Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: Murder Me, Murder You
Stacy Keach's portrayal of hard-hitting Mike Hammer as an '80s private eye (a Vietnam veteran) whose search for a daughter he never knew he had and the killer of her mother, the long-lost, only love of his life, sold this pilot as a series beginning in early 1984. Tanya Roberts, who played sexy Velda, his loyal, ever-hopeful girl Friday in this film, was replaced by Lindsay Bloom for the series, while Don Stroud (in a rare good-guy role) continued in the part of Hammer's cop pal, Captain Pat Chambers. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award. Gayne Rescher's photography won him an Emmy Award nomination.