Not into the concept of going inside the minds of stalkers on Kevin Williamson’s new CBS drama, “Stalker”? “Turn the channel,” the veteran showrunner tells reporters at the show’s panel at the 2014 Television Critics Association summer press tour after being pressed about the creepy, exploitative vibe they felt the first episode contained.
The premiere does open with a woman being doused in gasoline and set on fire, but Williamson says the stories won’t be as brutal on a week-to-week basis. “We do some big, flashy stories, but we also bring it down and tell, hopefully, some real, human stories.”
He adds, “Most [stalking cases] are relationships that have soured or … the person at the corner who sells you coffee every morning. You just never know where obsession takes root. There’s so many different layers to it.”
Williamson says the show will focus on the psychological aspect of stalking. “We go into the mind of the obsession and whether it’s rejection or revenge or sadistic or predatory. We get into all the various ways that people stalk and fixate.”