3 Reasons To Keep Your Eyes On “Stalker”

More than occasionally stalk an ex’s Facebook profile? Ever find yourself driving past the house of “the one who got away”? Believe me, you will stop this love zombie nonsense after watching the new CBS crime drama series, “Stalker,” which premieres tonight. Here are three reasons why you should watch.

1. After one episode, you’ll realize you spend way too much time on social media. At a recent press event, creator and executive producer Kevin Williamson — also the man behind “Dawson’s Creek” and “The Vampire Diaries” — noted that every stalker case has an element of Internet crime. “It’s changed everything.  It’s like we have too much access to each other, and we put ourselves out there in a way.  We post where we are.  We post where we’re going. Our whole lives are out there. ‘Here. Look at my children. Look what I had for dinner. Here’s the plate of food.’ You put it all out there, and you’re basically encouraging an obsessive mind to consume that and consume you possibly. And that’s one of the things we explore in the show.” SCARY.

Williamson’s advice: “You’re supposed to post where you were, not where you’re going. Post where you’ve been, not where you’re at. There’s things you can do to curb people following you around.”

2. If you were a fan of “Nikita,” you will be happy to see lead actress Maggie Q. Q (alongside still totally dreamy Dylan McDermott) plays a detective who investigates stalking cases on the show, taking the basassery she showed on “Nikita” even further. “This is really more of an internal sort of strong female character. I believe she’s a survivor, but I don’t believe that she’s an overcomer, not yet. I think that she does truly struggle with a lot, and I think the strength which you’re going to experience through her is going to be less about something that she’s doing physically and more about what she fights, why she wants to be good at her job, where she wants to go with it. It’s really within her job … that’s what she’s hiding from.”

3. After watching, you might well be more aware of the people you meet at Starbucks. Said Williamson: “We do some big flashy stories, but we also bring it down and tell hopefully some real human stories, because only ten percent of all the stalking cases are celebrity‑driven. It’s the Sandra Bullocks of the world … but most are just relationships that have soured. Or you usually know your stalker; it could be the person at the corner who sells you coffee every morning! You just never know where obsession takes root, and there’s so many different layers to it. I think it’s fun to sort of watch when we see the woman who receives the letters and the emails and the texts and the threats, and they seem sort of innocuous.  They seem like, ‘I just really want to see you.  Why can’t you see me?  Won’t you go out with me?’ Escalating to, ‘I’m going to kill you.'”

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