The return of Unsolved Mysteries is just around the corner, as Netflix has set July 1 as the premiere date for the series revival. Last year, it was announced that Netflix has acquired the rights to Unsolved Mysteries, bringing back the legendary true crime series by delving into some bizarre new cases. The first season will consist of 12 episodes, and Netflix will premiere the first six episodes at the start of next month with the back half of the season to follow at some point in the future.
Executive producers and series creators Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove also spoke about the Netflix revival in a statement. "The cross-generational fan base for UNSOLVED MYSTERIES is amazing," Meurer and Cosgrave say. "We'll hear from viewers - now in their 20s and 30s - who say, 'I used to sneak episodes behind my parents' backs when I was young.' Everyone seems to have a favorite segment that totally freaked them out. We've learned that audiences like to be scared, and real stories scare people."
Created by Meurer and Cosgrove, Unsolved Mysteries aired its first television special in 1987. By the next year, it had become an ongoing television series, memorably hosted by the legendary Robert Stack throughout its entire original run. In 2007, Spike TV revived the series with new host Dennis Farina, exploring new mysteries while also providing updates to classic stories. Farina would go on to host 175 episodes of the show. As for the revival, Cosgrove has said the new episodes will be presented documentary-style with no new host or narrator like Stack and Farina.
Episode descriptions have also been released for the first six episodes of the Netflix revival, with each installment focusing on a single unsolved mystery. From iHorror, you can look at the descriptions below.
"Mystery on the Rooftop," directed by Marcus A. Clarke: The body of newlywed Rey Rivera was found in an abandoned conference room at Baltimore's historic Belvedere Hotel in May 2006, eight days after he mysteriously disappeared. While the Baltimore Police maintained that the 32-year-old committed suicide by jumping from the hotel's roof, the medical examiner declared Rey's death "unexplained." Many, including his devastated wife, Allison, suspect foul play.
"13 Minutes," directed by Jimmy Goldblum: Patrice Endres, 38, mysteriously vanished from her Cumming, Georgia, hair salon in broad daylight, during a 13-minute timeframe, leaving behind her teenage son, Pistol. Patrice's disappearance intensified the existing tensions between Pistol and his stepfather as they dealt with the loss and searched for answers.
"House of Terror," directed by Clay Jeter: In April 2011, French police discovered the wife and four children of Count Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès buried under the back porch of their home in Nantes. Xavier, the family patriarch, was not among the dead and nowhere to be found. Investigators gradually pieced together clues and a timeline that pointed to Xavier as a devious, pre-meditate killer. For instance, they now know that shortly before the crimes occurred, Xavier inherited a gun that was the same model as the murder weapon.
"No Ride Home," directed by Marcus A. Clarke: Alonzo Brooks, 23, never returned home from a party he attended with friends in the predominantly white town of La Cygne, Kansas. A month later, a search party led by his family locates Alonzo's body - in an area that law enforcement had already canvassed multiple times.
"Berkshire's UFO," directed by Marcus A. Clarke: On September 1, 1969, many residents in Berkshire County, Massachusetts were traumatized by a sighting of a UFO. Eyewitnesses - many just children at the time - have spent their lives trying to convince the world that what they saw was real.
"Missing Witness," directed by Clay Jeter: At age 17, a guilt-ridden Lena Chapin confessed to helping her mother dispose of her murdered stepfather's body four years prior. In 2012, Lena was issued a subpoena to testify against her mother in court, but the authorities were never able to deliver the summons - because Lena had disappeared, leaving behind a young son.
Meurer Cosgrove Productions produces the new Unsolved Mysteries alongside Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy and his company 21 Laps Entertainment. With the original creators on board, hopefully the revival will manage to capture that same eerie feeling brought to us by the original series. One thing that's for sure, however, is that Stack and Farina are both sorely missed. The episode descriptions posted above come to us from iHorror.