Shapeshifter wrote: Lost Knight wrote:
Shapeshifter wrote:AFAIK, no calls have gone out to any of the former KR writing staff. That is not a good sign.
Not a good sign in terms of the show getting picked up again, but by some miracle if it does happen to, I wouldn't want any of the same writers back, anyway, and that especially includes Gary Scott Thompson. Not to be too harsh on them, but these are the people responsible for the multiple tossed out lackluster scripts and mediocre/bad writing that plagued the series from the get-go.
The only chance this show would have to improve in terms of quality, direction and perhaps overall reputation, would be to hire a new show runner and writers, in my honest opinion.
I can see how you might feel that way, but I don't think that NBC would re-boot the series for a 3rd (4th!) time with a new writing staff. The ONLY reason they would renew would be because of the improving numbers and quality toward the end of the run (and MAYBE international popularity) and they would want at least some of the original writing staff for continuity. In other words, they would feel that it had been fixing itself, and would probably not mess with it too much.
Alas, I don't feel that this is the way it will play out. I think the higher-ups just want to be done with it. I think KR08 is through.
- Well considering you're the "goto" guy for Knight Rider 08 info, maybe your realistic views may silence the war between those who believe the series is cancelled and those who keep finding ways to justify for it to come back. Because it's such a combustable topic, I have chosen to stay as far away from it as possible and focus my energies elsewhere.
I will say this one observation that I think is important to consider - if NBCU wanted to renew Knight Rider: The Series
, I would think they would have at least put it in syndication on Sci-Fi in the USA like they have done with Kings
and some other things like Cha$e
and Estate of Panic
(both of which are now off the air having only 6 or so episodes but are expected to get another season). The sheer fact that they haven't moved it and the lack of advertising tells me they've given up hope on it being salvaged here in the USA and are hoping to recoup their loses internationally.
It is possible, however unlikely that the sheer amount of support might get the series to come back from cancellation like Baywatch
or Family Guy
but I just don't see it happening unless Ford wants to sell more cars. Keep in mind Ben Silverman already told everyone flat out what his intentions were - "brand integration".
Not the fans who support the show, not even the show concept itself - just to sell products
. Since Ford and Shelby sold out their runs of GT500KR's, what big ticket item is there left to have to invest in? A 2010 GT500KR? If I'm not mistaken, didn't Shelby replace the "King of the Road" line with the Super Snake line? Even if so, it would require them to have to rebuild new cars again - this is unlikely to happen because unlike the 82 Trans Am which is pretty much indistingushable from the 83-88? or so models when you slap on a new nose, hood, and blackouts - you can't just upgrade a GT500KR to look like a newer model as easily.
This means they would stick with the GT500KR's (yes I know they're more "mock ups" of actual GT500KRs) they already have - so what does Ford get out of the deal? Really? More unecessary "disguises" for KITT to transform into to show off the latest ford model?
I'd like to point out as to avoid confusion these are my opinions and are in no way stated as absolutes. I could be wrong on some things and you're free to point it out. Contrary to popular belief I do not claim to "know it all".
I can say one thing with absolute confidence - Whether or not the series is renewed, Knight Rider will continue to live on in other forms whether it's dvd sales, merchandising, or other events and projects related to the property.
Whether or not the series is renewed makes little difference on the property itself. As long as the fans continue to demand for Knight Rider to reinvent itself, the spirit lives on. Knight Rider is a torch that refuses to be expire or be extinguished - fueled by a fandom that continues to believe in it whether the torch is passed on from one creator/showrunner to the next. It is the one factor of this property NBCU still doesn't "get" - and because of this sheer self-preserved studio brass arrogance, they continue to fail.
There's a demand from fans you see, but for them
there is simply no longer a desire