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Six Million Dollar Trivia

Excuse me, I just have to get this off my chest.

Geek Mode: ON!

Thirty-One years ago on this day (1/18/74), ABC aired the first episode of The Six Million Dollar Man, based on the book Cyborg by Martin Caidin. (There were ultimately 4 books in the Cyborg series and later this year, there will be a movie remake of The Six Million Dollar Man starring Jim Carrey.)

The pilot movie for The Six Million Dollar Man (aired in March of 1973) starred Darren McGavin in the Oscar Goldman-like role. (Oscar did not appear until the second Steve Austin movie).

McGavin is famous to sf/f fans as Carl Kolchak in Kolchak: The Night Stalker TV series, an X-Files-like TV show from 1974. X-Files creator Chris Carter cites The Night Stalker as inspiration for The X-Files.

X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz, is currently in the process of remaking The Night Stalker for ABC.

Geek Mode: Off.

We now resume your regularly scheduled blog.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

1 Comment on Six Million Dollar Trivia

  1. Laird Barron // January 18, 2005 at 11:56 pm //

    Ah…the Night Stalker and 6 Million Dollar Man. I grew up with those guys!

    I think Kolchak’s spirit sits on the shoulder of many a 30something horror writer.

    Best regards,


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