By on April 2, 2008

knight-rider-kitt-shelby-gt500kr1.jpgOne topic that TTAC has steered clear of is the constant liveblogging of announcements about Knight Rider. I realize that retro-1980s stuff is cool for some people, and Knight Rider is nominally about a car with gadgets. But seriously, who cares? It's not previewing some heretofore unseen production model, and it's got all the same boring action as modern action films with fake car-chase scenes so over the top they're just mundane. How many times can we watch a car leap off a bridge, enter orbit, fix a satellite, re-enter the atmosphere, stop at Taco Bell and then land on a Persian rug? The Knight Rider debut had 13 million viewers, which is comparatively pretty high for fiction shows (but a fraction of what American Idol gets), but much like initial car interest, new TV shows often do well the first time, then their ratings fall off a cliff. Worst of all, this "futuristic" car isn't even that cool. If they really wanted to appeal to the male youth demo, why not have KITT be an Evo instead of a Mustang? Oh right, because Knight Rider is a giant commercial.

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46 Comments on “Does Anyone Give a Damn About Knight Rider?...”


  • avatar
    quasimondo

    Oh right, because Knight Rider is a giant commercial.

    And a poor one at that.

    Talking cars that could drive themselves was cool back in 1984.

    Cars tha talk is passe in 2008, and vehicles that pilot themselves is downright scary.

  • avatar

    I’m of the age where the I watched the original show back in the 80s — because there was a car in it. The original show was pretty weak, and even in my youth I could tell the acting was bad. I still enjoyed it, but then I was still pre-driver’s-license.

    I caught the pilot online on the network’s website, and it was fantastically worse than the original. I loved pointing out to my wife (she caught a few minutes of it with me) that all the vehicles were some sort of Ford product. I don’t mind a little brand insertion, but this felt like a straight-up infomercial. I was not impressed, and I even quite like the latest Mustang.

    I’m not a TV watcher at all, and this show is certainly not going to bring be back to the tube.

  • avatar
    N85523

    No, I don’t.

  • avatar
    jthorner

    “Does Anyone Give a Damn About Knight Rider?”

    No.

  • avatar
    Brendino

    As someone who loves the A-Team with a passion?

    Yeah, I dig this kind of stuff.

    I’ll just have to wait two months for an Aussie network to pick it up (and by the time I’m back in the States they’ll probably have started work on “Knight Rider Australia” featuring a souped up Falcon).

  • avatar
    RedStapler

    Shows like KR are the absurd endgame to product placement. Its a arms race where a growing segment of the population TiVos past the ads so marketers try and cram more and more product placement into the show or movie itself.

    Sometimes it can be merley annoying like all the H2s on CSI.

    I enjoyed the original show back in the day as a kid; “Air Wolf” and the “A Team” were cooler though. While it was a bit hokey and the production values were low it was a respectable showing for the standards of the day.

    Done right it works ok, done wrong you end up distracting from the story. Some where in the middle is the Freeway scene from Matrix 2 with its all GM line up. Mostly anyway, they let some Ford and and Mercedes products sneak in on the Truck side.

  • avatar

    but… but… TURBO BOOST !

  • avatar
    TexasAg03

    No. It was so lame, it should have been shot.

  • avatar
    meocuchad

    RedStapler:
    Shows like KR are the absurd endgame to product placement. Its a arms race where a growing segment of the population TiVos past the ads so marketers try and cram more and more product placement into the show or movie itself.

    Great point. That never actually occured to me before, but it makes perfect sense. I personally haven’t watched any commercials in weeks. I love you, Tivo.

    Anyway, regarding KR, I never had any interest in this new version from the get-go. Why would anyone…?
    IMHO, KITT just looks rediculous as a Mustang.

  • avatar
    maxo

    I used to love KR, and the mustang is kinda out of place, but no Mr. Feeny??!!? No way I am watching it.

  • avatar

    Nope.

    –chuck

  • avatar
    yournamehere

    think about if they used a Camaro…by the time the 2 or 3rd season was over GM would finally be rolling out the production car and everyone would want to be Knight Rider!

  • avatar
    P71_CrownVic

    TTAC:
    Does Anyone Give a Damn About Knight Rider?

    No. Retarded car…retarded show. (at least the new car and show…I have not seen the old one)

  • avatar
    B.C.

    vehicles that pilot themselves is downright scary

    Brings to mind this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSrcUZ77Rsk

    I think having a race series with self-driving cars and helpless passengers would make awesome reality TV.

  • avatar
    marc

    No

  • avatar
    Strippo

    The movie just didn’t capture the homoerotic subtext of the original series.

    David Hasselhoff is The Man. Accept no substitutes.

  • avatar

    As soon as I saw the Ford Edge keeping up with KITT, I shut off the made-for-TV movie and forgot about this entire re-hash.

  • avatar
    dancote

    Yes I do.

  • avatar
    TriShield

    The Ford commercials starring KITT were more entertaining than the movie itself.

  • avatar
    foolish

    Honestly, I enjoyed the new one. It was dumb, and the product saturation was Transformers-bad, but really, how many shows on TV don’t suck? This was good mindless fun.

    That said, I don’t think TTAC needs to write about it.

  • avatar
    Orian

    I watched the first one and Dukes of Hazzard in my youth. I’ve watched neither of the new and don’t plan on it either. Some shows should be left in the 80’s.

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    It was so weak. I did watch it out of respect to the original Knightrider (which I would probably find absurd as well now that I am significantly older), but only made it through the initial chase scene where the Mustang KR has trouble losing a Ford Edge. At least, I had fun ribbing my wife about how bad the Mustang handles (she loves Mustangs) if a basic people mover is able to keep up with it.

