LOS ANGELES -- In the olden days of television, when a show was canceled after only a few episodes, it was tossed in the dustbin of history, never to see the light of a TV screen again. Now in the age of cable channels and DVD box sets, even a premature death is no impediment to a rewarding afterlife.
On May 30, Walt Disney Video released "Night Stalker: The Complete Series," a boxed set of all 10 produced episodes of the ABC series "Night Stalker," which premiered in Sept. 2005. It was a re-imagined version of an unpublished novel by Jeff Rice and two 1970s TV movies, "The Night Stalker" and "The Night Strangler," which starred Darren McGavin as monster-hunting newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak.
In the new version, handsome Irish actor Stuart Townsend took on the role of Kolchak, who was still investigating the bizarre, but this time with a far more personal twist because of the mysterious murder of his wife.
Also on the DVD are four unaired episodes and two unproduced scripts: "Ascendant," by Melissa and Joy Blake, and "The 'M' Word," by the reclusive Darin Morgan, who won an Emmy for his "X-Files" script "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose."
Also, Sci Fi Channel starts airing the series beginning Friday, July 28.