5 TV series from the 1970’s and 1980’s ready for a reboot

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TV Series- Kolchak: The Night Stalker- Courtesy of Francy Productions, Universal Television

1. Kolchak: The Night Stalker

ABC tried to reboot Kolchak: The Night Stalker in the 2000’s with Stuart Townsend. I have to say, I tried to watch it because I was such a fan of the original. However, it paled in comparison despite having The X-Files alum, Frank Spotnitz as the creator. It didn’t “feel” right. Plus, Townsend lacked Darren McGavin’s dry wit.

It is no secret that the innovative TV series with McGavin spawned Chris Carter’s The X-Files. Kolchak set the blueprint for episodic horror. Each week, the reporter for the Independent News Service, would invariably start out with a legit news story and somehow or other the supernatural would come into play, much to the chagrin of his beleaguered editor, Tony Vincenzo (Simon Oakland).

I was a huge fan of this series and never missed it. One memorable episode, entitled Chopper has stuck with me for decades. A headless biker comes back armed with a machete to kill his friends that were responsible for his death. Then there was the creepy UFO show where Kolchak was up against aliens that killed people and animals by sucking the bone marrow out of them.

If done properly, this could definitely be a runaway hit. Cast the right lead actor and add in the humor and a new incarnation of Kolchak would find an audience. Sam Rockwell would be a great choice for Carl. Perhaps horror lover and director James Roday (Psych) could helm a few episodes.

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It would be great to see some TV series from the past that had limited runs get a chance to shine again, don’t you think?

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