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Old 05-20-2019, 12:32 AM   #166
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I hope they don’t bother with Lost Loves, The Unexplained, etc. There’s enough shows dedicated to UFO’s, ghosts, etc. and the majority of lost love cases can be solved via the internet (in my opinion). I’d love to see the show focus on wanted, unexplained death and missing persons cases.
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I hope they donít bother with Lost Loves, The Unexplained, etc. Thereís enough shows dedicated to UFOís, ghosts, etc. and the majority of lost love cases can be solved via the internet (in my opinion). Iíd love to see the show focus on wanted, unexplained death and missing persons cases.
Without supernatural or lost love segments, it ceases to be UM.
UM was primarily a public service platform married to horror/sci-fi theater.

I've heard the anti-supernatural sentiment, and frankly I can't understand it.
Scientists can't even explain the fundamental nature of consciousness....and the jury is still out on ghosts and UAPs (they're not called UFOs anymore).

Also, not everyone watching UM is an adult. Some are 7-8 years old, like I was when I first watched the program. It's true that my tastes have changed, and I now prefer the true crime segments, but when I was a child, the ghosts, aliens, and lost treasures were what captivated me. (Oddly enough I hated Lost Loves as a kid but am very fond of these segments today). I still think that the Halloween episode is one of the best UM episodes ever.

Based on the show-runners pedigree (Stranger Things) I imagine that the show will be a pastiche, like Star Wars or Quentin Tarantino's movies...somehow capturing the uncertainty of the analog age in a new package/aesthetic.
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Without supernatural or lost love segments, it ceases to be UM.
UM was primarily a public service platform married to horror/sci-fi theater.

I've heard the anti-supernatural sentiment, and frankly I can't understand it.
Scientists can't even explain the fundamental nature of consciousness....and the jury is still out on ghosts and UAPs (they're not called UFOs anymore).

Also, not everyone watching UM is an adult. Some are 7-8 years old, like I was when I first watched the program. It's true that my tastes have changed, and I now prefer the true crime segments, but when I was a child, the ghosts, aliens, and lost treasures were what captivated me. (Oddly enough I hated Lost Loves as a kid but am very fond of these segments today). I still think that the Halloween episode is one of the best UM episodes ever.

Based on the show-runners pedigree (Stranger Things) I imagine that the show will be a pastiche, like Star Wars or Quentin Tarantino's movies...somehow capturing the uncertainty of the analog age in a new package/aesthetic.

So agree. Unsolved Mysteries isn't Unsolved Mysteries without the supernatural and unexplained. Now, lost loves? That can go kick rocks unless they can come up with some really good period pieces.
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I dunno... I just tend to want to see murderers brought to justice and missing persons found more than focus on seeing segments on things that will never be solved or cannot be solved. I guess that’s what I get for coming from a law enforcement family
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Welp, I guess those of us that enjoy a paranormal story want to see murderers go free. What a loaded statement...
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Welp, I guess those of us that enjoy a paranormal story want to see murderers go free. What a loaded statement...
Not what I was implying whatsoever. Itís a matter of personal preference in regards to which segments I find the most interesting. Nothing more
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Only 10 episodes??

Netflix are testing the water (same way NBC did back in 1987 with a few specials). If enough customers stream it, they'll commission a second series in no time. Netflix cannot get enough successful original content.
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Netflix are testing the water (same way NBC did back in 1987 with a few specials). If enough customers stream it, they'll commission a second series in no time. Netflix cannot get enough successful original content.
Unfortunately with the streaming series, they are usually not more than 10 eps at a time and it usually seems to take more than a year to get a new season.

