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October 3, 2007 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | October 3, 2007 |

Just as the movie industry has moved steadfast into the era of remakes, so follow the TV networks. Hot on the heels of its “Bionic Woman” remake, NBC has given the green light to another remake, in the form of a TV movie which will also serve as a pilot. Yes, boys and girls, Michael Knight and KITT are returning to TV because NBC is inexplicably reviving “Knight Rider.” Little more is known about it at this point, although it’s safe to say that David “This is a Mess” Hasselhoff won’t be the star (but I’d put good money on a lame cameo). However, we do know that it’ll be written by Dave Andron, whose sole writing credit appears to be one of last season’s many busts, NBC’s “Raines.” So that’s not promising. But it is promising that the TV flick is actually going to be produced, and possibly directed, by Doug Liman. Now I’m not holding my breath about this in any way, shape or form, but I love me some Doug Liman. So I have to say that my curiosity is at least a little piqued. But … oh shit, there goes my curiosity right out the window, as these rumors also suggest that KITT (and other cars) are going to be some form of freaking transformers. Why, oh why, can’t they just leave well enough alone? (And for the record, while I loved the show as a kid, I’ve learned that like many things loved for the sake of nostalgia, those old episodes so do not hold up to new viewings.)

Meanwhile, the news that we all knew was coming seems to have finally landed — Cinematical recently interviewed Ian McShane, our old pal Al Swearengen, and McShane said that the “Deadwood” sets are being torn down. Assuming this is true, it’s game, set, match for all our favorite cocksuckers. McShane said that, like all us fans, he feels cheated because of what a great job it was: “It was a fabulous place to be and work. It was a workshop cum theater cum film. It was an extraordinary time. But everything has to come to an end, babe.” And W. Earl Brown (Swearengen’s man, Dan Dority) talked about the fact that, love it or hate it, “The Sopranos” at least had a chance to go out on its own, as did “Six Feet Under” (he called it “the best send off episode in the history of television”), as will “The Wire.” But “Deadwood,” meanwhile: “It just stopped. No ending. Just stopped. It’s like never finding out that ‘Rosebud’ was his sled or that Darth was Luke’s father. …Fuck.” I hear you brother. Fuck indeed.

But wait! All is not lost. Sure, we may never again have new “Deadwood.” But who cares, for Comedy Central has renewed “Mind of Mencia”!!! That means we will get scads more of the comedy-stealing self-titled beaner.


My favorite line from the recent roast of Flavor Flav was when Jimmy Kimmel was talking about how this was the first Comedy Central program to be all green. And he noted that, if Comedy Central really wanted to help stop noxious things from being sent into the air, it would cancel “Mind of Mencia.” I guess Comedy Central hates the environment.

However, Comedy Central makes up for this a little by the fact that it has licensed 10 new episodes of the Canadian show “Kenny vs. Spenny,” along with acquiring rights to 10 of the existing episodes (which will start airing on November 14). This show was the inspiration for a show which some of you may have seen on BBC America called “Ed vs. Spencer,” and the premise is simple — two friends (Kenny and Spencer, duh) face off against each other in stupid competitions, like who can stay naked for a longer period of time, or who can attract more gay guys. At the end of the episode, the winner gets to come up with some type of humiliation for the loser. I’m sure our Canadian readers can tell us more, but if it’s anything like “Ed vs. Spencer,” I’m sure it’s quite funny and entertaining, even if the reality of it is sometimes a bit dubious. And as part of the deal, the new episodes will be executive produced by “South Park” boys Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which will surely help the comedic elements of the show.

And of course I have no choice but to leave you with the following classic video:

Although, for my fellow Phillies fans out there, I’ll leave you with Harry Kalas and the roar of the crowd and the goosebumps from Sunday’s top of the ninth. Let this lift your spirits as we all get ready for this afternoon’s big showdown:

Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television editor. Has he mentioned that the Fightin Phils are the NL East Division Champs?

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