• Mar 31, 2008
You'll see more of him this Fall. Click above for a gallery of the new KITT.

The Knight Rider TV movie was not good. The updated, Shelby Mustang-based KITT looked undeniably cool (when not in Ugly... er... Attack Mode, at least), but the acting was wooden and the writing was a horror show. Still, the ending completely set up a potential ongoing story. Today comes word that the ratings were apparently good enough for the suits to give a thumbs-up for a new weekly series starting this Fall. Early reports suggest a Friday night timeslot is in the works, but that's subject to change; all will be known on Wednesday when NBC presents its early upfronts.

We'll assume that at the very least, stars Justin Breuning (Mike Traceur) and Deanna Russo (Mike Traceur's Girlfriend) will return to fill our flatscreens with emotionless line reading. And since voicing KITT should be a relatively easy payday for Val Kilmer, we'd expect him to reprise his role, as well. As for the Hoff, who walked on for a brief cameo at the end of the pilot, who knows? The big winner here is Ford, which now gets an hour-long weekly showcase for the Shelby GT500KR KITT. Based on the stupendously lousy pilot, however, we're going to put on our prognostication hats and set the over/under for this Knight Rider reboot at 10 episodes. Unless NBC ups the quality in a big, big way, the under is a lock.

I am ordering Alex to live blog every single episode like he did the pilot, which probably won't be a long-term commitment considering. - John



[Sources: AICN via FARK, Variety, IGN, Screen Rant]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I give it 8 episodes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Strap Alex down in the chair "Clockwork orange"-style and force him to watch "Ultra informercial." After all, we need to learn more about that super Ford Edge that gave the modified Shelby KR500 such a run for its money in the pilot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Poor Alex. You really ought to ask for a raise if they're going to submit you to such torture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      to everyone that hates the new knight rider and says how horrible it was and yadda yadda, noone made you watch it. if you dont like it dont watch it is my opinion. some people actually liked due to the fact they watched it as a kid growing up. sure it wasnt nor will it be the greatest show out but come on, i dont see any of you trying to write or produce something to see on tv. so until you do shut up and change the channel if you dont like it and stop bitching about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree that I don't think Val Kilmer's voice is distinctive enough for the car voice. They need to get someone who can do a sarcasm or bantering voice well, so the car has a personality.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is an April Fools Day joke right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Based on the stupendously lousy pilot, however, we're going to put on our prognostication hats and set the over/under for this Knight Rider reboot at 10 episodes. Unless NBC ups the quality in a big, big way, the under is a lock."

      In the words of Ari Gold from HBO's Entourage: "NBC doesn't cancel sh*t! They gave 'Joey' 46 episodes."

      Also, ratings were up for the pilot. Yeah, everyone here at Autoblog plus other nostalgic guys watched it. Word on the street is that we all hated it, too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I liken the pilot to an accident. Yeah, it's horrible to look at, but we all do it anyways.

        That's the only reason why the ratings were good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Networks lately have moved their ratings-challenged series to Friday nights, typically a pretty dead night for TV viewing anyway, hoping they'll miraculously find enough of an audience to justify their survival. For NBC to schedule Knight Rider there from the get-go is hardly a vote of confidence.

      Not that it matters much to me. Like many millions who stay away in droves, I have better things to do on Friday night anyway. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sure. A well-written series like Jericho gets the boot from CBS (crappy broadcast station) and NBC green-lights this sad take on a classic. I'm a big fan of the old series, but seriously....
      • 6 Years Ago
      A very twisted part of me is happy it got greenlighted. I bet they saw the giant viewership and figured it'd be a homerun. Of course, they'll be mortified when the viewership drops off to zero within weeks, given its horrible story.

      And yes, the old Knight Rider wasn't amazing. BUT consider this: would you have seen the old Kitt getting worked by a freakin Edge SUV in mountain roads? Why did they even need to go to the mountains to outrun it? I mean even the car chases were wretched.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Perhaps if Ford didn't get rid of Aston Martin.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        ....yeah. Aston Martin's don't stick out at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So what is the carbon footprint of this show? If NBC is going to prattle on about the dangers of global warming they need to take action in-house to minimize their carbon footprint. Put Kitt on blocks and present the series through a series of emails and cell phone calls. Running around and driving around at high speed is just not acceptable in this day of panic and desperation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Alex, I passed out while trying to hold my breath for 12 out of each 24 hour period and missed the pilot show. 187 mpg you say? You are right Kitt is not the problem -he is the solution. What we need now is for the NBC writers to give each of us a part in the show with our vehicles getting at least 35 mpg - then we will not need the CAFE standards being foisted upon us as the "solution" to our problems.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Eh, now that the writers' strike is over maybe they can pull it together.

      Forgive me if I don't hold my breath though...
        • 6 Years Ago
        see, they SHOULD have killed off the HOFF and brought him back as the voice of the new car. That at least would have held some excitement, maybe.

        Val Kilmer just doesnt cut it and I like him. IDK, maybe with the late switch, they didnt have time to go through the takes. OR get Mike Rowe
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