Shades of Blue: Pilot

The limelight loves Jennifer Lopez; she’s everywhere again. A new season of American Idol on FOX, and a new TV series called Shades of Blue on NBC. Apparently, she hasn’t given up hope on an acting career, even if everybody else has. It’s too bad, the way her days on the big screen came to a screeching halt after Money Train, Blood and Wine, U Turn, Anaconda and Out of Sight. She was this close to becoming a force to be reckoned with, but then Ben Affleck happened, I suppose. That, and the pull of the music biz.

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Uphill Battle
Now Jennifer Lopez The Actress is back. Starring in her own executive produced cop show Shades of Blue. My expectations beforehand were low. The trailer didn’t look like much. Too ‘clean’. Too contrived. Ray Liotta. Drea de Matteo. Created by Adi Hasak, who’d written John Travolta’s From Paris with Love and Kevin Costner’s 3 Days to Kill. Directed by Barry ‘hit or miss’ Levinson. Meh. This series was going to fight an uphill battle with me.

70, 20, 10
It’s about corrupt cops, and Harlee Santos (Lopez) is one of them. In fact, the whole precinct seems to live by the Book of Mackey*; as long as crime goes down, everything is permitted. Including cover up rookie mistakes, work together with drug dealers, lie, steal, extort and kill. Head of this Strike Team is Matt Wozniak (Liotta), a ‘good man’, who goes to the high school music recital of Harlee’s daughter, but one with a dubious moral compass. And even though De Matteo’s on every billboard all over town, we don’t get to know anything about her character Tess Nazario. The show’s 70% Lopez, 20% Liotta and 10% Warren Kole (24, The Chicago Code, Common Law), who plays FBI agent Robert Stahl. Blink and you’ll miss everybody else.
* Book of Mackey: Vic Mackey used to be the leader of a similar corrupt team of cops on The Shield.

The Best Deal
If the precinct wasn’t enough, Internal Affairs is also in Wozniak’s pocket. Basically, every cop is a bad cop on this show. Luckily, the FBI has managed to employ one good guy. Stahl goes after Harlee. She’s shit out of luck when she unknowingly makes a deal with one of his undercover agents. Normally, that would be jail, but he tries to turn her into an informant. In exchange, she gets total immunity. That’s silly writing right there. There’s no negotiation. There’s just: give us Wozniak and you’re free to go. The first thing Stahl does, is put the best possible deal on the table. First rule of the FBI, I imagine, and screenwriting is you never put the best possible deal on the table. At best, they’ll reach some sort of compromise.

No Morals Whatsoever
Harlee’s made to wear a wire and camera, in her necklace, when she goes over to Wozniak’s house. He pulls her aside. There’s a mole, he says. How he came to know this, we don’t know. Of course, Harlee thinks he’s on to her, even though she hasn’t said or done anything yet. But no, Wozniak’s got his eyes on somebody else, and wants her help to kill him. I must say, Liotta surprised me. He’s the bad guy, but a nice guy. He’s really made The Woz a character of flesh and blood. Lopez is alright. I can’t quite get a grip on Harlee yet, though. She’s a loving mother, absolutely, and she’s a tough cop, maybe, I don’t really buy her toughness, but let’s give her the benefit of the doubt. The thing that bugs me is her belief that she’s doing the right thing. It’s not the right thing, and she should acknowledge that, and then do it anyway because of circumstance. But that’s not how Lopez’ character is written. Harlee is a woman without any kind of morals. To her, everything is just peachy, as long as crime statistics stay low and she doesn’t get caught. The writers clearly have over-simplified her. Audiences don’t want to invest themselves in a woman with such a one dimensional world view, no matter how exciting all of her informant missions are going to be.

Beautiful People?
That’s really the problem of Shades of Blue; it’s too simple. They may have gotten away with it in the nineties, but television has come a long way. Speaking of two decades ago: what an odd choice it was to use the song ‘Beautiful People’ by Marilyn Manson during a chase sequence. Looks like the music supervisor forced his own dated record collection onto the production. It may have been cool in 1996, but come on. The scene didn’t even involve beautiful people; what were they thinking?

