Ghost Story (TV series)
Ghost Story (later retitled Circle of Fear) is an American television anthology series that aired for one season on NBC from 1972 to 1973. Executive-produced by William Castle, Ghost Story initially featured supernatural entities such as ghosts, vampires, and witches. By mid-season, low ratings led to a title change and a shift—for the most part—away from paranormal themes.
|Ghost Story / Circle of Fear|
|Presented by||Sebastian Cabot (1972)|
|Theme music composer||Billy Goldenberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 + 1 pilot (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||William Castle|
|Running time||approx. 50 minutes|
|Production company(s)||William Castle Productions|
Sony Pictures Television
March 17, 1972 (pilot)September 15, 1972 – March 30, 1973
Ghost Story was hosted by Sebastian Cabot as Winston Essex, the owner of a mysterious hotel named Mansfield House. Cabot's introductions were filmed in the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, California. Ghost Story dealt exclusively with ghosts, vampires, witches, and other supernatural elements.
- Sebastian Cabot as Winston Essex
Renaming to Circle of FearEdit
After 13 episodes, Ghost Story was renamed Circle of Fear beginning with the January 5, 1973, episode. The change was necessary, according to executive producer William Castle, because of low ratings. He attributed the title change to the head of the production company, Screen Gems. Additionally, Cabot was dropped as the presenter. This reworked version lasted nine further episodes.
The series consisted of a pilot and thirteen episodes as Ghost Story, and nine more episodes as Circle of Fear.
A pilot episode aired in March 1972 as one half of an NBC Friday night double feature, shared with "Movin' On"; the series premiered in September.  The show's format and tone drew comparisons to NBC's Night Gallery and ABC's The Sixth Sense.
Two episodes of the series were included as bonuses in the 2009 DVD box set The William Castle Film Collection. On May 1, 2012, Sony released Ghost Story (a.k.a. Circle of Fear) - The Complete Series on DVD through its manufacture on demand (MOD) program.
|Name||Ep #||Region 1|
|The Complete Series||23||May 1, 2012|
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