Pick up a sixer of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, call your public defender, and get your bail money ready because Chris Hansen wants to bring back the crown jewel of Dateline NBC’s mid-aughts reporting, To Catch a Predator. Next Wednesday Chris Hansen is launching a Kickstarter campaign with the anticipated goal of $400,000 to resurrect the pervert nabbing series, which will air on a digital Web channel before ostensibly being picked up by a network.
The new series won’t be called To Catch a Predator, however, since NBC obviously owns that, so Hansen has settled on the new and highly superior name: Hansen vs. Predator. HANSEN VS. PREDATOR!!!!!! It’s like Alien vs. Predator only it’s CHRIS HANSEN FIGHTING PERVERTS. I love this so much already.
By why now? Why 2015? Well, have a seat and let Chris Hansen explain:
Hansen said there are reasons other than viewer demand to revive the “Predator” concept.
“When we did it before, there were chat rooms on AOL and Yahoo,” he said. “Now there are 22 ways to communicate online.”
Twenty-two seems like an oddly specific amount of ways to communicate online, but that’s neither here nor there. By now I’m sure you’re wondering what rewards are being offered with the Kickstarter, and in addition to the usual T-shirts and coffee mugs, for $150 Hansen will personally record an outgoing message for your voicemail. The only voicemails I ever get are from people confirming appointments or reservations, and I’m STILL strongly considering it.
Let’s not forget that Predator, which ran 12 investigations from 2004 to 2008, above everything did provide a very valuable and important public service. That service was humiliating perverts for society’s collective entertainment and it can’t come back soon enough.