Success of "Transformers" had a role in inspiring NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman's decision to revive "Knight." The thinking is that smallscreen f/x have advanced to the point where it'd be feasible to have a weekly series in which cars shift shapes.Of particular interest is the following paragraph which explains the real reason why they are bringing the show back:
There's also huge potential for advertiser integration. General Motors was all over "Transformers," and it's easy to see NBC striking a rich deal with a single automaker to serve as the exclusive auto brand for the new "Knight." It's understood preliminary talks have already begun.And there you have it. Programs are developed and put on television not based on what the people want, or what the network thinks will be successful, but rather how well they can market their program to advertisers. Its all about the money. It always has been. Its the reason why Fred Flintstone was smoking Winston cigarettes back in the 50's
And yet executives sit in their offices and scratch their heads wondering why people have such a poor opinion of commercial television. Perhaps if they had less commerce and more entertainment, this wouldn't be such an issue.
No word on who will play the infamous Michael Knight character, but I'll bet odds that "the Hoff" will have a cameo somewhere in it. If all goes right, we could see this on the air as early as next Fall.