Crew: August 2008 Archives

gary scott thompson
Showrunner and Executive Producer Gary Scott Thompson was interviewed recently by Newsarama. He had some interesting things to say about taking over the series after the two hour pilot:
"The funny thing is we went to the Television Critics Association and the critics already had a preconceived notion," says Thompson. "They looked at us and said 'We already saw the two hour so this is going to blow.' I am like 'Give us a chance! We haven't even aired! You don't know what we are doing! We are revamping the series. It is going to be different!' Then I go to Comic Con the same week and the fans were excited to see what we were going to do. When we asked for them to give us a shot, it was like 'Absolutely! We'll be there!' We showed them the four minute clip and they went crazy. One of the last questions was whether they could see it again. I don't fault the critics but unless it's up there as an Emmy winner...... Well, that's not my objective. My objective is to bring eyeballs and get people to watch."

Additionally, Thompson went on to talk about Hasselhoff and the original KITT's return:

"In the two hour, you did see bits and pieces of it," reports Thompson. "We're leaving that right now because there is an opportunity with David Hasselhoff returning at some point. We've discussed it and are discussing it. I don't know if it's going to happen just because of scheduling. It's something we are actually talking about so if we did do it, that would be the point I would want to bring Kitt back."
"We are a car savvy nation where we love our cars. We also spend a lot of time in our car and in some ways, this has a wish fulfillment element. Everybody wishes they had a car that could drive itself or transform so you could sleep and Kitt can do that. The biggest thing is to really keep moving. If you are going to do a show about a car, you need to go fast. The cars need to be really cool and have amazing stunts and races. The other is you need really cool characters driving them."

[Producer Gary Scott Thompson on the New Knight Rider]

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