Spotnitz: Everybody was really shocked. Even though you know you're struggling in the ratings, when you feel the work is as good as well all felt it was, you cant believe somebody is going to cancel it. "How could they?"
TVGuide.com: Kolchak was the sort of rich character an actor like Stuart could really get immersed in.
Spotnitz: Yes. Being a feature actor, in the beginning he was a little taken aback by how heavy the workload was, but by Episodes 8 and 10, he was really enjoying the challenge. Especially Episode 10, which you can see for the first time on the DVD. It's all Stuart. It's a tour de force for him.
TVGuide.com: Then again, he goes home to Charlize Theron, which puts this setback in perspective
Spotnitz: [Laughs] Right. How bad can it be?
One major departure came in the casting of Townsend (Queen of the Damned, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), who wasn’t even born when the first TV movie bowed. “I thought he was fantastic in the role,” says Spotnitz. “He was completely different, obviously, than the McGavin version of Kolchak, and I knew there’d be a lot of people who would be unhappy about that — that he’s a younger guy, a good-looking guy. But with the new configuration of the show, and the mythology that was unique to this version of Night Stalker, he was the perfect guy because he’s charming and winning, but he does have that sort of darkness that makes you wonder. You can flip it; you can think he’s a good guy and also maybe a bad guy.”
-Now Playing Magazine
I love the original show because of two words - Darren McGavin. Don’t get me wrong, Stuart Townsend will not eclipse Darren McGavin, but he isn’t too bad an actor. Ironically, the best episodes were the four that never aired. They were also reminiscent of the original show (I’ll probably be kicked out of the Darren McGavin fan club for that line of support for Fauxchak [as some referred to this new series]).
-Monsters And Critics