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It’s Official!! NBC Is Making Another KNIGHT RIDER Series!!

Published at: March 31, 2008, 2:20 a.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!
NBC Universal is mounting its third “Knight Rider” series in three decades, following the 1982 David Hasselhoff vehicle (if you will) and the 1997 Brixton Karnes-led “Team Knight Rider” (whose series finale featured a cameo by Hasselhoff). The new series, whose 2-hour February pilot also featured a Hasselhoff walk-on, stars “All My Children” vet Justin Bruening and “Young and the Restless” vet Deanna Russo. The network is expected to announce the new series’ tentative fall timeslot during its early upfront Wednesday. "Battlestar Galactica" and "Star Trek" were two aging franchises successfully revived for TV, but much more common are failed and forgotten network remakes like "Young Maverick" (1979), "The New Odd Couple" (1982), "The Twilight Zone" (1985 and 2002), "Mission: Impossible" (1988), "The Fugitive" (2000), "Dragnet" (2003), "The Night Stalker" (2005) and "Bionic Woman" (2007). Will the new "Knight Rider" beat the odds? Read all of Variety’s story on the matter here.


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  • March 30, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    by chook chutney

    gross.

  • March 30, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    FIRST

    by Johnny the tackling alzheimers patient

    HAHA FIRST! I give it a chance...

  • March 30, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Gotham_Knight

    by Hercules

    Nope.

  • March 30, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    So...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...have they decided what they're doing with FNL?<p> I've only watched about half of the first season on Netflix; it's an alright show, not the best ever, but it's better than rehashing Knight Rider...

  • March 30, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Will the new "Knight Rider" beat the odds?

    by RaveX

    No.

  • March 30, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo............

    by Dogma_Jedi

  • March 30, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    I hope they recast the male lead

    by Ye Not Guilty

    Can't remember his name right now. Doesn't matter. I mean, he was OK for the pilot, but I didn't really think he had enough charisma to fill the Hoff's shoes and carry a series.

  • March 30, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Lindsey Wagner...

    by Uncle Stan

    The new Bionic Woman wasn't fit to yank out one of Wagner's bionic tampons. The lead was cute, but the show was a suckfest.

  • March 30, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    American Gladiators will be back

    by robertplant

    My friend just got cast as a contestant.

  • March 30, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Ugh, the pilot sucked

    by vadakinX

    The lead was terrible, not likeable at all and he had no charisma...the Hoff stole the show and he only had a couple of minutes of screentime. <p> The CSI/MTV transitions were awful, the car is just horrific and don't get me started on the fucked up theme tune. <p> They need to recast the roles (apart from the guy from X-Men, he was ok), hire better writers, ditch the ugly car, bring back the original KITT voice if possible, and fix the damn theme tune...maybe then the show will be above boring.

  • March 30, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Don't You Love...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... how Gotham_Knight called you out, Herc, and then when he was wrong didn't even say, "Sorry I was a knee-jerk asshole, then"?

  • March 31, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    get smarter

    by postalpez

    the pilot was soso. a little to soapish for me. and you left off getsmarter from the list. same deal son of the old lead.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    TwilightZone Relaunch

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    The 1985 series lasted from 1985-1989. that is a decent run for a science fiction show without a regular cast and no Rod Serling. I would not call it a flop. <p> I will admit the 2002 series was awful. One of the last few episodes starred Jessica simpson. 'Nuff said.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I have fond memories of the 1985 Twilight Zone

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    It was a bit hit and miss, but man, that Grateful Dead title song and "opening windows" main title sequence were worthy updates.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Well, how about that then...

    by Paul T. Ryan

    Well I know of one die-hard fan of the original KR who'll be balled up under his Knight Rider quilt (in one of those car-shaped Knight Rider beds from the 80's) crying hard into the night. Poor Victor Kros.... I guess Larson's movie project (which I sincerely doubt would have EVER happened - look at the history of his so-called efforts to get a Galactica movie made) will be consigned to the scrap yard of unmade movies. Oh and the 80's Mission Impossible at least lasted two seasons (88-90), so it's not quite the failure of the remakes of Bionic Woman, Night Stalker, or Bret Maverick.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:26 a.m. CST

    If this show has a showrunner with a lick of smarts...

    by LordEnigma

    this revamp could be something. If it's ran by a fucking idiot. Say hello to another cancellation Ben! WOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • March 31, 2008, 12:37 a.m. CST

    I don't talkback much...

    by sonnierjay

    but is gotham_night usually a misinformed dick?

