The Next Step Beyond

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The Next Step Beyond
The Next Step Beyond.jpg
Title screen.
GenreHorror
Created byJohn Newland
Directed byJohn Newland
StarringJohn Newland (Host)
Theme music composerMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes25
Production
Producer(s)
Editor(s)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Factor-Newland Productions
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
(1978-1979)
Paramount Domestic Television
CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatcolor
Audio formatmono
Original release1978 –
1979
Chronology
Preceded byOne Step Beyond
Related showsOne Step Beyond

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.[1]

Background[edit]

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.[2][3]

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.[2][3]

There were several drawbacks. The series was shot on videotape, and lacked the noirish look of the original.[2][3]

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.[2][3]

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Title Director Writer(s) Original AirDate
1"Tsunami"John NewlandMerwin GerardJanuary 5, 1978 (1978-01-05)
A crippled woman is threatened by a tsunami, and only an autistic boy can help her. (remake of Tidal Wave)
2"The Return of Cary De Witt"John NewlandMerwin Gerard ()
A man recovering from a coma discovers that he may have a double life. (remake of The Return of Mitchell Campion)
3"Possessed"John NewlandMerwin Gerard ()
A woman is possessed by the spirit of a woman who died three months earlier. (remake of The Bride Possessed)
4"The Love Connection"John NewlandChristopher Loftin, Merwin Gerard ()
A little girl faints in gym class. When she recovers, she insists she is the daughter of a grieving family who lost their daughter. (remake of Who Are You?)
5"Ondine's Curse"John NewlandMerwin Gerard ()
A man has a disease which mimics the appearance of death. (remake of Twelve Hours to Live)
6"Dream of Disaster"John NewlandMerwin Gerard ()
A woman has a recurring dream about a plane crash. (remake of Tonight at 12:17)
7"Ghost Town"John NewlandArthur C. Pierce ()
A fashion model witnesses events of a 25-year-old murder at a photo shoot.
8"Drums at Midnight"John NewlandHarry Spaulding ()
A woman uses voodoo to get revenge on her stepmother.
9"Portrait of the Mind"Alan J. FactorJerry Sohl ()
A police sketch artist is aided by his ability to read minds.
10"Other Voices"Alan J. FactorArthur C. Pierce, Merwin Gerard ()
A man has a vision of a murder yet to happen. (remake of I Saw You Tomorrow)
11"A Matter of Pride"John NewlandPeter Germano ()
A hypnotist dies after giving a boxer a posthypnotic suggestion.
12"Ghost of Cellblock 2"John NewlandShelley Hartman, Clifford Campion ()
Six women have committed suicide in the same cell over the last 50 years. A female police officer decides to find out why.
13"The Legacy"UnconfirmedUnconfirmed ()
A toy train set becomes a means of communication between a boy and the ghost of his grandfather.
14"Cry Baby"John NewlandEd Burnham ()
The crying of his unborn baby leads a man to the rescue of his pregnant wife.
15"Greed"John NewlandMerwin Gerard ()
A desperate writer pens a story of two brothers destroyed by greed, that turns out to be true. (remake of Dead Man's Tale)
16"Out of Body"John NewlandBernard Gerard ()
An innocent man convicted of murder revenges himself via astral projection.
17"Key to Yesterday"Alan J. FactorMerwin Gerard ()
Inheriting a burlesque theater, a man has a vision of his father-as a murderer! (remake of Father Image)
18"Woman in the Mirror"John NewlandMerwin Gerard ()
Acquitted of murdering his wife, the guilty husband sees her reflection in the mirror firing a gun at him. (remake of Echo)
19"The Haunted Inn"Alan J. FactorHarry Spaulding ()
All about an inn that does not exist, a woman in white (eyes included), and a concierge from Hell. Stay awhile.
20"The Pact"UnconfirmedUnconfirmed ()
The curse of a gypsy fortune teller.
21"Sin of Omission"Alan J. FactorMerwin Gerard ()
A woman fears for her sanity when she sees the ghost of a little girl in pain, until her husband sees it too. (remake of The Room Upstairs)
22"Thunderbolt"John NewlandMerwin Gerard ()
Forked lightning brings on a pair of premonitions. (remake of Forked Lightning)
23"The Confesion"UnconfirmedUnconfirmedFebruary 7, 1978 (1978 -02-07)
A man accused of his wife's murder is plagued by visions, convincing him that he must be guilty.
24"Trance of Death"John NewlandArthur C. Pierce, Merwin Gerard ()
After an accident in karate class, a woman develops psychic powers. (remake of The Peter Hurkos Story)
25"To Fight a Ghost"John NewlandHarry Spaulding, Merwin GerardApril 1, 1979 (1979-04-01)
A woman cannot accept that her husband is dead. (remake of Rendezvous)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d Muir, John Kenneth (2006). An Analytical Guide to Television's One Step Beyond, 1959-1961. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786428496.
  3. ^ a b c d Muir, John Kenneth (2000). Terror Television: American Series, 1970-1999. McFarland. pp. 133–148.
  4. ^ John Kenneth Muir (January 11, 2008). "Cult TV Flashback #45: The Next Step Beyond (1978–1979): 'The Haunted Inn'". John Kenneth Muir's Reflections on Cult Movies and Classic TV. Retrieved April 30, 2015.

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