The Golden Globes 2016 Winners

‘I’m going to do this monologue and then go into hiding. Not even Sean Penn will find me.’ Fourth time host of The Golden Globes Ricky Gervais wants to get on with it. Officially, it’s the ‘73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards’, or in semi-official terms: The 73rd Celebrity Banquet Appetizer For The Academy Awards’. In a previous post, we predicted the winners in all television categories. Let’s see how we did.

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Predictions
It started out promising, because the first award, for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie’, went to Maura Tierney (The Affair). Just like we thought it would. Unfortunately, none of our other predictions came true. We would’ve liked to see either Gina Rodriguez or Lily Tomlin take one of those sparkly yellow balls home, but it was Rachel Bloom who won ‘Best Actress in a Comedy’, for her role in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She couldn’t believe it either. Bloom ran onto the stage, screaming, no – Iet me rephrase that – SCREAMING ‘O my god, o my god’, before dumping a merciless waterfall of words upon the audience. 30 seconds never felt that long, but eventually she was cut off by the music. Bloom was one of the few winners who actually let that happen. The night seemed to be overtaken by actors and directors who took as much time as they wanted to thank everybody.

Teddybear
They were all a bit rebellious this year. I wonder what was in their food this evening – did they get any food at all? The first presenters left their dignity on the bottom of their champagne glasses, that’s for sure. To be fair, Channing Tatum held it together, but Jonah Hill made a complete fool out of himself. He’d pulled a teddybear over his face, pretending to be Leonardo DiCaprio’s co-star in The Revenant. He was cursing so much, it was impossible to follow what he was talking about. That guy’s totally lost it, was my first thought. There were more moments of obscenities that got bleeped out (Amy Schumer, Jaimie Alexander, Ricky Gervais), but because it’s live (with a short delay), they bleep out way too much. To be on the safe side, they just turn off the sound of the sentence with the word, half a sentence before and half a sentence after. Remind me, for next year, to take a course in lip reading.

Fargo
Apparently, the Hollywood Foreign Press loves classical music. So I didn’t see the two wins for Mozart in the Jungle coming. It beat Transparent in ‘Best Comedy Series’ and Gael García Bernal surpassed Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Patrick Stewart and Jeffrey Tambor for ‘Best Actor in a Comedy’. They also have a special relationship with the BBC, so it’s not really a surprise that Wolf Hall won ‘Best TV Movie or Limited-Series’, but it’s totally bullocks. If there was one show this year that deserved as many awards as it was nominated for, it’s Fargo. The second season was absolutely brilliant, but not only did it get screwed by Wolf Hall, Kirsten Dunst unrightfully got snubbed in the ‘Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie’ category. Her portrayal of Peggy Blumquist was iconic. Somehow, Lady f*cking Gaga was considered a better actress. Ridiculous. Also Patrick Wilson dressed up for no reason, since Oscar Isaac won ‘Best Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie’, for Show Me a Hero. I can live with that, though.

Robot Beat Dragon
We didn’t think much of the ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie’ category, but hey, someone had to win. Christian Slater did, for being Mr. Robot. Now, as enjoyable as his character was – actually, the only enjoyable character on that show -, was it really award worthy? I’ve always thought of the USA show about a schizophrenic hacker to be more of an experiment. An exploration of how to create a dark show that’s too serious for its own good. But apparently, critics loved it, because this quasi-artistic, quasi-dramatic, Fight Club-ish hacker series was deemed better than Game of Thrones. This is the world we’re living in now, where people who’re supposed to have professional opinions about television drama, ignore the two best dramas of the year. Noah Hawley (Fargo) and D.B. Weiss & David Benioff (Thrones) have made the greatest hours of television in a number of years. Really, the Hollywood Foreign Press should be ashamed of themselves.

