New Knight Rider gets the go-ahead. And “The Doctor” is back!

April 6, 2008 at 20:02 | Posted in Television | Leave a comment

My all-time favourite TV series, Knight Rider is coming back! The (some would say) cheesy
action adventure classic from the 1980’s, has been commissioned by NBC for a new series
following a successful pilot TV movie aired in the US back in February. The original KITT
has been retired, and replaced by an all-new supercar, still called KITT, but this time
built into a rather mean looking Ford Mustang Shelby, and not the old Trans-Am.

Here’s the two minute preview trailer from NBC, posted on YouTube back in January.

The voice of the new Knight Industries 3000 is provided by Val Kilmer, although as yet,
no-one has ruled out any future appearances from the old Knight Industries 2000, as
voiced in the old series (and the 1991 TVM Knight Rider 2000) by William Daniels.

The driver of the all-new KITT isn’t Michael Knight (as played by David Hasselhoff in the
original series, but by Micheal’s son, Mike Traceur, although The Hoff briefly reprised
his role in the new pilot movie, with a brief walk-on part, passing the baton to Mike
towards the end of the movie, at the funeral of Mike’s mother Jennifer.

The new series is much more modern than the original and is likely to be a tad darker,
and far less cheesy than the original show, although it’s very likely that it’ll still have
some of the old show’s classic elements. It seems that it’ll still be a show that’ll
be fun to watch, and generally won’t take itself too seriously.

NBC have announced that the new Knight Rider series will premiere in September,
on Wednesday evenings at 20:00, and re-run on Saturday evenings at 20:00.

If/when the new Knight Rider will be seen on British TV is currently unlnown.


In other news … the latest series of Doctor Who started on BBC One yesterday evening.
And despite the slightly controversial decision to cast Catherine Tate as the Doctor’s
new companion, the overall reaction has been mixed, but her re-introduction to the
series has been mostly well recieved, by DigitalSpy forum members at least!

There were still some slight elements of her comedy show characters coming through,
which some viewers may find annoying, although the first episode in this new series
was mostly lightweight and comical, with even more excessive use of that ruddy
sonic screwdriver than ever! Even the villain, Miss Foster, had her own sonic
device, that worked exactly the same as the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver!

Thankfully overall, her character Donna Noble, has been somewhat toned down since
her quite shouty original debut in the Christmas 2006 special “The Runaway Bride”.

Exactly how CT will be in the darker episodes of this new series, remains to be seen!

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