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'Predator' host turns to fans to help reboot series

Chris Hansen is spearheading an effort to reboot "To Catch a Predator." (Source: Hansen vs. Predator/YouTube) Chris Hansen is spearheading an effort to reboot "To Catch a Predator." (Source: Hansen vs. Predator/YouTube)
The original series aired on NBC between 2004 and 2008. (Source: NBC) The original series aired on NBC between 2004 and 2008. (Source: NBC)
(WAFF) -

It was one of the most talked-about series of televised investigations of the early 2000s.

It even earned a spot of distinction among the pop culture elite with a segment in VH1's "I Love..." series.

Now, the host of "To Catch a Predator" wants to begin a new series of investigations - with your help.

Chris Hansen, the man who presented each of the 12 episodes of "Predator" which aired on "Dateline NBC" across a four-year span, has turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter, with the ultimate aim of launching a new version of the controversial program.

"Hansen vs. Predator," as the series will be called, continues in the tradition of the original series by documenting people who go online with the intention of meeting underage youths for possible sexual contact. Again, Hansen and his team plan to confront those who show up at the decoy houses, discuss their actions and motives and then let them leave the house - where they are arrested by local law enforcement agencies.

In the years since "Predator" has gone off the air, the world of the internet has changed dramatically. Gone are the major chat rooms hosted by the likes of Yahoo, IRC and ICQ - replaced by a maze of social media outlets and smartphone apps.

"When the series first began in 2004, much of the activity occurred on AOL and Yahoo chat rooms," Hansen wrote on his Kickstarter page. "Today, in 2015, with Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Craigslist, Backpage and interactive video gaming, predators have many new ways to approach underage children," he continued.

The original series of investigations uncovered about 300 predators, ranging from trusted professionals, teachers and clergy to military men. According to statistics posted on the Kickstarter page, more than 80% of those profiled pleaded guilty or no contest to their charges and received punishment up to 24 years in prison.

Hansen's new series is planned to be distributed online.

With a little less than two weeks remaining of the Kickstarter project as of the day of this writing, more than $55,000 of the project's $75,000 goal has been pledged by backers.

YOUTUBE: Hansen on police involvement in series

That amount would go towards initial pre-production costs. Television programs, and in particular, undercover investigations on this type of scale, can cost much more; however, Hansen assures fans that if the $75,000 goal is met, he can "guarantee" the program will be made.

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