Rocky
The awards for ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ in a drama, go to Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire). I expected a little more love for Narcos, but I guess it was the last chance to honor Don Draper. The most powerful moment of the night came when Sylvester Stallone won for his role in Creed. The whole audience got up on their feet to applaud. He got praise from the industry 4 decades ago, when Rocky came out, but was never looked at after. He was ‘just’ one of those action movie stars. Finally, he gets recognition for being a great actor as well, in 2016.

Other Highlights
Denzel Washington receives a sort of Lifetime Achievement Award, called the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Quentin Tarantino accepts the award for ‘Best Score’ on behalf of Ennio Morricone, for his work on The Hateful Eight. Leonardo DiCaprio has the best speech. Jim Carrey has one of the funniest presenting speeches – which wasn’t so hard; I suggest that Ricky’s going to help write them for the actors next time, because that could be done a lot better. I do have a feeling Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence might be the ones to host the show next year. Just a feeling. The movie Steve Jobs, that completely bombed a few months ago, won two awards: Kate Winslet for best supporting role, and Aaron Sorkin for best screenplay. We might have to wait for the Oscars, but I can imagine the movie’s going to get a re-release.

Out of Time
Since Taraji P. Henson and Ridley Scott took way more time to thank everybody they know in show business, The Golden Globes 2016 almost ran out of time. The Revenant won ‘Best Motion Picture – Drama’, but director Alejandro G. Iñárritu had to cut it short, and we didn’t even see Ricky again. He squeezed in his last joke, while the camera was moving away from the stage. The end. We’re left with one question, though: What did Ricky say to Mel Gibson?

The Office is Back and It’s Called Superstore

Last year, we were speculating about an Office reboot, and here it is. Superstore presents a fresh take on the ‘workplace comedy’ format. No paper company this time around, but a mega-store serves as the decorum of goofiness and, of course, romance.

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When Jim Met Pam
What better way to introduce the store and its inhabitants, than through a new employee: Jonah (Ben Feldman, Silicon Valley, Drop Dead Diva and Michael Ginsberg on Mad Men). He’s way too intelligent to stack toilet paper (which goes wrong) and price products (which goes even wronger), but he needs a job, apparently, so there he is, applying for one at ‘Cloud9’. His interview is with Dina (Lauren Ash, comedy’s most recent revelation), the female counterpart to Dwight Schrute. She’s clearly attracted to Jonah, but Superstore knows how to do farce; he’s into his supervisor Amy (America Ferrera, Ugly Betty, The Good Wife). With a little imagination, this show could be the tale of ‘When Jim Met Pam’, in an alternate universe.

Supporting Cast
On top of the hierarchy, is boss Glenn (Mark McKinney, Saturday Night Live, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip). An older, more mellow version of Michael Scott. There’s also fun guy Garrett (Colton Dunn, Parks and Recreation), dumb brunette Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom, Shameless) and suck-up Mateo (Nico Santos, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2). There isn’t one unlikeable character on the show, like a Kevin, Ryan, Erin or Meredith. It’s only the first episode, of course, so let’s not cheer just yet.

Elitist
The pilot episode deals with Jonah, trying to fit in and desperately trying not to look like an ‘elitist’. He also spends a lot of time apologizing to Amy – who doesn’t want to give her real name at first – because he screws up the simplest of tasks. His excuse is: moments of beauty should be incorporated, especially in a big-box store such as this. If that means stacking up soda cans, based on their colors, to create an emoticon wall (in the shape of a sad smiley face – to say he’s sorry), so be it. It doesn’t go over well with Amy, although she’s slowly warming up to him.

Robbery
Parallel to his first day(s), is the story of Cheyenne, whose boyfriend Bo proposes to her – on his knees. Amy, who’d just sold him the cheapest of rings (at the time unaware of who he was), convinces Cheyenne not to say yes immediately; Bo isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the hardware store. He’s persistent, though. He stages a robbery – jumps on top of the cash register, mask on, waving a gun around, threatening to kill everybody unless – he pulls off his mask – unless Cheyenne promises to marry him. How romantic. Too bad the police kind of looks at his stunt from a different angle.