    The short answer to the subject question:

    No, please no!

  • avatar
    jaje

    I watched the first 15 minutes – laughed at how far fetched everything was and now a Ford Edge could possibly keep up with it. I turned it off – bad acting, bad plot, bad physics, bad everything. I read that the series premiere movie flopped big time but they are still going ahead with the series. Just a 60 minute Ford commercial with cheesy plots from what looks like producers snatched up from the porn industry.

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Can anybody say “Jump the Shark”?

  • avatar
    OhMyGoat

    One big commercial indeed. Apparently Ford wasn’t too happy when they found out that actor Will Arnett (formerly “GOB” from “Arrested Development”) had been cast as the “voice” of KITT. Why? Because he also does the voiceovers for GMC Truck commercials. Arnett was quickly replaced by Val Kilmer at the last minute.

  • avatar
    Cicero

    If cars have to talk, I’ll take Anne Sothern as “My Mother The Car” over Knight Rider any old day.

  • avatar
    CupcakeF

    Transformers the movie=one big GM ad…

  • avatar
    IronEagle

    I am probably killing the thread but yes there are many of us that enjoyed the movie. It is a great premise and with some reworked details can be a hit. The pilot got a 13 share so that is a good start.

    Who can complain about hot lesbian surfers and Deanna Russo in a built Mustang? I liked the ties to the original with the Knight Two Thousand in the shop at the beginning. I was hoping to see them bring back KITT since Hasselhoff was in the movie. Mabye destroyed the original saving the ‘3000’ and his son and the hot brunette.

    BTW the criminals chasing KITT were in the Edge and to most it did seem asinine. Ok here comes geek mode:

    The criminals chasing Deanna Russo’s character were trying to aquire information to take over a Skynet type military computer system that could control missle launches etc. Criminals with resources to go after that could have taken an Edge, pulled the engine and built it back with ARP hardware, forged pistons, crank and rods. Then have added a supercharger AND a turbocharger and cockpit adjustable tein suspension and super grippy yokohama AVS intermediate tires. Even ground effects! Yes the Edge should have looked modded to keep up with KITT. Would have loved to have seen some missles or a laser but I enjoyed the chase. I guess I am still an 80s kid at heart!!

  • avatar
    carguy1964

    Gee which show’s suck…Reality or Knight Rider??? I am getting a Blu Ray player…Who Cares!!

  • avatar
    Strippo

    Who can complain about hot lesbian surfers

    I have to admit, that part was pretty hot.

    Subaru? We need to talk.

  • avatar
    Roger Hislop

    I have fond memories of Knight Rider from my childhood (hey, I was only about 8, gimme a break). I would like them to stay that way.

    Saw a rerun not too long ago — it sucked, but not much more than most pulp TV shows, and David Hasslehof is still the Hof.

    The question is how broke must Val Kilmer be to be the voice of a sentient car. Do the new equivalent of Devon Miles and April still phone in their 15.3 seconds of air time per episode?

    Mmm. That April and her 80’s tied-above-the-navel button-down blouses. The stuff of eight-year-old fantasies.

    There was also some terrible crap about a vigilante in a high-tech, intelligent truck after KR died… violent and sneseless. Forget what it was called.

  • avatar
    menno

    NO!

  • avatar
    rpenna

    No matter how bad it is, it’s pretty ironic that a remake of an 80’s TV show is the most original thing on right now.

    Compare it to:

    Crime Drama Show
    Reality Show
    Doctor Drama Show
    Unfunny Comedy Show

    All of a sudden the 20 year old remake looks remarkably unique.

  • avatar
    Jeff in Canada

    I think NBC should remember that the writer’s strike was still in full swing when they premiered this load of carbage.
    TV watchers were desperate for something new, even if it was lousy. A top rated show during the strike was ‘Moment of Truth’!
    Once the regular shows are back on with something fresh is anyone going to watch a pseudo-tricked out Mustang do burnouts?
    I know I won’t be tuning in.

  • avatar
    Orian

    rpenna,

    When you put it that way – yeah, it does seem unique.

    I’m still not watching it.

    Even if they built the Edge as someone posted above, why would you even bother starting with THAT vehicle to mod out like that? There are much better slates to start with than an Edge.

  • avatar
    NeonCat93

    Dear Hollywood,

    Please stop raping my childhood because you are too chicken to come up with original ideas that might not test well.

    Or, in LOL: DO NOT WANT.

    Thank you,

    NeonCat93

  • avatar
    FunkyD

    No Trans-Am and no Rebecca Holden. What’s the point, then?

  • avatar
    Wulv

    In one word, NO.

  • avatar

    No f-body?

    No Knight Rider.

  • avatar
    Mud

    I don’t care, the 80’s show was so lame that I loved it then and I still get a kick out of the occasional re-run now.

  • avatar

    ha!

  • avatar
    blautens

    I thought it was cancelled already.

  • avatar
    schempe

    Apparently the hype over the show is enough for someone willing to pay $300,000 for a pair of Kitt Mustangs at Barrett Jackson last week. Yes, the show is corny but then again we can say the same thing about the return of the Bionic Woman which should of been left in the 70’s where it belongs along with many other quality programs to choose from during primetime.

  • avatar
    dastanley

    Hopefully this copy cat Knight Rider will be put out of its misery. The one from the 80s was weak but this one is the epitome of a POS.

  • avatar
    IronEagle

    Well they are bringing a series in the fall so everyone be sure to watch! :)

  • avatar
    jaje

    I just realized – residents of trailer homes need a Sunday car related show to give them their post nascar fix.

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