Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, now a Knight Rider remake?

by Paul William Tenny

Just when you thought the creative brain-drought in studio executive land had pushed things just about as far as they could possibly go without driving people away from their television sets permanently in despair, the slow downward spiral continues with the sad news that NBC is going to bring back Knight Rider. I'm not kidding, and I'm not amused. The show was fine for the era when it aired, and you there's no arguing that Ron Moore's version of Battlestar Galactica isn't a compelling one that is superior to the original in almost every way (except destroying a couple of decades of inroads made by minorities and women in television anyway.)

But this is really just going too far. There is room for remakes and some of it can be really entertaining, but when people are begging and screaming for original movies and TV shows, to continually return to old material simply because executives are piss-poor cowards that give new meaning to the many definitions running through my mind right now, dredging up this old crap is just unacceptable.

There just aren't any words left to respond to this crap. You cannot cancel outstanding dramas such as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Firefly, and even The Black Donnelly's, then replace it with 80's remakes and expect people to keep watching. I have no problem with new ideas that don't pan out, that isn't the networks fault or necessarily even the fault of the people who made the show - sometimes things just don't click. But we'll never know if we don't even get the chance to try something new.

NBC, and all the rest of you (including the movie studios): STOP IT.



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After a strong start, Studio 60 suffered from bad writing and bad plots. Don't confuse smartness with intelligence.

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