• Nov 10, 2008
Knight Rider. It is the bane of my existence, and it is going to get radically changed according to The Hollywood Reporter. The current formula is getting canned, as are three of the regular actors -- Sydney Tamiia Portier (Carrie), Yancey Arias (Alex), and Bruce Davison (Graiman). Knight Rider czar Gary Scott Thompson is calling this a full "reboot" of the show, which follows the partial reboot that occurred between the pilot telemovie and weekly series premiere. Why is this necessary? There are two key reasons.

  1. The show sucks. The acting, the writing, Attack Mode K.I.T.T. -- I could go on. For more details, read the liveblogs. You will then know what I do: this is crap.
  2. No one watches. KR apologists will talk about how the show plays well with guys in the 18-34 demo, but seriously, these people need to zip it. Last week's episode was beaten outright in its timeslot by Cuidado con el Angel. That's a telenovela that airs on ... wait for it, because this is completely awesome ... Univision.
So, in an effort to make the show not suck so that more people watch, Thompson says, "We're moving away from the terrorist-of-the-week formula and closer to the original, making it a show about a man and his car going out and helping more regular people, everymen." Regular characters Mike, Sarah, Zoe, and Billy survive the rejiggering, and the word is that NBC will look to stunt-cast other actors in the weekly stories to add some juice. (Cough...Hoff...cough). The new-and-probably-still-not-improved KR will arrive in January. If this frantic re-do doesn't yield marked improvements ratings-wise, we expect to see KITT turn into a pumpkin instead of an F-150 at season's end.

Either way, I'm stuck watching it every week. Feel free to join me.

[Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, TV By The Numbers]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Come on folk. The Mustang vs GM product isn't this show's problem.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They might as well bring in MR. T to be the voice of KITT at this point to at least make it interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've seen greater shows canceled for less. Ford must have a huge investment or a firm contract in place forcing NBC to keep this crapfest on air.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The people being demo'd to were probably just being nice to NBC. =]

      Keep KITT as a Trans Am (maybe a WS6) and then we can talk!
      • 6 Years Ago
      other than kitt turning into a f150 or cube van, its not that bad to watch. theres not much else on tv Wednesdays or Thursdays (canada like to show it multiple days). i cant stand any of the reality shows or game shows, this at least is something to watch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      first of all i love your liveblogs. i usually participate until the shots catch up with me and i can't type.

      second of all, i really hope this retooling doesn't interrupt the continuity and flow of the show. i would hate to have it make no sense for the overriding series story arc.... i have so much emotional energy invested in those characters.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe Kitt could change into Airwolf and fly off to save the day in one episode...

      I just watched an original episode the other day, and despite the mountain of cheese that is the Hoff, it was still entertaining. Well for all of 10 minutes, I couldn't stand the corny 80s acting.

      If they could tone down some of the tech-campiness of Kitt's ridiculous transformations and give the plot (plot? what plot?!) an actual arc from episode to episode (like a master villain they are always after, but never catch) then maybe it would have a chance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the day that Alex COMPLETELY loses it on this show... though, from the blogs, it's close to happening if not already. Good sport Alex. Hopefully it gets better, but I doubt it. Wait until KITT turns into a Flex because FMF has a cameo in the show. Then we'll know it "jumped the shark".
        • 6 Years Ago
        Alex,
        I believe your blogs are responsible for 1/2 of the audience outside the under 18 crowd.

        NExt week, KITT turns into a Focus (group) and the show actually LOSES its focus.


        Stick with the Mustang (lose the F150 theatrics unless he guest stars on Extreme Home makeover) and TONE down the Attack mode.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Alex secretly likes the show.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that KITT car is a ford Mustang is not a good choice.

      Because it have a "High school students car"

      and it have not a "cutting edged." technology feeling.

      I think 80s Pontiac firebird way better than ford mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I watched the show once and almost died. I just read the liveblogs now. If KITT turns into a Camaro SS (or at least the original KITT), they do away with the corny lines, roles, and cast, and get rid of the Super Pursuit Mode *gags*, I may just watch it when a better show has a Commercial Break.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's stupid, it has bad acting and it makes no sense and in that respect, it is a perfect copy of the original. :)

      Now we are in Australia, but my family and I actually really like this show. Park the brain and just go along for the bikini clad ride. Actually some of the jokes make me laugh and I think it never takes itself that seriously, which is nice.

      The most impressive part of the show though- Kitt as a Ford has had no warranty claims yet. Now that is fantasy.
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