  • March 31, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    pity about Bionic Woman...

    by Amy Chasing

    I think either episode 3 or 5 showed how good it could have been. too bad the rest stunk. Michelle Ryan should be a new Doctor Who companion (or a new Doctor Who - hey, I'd watch!)

  • March 31, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Herc, "Team Knight Rider" was syndicated...

    by FilmCritic3000

    and lasted three minutes...alright, one season. I think I saw one, maybe two episodes.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Herbie !

    by RoseBuddy

    Was the original talking car (I think) Hmm, lets see- a cast of Charlie Angels type babes stacked into a black Humvee. Yeah, that'd be cool.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    And really...

    by sonnierjay

    GIRL - "How... how do you know my father?" Bad Guy - "I watched him die. Muhahahaha!" Is NOT good dialogue. And how about that Empire Strikes Back ending?

  • March 31, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    TheRealMoriarty

    by snowpuff

    I don't hear anyone on AICN ever apologize? I remember quite recently how Merrick fucked up a contest. He dodged every email from people, never posted an apology... I even wrote to Harry. Not a word in response.<br> <br> But clearly you guys knew you screwed up because now no one ever signs their name to a contest anymore.<br> <br> Just throwing that in there...

  • March 31, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Night Stalker redux was actually good.

    by mistergreen

    the network didn't give it a chance.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Jeff Zucker, what is wrong with you??????

    by snowpuff

    JZ: WTF? I knew, knew you were going to order this show. Dude. WTF. Didn't you learn your lesson on Bionic Woman? People watched the pilot out of curiosity. And then it turned out to suck and they stopped watching. What are you doing, man? You're driving out Jay Leno from NBC next year so you can put Conan against... Jay Leno on another network. He is going to cream you and your job will for the first be in jeopardy.<br> <br> dude. WTF. We tried to help you.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    The New Odd Couple

    by snowpuff

    That's an interesting mention. The New Odd Couple originally was broadcast during the writer's strike in the 1980s. Unlike the recent strike, actors were not inclined to honor the WGA picket lines. But without scripts, ABC decided to try a strange reboot. They cast the Odd Couple with African-American actors and used the scripts from the original shows.<br> <br> According to Wikipedia, which doesn't mention the context of the writer's strike, some new episodes were eventually produced. I'm guessing this was after the strike ended...

  • March 31, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Er, ratings went UP for the pilot as it went along

    by Paul T. Ryan

    http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20080218nbc01 Besides, ANYTHING is better than Team Knight Rider, believe me....

  • March 31, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    OK I am posting a lot

    by snowpuff

    but I just have to take a guess. New Odd Couple --> Ron Glass --> Serenity --> Joss Whedon. Is this why Herc mentions the New Odd Couple in passing?

  • March 31, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Alzheimer's kicks in

    by Kovac

    So when Gotham_Knight pointed out that this was very old news Hercules didnt even bother to double check to see if he was wrong? Wasnt there a whole thing on AICN where they were talking about there being two KR projects?

  • March 31, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    re: Er, ratings went UP for the pilot as it went along

    by snowpuff

    Sorry that wasn't clear. I meant that after the high ratings of the pilot for Bionic, people stop watching the series. They just watched the pilot out of curiosity. I suspect the same with Knight Rider. A lot of people watched the new pilot, but I don't think a lot of people thought much of it...<br> <br> So... Goodnight!

  • March 31, 2008, 1:22 a.m. CST

    why not just give the money to me to spend on porn?

    by Vern

    It would be an equally profitable investment. I mean let's be serious here. That pilot was moronic garbage, and not in a fun way, or even a "well, people are morons, they like this kind of horse shit" kind of way. It seemed like an unaired pilot from 1993. All the actors were bad, the story offered nothing new or cool, it wasn't even funny.<p> I don't really give a shit about the legacy of the talking car but I figured it could be revamped into some dumb fun. Unfortunately they were not interested in that.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    I loved loved loved the new Dragnet

    by symphy

    It got no respect.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST

    speaking of apologies...

    by Maniaq

    http://tinyurl.com/29axkm <p> date: Tue Feb 18th 2008 <p> a story about NBC announcing it's scheduling for the next 52 weeks - admittedly more implication than confirmation but there it is on variety.com about three weeks ago - NBC is doing a Knight Rider series... <p><p> ...anyway, about the actual SHOW... <p> DAMN THAT PILOT SUCKED! From the craptacular "Nu-Metal" music right through to the formation of "Team Knight Rider: The Next Generation" right at the end - The Hoff really was the highlight of that show for all of about 30seconds - and I soooooooooo didn't want it to be like that! <p> I think the Trek references are actually spot on - the idiots in charge of that let the SAME douchbag team run FAILURE after FAILURE into the ground - all they needed was a different approach...

