Wednesday, September 28, 2005

‘Night Stalker’ Producer Finds Fresh Blood For Lead

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – TV shows about the supernatural never die, but the search to find an actor like Darren McGavin to take the lead in the revival of the 1970s TV show Night Stalker died hard.

Former X-Files writer/producer Frank Spotnitz had to find an actor to fill the part of Carl Kolchak, a seedy journalist who hunts down supernatural villains.

The original role was played by McGavin, and Spotnitz hoped to find an actor much like him to fill the new role.

He considered Ted Danson, Bruce Campbell and Ed O’Neill, but admits, “No matter who I go with, if I try the same approach, the comparisons will be too damning.”

So he ditched the idea of finding McGavin’s double and went with a younger man – Stuart Townsend who played Dorian Gray in the 2003 flick The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and is the real-life love of Charlize Theron.

This time, Spotnitz says Night Stalker will be darker, more disturbing and less cartoony than the original.

The show premieres tomorrow (Sep. 29) on ABC.

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