The new, revamped series will look at a range of unsolved mysteries from the trauma of a loved one’s unexplained disappearance or horrific death, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter.
Alongside detectives and journalists, family members offer clues, present theories, and identify suspects, hoping one viewer holds the key to solving the mystery.
In a statement, Meurer and Cosgrove reflected on the “life-changing power” of the show, which evolved from three specials produced for NBC in 1985.
When asked if viewers will see a ghost story, she replied: “Yes. But I’ll qualify that and say it’s an unusual ghost episode. That’s all I’ll say. It’s different. A bit different.”
Unsolved Mysteries cases
There will be 12 episodes in the series, each containing a different case. The first six cases range from a rooftop mystery, to a disappearance that took 13 minutes and a mixing witness.
1. Mystery on the rooftop – Rey Rivera
The first episode, Mystery on the Rooftop, looks at the death of Rey Rivera in 2006.
The newlywed was last seen alive on 16 May 2006, before his body was found six days later in an abandoned room in the second-story annex of the Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore.
Having plunged through the roof of the room where he was found, it was assumed Rivera had jumped to his death.
However, a number of factors led to his death being ruled as “unexplained” and many doubting whether he had in fact taken his own life. There has been particular interest in a bunch of mystery callers, including one who phoned the police to get access to Rey’s computer which was being searched, and his friend Porter Stansberry who didn’t help with investigations.
New tips are emerging all the time suggesting he has been spotted across various parts of the world, with the Unsolved Mysteries boss saying Xavier was “spotted” in Chicago, United States. Director Clay Jeter suggested there have been “hundreds” of reported sightings, adding people have been “seeing him everywhere”.
4. No Ride Home – Alonzo Brooks
The fourth story looks at Alonzo Brooks – a 23-year-old who never came home after a party he went to with his friends. A month later, his body was found. Many believe that his unsolved death is a hate crime, but no final decision was ever made.
However, his case has been reopened by the FBI, who are currently offering a $100,000 reward for any credible information which will lead to an arrest. And according to the Unsolved Mysteries team, there’s one credible tip which could be the answer to the case.
The original Unsolved Mysteries had several hosts throughout the years, most notably the late Robert Stack who was known for his low-register and evenly-paced voice guiding viewers through interviews, photographs, and videos of past cold cases.
However, fans have noticed that the reboot doesn’t actually have a host. So, why exactly is that?
Speaking about the decision to remove the host, Unsolved Mysteries original co-creator Terry Dunn Meurer says it was difficult to replace Robert, so they decided against it.
“We talked about that for long time, even about using an unseen narrator, but we decided it was really tough to fill the late Robert Stack’s shoes. He was an iconic host for so many years,” he told the New York Post in an interview.
“The other part of the equation was that we wanted this be in the documentary world, where the people whose mysteries these episodes involve are more present and more of the storytellers.”
Meurer added: “In addition to interviewing family members and law enforcement, we go on location to get more of a sense of each case. We don’t try to come down on one point of view and try to create as balanced a story as we can.”
Unsolved Mysteries producer Shawn Levy reiterated just how irreplaceable Stack’s presence was in the original show. Decider reports that in the press notes provided by Netflix, Levy explained: “In Robert’s absence, we are letting the spirit and the strength of the stories carry the narrative. Above all, our aspiration was to make a new chapter worthy of his memory and of [his] iconic contribution to this iconic series.”
Is there an Unsolved Mysteries trailer?
There sure is, and it’s pretty spooky!
The revival trailer teases lots of new mysteries, as it combines signature elements from the original series with contemporary immersive, character-driven storytelling.