. Well, catch ya later!
Thursday, April 13th, 2006
6:34 pm
This Community's Activity Level
Hi...it's me...brandnewconcept...you're maintainer for this community. As you might have noticed, there hasn't been a lot of action here (other than those posts dealing w/ the passing of Darren McGavin in February). I believe we've lost a couple of members recently, as well (a big "thank you" to those of you who have stayed). I WOULD like to change all of that (the activity level or lack-thereof). But with no new episodes currently being produced (and none planned, to the best of my knowledge)...there really isn't much to discuss! I'm open to discussing the other 4 episodes (the ones that did NOT air on network) when the Nightstalker DVD comes out around May 30th. But until then...does anybody have any suggestions about ways to keep this community more...alive? So far, I've only generated one idea and it goes like this: we all know that Sci-Fi Channel is airing all 10 episodes over the Summer. And, one may assume, based on the response/ratings of those airings, it's entirely possible that they might order up new episodes to be made. My idea was that members here might write up stories (or even general plot out-lines) using the characters from the series. Essentially, it would be like you were an ABC writer...creating the plot and everything for the next episode of Nightstalker!
Well, that's my idea (and, no, I haven't written anything like that yet). Any comments/opinions/suggestions?
Saturday, March 18th, 2006
12:00 pm
Update at DarrenMcGavin.Net
I just wanted to re-post the link to this site once again:


It's been updated as recently as March 16th (just two days ago, at this writing). It features a nice tribute/memorial column, with many informative items about Darren (and several things that weren't mentioned in my own tribute last month). It also has a nice synopsis of the funeral services which were held on March 5th. A few observations:

* It mentions Darren's actual birth-name was William Lyle Richardson (I, personally, didn't know that Darren McGavin was a pseudonym).

* It lists his place of birth as Spokane, Washington (so I guess I'll have to concede that IMDb's listing of San Joaquin, California is incorrect)

* The above also syncs w/ a 1973 TV-Guide interview where Darren recalls growing up in the Spokane area. I haven't read all of that particular interview but I've read excerpts where he describes living, as a teen, in abandoned warehouses in Tacoma, Washington. He also mentions that his parents "disappeared". Sounds (to me) like he had a rather rough child-hood.

* The funeral synopsis mentions the back-ground music. One of the numbers was of Darren, himself, singing "Shall We Dance" (he, apparently, was in a stage-production of "The King and I").
* On Darren's Tribute page, a fan/admirer mentions that Darren did an episode of "Tales from the Dark Side". I wasn't aware of that (I used to watch that show many years ago; that's an ep I'd like to see some time).

So pop on over there if you've got a few spare mintues. Also, be sure and click the link (upper-left corner) on that page labeled Darren's Tribute. It mainly has some nice e-mails/notes from many of Darren's fans and admirers.

addendum: Here's the link, at IMDb, to the page describing the ep of Tales from the Dark Side that Darren appears in:


It's an episode titled "Distant Signals" from Season 2 (1985) of that series. This is just a guess...but there's a good chance that that episode is on DVD (along w/ the other eps from that season, of course). In fact, all 4 seasons are probably on DVD by now. I'll need to check over at Amazon about that.

addendum II: Just found this site that has all 4 seaons on 6 DVD's (boxed set). It would cost you about 45 bucks in total (counting the s&h). Here's the link:


Current Mood: calm
Saturday, March 11th, 2006
6:58 pm
Kolchak:TNS Marathons On Sci-Fi Channel
Do you have the Sci Fi Channel? If so, then you might be interested to know that Sci Fi will be airing two Kolchak: The NightStalker marathons (in March and April). They will air 6 episodes on March 15th and then 6 more will be shown on April 28th. Here's the Schedulebot from over at SciFi.Com:


I think it's great that Sci Fi is doing this (might be a sort of homage to Darren McGavin's life/talent/career). Makes me wish I still had that channel. For you folks that do have the Sci Fi Channel...hope you enjoy it!

