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New Night Stalker Won't Keep You Up at Night

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This season's latest entry into the supernatural-sci-fi-detective-story genre, Night Stalker is a weak successor to one of LAist's favs, The X-Files. Inevitably, comparisons are made because former X-Files executive producer Frank Spotnik takes the lead in producing and writing this show.

Set in a dark and brooding Los Angeles, Stuart Townsend plays an also dark and brooding, new hotshot investigative reporter Carl Kolchak at the "Los Angeles Beacon." His enemy-turned-ally is Gabrielle Union's character Perri Reed, the old hotshot reporter at the newspaper.

At first, Perri digs up the dirt on Kolchak, finding out that the FBI suspected him of murdering his wife, but didn't have enough evidence to prove it. Kolchak claims his innocence in the case, saying that these dog/werewolf creatures killed his wife. Everyone thought (thinks) he's crazy, especially the FBI. But Kolchak believes there's a conspiracy to hide things supernatural -- those things that go bump in the night -- from the public. He believes -- The truth is out there. Paging Fox Mulder...