Hopefully the production on this will be more straightforward and it won't take forever to get more eps.
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I'm just glad the series is coming back at all. Hopefully with a good host. I personally wouldn't mind Virginia Madsen coming back. Shes older now and face it shes the only one among the original hosts whose still around. It would give ties to the old series. I personally had no issues with Dennis Farina. If the show on Spike was allowed to have done new cases/stories then it would've been better. But he did a good job with how that repackaged series ended up looking. I too am wondering about the amount of episodes after that production person stated 10 but the Netflix press announcement said 12. And its a fact Netflix's hour long shows only get 10 shows a season. But I'm wondering if UM will be at 12 shows? I mean I remember UM producers saying in old interviews how they got the show made by NBC was that it was really cheap to make. Could that still be the case now and they will have 12 shows instead of 10?
I must put in my thoughts too that the series must explore all areas of subject matter that it did before. I mean its called Unsolved Mysteries. If it only covers crime than it shouldn't be called UM, right? Its all the topics that gives the show its uniqueness and entertainment value.
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Deep down I don’t care what they do as long as they don’t butcher the legacy of the original theme
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I am excited for the new UM. That being said, I have to remind myself that no one could be as good as Stack. Whoever they get has some very large shoes to fill.
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To be fair, the show is about "unsolved" mysteries, but I see your point.

Mathematically speaking, UM had a greater success rate with Lost Loves than with Wanted Fugitives.

Also, I wouldn't mind if they interviewed Michael Shermer or others like him during the paranormal segments. Bunk is bunk. Watch one season of In Search Of.... to see what badly done paranormal TV looks like decades later. Don't get me wrong, it's entertaining, but listening to Leonard Nimoy tell us that killer bees will over-take North America by 1990 is laughable in hindsight.

I've pointed this out elsewhere, but UM didn't "Jump the Shark" like other TV shows. The decline in quality of supernatural segments correlates with the progressive slide in ratings and eventual NBC cancellation. Correlation isn't causation, however. This also coincides with the inclusion of high-profile media crimes like Jon Benet Ramsey, Tupac Shakur, and Kurt Cobain.

I think it can be fairly assessed that Meurer-Cosgrove were not very invested in the supernatural segments as the show waned. That or they felt serious competition from Cops and America's Most Wanted, which both proved to have greater longevity than UM.
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I just hope they do away with the notion that viewers don't have big enough attention spans to see what SHOULD be a fully fledged segment. You cannot cram enough information, regardless of the subject matter, in to a 4 minute segment like the Farina version of the show often did. As a child AND as an adult, I'm drawn to UM because they presented their segments in a story like format.
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I've pointed this out elsewhere, but UM didn't "Jump the Shark" like other TV shows. The decline in quality of supernatural segments correlates with the progressive slide in ratings and eventual NBC cancellation. Correlation isn't causation, however. This also coincides with the inclusion of high-profile media crimes like Jon Benet Ramsey, Tupac Shakur, and Kurt Cobain.
I would argue that having those cheap celebrity cash-ins are by definition jumping the shark. One of the things I loved about UM was that it was about real people (not goofy over-the-top stereotypes like in "reality" TV) and they took the time for us to really get to know them in just a few minutes.

It may have faded away on its own but these ridiculous segments certainly accelerated UM's demise. In fact, it was so rarely aired here in Nova Scotia by the end that I was shocked to find a never before seen episode after Sept 11, 2001: prior to that, there might have been one episode a month if I was lucky.
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I think it can be fairly assessed that Meurer-Cosgrove were not very invested in the supernatural segments as the show waned. That or they felt serious competition from Cops and America's Most Wanted, which both proved to have greater longevity than UM.
I suspect it had more to do with competition than with not being as invested in the supernatural cases as before. It's no secret that there was competition between UM and America's Most Wanted, especially in terms of success in getting cases resolved. UM has helped close literally hundreds of cases (the number is now probably past 400), while AMW brought about the capture of over 1,200 fugitives over the course of its 24-year run. Even if UM were to stick to only criminal cases, it would still have a very long way in topping AMW in the number of captured fugitives.

In any case, the variety of stories was one of the best things about UM. In fact, series producer Stuart Schwartz considered it one of the show's strengths.
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