  • March 31, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    bring back The Ropers

    by Groothewarrior

    greatest show ever. true story.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    bring back The Ropers

    by Groothewarrior

    greatest show ever. true story.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST

    On TKR

    by themikejonas

    It was syndicated (but was a Universal production). "Michael Knight" appears in the final scene of the series, but it wasn't Hasselhoff--it was another actor with his back to the camera (I'm sure they were hoping to bring the Hoff aboard for a Season 2 guest appearance). Anyway, TKR was lightyears better than KR2008...and will probably have the longer run of the two.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:33 a.m. CST

    You can all eat shit, a big bag of shit! I"m the greatest man in

    by namasteandgoodluck

    There is alot of bitchassness going on here. First of all, the formula for this show is exactly the same as the old show (which kicked much ass, fuck you very much). The old show was partially a commercial for a very sleek looking car that was within blue collar price range, with Larsons brand of mindless sci-fi thrown in. The dialogue wasn't always great, sometimes the plot sucked...it was typical '80's fare. But from the standpoint of an 8 year old; I was hooked from the get go. KITT is still awesome to this day (you know you would love to roll either version, so just shut the fuck up), the idea that one man can make a difference is something I've always believed in and I sincerely hope that if I have an evil doppleganger he has a little goatee. The A-Team, OG Battlestar Galactica and Knight Rider may have all had their faults and flaws but kicked much ass none the less (thanks due to Glenn Larson. Not to be on his nuts or anything but all of those shows are as much a part of my childhood as Star Wars). As far as the new series goes...damn people, at least give it a season before you start bitching; what else is there on TV as of late? How could this be any worse than Eli Stone, Reaper, Smallville, this new piece of shit remake of 90210 or the 8 million reality abortions that clog the airwaves and further the dumbing down of the American sheeple? Or just shut the fuck up; have you any idea how nerdy and whiny you gays sound?

  • March 31, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    The new pilot was bland.

    by wowsah156

    The pilot never justified the remake. There was nothing in the pilot that said to me : yip thats why we need Knight rider!!" A stron possibility that this could end up like Bionic woman. Unless there is a massive shift in the writing it wont be relevant to viewers in the 21st century.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    TEAN KNIGHT RIDER Finale CAMEO info WRONG

    by spaceghost7777

    TEAN KNIGHT RIDER FINALE CAMEO info WRONG according to tv.com it was a stand in for Hasslehoff :(

  • March 31, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Team not Tean :)

    by spaceghost7777

  • March 31, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    you see in this case OLD is NEW

    by Maniaq

    as in "a different approach" can be as simple as going BACK to the ORIGINAL premise of ONE MAN, ONE CAR... and Devon - instead of this ensemble bullshit...

  • March 31, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    How many episodes will it last ?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    My guess is lucky 7

  • March 31, 2008, 3:24 a.m. CST

    KR? The real title is Please Buy Ford Mustangs

    by The Selecter

    A dumb fun version of Knight Rider wouldn't be such a bad idea. The recent pilot couldn't even live up to that. What we got was a lame 2 hour Ford commercial.

  • March 31, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    didn't mind the Mustang myself...

    by Maniaq

    the camouflage bit when they were on the run actually worked well with a Mustang because it was able to "blend in" and look an ordinary, fairly common car - Mustangs are about as common as you can get in America, right? <p> I have to agree with the wowsah - what exactly about this pilot told Network executives "oh yeah we're on to a WINNER here!" ??

  • March 31, 2008, 3:56 a.m. CST

    "the legacy of the talking car"

    by newc0253

    it's a true accomplishment that NBC can take a cheesy 80s show about a dude fighting crime with a talking car and make a remake of it that's so fucking shitty that it has folk talking about 'the legacy of the talking car'.<p> kudos, NBC, well done.<p>

  • March 31, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Vern

    by NudeandAroused

    Is right. I am not sure what was so great about the two hour movie that warranted a whole series. This from the network that struggles to air the vastly superior, "Friday Night Lights."

