Comic-Con: 'Knight Rider' gets rebooted (again); 'Las Vegas' seeks a resolution

Knightrider_lIt’s no surprise that Gary Scott Thompson, the guy behind The Fast and the Furious, is the showrunner for NBC’s upcoming reboot of Knight Rider. And it’s a good thing, too, because the man had nothing to do with the two-hour TV movie/backdoor pilot that aired on NBC in February — you know, the one that prompted little or no excitement from those who loved the original 1982 series starring David Hasselhoff.

After a five-minute featurette of the new version was shown to hordes of fans–and after all of the cast and crew finally made it to the show’s Comic-Con panel following traffic woes–the questions started coming in, well, fast and furious. Most of the audience members grew up with Hasselhoff and KITTduring the ’80s–and they’re a rabid bunch. The most important detailto them? That KITT have a turbo boost that makes the car jump. One faneven demanded that Thompson go on record and promise that he’d make ithappen. Thompson said he would, adding that the show’s producers havean impressive amount of technology at their fingertips. After all, in2008, we’re all comfortable with having our cars tells us what todo–but KITT is a "super GPS," so advanced that he even analyzes his owner’srelationship with Sarah (Deanna Russo). "Are you a homosexual?" KITTasks his human, Mike Tracer (played by Justin Bruening, pictured).

Bruening himself acknowledged the series will be a departure fromthe backdoor pilot, noting "the biggest change is clearly a visualone…one that’s more cleaned up compared to the pilot." Thompson addedthat he felt the "man has to have a team behind him, so that the manand the car work, so that it’s just not a guy and a car." That seemscode for giving the main character more of a mythology and having himreconcile his past with his present.

Another fan asked whether there would be any crossover between Las Vegas and Knight Rider. Thompson, who produced the former series as well, said there wasn’t much room for crossover given the former is no longer on the air, and then proceeded to apologize to fans of Vegasfor the way the show ended. "Molly [Sims] and Josh [Duhamel] haveactually spoken to me about does something…It was a little unjust toleave one [character] about to give birth or have something horriblehappen. Someone’s approached me about possibly doing a two-hour movieto wrap it up, someone has approached me to do a book, or we might doan internet piece. What I don’t want to do is piss off fans of twoshows at the same time, which would be unfair. To all the Las Vegasfans out there, I apologize that it was left like that. It was neverour intention. The strike kind of did us in, and you know, at somepoint you will get a resolution. I’m just not sure how best to do itnow. Josh Duhamel is a bona fide movie star, and his time is prettyprecious–but the cast is willing to do something. [NBC's] Ben[Silverman] doesn’t want anyone to send anymore socks or baby booties.They sent thousands and thousands of baby booties–by the crateload–tohis office and he begged me many times to make them stop. I was like,’Dude, I didn’t cancel it, it was you."

Also of note at the panel: it was revealed that Hasselhoff, who maycome back at some point for a cameo, enjoys breaking into song anddance in between takes, and one of the original KITTs is housed in JoeyFatone’s garage. Um, random.

Knight Rider is set to air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. this fall on NBC.

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  • Slipstream

    I’ve been hearing a lot about “The Knight Rider GPS” by Mio. Now that will be cool. K.I.T.T. in your own car. Yes Please! It’s the real K.I.T.T too, Navtones.com are providing the voice who already do voice downloads for people like Mr. T, Kim Cattrall…
    K.I.T.T. is cool and I hope he remains as cool as he was.

  • Richard

    I just hope GST will do a two-hour movie to bring about closure to Las Vegas and make all the fans of the show happy that he and the cast are willing to do “whatever it takes” to accomplish this. Knight Rider is going to have a hell of a time surviving in that time period but with GST aboard, at least the show will be somewhat watchable for fans. Nevertheless, regarding the booties, GST said it best as it was Silverman who canceled the show to begin with and he had all this time to order a series finale but he was too stubborn and pigheaded to do so, therefore Silverman should take responsibility for being inundated with booties and cards and letters. The folks at http://www.lasvegas-theseries.com are not giving up hope on this plan just yet. GST…PLEASE keep us posted on what you and the cast (if they are re-assembled) are planning to do to bring about closure to Las Vegas. Thank you so very much. Take care!

  • Grace

    Great GST! But please do not lie to us as it did Silverman.
    I hope that GST not behave like that of invertebrate Silverman “liar” first makes us believe in something and then discovers that it was just a lie.

  • Patty

    I hope that GST can really give us at least one final film (although not all of us would like that never ended LV) would be great.
    Gary Scott Thompson for President!!!!!

  • Caty

    Silverman and Zucker may also drown in the midst of booties. I hope that people continue to send booties to those 2.

  • Samantha

    at some point you will get a resolution
    I hope you mean that. Please no lies. We deserve an ending.

  • Rob Grizzly

    This show will still fail.

  • jamiejules

    They need to give us a proper ending to Las Vegas. For those who were loyal for 5 years, it’s the least they can do. I am so sick of hearing them blame it on the writer’s strike. They can fix it, they just aren’t

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