Stars
During his proposal, Dina’s already in full Dwight mode, still convinced there’s a robbery going on, and trying to save the day by crawling on all fours through the store. She picks up the phone for help, but no one seems to understand what ‘code green’ is (the Schrute family would, probably). As a last resort, she cuts the power. When the lights go off, the ceiling lights up. Jonah’s put glow in the dark stars everywhere, which enhances the romance. Everybody’s speechless – and Cheyenne says yes this time.

Lauren Ash
Quite a first day. Quite a first episode. It’s really nice to see Ferrera and Feldman back in a well-written sitcom. They’ve got good chemistry together, too. Star of Superstore is without a doubt Lauren Ash. I think it’s fair to say the era of Melissa McCarthy is over. She’s Hollywood establishment now. You’d better keep a close eye on Ash, because there’s no question she’s going to be big.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Barack Obama

While the Bernies, Donalds, Jebs, Eds, Marcos, Hillarys, Chrisses, Bens and Carlys have been participating in the biggest political reality competition of their (and our) lives, you’d almost forget there’s someone still in charge. President Barack Obama. He’d taken it upon himself to join the most dangerous – and potentially image shredding – walkabout anyone, but especially public figures, could embark on; Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

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Historic
Officially, it’s ‘just’ the 9th episode of the second season, but we all know better. It’s a holiday special. One without Christmas sweaters, candles or fake window snow. But definitely one that gives you goosebumps from the very first second. This, contrary to all the other so-called specials, actually is special. Historic. Like Grylls says: ‘I never thought, in a million years, I’d be doing this.’

Bear Territory
Grylls, fully packed and stocked up with wilderness gizmos, takes President Barack Obama on a sightseeing trip through Alaska. Now, don’t expect Grylls to unpack and tie ropes around trees to abseil a thousand feet off a mountain – or glacier. The President does his own stunts, but he’d better not get injured or hurt in any way. So they’re basically going on a short hike, albeit through ‘bear territory’ – real bear territory – before having a nice high tea moment at the foot (or mouth) of the glacier.

Filling a Cup
So no mind-blowing heights to face, bats to chase away, rivers to jump and caves to crawl into, but what can you expect, really, with the Secret Service standing behind the camera. Helicopters flying overhead, ruling our possible snipers on the edges of the surrounding mountains. There goes a lot into keeping the President safe. However, Grylls and Obama’s conversations totally make up for the lack of action (Obama filling a cup with glacier water and moving a few rocks around, is all he was allowed to do).

Leave That to the Queen
The biggest reason the President said yes to the TV show, is to address climate change – and see it with his own eyes. The Exit Glacier he and Grylls visit, has been shrinking at an alarming rate. But that’s just one of the topics they talk about. Grylls is interested in the simple things in life, so we get to know a lot more about the everyday life and human side of the President. Obama wants nothing more than to just sit, talk, eat the leftovers of a salmon. Just because he’s the leader of the free world doesn’t mean Grylls should treat him a certain way. Leave that to the queen, he says.

The Salmon
Grylls had found a half-eaten salmon, to bake on an improvised tiny campfire, for lunch. The President’s game. Immediately. There’s no footage of Grylls finding the salmon, which is a shame. He just takes it out of his bag, which felt a bit too pre-produced. Did a bear really chew off the fatty bits? We’ll never know. While pieces of fish are sizzling on the rocks, it’s great to just watch two ordinary guys talk. It doesn’t matter what Obama says; you’re hanging on his every word.

Bottle Opener
And then they’re done. They’d already made a selfie, now Grylls asks him to sign something, anything, for his wife – the only thing he could find at the airport was a little Obama Bottle Opener, so that has to do. One more thing: Grylls wants to say a prayer for him. Hey, this is a chance of a lifetime, you’ve got to take advantage. After Obama granted all three of Grylls’ wishes, he’s back in the hands of the Secret Service. Back in ‘the bubble’. Just another 11 months, Mr. President. This time next year, you’ll be able to go ‘off script’ as much as you like.

