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Netflix is bringing back ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ with ‘Stranger Things’ producer
“This modern take on the classic series will maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series,” Netflix said in a press release.
The show, which originally ran from 1987 to 1997, is about paranormal activities, conspiracy theories, murder, and missing persons—and even touches on extraterrestrial beings and UFOs.
News of the reboot has people ready to get spooky.
Survey says: absolutely fuck yes. https://t.co/Wof034dTgF— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) January 18, 2019
This show was soooo scary (The host's voice was spooky af), many nights I didn't sleep after watching this with my Dad...#NIGHTMARES #unsolvedmysteries #scary #aliens #ghosts #MurderMystery #90skid #90s https://t.co/HOtR6qDZyY— Ryan Glaysher. (@glaysher_ryan) January 18, 2019
The showrunner of the new series will be Terry Dunn Meurer, one of the original creators of the series. Co-creator John Cosgrove will also be involved in the reboot, serving as its executive producer.
Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy and Josh Barry are executive producing for 21 Laps, the production company involved with the reboot.
The original Unsolved Mysteries ran for 11 seasons, consisting of 260 episodes and 1,000 stories, spanning from the 1980s to the late 1990s. The show was critically acclaimed, winning six Emmy nominations in its time.
Fan favorite Robert Stack hosted the docuseries from 1987 to 2002, which originally aired on NBC. The show was then hosted by a few different people as it changed network hands several times.
The host of the new docuseries is very important for fans, as many feel no one could ever fill the shoes of its original host.
“It won’t be the same without the ominous voice of Robert Stack,” Twitter user @Vindicator725 said.
I'm not opposed to a reboot, but there will never be another Robert Stack. His voice + the scary-as-hell theme song still freak me out to this day. My brother sometimes puts it on just to scare me, haha. https://t.co/caFgAkIyak— The Homicidal Homemaker (@HomicidalKaci) January 18, 2019
Unsolved Mysteries mostly isn't Unsolved Mysteries without Robert Stack, to be fair, but I nominate Tobin Bell as host of the Netflix reboot. pic.twitter.com/vdZejXkFxn— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) January 18, 2019
Unsolved Mysteries is coming back on Netflix. It won't be the same without the ominous voice of Robert Stack. pic.twitter.com/cLR9i4QXXn— Mike (@Vindicator725) January 18, 2019
Unsolved mysteries without Robert Stack, I just don't know... pic.twitter.com/XUbZiYws3V— Boatknight (@SJWinship) January 18, 2019
Pro: Unsolved Mysteries is coming back!— Doc (@cameraviscera) January 18, 2019
Con: No Robert Stack
PRO: Unsolved is BACK, baby!
CON: No Stack.https://t.co/xmXJqKO78X
The Daily Dot has reached out to Netflix for comment on the new host.
The new season will comprise of 12 episodes, with each episode focusing on one mystery.
“Each episode will focus on one mystery and once again will look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases,” Netflix said in the press release.
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Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.