  • March 31, 2008, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one that liked the pilot then?

    by Lemming

    the only problem with it I could see was that the two leads were WAY too young to be believable as a college professor and an ex-army ranger. But other than that it was pretty solid and felt 'Knightrider'. Sorry for being a bit different, I guess :(

  • March 31, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    John Mayer here

    by mr.brownstone

    The "pilot" was a joke. One of the reasons Knight Rider worked was the Kirk/Spock dichotomy between Michael and KITT. That "chemistry" was nowhere to be found. Not to mention the car was all wrong... still I hope they send me a custom John Mayer branded Shelby Mustang.

  • March 31, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    I read the recap on TWOP instead.

    by Yeti

    Took me 30 minutes - I get the jist of the "story" and get to laugh as they poke fun at just about everything on TV.

  • March 31, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST

    KR will get cancelled fast

    by Dazzler69

    Better enjoy it while you can. <p> I was thinking if Glen L did the same thing with Buck Rogers as the did with Battlestar that might work. A more adult Buck Roger'ing might be cool if they own the rights. I am probaby influenced with the cheap series collection I am watching right now. Dam AICN with their subliminal ads to buy buy buy.

  • March 31, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    To reiterate what an earlier TBer said:

    by SID 8.0

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! They will never, ever learn. This is filler for the network to pad out it's schedule. They can't possibly think it wil be a runaway hit. The pilot had exactly one good scene. When Mike turned the Ford Mustang KITT sideways in front of the Ford SUV to stop it cold. great looking crash. Other than that you could've skipped the 2 hours leading up to it.

  • March 31, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Damn You Shitty TV

    by DamnMichaelBay

    I'm looking at you, Knight Rider.

  • March 31, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST

    GOOD TIMES: THE NEXT GENERATION

    by Uncle Stan

    DIN-O-MITE!!

  • March 31, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    this wont last past one season

    by palewook

    couldn't make it past 10 minutes of the car commercial they called a pilot

  • March 31, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Yet Journeyman fades into memory

    by zacdilone

    The world is just not a fair place.

  • March 31, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    What SHOULD give everyone on here pause in this story..

    by Pennsy

    Was the comment by Silverman lieutenant (and NBC co-chair Marc Graboff: "We're selling advertisers platforms as opposed to specific shows." <p> Remember when it was all about the *shows* and the actors? Heroes had the same creeping problem with its naked product placement for the Nissan Rogue. Expect even more of that from this regime, I fear.

  • March 31, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    airwolf:the series

    by pikagreg

  • March 31, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    The backdoor pilot got high ratings but the series won't

    by Luscious.868

    <p>The bottom line is that the movie / backdoor pilot got good ratings because people were curious. Everbody I know thought it sucked but stayed tuned to see if it would get better. It's not like there was anything good on any of the other networks at that time. It was a nostalgia type of thing.</p> <p>There is no way they stay tuned to the series. It'll be canceled after single season, if it even makes it that long. Train wrecks are only fun to look at for so long.</p>

  • March 31, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Ugh

    by CloseLight

    A 2 hour car commercial that had commercial breaks for more car commercials will become a 1 hour weekly series of car commercials that has car commercials. Have I got that right?

  • March 31, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Just about, CloseLight...

    by Pennsy

    LMFAO.

  • March 31, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Gotham

    by MetiphisLabs

    You got fuckin' pwned bro.

  • March 31, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Ford Sucks

    by Sithdan

     I'm assuming this proposed series will be a continuation of that shitty made-for-TV movie? The whole thing was a two-hour commercial for Ford cars. I bought a Ford a few years ago...worst mistake I ever made. I've already replaced the engine, water pump, tires, seatbelt, mirror, automatic windows and windshield washing fluid. I only owned the car for a few years when the engine blew. NO MORE Fords for me. I sold that sucker to an even bigger sucker and put a down payment on a Honda. "Made in America" is now a deterrent for me.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    SEE="CHIPS '99"

    by uss cygnus

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Getcha popcorn ready and watch the carnage! This is going to be the first half-hour of "Saving Private Ryan" Bloody!

