neps: July 2008 Archives

knight rider attack kitt reveal at comic con

We thought the Attack KITT revealed at Comic Con on Friday was pretty amazing, and it would seem we weren't alone! just posted their Best of Comic-Con wrap up post, and KITT came out on top:

Best Vehicle: Attack-mode KITT. Competition was stiff in this category, what with Nite Owl's ship, Bond's Aston Martin and some sort of GI Joe digging device on the floor. But this Mustang on steroids designed for NBC's new Knight Rider boasts Lamborghini doors, a top speed of 377 m.p.h. and, most importantly, turbo-boost. All that vehicular decadence helps us forget about $4/gal. gas.

Be sure to check out who else won here.

Gary Scott Thompson, Justin Bruening and Deanna Russo pose in front of the Attack KITT from Knight Rider 2008 Series

Wow, what a last few days we've had. We hope that everyone was able to ride along with us in covering the San Diego Comic Con events for Knight Rider!

We owe a huge amount of thanks to the good folks over at NBCUniversal (you know who you are) for hooking us up with the level of access required to deliver like we did. We also want to thank all the cast and crew that spoke with us over the two days, but specially Gary, Deanna and Justin for spending alot of time answering our silly questions and going the extra mile to make us feel confident in the series that lies ahead.

We hope you all enjoyed learning about the new changes and tidbits (insert spoilers here!) of what the show will be like as much as we did. Hopefully it can hold us over for a bit!

I know we sound like a broken record, but this really is an exciting time for Knight Rider. It's only going to be getting crazier from this point forward in a very amazing way. We have a lot of exciting things planed, so I hope we have shown you where you need to be for all things Knight Rider

In case you missed it, here is a listing of our coverage on the day of the event it took place on. (which may vary from posted date just due to scheduling)

Pre Comic Con - Thursday, July 24th
Internet Teaser [Video]

Knight Rider Series Panel - Thursday, July 24th
NBC's Comic-Con 2008 Panel Footage [Video]
Knight Rider 2008 Panel [Photos]
Interview with Bruce Davison [Video]
Interview with Deanna Russo [Video]
Interview with Gary Scott Thompson [Video]
Interview with Justin Bruening [Video]
Interview with David Bartis [Video]
Knight Rider 2008 Panel Transcript [Text]

Attack KITT Reveal - Friday, July 25th
Justin, Deanna and Gary at Attack KITT Reveal [Photos]
Attack KITT Reveal [Photos]
Gary Scott Thompson Explains Attack KITT [Video]
Justin Bruening at the Attack KITT Reveal [Video]
Deanna Russo at the Attack KITT Reveal [Video]

Here Justin speaks to us right after the Attack KITT reveal about the car, stunt driving and more! Like most of the cast, Justin was very personable, friendly and seemed genuinely excited to be part of Knight Rider.

Justin and KITT will be in the new Knight Rider 2008 airing September 24th on NBC!

Read the complete transcript after the jump.

[Interview with Justin at Panel Junket]
[more coverage]

Here Deanna speaks to us right after the Attack KITT reveal about the car, stunts and more! She comes off as very geniune and dedicated!

Deanna and KITT will be in the new Knight Rider 2008 airing September 24th on NBC!

Read the complete transcript after the jump.

[Interview with Deanna after Panel]
[more coverage]

Gary Scott Thompson took some time to walk us through the finer details of the Attack KITT, which was revealed yesterday at San Diego Comic Con. Check out what cool things this car can do, and get a sneak peak of what Turbo Boost is going to be like. We really thank him for going this in depth for everyone!

This was filmed exclusively for Knight Rider Online at the San Diego Comic Con 2008!

Read the complete transcript after the jump.

[Interview with Gary at Panel Junket]
[more coverage]

Thanks to NBC's official coverage, we now have access to the footage of yesterday's Comic-Con 2008 panel, featuring Gary Scott Thompson, Paul Campbell, Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Bruce Davison, Smith Cho, Yancey Arias and Dave Bartis.

Check it out, and let us know what you think of what they had to say.

Last but certainly not least is our interview with Bruce Davison, who plays the creator of KITT - Charles Gramin! This was filmed exclusively for Knight Rider Online at the San Diego Comic Con 2008!

Thats all for our coverage today. Check back later on as we show off the Attack KITT!

Here is some more of our interview with Gary Scott Thompson, Executive Producer and Showrunner. This was filmed exclusively for Knight Rider Online at the San Diego Comic Con 2008!

Be sure to check out the end of the interview with Deanna Russo for more of us with Gary here.

We finally got a chance to meet David Bartis and thank him for all his help here at KRO. We also got this quick interview above to share, enjoy!

This was filmed exclusively for Knight Rider Online at the San Diego Comic Con 2008!