Current Mood: okay
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
9:47 am
In Memoriam, Darren McGavin

(May 7, 1922-February 25, 2006)

Darren McGavin was born May 7, 1922 in San Joaquin, California (I've read other sources that list his place of birth as Spokane, Washington. Which is right? I'm not sure, at this point in time). The earliest acting appearance I could find was a 1945 role he had in "A Song To Remember". His body of work is obviously lengthy and I won't try to list it all here in this post. Instead, I would recommend you to follow this link over to Darren's Bio page at IMDb:


Here's just a few career highlights:

* He had a recurring role as Bill Brown...Murphy Brown's curmudgeon father on the series of the same name, in the early 90's. I've read that Darren won his one-and-only Emmy (1990) for that role.

* He portrayed Mike Hammer in a 1950's series. In later years, he trashed the series, calling the Mike Hammer character a "dummy".

* In 1976, he made a Disney film with Don Knotts (who passed away one day before Darren) called "No Deposit, No Return".

* He portrayed retired FBI agent Arthur Dales on two (possibly others?) episodes of the X-Files (this, I've read, was an homage of sorts by Chris Carter to Darren's acting talents. Chris has said in more than one interview that he was inspired to create X-Files from watching episodes of Kolchak: The Nightstalker)

* Played the father in the now-classic movie "A Christmas Story" (1983) with Melinda Dillon and Peter Billingsley (the movie that TNT shows non-stop every December 25th). Some trivia: According to IMDb, Darren received 2 million dollars for his role in that film.

* Played a doctor in the 1988 Schwarzenegger film Dead Heat

* Portrayed George S. Patton in the TV biography/film called "Ike" in 1979.

And many, many other TV/film roles. Click the above link over to IMDb for the complete listing. I've read that Darren went un-credited as Executive Producer for most of the 20 episodes from the original Nighstalker series. He was married twice: first to Melanie York from 1944-1969. That union produced 4 children...York, Megan, Bridget, and Bogart. His second marriage was to Kathie Browne and that was from 1969 till her death in 2003 (from an un-disclosed illness). His son, Bogart, has said the two were separated just prior to her death (which is kinda sad). I found this site that is dedicated to (now the memory of) Darren and his second wife, Kathie.


If you scroll down a bit on that page, you can see some interesting pics of Darren, from different points in this life. One there is from Darren's 81st birthday celebration in 2003. Darren is on the left in that pic (and it might shock you to see what he looked like there but keep in mind that he was 81 by then) and his son, York, on the right. It's interesting that York looks pretty much the way Darren did back in the mid-70's (when the original series was on the air). Not sure if York is an actor but I thought...wouldn't it be wild if he could somehow portray Kolchak on some future project? Seems only appropriate. I think I recognize (the late) Kathie Browne. I believe she portrayed the Chief of Police on the episode of the original N.S. series...the one titled "The Sentry". I could be mistaken, but I think she also appeared in an episode of the original Star Trek Series from the 60's...the one titled "Wink of an Eye". I may add to this bio/tribute entry if I come across any other noteworthy info on Darren's life and career.

I thought I'd put up the link to Kathie Browne's tribute page over at darrenmcgavin.net.


This is a really nice tribute page to Kathie (and it confirms my earlier statement about the Star Trek episode) and I especially like the verse that is listed below Kathie's picture. If you scroll about half-way down, you'll see a pic of two elderly gentlemen. This is from Kathie's memorial service in 2003. On the left is Darren, looking quite frail (and, sadly, he appears to be in a wheel-chair). And do you recognize the guy on the right in that photo? I had to look closely myself but...that is Jack Grinnage, the man who portrayed Ron Updyke from the original N.S. series. He's changed quite a bit over the years, hasn't he. But he's still got that moustache.

I'd like to credit the following sites for furnishing information on Darren's life and acting history:

* www.imdb.com

* www.statesman.com

* www.darrenmcgavin.net

* community.livejournal.com/tns05

Current Mood: Somber
Monday, February 27th, 2006
7:03 pm
RIP, Darren McGavin
Just heard the sad news on ET a few minutes ago...Darren McGavin passed away Saturday (2/25/06) at age 83. He was the man that started it all...what we're doing here. He was the original Carl Kolchak and (with all due respect to Stuart Townsend) to my mind...he was the best! Turns out we lost 3 big-name actors within a 24-hour period this past week-end. In addition to Darren, we also lost Don Knotts and Dennis Weaver on Friday (2/24). Both men were 81 years old. In the next few days, I'll try to put up a more complete bio on Darren.

