Now that NBC is tacking on eight more episodes of Knight Rider, they've decided to retool the whole shebang, most likely to add the crucial element of "not making your eye sockets burn." The new episodes will focus more on on the relationship between the supercar KITT and Mike. Sydney Tamiia Poitier (daughter of Sidney Poitier and Deathproof actress) has been dropped, along with Yancey Arias and Bruce Davison. So basically, any one who had even a smidgen of talent is gone, and now it's up to Mike Tracer to carry the show with Val Kilmer's impossible-to-decipher voice.Executive producer Gary Scott Thompson told the trades, "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." This whole drama angle is supposed to be similar to NBC's already popular series Life and Law And Order, but, you know, with a talking car. I cannot believe they fired all the people who could sort of act, my guess this whole thing was about trimming the fat but production insists it was entirely a creative decision. They should have just cut the ridiculous KITT-cave with the fancy lights and what nots. The new and improved Knight Rider will begin with a two part storyline beginning with the 10th episode. This is one of those depressing situations, where bad shows are allowed to continue and flounder around, while brilliant series such as Middleman with both great writing and acting gets the axe. I have no desire to see KITT and Mike go on a road trip where KITT calls him gay, again. Let this be a lesson to you NBC, you can not recreate Hasselhoff's charms simply with a random shirtless dude. [The Hollywood Reporter]
We need some sort of shorthand around here for whenever somebody wants to say "I can't believe XXXXXXX gets cancelled (or gets lousy ratings) and yet Knight Rider didn't get cancelled midway through the pilot."
It would save a lot of typing, mostly by me.