For those of you who weren't able to get to the Comic Con, we though the best way to show you what you missed, instead of giving a simple review, was to give a detailed transcription of the panel. So here, quick transcription of the Knight Rider 2008 Panel at Comic Con, we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did watching it.

The Knight Rider panel started right on time, but without many of it's scheduled guests. It seems that a delay on the I5 caused many of the cast to be stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Garry Scott Thomspon and Paul Campbell did very well at keeping us entertained. Gary then called to Deanna and Justin and talked with them at length. Deanna wished for KITT to Turbo Boost as she was stuck by a train. Justin then introduced the 2 Minute teaser of the series.

The first question the moderator asked about what Gary's vision of Knight Rider was, and what we saw in February. They said they realized that the man needs a team behind the one man making a difference, so they weren't just "stuck (with) a guy in a car". "It is 25 years later and audiences are a lot more sophisticated and are looking for something more than that"

When asked about the KITT cave, Thompson said "We call it the KITT cave, but it actually does have a name, it's the 'Satellite Surveillance Chamber' part of 'Knight Research and Development' which is an off shoot of 'Knight Industries'". It is where everything goes on and is a Mission Control with Sat feeds from across the globe, but can also access KITT. Within KITT there is the touch screen inside where they'll be able to communicate back and forth with the "KITTCave" but they will also be able to (with Paul's character) is deal with the computer in a 3D world and pull something out and into the world and watch it spin around.

Paul Campbell plays "Billy Morgan" who controls everything computer and is the goto guy for chemistry, biology and "any ology" He is there to help provide the comic relief and will be the bunt of many jokes.

Yancey plays "Alex Torres" who is the "uber" boss of the team, deciding the team, the missions, who goes out and with whom. But it seems that there will be an ulterior motive to him that we don't know about.

Smith Cho plays a counter point to Alex, and is a linguist and a tech. In the first episode alone she speaks four languages and communicates with other Governments as needed. She constantly drives Billy nuts.

Bruce Davison continues the role of "Charles Gramin" and likes to say how when growing up he used to watch Flash Gordon and watching it when he got older it wasn't quite what he remembered. While everyone loved the original, they all hope that we give them a chance to prove their version of the new Knight Rider.

The thing Gary liked about the original was how Michael Long was shot in the face and could not go back. They've created a mythology around the character of Mike that during the Iraq war in black ops, and what happens if that it follows him home. Does it put the car, the team and him at jeopardy and if it does, what happens to Mike Tracer? In the first episode we will find out this and see the rebirth of Michael Knight.

It talked about how the writers and set designers went to the secret labs at Microsoft and saw what is down the line in 10 years. They pieced together what they saw and it greatly influenced them. One of the interesting things they find is how KITT will evolve and learn and why that is.

Finally Justin and Deanna were able to make it to the con. Justin talked about how his character has grown since the pilot, how he has rounded and made more mythology for the new fans as well as the old one. There is also the chance of romance between Mike and Sarah. Both Deanna and Justin have done Fight school, weapons training, driving training, swat training, and surf lessons.

Sarah's character too has drastically evolved since the Pilot. She is on sabbatical from Stanford and is now beating up bad guys. Deanna joked that the stunt coordinator jokes that he calls her Annie Oakley, cause she has pretty good aim.

They talked about the monster set, with a gimbal, lasers, nano technologies and massive screens. (Just then Bruce Davison Arrives) It took some time to refine the cars and find the designer for the Attack vehicle. When asked about Val Kilmer, Gary talked about what a talent Val Kilmer was, and that his voice will continue to grow and tweak from week to week as intended as the character grows.

When asked about the military in the story line, they say by episode 13, you will start to understand what is "going on" between KITT and michael ("not a sexual thing"). (Then Smith Cho and Yancey Arias arrive)

Merchandising was brought up, and how they hope to take the "Normal" KITT and have it transform into the "Attack KITT". They also hope to build a "KITT Cave" toy, as many cast and crew on set have remarked how it feels like they are inside a Hot Wheels toy. Paul Campbell likes to raise his arms and run into the gimbal and go "VVVROOOOM". Unfortunately this has no concrete information, until the series does well and management decides that it is something they want to do. But they have the likeness rights for all Cast, so it is possible.

When asked about toy wishes, Gary Scott Thompson wants a talking lunch box, Justin would like a PlayStation game, Deana joked about a lunch box that transforms into KITT. Paul hopes his figure has a Kung-Fu grip (which Deanna claims he stole that idea from him). Bruce Davison hopes that his action figure has legs, because supposedly his X-Men figure did not and you had to sit him into a cup.

David Hasselhoff was of course asked about. Justin spoke very favorably and humbled by acting with Hasselhoff. Deanna said how he likes to bust out in song between takes. When talking about a repeat performance, Thompson spoke about how he had an hour breakfast that turned into four hours. He's is super busy with other plans, and talked about other ideas they may work on. They we've already written eight scripts without his character returning (they've only got approval for 13 episodes, with it planned out how it will go to 24 or two seasons.) They want to be sure to use him in a way that is story driven for a two parter or a large one parter. They both agreed the only reason to bring him back is for something speicifc and to extend the new mythology. There is a possibility, depending on schedules.