Telenovela: Pilot

After gotten her comedy chops sharpened on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) got her own… Well, I guess you could call it a comedy. Telenovela is all about Ana Sofia, or ‘Pasión’, the star of a telenovela – the Spanish version of a soap opera. It’s a fresh, fast but also pretty traditional sitcom about everything that goes on behind the scenes of a fake television show. Like 30 Rock, but less pretentious. Like UnReal, but actually nothing like UnReal.

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Slapstick
Ana Sofia is the star, but she’s also very bossy and short-tempered. To make her more likeable, they’ve made her extremely clumsy. Tripping over her own feet, for starters, which would’ve qualified as slapstick but that might just be the hardest form of comedy to pull off. I know, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, they’ve made it look so easy, but it’s actually quite hard. And there’s more stuff like this that makes Telenovela as funny as a real telenovela. So if you like the genre, you’ll like this show as well.

Expiration Date
That doesn’t mean Longoria does a poor job. She did pretty well as Jake Peralta’s girlfriend (although to be fair, she didn’t have a lot of funny lines) and she’s doing alright in this, too. She has the right swing, the right pace, she indeed is quite likeable, but the story’s a little too thin and many jokes are way past their expiration date.

Get The Boat
What happens is, even though Ana Sofia seems to be in charge of everything, including the scripts, the network has dropped a new co-star in her lap. It’s not just anyone (or Enrique Iglesias), but Ana Sofia’s ex-husband, Xavier (Jencarlos Canela). Angry and frustrated, she decides to steal his boat.
Okay, rewind. His boat? Apparently, the divorce was good to him and he got their boat, or something, so yeah, of course Ana Sofia and her best friend Mimi (Diana Maria Riva, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Good Guys, The Bridge) dress up as burglars – fashionably sound burglars – and head out to the pier.

The Kiss
It’s a comedy, so their little nighttime adventure ends in Xavier confessing to Ana Sofia he did indeed cheat on her three years ago and they kiss in front of the boat, in front of the paparazzi (where did they come from, all of a sudden? Never mind). The kiss was just a diversion, but it made Ana Sofia think twice about their breakup. Like in a real telenovela, you know whenever something starts to look like good luck, good news or good fortune, there’s going to be a catch. The next day on set, Xavier’s kissing some other woman. Off camera, mind you. Ana Sofia’s dreams come crashing down again.

The Casting Is Not The Problem
As far as old-fashioned comedy series go, it’s not so bad. Longoria and Canela have nice chemistry, the former’s always a delight to watch anyway, whatever she does, Riva as Mimi is great and it’s nice to see Amaury Nolasco back on screen. He’s mainly been focused on bad guys (Prison Break, Gang Related, Justified), but he’s got great comedic timing. It’s a small role, but Telenovela needs all the help it can get. In an even smaller role, as network president, is Zachary Levi (Chuck, Heroes Reborn). So the casting is not the problem here. Telenovela is just a show you forget about once the commercials start. It’s great if you want to switch off your brain for half an hour, but then the question is: why wouldn’t you watch a real telenovela instead?

Blindspot: Evil Handmade Instrument

The 10th episode and the so-called ‘fall finale’ of Blindspot, ‘Evil Handmade Instrument’. Blindspotters have to wait till February 29 to pick up the story of Jane Doe and those damn tattoos. Apart from that neck bird, they’re all pretty ugly, too. Because of the three month hiatus, now is the appropriate time to look back on the first half of the season and see whether or not NBC made the right decision to order a total of 22 episodes of the mystery action drama.

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Testing, Testing
So what have we learnt these past 10 weeks? More than I initially thought, but less than I came to expect during the run. Jane (Jaimie Alexander) gets dropped in the middle of Times Square, naked but tattooed all over, with no idea how she got there or who she is. She’s taken to the FBI, because the name of one of their agents is on her back: Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton). They don’t recognize each other, but when one of Jane’s tattoos seems to be inked on top of a scar, Kurt highly suspects her to be his childhood sweetheart. The DNA test is quite conclusive. She’s it. But then they do another test and she’s not.