  • March 31, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Dragnet 2003 was good early on

    by themikejonas

    When it was just Dutch and his kid. Then they mucked with it and piled on more useless cast members. I did like the updated theme, though, which is something I can't say for KR 2008.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    this quote says it all

    by oisin5199

    "People need to escape. Ben's programming strategy is to find some shows where people can tune in and then mentally tune out. That's his directive, and I think you'll see that reflected in the programs." <p> When the programmer of a major network has a 'directive' to dumb down his shows, you know you're in for a shitfest season. NBC can kiss my ass. I'm barely able to stomach Heroes anymore, and that's one of their more 'complex' shows. Right now, the only thing with any intelligence on NBC is Medium (I hear FNL is good, but never got into it. They're probably canceling it anyway). And I wish they had kept Journeyman. Obviously a brilliant show like that is never going to last on the 'dumbed-down' network.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Hassel. NOT in TKR

    by KentButabi

    Not sure who, but David H. was at Wendy's that day.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    oh and Herc

    by oisin5199

    never mind the assholes. You just keep posting what you want. And I'd say that even if I wasn't a Buffy fan.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Don't forget these other Knight Rider flicks...

    by The Gipper

    Knight Rider 2010 -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight_Rider_2010 -- and Knight Rider 2000 -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight_Rider_2000.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    ricarleite

    by Multiplex

    No, this is not old. The movie is old news. The fact that the movie was a back-door pilot for a POSSIBLE series is old news. But the fact that they are ACTUALLY GOING TO MAKE that possible series is new news. Learn to read.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Top 3 Things

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    That would haev made the Pilot Movie WAAAAAAAAAY better. 3. A stronger sense of the "Foundation" and its original legacy 2. A better plot, with a purpose for our reject specials ops Hero to fight. (Boo Hoo, his mom dies, it should have been his father)Which brings me to # 1 1. KILL OFF THE HOFF. I was hoping and expecting the "Father-Son reveal" to play out as a wealthy, yet dying Michael Knight, calling his son to bedside to pass long the legacy, in a scene similiar to the original pilot, when Michael Knight was brought to the Deathbed of the founder to recieve the "One man can make a difference speech" Instead we got a scene not far from Hasselhoffs cameo in Jamie Kennedy's "Kick'n It Old School" Yes Hoffy, you will LIVE FOREVER.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Terrible Idea

    by greg39

    Unless the networks are now producing Saturday afternoon TV this is a terrible idea. So is another season American Gladiators unless they plan on running them back to back at 2:00 o'clock on Saturday afternoon against the PGA.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    By all means, NBC...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Kill potentially great shows like JOURNEYMAN to make way for reprocessed garbage like THE BIONIC WOMAN and KNIGHT RIDER.<BR><BR>NBC: Must Vomit TV. BTW, fuck *you*, NBC. Fuck you.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I didn't like the new Dragnet, but Ed O'Neill is a brillant acto

    by DerLanghaarige

    Seriously! Don't believe me? Watch Dragnet or the episode of The Unit where he was in!<br> (And the only reason why I didn't like Dragnet, was because I don't like crime shows unless they do something else beside just solving the crime of the week. The only two crime shows I watch(ed) regularly are Nash Bridges and NCIS, because of all these great characters.)

  • March 31, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    If they don't get more range-of-emotion from the lead actor

    by VAwitch

    KR2 hasn't got a chance in hell. I didn't mind the change to the car-mode, or even how it tied into KR1 - but the actor really didn't do it for me... and the actress did less for me than Megan Fox did in TF07.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I love Katee Sackhoff

    by oisin5199

    Her opinion on the demise of the show: "The main problem with Bionic Woman is that if you get too many hands in the pot, no one can agree with what they're trying to make so you get a stew that's made of shit." The interview also said she'd still follow Eick anywhere, including (possibly) his Children of Men series. She'd be awesome in that setting.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    You Gotta Get William Daniels!

    by tvspace

    The character's were boring! That days of cookie-cutter dramas from the 80s are over. Give it edge. Give it William Daniels. Hey, if they can turn Battlestar Galactica into a successful series, the right producer can do just about anything.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I'll watch if the TV Series

    by themikejonas

    is more like the serial commercial they showed within the movie than the actual movie itself. Make the whole show "KINO fucks with MINO's social life."

  • March 31, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Here's a pitch for a new Knight Rider series

    by sillyquiet

    Except, call it Night Riders... have our protagonist,the immortal horse riding vampire-detective Barack 'Tug' Obama, spend every week helping the innocent around America, giving them hope and prosperity while avoiding his immortal enemies, the nocturnal horse riding, sheet-wearing Night Riders. During the day, Tug is protected and nourished by the love interest character, the femme robot Hillary 'Hot-Rod' Rodham Clinton.

  • March 31, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    Kilmer

    by Embeedeuce

    I'd watch if Val Kilmer as KITT only did Top Gun quotes. "That's right, Michael. I *am* dangerous." Any word on the Misfits of Science reboot?

