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The Next Step Beyond

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Genre  Horror
Directed by  John Newland
Theme music composer  Mark Snow
First episode date  1978
Number of seasons  1
Program creator  John Newland
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Created by  John Newland
Starring  John Newland (Host)
Country of origin  United States
Final episode date  1979
Number of episodes  25
Original network  Syndication
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Similar  Alcoa Presents: One Step, The Sixth Sense, Tales of Tomorrow, McClain's Law, Letter to Loretta

The Next Step Beyond is a 1978 revival of the 1950s–1960s American television series One Step Beyond, hosted by original host John Newland. Like One Step Beyond, the series purported to tell true stories of the supernatural. Unlike the original, this series had a short run of one season of 25 episodes, 14 of which were remakes.

Background

Inspired by the syndication success of the original series as well as The Twilight Zone, Star Trek and especially Space: 1999, John Newland and Collier Young who participated in the original series, and Alan J. Factor decided to produce a new version of One Step Beyond to be titled The Next Step Beyond, for syndication. Original series creator Merwin Gerard came back as story editor. Newland returned as series host, sporting white hair and large eyeglasses, otherwise looking the same.

Worldvision Enterprises, distributor of the original series, distributed the new series as well. Without the benefit of a sponsor like Alcoa, the series only had a budget of $92,000 an episode.

There were several drawbacks. The series was shot on videotape, and lacked the noirish look of the original.

Several episodes of the original series were remade. All of the remakes were based on Merwin Gerard originals. The budget limit also limited the series' ability to present stories in other times, because of the lack of period costumes and settings, which had been lavish in One Step Beyond. The budget also meant the series could not afford any big name guest stars. The series was canceled after 25 episodes were produced. After running a few cycles on television, the series disappeared and has not been seen since.

References

The Next Step Beyond Wikipedia


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