Current Mood: sad
Friday, February 17th, 2006
9:13 am
New Guideline Added To Profile
I just added Guideline No. 5 to the Profile page. Essentially, it says that you may promote/ post a link to a Nightstalker-related community or fan site here (subject to the terms of the Guideline, of course). See this page for details (Guideline No. 5).

Current Mood: okay
Sunday, February 12th, 2006
10:50 pm
Nightstalker Series To Be Released On DVD!!
Just heard about this over at tns05. The complete Nightstalker series on DVD will be released on May 30th, 2006. This includes all 6 aired episodes plus 4 episodes that were never aired. Also, according to this article, there will be several extras on this DVD, including a script for an episode that was never produced(perhaps Sci-Fi will produce that ep). So...that's some good news for us NS fans. Guess that means I'll have to break down and buy/rent/borrow/steal a DVD player (unless they also have a VHS version available).

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
10:23 am
Bio On Eric Jungmann
Thought I'd complete these background-info things I've been doing on the main 4 players of Nightstalker. This time its Eric Jungmann's turn. Eric was born December 2, 1981 in Orlando, Florida which makes him 24 (as of this writing).
Besides portraying Jain McManus, ace photographer in the Nightstalker series, Eric also had supporting roles in two films, both were released in 2005. The first is called The Chumscrubber and it's a comedy/drama starring Glenn Close. The other is called Happy Endings and stars, among other notables, Lisa Kudrow and Jason Ritter (son of the late John Ritter). Eric has also done numerous bit parts/supporting roles in TV series. Some notable ones include 3rd Rock from the Sun, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Judging Amy and Walker, Texas Ranger. He even did a Halloween episode for the (now-cancelled) series Eight Simple Rules...So I think Eric will continue to do well and, even if Nighstalker doesn't make a come-back, I think he'll receive other tv/film roles. Here's his bio over at IMDb:


I think Eric did a good job as Jain McManus through Nightstalker's brief run on ABC. I think of that character as a cross between Jimmy Olson(of Superman fame) and one of the Three Horsemen(from X-Files). If Sci-Fi requests new episodes(cross your fingers) for Nightstalker, I feel that Jungmann should continue to play that role.

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, January 15th, 2006
9:41 am
Cotter Smith Background Info
Here's some information on Cotter Smith AKA Anthony Vincenzo of Nightstalker fame. Born May 29th, 1949 in D.C. which makes him 56 years old.
Other than Nighstalker, he's most recently completed a sci-fi film called The Sleeper, which was released last year (2005). He also appeared in X2 (X-Men 2) in 2003. Here's the bio-page for Cotter over at IMDb:


And here's the information page at IMDb for the movie The Sleeper:


Sounds like Cotter tends towards sci-fi film roles, but he's also done quite a bit of TV work, most of which are not sci-fi related. Of note, he had re-occurring roles on Judging Amy, Tru Calling, CourtHouse, and L.A. Law. It mentions, on his bio page, that he did an episode of Thirty-Something back in the 80's. Must be where he met future-wife, Mel Harris (they have since divorced). I think Cotter's version of Anthony Vincenzo is okay but much more hard-nosed than (the late) Simon Oakland's version. But, some would say, Cotter's version fits in better w/ the over-all scheme of this new darker-toned Nightstalker. Perhaps more true-to-life, as well. If new episodes are ever made, I hope Cotter returns to play Vincenzo. Overall, I'd say he's a pretty good actor.

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, December 28th, 2005
7:39 pm
Stuart Townsend Update
Well, I thought I'd post about what Stuart Townsend is up to these days. Did a little digging and here's what I came up with:


The name of the movie is "Chaos Theory" and, according to IMDb, it's now in pre-production (supposed to start filming in early 2006). Sounds like Ryan Reynolds is the star of this one and Stuart has a supporting role (no character name was given at IMDb; their info on the film is rather sparse). There's a brief film synopsis on that page (linked above). Also, since we're talking about Stuart, here's IMDb's profile of him.