  • March 31, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I support the Dragnet Re-make on this one....

    by uss cygnus

    The Ethan Embry/Ed O'neill show has limitless possibilities until they screwed it up with the "LA Dragnet" expanded cast crap. I'd support reviving it on FX, with just Embry and O'neill again. True dat, yo.

  • March 31, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Here we go again...

    by furzee

    This was a no brainer that it would go to series because all us fanboys tuned into the tv movie to check it out. Unfortunately it was a steaming pile. I mean, I think the majority of us can be honest and say the TV movie was a huge dissappointment. So now we get to see another of our beloved childhood icons shit on and get cancelled after 5 or 6 eps are aired. Yee Haw! Can't wait for the NEW BJ and the Bear...Maybe this time they'll use a real bear to make it edgier!

  • March 31, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD and gotham_night

    by Multiplex

    If you read ANYTHING about the Knight Rider movie, it's consistently described as a BACKDOOR PILOT, which means that an ongoing series is a POSSIBILITY, not greenlit. A full series was not a sure thing until this past goddamn week. Shut the fuck up already. YOU'RE WRONG.

  • March 31, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    The only way to make this good...

    by Cory849

    As the voice of the car: Gilbert Gottfried.

  • March 31, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Warning

    by gad

    Now I won't be hideously surprised by a trailer or commercial for the upcoming series. NO giant WTF? moment when confronted by that giant ball of suck trying to bleed my brains out of my ears. That's why I read AICN.

  • March 31, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Who gives a shit

    by Mezzanine

    Battlestar is back on Friday. Frak Yeah!!!

  • March 31, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Psyched About Knight RIder

    by Bat185

    The pilot was good. Can't wait to see the series. I hope it doesn't get canceled like Bionic Woman did. That was a good show too. I don't want any of the same ol', same ol'. Bionic Woman and the Knight Rider pilot were good because they were different.

  • March 31, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Every single one of you is full of shit!!

    by performingmonkey

    What the hell is happening to this place???

  • March 31, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    The only thing wrong with Night Stalker

    by CrichtonAstronut

    was that they took everything that was cool and funny and interesting and iconic about the Carl Kolchak character and turn it into an angsty brooding 30 somthing trying to ook like a rock star we've seen before and too many times. He came off like Frankstein's monster patchwork of network approved cliche's and I can only hope his creation was the product of exectutuive level pressure and not the original intent of Spotnitz. Muldr was a far closer approximation of the original Kolchak and a far better character. There are some things you on;t get away with fucking up. Kolckak is broading. Comlumbo should not be played as 20 or wearing Armani. Rumpole is not an American John Grisham novel idealist with a romantic love interest. He's an old witty curmodeon and cynic who refers to his wife as She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed. Monk is not swave. I'm not asking for perfection but if you're gonna tackle and icon at least get it in the ball park.

  • March 31, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Sheeeeeyat.

    by Some farts really stink.

    Who cares? As long as I don't have to watch it, I'm cool with it. They could show this crap for 9 seasons and I would not care. NBwho?

  • March 31, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    SomeFartsReallyStink...

    by furzee

    Yours is the funniest fucking username I have read yet. Thanks for making it worthwhile to read this talkback...now carry on

  • March 31, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Fuck this!

    by br1947

    Take 1/2 the budget for this crap, make Journeyman season 2.

  • March 31, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Shame...

    by Mr. Profit

    That my place of employment seemingly can't get it together when it comes to new quality programming. Knight Rider? Seriously?

  • March 31, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    The 'Pilot' was just awful

    by aversiontherapy2

  • March 31, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    If that pilot is the basis--

    by ZeroCorpse

    Then this will be "Must Avoid TV" because it was atrocious. It might be good in a "invite your friends over, and MST3K the hell out of it" way, but not as a serious action-adventure show. <p> So far, the best SciFi and Action shows on television are BSG, Doctor Who, Torchwood (which has shaped up and is really great now), Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and I'm hoping the Star Wars offerings are decent as well... But this new Knight Rider? Crap.

  • March 31, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Re: Kolchak as a 30-something.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Be happy it wasn't done in the past couple year, or Kolchak would have been a young 20-something who speaks in that annoying hip bantering that's so popular with the Veronica Mars/Buffy the Insipid Waste of Time kids. <p> The problem is that the networks and studios have all decided that it's no longer possible to have an appealing character over the age of 30. Expect to see your action heroes and dramatic leads get younger and younger, until 22 years old is considered out of the range of demographic appeal. <p> We'd never get a Kolchak in his 40s or 50s these days, unless it was on CBS and tailored for the geriatric crowd who watched Murder She Wrote and Mayberry Attorney (or whatever the fuck that show was called).

