Kojak is an American crime drama television series created by Abby Mann as a reimagined version of the 1973-1978 series and starring Ving Rhames as Lieutenant Theo Kojak of the New York City Police Department, a skilled plain clothes detective with a shaved head and an affinity for jazz, fine clothing and lollipops.
The series aired in the USA on USA Network from 25 March to 22 May, 2005. There are 10 hour-long episodes in one season. It was no renewed for a second season.
The series originally aired in South Africa on SABC1 from 1 March to 3 May, 2007, on Thursdays at 23h00. It later aired on TopTV's Fox FX channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Kojak premiered on Fox FX on Tuesday 4 May 2010, at 20h30. New episodes air weekly.
Fox FX Repeats
Wednesdays: 03h25, 22h10
A remake of the 1973 classic series of the same name, starring Telly Savalas in the title role, Kojak (2005) stars Ving Rhames as the reinvented bald cop with a bite.
Using tough street tactics and bending the law to suit his style, Lieutenant Theo Kojak works the hard streets of New York City's 13th Precinct, solving the worst of the worst crimes.
Two relics of the original series have remained intact in the 2005 remake: Kojak's penchant for red lollipops and his catchphrase: "Who loves ya, baby?"
Written by Abby Mann and Tony Piccirillo and directed by Michael W. Watkins, Kojak (2005) only lasted one season.
It was released on DVD by Universal Home Video on 22 March, 2005.
(There is only one season in the series, consisting of 10 episodes)
Channel: SABC1 | Premiere: 1 Mar 2007 | Finale: 3 May 2007 | Thursdays, 23h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 4 May 2010 | Finale: 6 Jul 2010 | Tuesdays, 20h30