Unsolved Mysteries was an NBC documentary/drama series that was initially hosted by Robert Stack which ran from 1987 until 2010. The show aired over 500 episodes and when Stack was the host, I never missed one show. Now, Unsolved Mysteries may be making a comeback on Netflix. According to Deadline, Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy, 21 Laps Entertainment, and Netflix are planning the reboot.
The new Unsolved Mysteries is rumored to be slated for 12 episodes and will mirror the original series in format. Basically, the show’s producers take real-life crimes and mysteries and re-enact them in story format. The original Unsolved Mysteries covered stories from the paranormal to unsolved criminal cases. What made the show a documentary/drama was its combination of actors and real-life interviews of the involved parties.
I hear that Levy is overseeing the revamp in association with Cosgrove-Meurer Productions, the original production company run by the show’s creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. The latter will show run the series with Cosgrove, Levy and Josh Barry as exec producers. Robert Wise is co-exec producer and showrunner with Dunn Meurer.
The original show jumped from NBC to CBS and then Spike TV. When Robert Stack passed away, Dennis Farina took up the hosting duties. It will be interesting to see what Levy and Netflix have up their sleeves for this. The success of Making A Murderer should help Netflix get some eyes on the series.
Cosgrove and Meurer have been keen to revamp the show for some time and have kept an updated web presence for the show with new cases. In a Reddit AMA in August 2017, Cosgrove said, “We are actively talking to a couple of broadcasters who have shown interest, and we’re very optimistic that we’ll have something by way of new episodes by the end of the year. It’s too early to go into much detail, but we’ve had our research producers look into possible stories, and they’ve found some excellent ones which can be ready to go quickly.”