  • March 31, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    RE: Psyched About Knight RIder

    by Bat185

    Trik_Ster, I am not a plant. I actually liked the movie and would like to see it made into a series.

  • March 31, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Its a good thing they cut back Galactica to 4 seasons

    by GodMars

    So they'd be able to produce this shite.

  • March 31, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Yeah!.. but only if they recast...

    by Freefinger

    I mean the pilot was not even decent... KITT as a mustang, yeah well ok, but listening to the girl for the whole trip about her father and family tribulations, I would've ejected her right out... <P>I would be more into it if GM would give them the new Camaro that's supposed to come out in the next year or so. At least the Firebird was built on the same frame so would have a tie-in to the original I guess.<P>But the casting, and the script-writers, they all have to go.<P>Was reeeeaaallly shitty acting and storyline.<P>Yet it did play off the 80's cheesy concept.<P>My best part was when two bad guy have the girl and tell her she's about to be killed blah blah blah, and then a car rolls in and both bad guy, who were really hell bent on killing her, just let go of her.. I mean the car didn't even scratch one of them, not even close to a feet from them and they just go "Oh no! a black car... We can't hold her now!"... Now that was 80's cheese factory!<p>A car is just a car, I think people could get used to it, but you need an actual storyline. Even the 80's show had more depth than this new pilot.<P>Hell they had a Firebird right in there in a garage and didn't even use it!??!?! WTF!!!... <P>And the whole car/chameleon thing, and the fact that the car isn't as tough as the original KITT so they have to make it as a self-reconstructive repair shop all in one just makes it "bleh!", how can it get damaged by a bullet when an 80's version of the damn thing was actually stronger, this one looks like a tank, but isn't so it repairs itself... that's bad thinking right there.<P>The Hoff's cameo was the high point and it was so freaking stupid that I laugh for 20 minutes after it had passed... "Hi, I'm your father, the guy you never met, the guy who did up your mom and just walked away because, well, I had to drive a car. So, she's dead hey... That's too bad, she was a good person, and lay... Well, I gotta go so I'll be walking away into the big pond that's behind us instead of going to the road were I would've parked a car."<P>I mean just the fact that he walked away into the pond's direction made me laugh.. I thought "Where the hell is he going?!?! To take a swim??" And if they're was ONE spot were the original KITT could've been used, it was right there. I would've made him walk up to the little cemetery road and there you see it, KITT opening the door for him, he gets in and drives away. Cheesy YES, but if you're to show us the original "characters" of the show you have to show both MAIN characters, the man and the car.<P>The whole pilot was awful, I'm guessing the series will be as bad if they don't get actual writers and at least 2 good main actors for the revamp, otherwise I can see a whole new Bionic Woman déjà-vu, bad casting, bad writing equals bad show, equals get cancelled within 10 episodes.<P>Good luck with that.

  • March 31, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! BOOOOOOOOOOO! BOOOOOOOOOOOO

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 31, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    YEE HAW!

    by Real Deal

    I was surprised! The pilot wasn't half bad! I think it has a chance to be a good show. I mean it's Knight Rider so it's not Shakespeare! Plus I'm a Mustang fan and I love the car. Here's hoping it's a good show.

  • March 31, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Re : performingmonkey

    by Real Deal

    Well if you're what you say you are then you must be pulling us out of your ass! Really you can't fault a bunch of guys for falling back on their teenage memories! Good god! Have a little fun!

  • March 31, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    So THAT'S why nothing followed the pilot

    by Drath

    See I missed that it was just a TV movie. I can't say it was great, but I thought "well, maybe as a pilot for a TV show, there could be something here." Of course I find the original show to be unwatchable, so probably I'm not going to be into a new show anyway. I'd rather see a revival of Farscape. Yeah, I'm THAT guy. Ha.

  • April 1, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    cant wait

    by slkboxrman

    the pilot was awesome...from the music from the original series updatd at the beginning to the new KITT to the original michael knight returning to talk to his son...all around awesome. u losers gotta get off the whole "it was a 2hr car commercial" ....the original wasnt ? plus everything on TV is a commercial for everything....everytime u see a name brand car or a deodorant or anything its product placement, plain and simple. ....