Questions then proceeded to ask them about the original KITT. Thompson said that "you're probably probing my mind right now, cause thats sorta what if we are going to do it I see no reason we can't see the two KITTs side by side."

Yancey Arias talks about his character being a very smart West Point graduate, very good with, and came in contact with Charles Gramin four years back (which he made up that was inspired by the writing). He runs the team and shows how much urgency in showing that the country and national security is safe. KITT is too integral and respects that it shouldn't be taken lightly. It seems that he will yell at Michael often that he is not handling KITT enough. Makes sure KITT is enhanced and improved constantly for the good of the country and the team.

When asked about tubro boost - Thompson said it will be "Awesome". Specifically the car will jump which was met with a round of applause. "You're going to go, 'quit making the car jump, enough already!'" It will be their version of the turbo boost, and bear with them and they will show us what they can do with great stunts and great technology. "It's going to be different then the originally." They are trying to envelop what has come before, in TV, movies and video games and make it into one thing. They want to make it really cool and really awesome and be a kick butt ride. They want it to be fast, fun and entertainment. Justin added that he goes every week to the writer and say how amazing the script is, because they just keep getting better. They have the ability to upgrade it and bring the tools they need to accomplish the mission. It is also not unheard of, Thompson added, that there might be some version of a "Dark Knight Rider" - Thompsons said "Something like KARR? Hmm, well what do you think? That will be a yes. There will be some version of that that will go through our mythology"

Thompson said he rewatched the series to relearn all the mythology about Michael and KITT to learn that mythology. In the clps we saw, we see Mike Tracer say he's Michael Knight, so we will go back to the roots and the origin of the show. It's twenty five years later, and the Knight Foundation is now not just that it's Knight Industries and we're in the Research Department, but there is a whole mythology that takes this and what its come into from the past.

The Moderator asked of Thompson if he had been to Knight Rider Online to listen to what the fans had to say. Thompson admitted that he went online to the forums, the press to learn what they liked and didn't like or what they missed. "Turbo Boost was the big one, you should know, and I think you do." But they argue that everyone has a vision of what Knight Rider was to them, and also take into consideration that they want to get the new fans involved as well, and it's very difficult, and they will try to get it right. We just need to give them the time they deserve.

We were fortunate to get a few moments alone with Deanna Russo after the panel at San Diego Comic Con. We asked her a bit about the new Knight Rider.

This was filmed exclusively for Knight Rider Online at the San Diego Comic Con 2008!

We were fortunate to get a few moments alone with Justin Bruening after the panel at San Diego Comic Con. We asked him a bit about the new Knight Rider.

This was filmed exclusively for Knight Rider Online at the San Diego Comic Con 2008!

Thanks to NBC's official website, we now have access to the very first official footage of NBC's Knight Rider.

Check it out, and let us know what you think.

One of the biggest, most talked about, most complained about thing that was lacking in the two hour pilot back in February was "Turbo Boost." This beloved feature of KITT, which sent him many times flying over large object, was missing from the movie, and many thought that a piece of KITT was missing too.

When we interviewed Gary Scott Thompson back in April, he recognized this as well:

What exactly is the Turbo Boost? What's going to be our version of the Turbo Boost? And that's something I know the fans sorely missed. It's one of the reasons why I watched as a kid, and loved to see that car jump. But also it's problematic in terms of jumping a car (laughs)

Well now we have our first proof that something is coming for Turbo Boost. Thanks to some observant forum members, we were able to capture and bring to you this :10 second commercial hinting at the Turbo Boost to come:

Exciting times indeed.


One of the favorite past times in our forum recently has been to go over every Knight Rider episode with a fine tooth comb, and find the real life filming locations. With most often nothing more than screen caps, Google Maps, Microsoft Live maps, and Google Earth (with the occasional on the ground support to verify), they are quickly turning through episode after episode.

Currently pushing seven pages in length, the Locations thread has found spots from episodes such as White Line Warriors, Diamonds Aren't a Girl's Best Friend, Knight Behind Bars, Soul Survivor, Killer KITT, KITT vs KARR and many many others.

One of the most creative finds recently has been by our forum member Sue who tracked down the Knight Rider opening to El Mirage Dry Lake, where she proceeded to make this wonderful recreation of the opening credits, check it out:

If you have a keen eye for detail and are handy with geography - you should jump right in and lend a hand!

A new guessing game, started by Victor Kros begin this week. The bi-daily game hopes to entice participants to discover the secret behind their clues.

If you want to check out the discussion in our forums as to what this might be you can do so, otherwise try and discover the Summer of Secrets

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