• Feb 15, 2008
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As we all know, Knight Rider will be returning to television this Sunday at 9PM EST on NBC. The new Michael Knight played by Justin Bruening and his car companion KITT, voiced by Val Kilmer, made an appearance on the Today Show this morning (disclaimer: the Today Show is also an NBC program) to promote the mini-movie that will eventually become a full series next fall. Bruening reveals a bit more about the story we'll be watching this Sunday, some of which we already knew and a few new bits. His character is playing the estranged son of the original Michael Knight, a role that will be reprised by David Hasselhoff himself in the movie, though the new Mike Knight is unaware the guy standing next to him with the same name is his dad. Bruening also reveals the loophole that supposedly fills in the 25-year gap between the original series and the new one, which is that the original writers never identified KITT's inventor. OK, well we'll have to see how that one plays out. Ford, meanwhile, which paid a pretty penny to have the GT500KR Mustang play the part of nuevo KITT, has released three more photos of the Knight Industries car, which make lovely desktop wallpaper backgrounds if you're a true fan. We'll decide our degree of fanboyosity after we watch the movie this weekend.


[Source: Jalopnik, Ford]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      There were several episodes where they allude to the creators in the original. I don't recall names at the moment, but there were 2 scientists who helped develop KITT and the 2 along with Devon Miles (Michael Knight's boss) knew the formula for KITT"s MBS (molecularly bonded shell, what made KITT indestructible). One old episode revolved around one of the scientists being murdered so they had to protect the other one since 1 person alone didn’t know the formula but any 2 of the 3 people could combine to make it. If the other scientist was murdered they would lose the ability to recreate MBS. Yeah I know I’m a big Knight nerd, in fact I’m building a replica of the original KITT I have an 82 Trans Am =)

      This TV movie has so many holes in the plot. Whoever did the research didn’t do their homework. There are countless better ways to tie it in to the old series. It's poorly written, it had to be rushed and finished before the writers strike. Once the writers strike was in play the couldn't make any changes to the script. So we get a really crappy script. They leave out a lot of cool featuers the original had like, there is no Turbo Boost...that’s like one of KITT’s main things. There is no Bonnie, remember KITT’s technician, they don’t explain anywhere what happened to her. It’s just a rush job and a giant Ford commercial.

      In the original, Glen Larson (the creator of Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica), chose the car, he wanted the 82 Trans Am because it was new and looked “cool” for the time. This time around NBC/Universal just went with who paid more. I came to terms that it’s pretty much the only car that “fits” because they wanted an American two door sports car with 4 seats. That doesn’t leave much from the other manufactures so of course they went with a Mustang, they limited themselves. The whole care is an oxymoron; it’s a retro inspired design that has already been out for nearly 5 years. How again is it the epitome of technology and the car of the future? Since Ford paid the big bucks that’s why we see all the Shelby and Ford emblems, it’s retarded. The car is unimaginative, the interior is nearly stock looking because producers said buttons and LEDs were too “old.” While there might be some merit to it, you’ll see how the interior is sparce, they just take a Momo steering wheel and cut it in half, that’s retarded and will add holographic gagues in post production. There is only one big screen in the middle center stack and a pop out keyboard on the passenger side and some funky amplifier thing in the back seat. Go look at any current prototype or concept car and you’ll see interiors that are much more futurisitic.

      Ok enough ranting. I’ll watch the show, but I really am not expecting much since I know it was a rush job. That’s why it’s being hyped so much, it’s the only new thing NBC has since the writer’s strike.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're taking a mediocre-at-best show wayyy too seriously.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Yeah I guess it could sound that way. We all have our fandoms and they just kind of screwed with it. I'm not losing any sleep over it. I realize this show isn't so much for the old fans as it is for newer ones and I agree the old show was cheesy campy fun. I take it all in good humor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For me KITT will always be a Pontiac.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Knight Rider promotion shifts into high gear"

      It sure does, especially on Autoblog
        • 6 Years Ago
        as was mentioned in an earlier post; as far as car-star shows this is the first thing since Viper.

        Considering how well that went, I expect KITT2 to do similar so enjoy it while we can. and then enjoy it again on G4TV or SciFi in a year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Amen brother. Autoblog has become KITT central.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please, for the love of good taste, make it stop.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      No more!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm resigned to KITT being a Mustang but I'm still aghast that they couldn't be bothered to black out the wheels, badges and lights for the sinsiter, all-black, KITT look.
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's a bunch on Youtube. Search for GITT Opet. There is a whole slew of them. Classic material, everyone needs this in their life.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hahaha, that chick in the end is bangin'. HOW MUCH!?!
        • 6 Years Ago
        ROFLMAO!! WTF, that was high larry US!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am awaiting for the new KARR; how about a Black Dodge Challenger SRT to do the job :)
      • 6 Years Ago

      It'll stop on 02/17/06 at 11pm and then start back -up at its regularly scheduled time. It’s funny that BSG gets moved to Cable, but this makes the Network.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Then you wouldn't really be able to tell that its a Shelby KR, it would just look like a normal Shelby, aside from the hood.

      But, the KR really is an awesome looking car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      PLEASE STOP WITH THE KITT CRAP! IS IT AUTOBLOG OR AUTONBCPROMOKITTBLOG?
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