  • April 1, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    in case you missed it first time round

    by Maniaq

    Story from a MONTH AND A HALF ago with CONFIRMATION the series is gonig ahead: <p> http://tinyurl.com/29axkm <p> thank you variety.com <p> <p> now then...

  • April 1, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    I agree with you Freefinger, mostly...

    by Maniaq

    except for the car/chameleon thing. <p> I think the self-repair is an improvement over the composite armour from the first one - someone could always armour a bigger, heavier vehicle (like, say, a truck?) and smash your nicely armoured car to pieces - whereas a self repair means smashed or not, it's all good - and you can make your material as flexible as you like, instead of rigid like armour usually is... <p> also - I said this before - but making it a Mustang works from the chameleon angle - TWICE in that pilot - because every second car on the road in America is a Mustang, whereas a yet-to-be-released model Camaro or whatever from GM is gonna stick out like dog's balls - no matter what colour you make it... <p> Really my only BIG problem with this pilot was TOO MANY CHARACTERS! Everything else I could forgive - actually I take that back - I never want to hear that AWFUL AWFUL Nu-Metal theme song EVER AGAIN!! <p> But apart from that I just think they tried too hard to get an ensemble cast in on this. All we needed was the guy and the car. Piss the girl off. ONE bad guy is enough - ok maybe two - the Asian guy was alright and it's ok to have another bad guy to play off, but the geek bad guy and the head bad guy should have been the SAME GUY and same goes for the black guy and the Asian guy... <p> I guess you need Bruce Davison for the Foundation angle - and he's a good actor anyways - but PISS OFF that FBI shit! Don't need no LAW ENFORCEMENT types in a show about catching crooks who operate ABOVE THE LAW, right?? <p> The sidekick - what the fuck was that all about? Who the fuck decided we needed to have a sidekick?? <p> Just stick with the kid, the car, and Bruce Davison - that's all you need. Oh, and the kid's evil twin with a goatee beard ;-)

  • April 1, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Hey Douchebags just accept it

    by This_talkback_is_on_CRAZYPILLS

    Herc is right, and you are wrong! Look at your own goddamn link Maniaq tell us the OPERATIVE word in that blurb about Knight Rider. Hint: MAY

  • April 1, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Better have Turboboost

    by codefool

    If they don't have turboboost then that would be Knight Rider blasphmey. And give Kit some personaility and make the new Michael Knight not such a tool. Oh and forget about the whole Michael Knight as a dead beat thing.

  • April 1, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Lol at Freefinger

    by snowpuff

    Nice recap of the pilot. Heading into the pond - lol.

  • April 1, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    My dark take on Knight Rider

    by snowpuff

    Not serious, but here would have been a horrible but kind of funny take on the pilot.<br> <br> Knight's Son: So, how does this car work? It has some kind of super computer in there?<br> <br> Bruce Davison: Um, well, it's a bio-ENHANCED computer... <br> KS: Bio enhanced?<br> <br> BD: Yes, you see, your father was mortally injured on a mission and...<br> <br> CLOSE UP OF KITT<br> <br> KITT: Hello Son.<br> <br> BD: We stuck your Dad's brain in the car.<br> <br> KS: NOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo

  • April 1, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    My dark take on Knight Rider

    by snowpuff

    Not serious, but here would have been a horrible but kind of funny take on the pilot.<br> <br> Knight's Son: So, how does this car work? It has some kind of super computer in there?<br> <br> Bruce Davison: Um, well, it's a bio-ENHANCED computer... <br> <br> KS: Bio enhanced?<br> <br> BD: You see, your father was mortally injured on a mission and...<br> <br> CLOSE UP OF KITT<br> <br> KITT: Hello Son.<br> <br> BD: We stuck your Dad's brain in the car.<br> <br> KS: NOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo

  • April 1, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Give me...

    by Otis Fairweather III

    Knight Boat

  • operative word is WHEN - not MAY...

  • April 2, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Kind of interesting that the two remakes that worked

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Both had Ron Moore involved. Ron Moore worked on DS9(best of the new Treks) and obviously made the new BSG. Pretty cool. Want to remake something, put Ron Moore in charge.

  • April 2, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Maniaq don't be a peabrain

    by This_talkback_is_on_CRAZYPILLS

    The article says "NBC MAY announce..when it intends to launch a series of Knight Rider". Now can you muster your little gray cells and tell me what FIRST TWO WORDS of Moriarty's article says? Do you think you can figure out all on your own, the important distinction between Moriarty's article and that older one? Come on, I know you can do it. Now stop being a stubborn baby and admit you jumped the gun.

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