There's an interesting mini-biography of Stu linked on that page. I wasn't aware that he was Irish (does he speak w/ an accent, IRL?) Just recently turned 33 (on Dec 15th). I also wasn't aware that he and Charlize Theron were an item.
I saw the word "fiancee" used over there(IMDb) so I guess that's means they're...engaged? I suppose it does.

Current Mood: okay
Sunday, December 18th, 2005
9:32 am
Union Has Film Role
I thought you folks might find this of interest. It's not directly related to Nightstalker but it does concern one of it's main players. Gabrielle Union has a supporting role in a yet-to-be-released film called "Running with Scissors". In the film, she portrays the lesbian lover of Annette Bening's character. Here's an article where she discusses that part(as well as some other film roles she's had lately).


On IMDb, the release date is listed as September 22, 2006. (I find it interesting that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are listed as "producers". Perhaps they started this project before their big break-up. Who knows).

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
1:27 pm
A Ray of Hope
Sci-Fi channel has bought the rights to Night Stalker, and will air all of the episodes (including the 3 unaired ones) next summer!!


Current Mood: ecstatic
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005
1:35 am
I know that the dude that created NS, had a blogger at blogger.com (and its gone now) but I found this over at blogger.com while searching:

If you have Itunes you may be able too see the 2 parter.

Current Mood: caffienated
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
11:04 am
More Nightstalker Episode Info
Found something else over on Google, pertaining to Nightstalker. Here's the link:


According to that source, there is only 1 un-aired episode(that being part 2 of the two-parter). This is contrary to Variety's information (which says there are 3 un-aired episodes plus the original pilot). If you click on episode 7 (titled "The Sea") there is some more info. It says that Frank Spotnitz is the one who "axed" Nightstalker on or about 11/13/05 and that the decision was made the next day not to air Part 2. So...I'm not really sure which source is right (not planning on losing sleep over it, either). spirk4life is probably correct in figuring that any un-aired episodes would appear on a Nightstalker compilation DVD. I guess we'll all have to wait till that happens. Whenever.

addendum: I think I mis-interpreted that info over there. Frank Spotnitz is an ABC writer and
he, apparently, notified the news media about Nightstalker's cancellation (on or about 11/13).
At least, that's how I'm (now) interpreting that information over there.

Current Mood: okay
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
10:06 pm
Probably Won't Help Much But...
...I thought I'd mention this site I ran across over on Google. Here's the link:


Essentially, the concept is that you vote whether to keep your favorite show on the air("yes", "no", or "don't care either way"). Of course, I can't fathom that somebody would vote "no" if their fav show is the focus. Anyway, they (the site maintainers) claim they send the results to the TV folks-in-charge. I went and voted (just for jollies). There were 9 votes in favor of keeping Nightstalker on the air and only 4 against it. I really don't think any network suits would even bat an eye at a poll containing only 13 total votes. Well, I suppose it's just for entertainment purposes by now anyway (since Nightstalker is most likely not coming back...at least, not on ABC). So...you can pop over there and vote if you've got some spare time (or you're super-bored).

Current Mood: lethargic
4:20 pm
ABC has canceled Night Stalker, the second time the network has given the axe to a series about reporter Carl Kolchak and his pursuit of supernatural phenomena, Variety reported.

ABC halted production on the series, an update of the 1970s series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, effective immediately. The episode originally scheduled for this week will be replaced by a two-hour edition of Primetime Live. The original Kolchak: The Night Stalker lasted one season on ABC (1974-'75).

Six episodes of Night Stalker have aired, while three more episodes are in the can, including the original pilot. The series' ratings in the 9 p.m. Thursday slot, opposite CSI and The Apprentice, were predictably poor, last week dipping to just under 4 million viewers.

I guess now we'll NEVER know who the bikers were...at least not until the DVDs come out. Damn you ABC!
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