Thursday, February 07, 2008

Brand new K.I.T.T.

Can you feel the excitement in the air yet? Can't you just taste it? It's the beginning of a brand new era of television and it begins with Knight Rider. The backdoor pilot is set to air on NBC on February 17th. We only got like a week and change to go! You should probably set your Tivo, and start planning you Knight Rider viewing parties with your friends now. Because, you certainly don't want to leave it up to the last minute.

In a surprising turn of events, the tv series has done a last minute recast. With a mere two weeks to go before air, it was announced that the voice of the new K.I.T.T., Will Arnett has been taken off the project and replaced with none other than Val Kilmer! yes, thats what I said, Val Kilmer!!

This totally unexpected news is based on a conflict of interests between Arnett's career and the advertisers on the new Knight Rider show. You see, Arnett has done voice over work for years, effectively becoming a spokesman, for General Motors, and that of course doesn't fly well with Ford who are not only heavily sponsoring the Knight Rider program, but are actually supplying the car. The new version of K.I.T.T. is a modified Ford Mustang, a change from the Trans AM in the original series, and Ford was none too comfortable with a rival spokesman becoming the embodiment of their vehicle.

I guess it makes sense, but man, you'd think they could've mentioned this a little earlier eh? Ah well, Kilmer's not doing too much these days, this might be good for him. Either way, I'm still looking forward to the 17th. It's going to be sweet :)

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