Some new promo stills for the Knight Rider TV movie have come out, and… they’re super boring. They show Justin Bruening, the show’s new driving wheel, and some other characters in suits, possibly funeral wear. And you glimpse David Hasselhoff, looking way less bright-eyed and bushy-haired, in his cameo. Also, there’s a new synopsis.
The new KITT is the “ultimate car,” with a super-weapons system and the ability to change shape and color. Some evil guys want to get their hands on this awesome ride, and they try to kidnap Sarah Graiman, the daughter of KITT’s inventor Charles Graiman. Sarah enlists the aid of Mike Tracer (Bruening) to find out who’s trying to steal KITT and to track down her missing dad. Also joining them is an FBI agent played by Sydney Poitier (Veronica Mars). [Daemon's TV]
Archive for January, 2008
by David Goetzl, Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 7:15 AM
The ION network, which offers back-to-back episodes of “Who’s the Boss” in its 10 p.m. hour four nights a week, will replace it with former syndication hit “Baywatch” in March.
The deal is with distributor Litton Entertainment, and the show comes from rights-holder FremantleMedia North America.
The series launches on ION Monday, March 3 and will follow an hour of “The Drew Carey Show” (which launched New Year’s Eve).
“This is another fun example of our strategy to offer upbeat, mainstream programming to our viewers,” said Ion chief Brandon Burgess. “This iconic series is a multi-generational TV staple, and ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘Borat’ have made (‘Baywatch’ stars) David Hasselhoff and Pam Anderson as hip and relevant as ever.”
Hasselhoff has been a judge on NBC’s modest summer hit, the “American Idol” knock-off “America’s Got Talent,” while Anderson appeared in the hit film “Borat.”
“Baywatch” became one of the world’s most popular and a highly-lucrative show during its run in syndication from 1991 to 2001.
Copyright 2008 Sleuthphoto / Chris Haston / NBC
Justin Bruening takes over as the ‘Knight Rider” — with some advice from David Hasselhoff.
JUSTIN BRUENING got a chance to meet THE HOFF on the first day of shooting for the new “Knight Rider” TV movie, airing Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m., on NBC, because the original Michael Knight (DAVID HASSELHOFF) has a role in the movie.
“I was nervous about continuing this franchise. It is pretty big shoes to fill,” says Bruening, who plays Mike Tracer, the new “Knight Rider.” “He started giving me advice. He was one of the first people to mention that the key to the show is the relationship between a man and his car and how they become best friends.”
As for Hasselhoff’s contributions to the 2008 TV movie, executive producer DAVID BARTIS tells ET that there was never any question that the original “Knight Rider” would be a part of it.
“He had this inherent understanding of what made it work and what the fans responded to. For us that was a tremendous asset to tap into. He definitely had a role in helping us conceive what [the series] might be, as well as being in it. I think everyone will be excited to see how we work him into the show as Michael Knight,” Bartis says.
Interestingly, there are several parallels between Hasselhoff and Bruening. Both were about the same age when they landed the “Knight Rider” role, both were former soap stars — Hasselhoff was from “The Young and the Restless;” Bruening from “All My Children” — and they both met their wives [for Hasselhoff it was his first wife] on their soaps.
“His ex-wife remarried a man whose name is Michael Knight, who played my father on ‘All My Children,’” Bruening says, adding to the quirks of fate.
But that is where the coincidences stop. There is no “Baywatch” in Bruening’s future.
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