NBC Orders "Knight Rider" to Weekly Series
NBC is expected to announce later today that it will turn the 2-hour February 17 "Knight Rider" movie into a weekly series which may air on Friday nights come fall.
Justin Bruening will continue to play the central character in the updated version of the 1980s classic starring David Hasselhoff.
The action drama will however get a new show runner and it will be conceived as a cross between the just canceled "Las Vegas" and "Fast and the Furious" movies.
The show would get an initial 13-episode order. If it continues to do well in the ratings it would get a full season order.
The backdoor pilot/movie scored 12.71 million viewers and its ratings steadily increased over the 2-hour time slot peaking at 13.12 million in the final half hour (which featured a special cameo by David Hasselhoff).
Personally I found the movie to be a hideous piece of mindless trash and a complete waste of 2 hours of my life, but there will always be an audience for this type of programming.