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What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:59 pm
by Michael Pajaro
Sue and I met up with "Knight Rider Archivist" AJ Palmgren and had lunch with Steve Whiteside. Steve was a prop-master on both the original series and the 2008 show and is a great story-teller with tales of his experiences on the set.

Here are some of the things he told us about what they wanted to do if the new series had a second season:

The Semi would have come back. They were going to get rid of the CDC and just have a mobile command center. The series would become more of a "road show". When they were filming the last scene of "Exit Light, Enter Knight", with the reunited family saying goodbye in front of the hospital, they had the last-minute idea (I think it came from Steve) to have a black semi trailer parked in the background. It would have been a little teaser of what was to come. But they couldn't get a truck quickly enough.

Graiman would return. The plane crashed, they never found the body, and "the Devon character" would be back in season two.

KITT would get a new license plate: 82KR209. 82 for the year of the original series, KR for Knight Rider, 209 for the year 2009. Or in the context of the show, the year of the first KITT and "Knight Research". In 2010, the plate would be updated to 82KR210. And so on.

Maybe they should have put Steve in charge of the show: originally, KARR was just going to be a robot, but they later decided to turn him into a Mustang. Steve argued with the writers that KARR should have
turned into a Trans Am. I don't know if Ford or Pontiac would have allowed it, but it would have been awesome.

My general impression is that Steve felt that the new series missed the mark with the early episodes, improved a lot with the reboot and would have been even better with the direction they wanted with season two. A shame we didn't get to see it.

A Goliath-Sized thank you to Steve for sharing his stories with us, and to AJ for setting up the meeting while he was visiting L.A.

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:06 pm
by Slade
Thats awesome to hear all that stuff :o ,now I wish we had a season 2 even more :( .

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:19 pm
by WIBoomer1
Mike, yeah, instead we get the Jay Leno show...oh wait, that's done as of tonight. It's all in the timing...

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:00 pm
by tamatt27
Awesome! Great to hear all of that. It's a shame it never happened...

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:28 am
by Aydann.
Season 2 sounds awesome!
I'm going to keep my hopes up that some time soon they bring Knight Rider Season 2 to life!

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:59 pm
by juliec30
Didn't someone report or even told us that NBC never canceled KR? Or did I hear that wrong? I feel that KR just was on a wrong day. They could of had a better rating if we would of been on a different day. Wednesday are bad for some people. Move KR to a different day and bring it back.

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:49 pm
by AZKNIGHT
Man...I know Season 2 is never coming, but it sure as hell would be exciting if it did based on the information in this post!

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:30 pm
by Sue
juliec30 wrote:Didn't someone report or even told us that NBC never canceled KR? Or did I hear that wrong? I feel that KR just was on a wrong day. They could of had a better rating if we would of been on a different day. Wednesday are bad for some people. Move KR to a different day and bring it back.


A lot of people were spreading rumors that the show was dead long before it was. Many positive people on the cast and crew tried to counteract the bad press and rummors with positive messages on KRO and elsewhere but in the end it became a self-fulfilling prophecy and NBC shelved the show.

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:28 pm
by juliec30
So it wasn't NBC fault that we didn't get a 2nd season? Or was it their fault?

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:46 pm
by Sue
juliec30 wrote:So it wasn't NBC fault that we didn't get a 2nd season? Or was it their fault?

It was NBC's decision, as to where the blame lies, that is up for debate over in this thread

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:12 am
by juliec30
So we could get one since now that Jay Leno going back to late night and NBC bring back some shows that they took off. So we still might maybe get it back.

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:56 am
by Skav
With ratings actually improving toward the end of the first season, NBC are absolutely crazy to not re-new it for another season!

EVERY tv show has to find it's "footing" with a first season and I believe KR would have settled into a "groove" with season 2.

The problem with NBC is that they lack patience.

They were in the right track toward the end of the season with the ratings going up (even beating LOST twice).

Re: What could have been in season 2: from Propmaster Steve

Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:24 am
by juliec30
I think they should of made KR better and make sure they were doing things right at the being to keep it together.