Puppy Eyes
Meanwhile, the show serves up a lot of cases that somehow have to do with the tattoos. Each one leads Kurt’s team – Kurt, Jane, Tasha (Audrey Esparza) and Reed (Rob Brown) – to the ‘case of the week’. You can usually just fast forward through them. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all: Kurt’s chasing after someone, Jane saves the day, Kurt gives Jane a lecture, Jane says she just wants to do the right thing, Kurt gets puppy eyes, end of story. Sometimes there’s an interesting guest star, though (Lou Diamond Phillips, in ‘Authentic Flirt’, for example).

A Higher Explanation Rate
The clues to who Jane is, who she’s working for and why (and if), why the tattoos, why Kurt, all remains unexplained. Because of the flashbacks in the earlier episodes, I’d expect a higher revelation rate, but no such luck. We basically still don’t know anything. At some point, that’s going to turn viewers away. Especially when you’re in the other room and suddenly realize you were in the middle of an episode. That the TV’s still on. The show’d better pimp the lukewarm procedural stories, because right now they definitely aren’t engaging.

Daylight Explained
Because the weekly cases don’t go anywhere, and Jane’s backstory is still shrouded in secrecy, the series has a third leg on which it stands. Something called ‘Project Daylight’. That’s one of the few things that actually has been revealed. It’s a little too Hollywood, if you ask me, but okay. It dealt with using illegally obtained evidence, and pretending the information came from an informant. Bethany Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) was in on it, as well as one dimensional bad guy Thomas Carter (Michael Gaston). Supposedly, the people behind Jane’s tattoos know about Daylight, which makes Carter very itchy.

Total Recall
As a last resort, I guess, Carter kidnaps Jane and shows her how to do the world’s sloppiest waterboarding job ever. But she’s saved, and Carter killed in the process. Thank god. The guy rescuing her, has a video of Jane on his phone. Just like at the end of Total Recall, when Arnold Schwarzenegger explains to himself what’s going on.
Video Jane tells Amnesia Jane that the operation is going great. Her operation. It was all Jane’s own idea. Her plan. She did this to herself.

Moving All the Time
We’ve got 12 episodes to go – at least. And even though it seems like they’re speeding things up, I’m doubtful. We’ll probably get more of the same, meaning Jane will be all confused about the video for a few weeks, then this Oscar guy shows up again with a teeny tiny bit of information, when all the while we get Kurt running and Jane saving the day. I really believe the show could be so much better if they’d just drop the procedural stuff. Also, they need to take a little more time. I know it’s a particular style they deliberately chose, but they’re cutting the episodes in such a way that it all stays on the shallow side. It’s fast, snappy, with cameras moving all the time, but some scenes deserve a different approach. If they’re going for a Kurt/Jane romance, I’m not feeling it. And what’s up with all the closeups? Whenever two characters are talking, I feel like a fly sitting on their arms.
Did NBC make the right decision to extend the season? Well, yes. The show’s still got my benefit of the doubt, but it’d better pick it up.

The Only Proper Way to Reboot Knight Rider

It’s been tried so many times that by now I’ve lost count, but if the world does indeed crave a watchable reboot of the classic eighties show Knight Rider, this would be the way to do it.

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Another Chance
I say this with total humbleness, because there are more roads leading to Rome – if not all -, so this is merely one way for Knight Rider to join The X-Files, The A-Team, The Six Million Dollar Man, Prison Break, Heroes and maybe even Deadwood, Miami Vice and Models, Inc. Just kidding about that last one. Reboots are all the rage, so why not give Michael Knight and his shiny black friend another chance? There are rules, though. They can be found in the Reboot Manifest, which doesn’t exist yet, but at the very least writers and studios should have a sense of what should be in it.

In 2000 Years
They’ve tried to bring back ‘Man with talking car’ a few times. Most recently in 2008, with an updated version. Younger man, modernized car, and David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff giving his blessing. What came out, lacked any creativity, style and humor. If Back to the Future ever gets remade – which could happen 2000 years after Robert Zemeckis has died, apparently, according to his will -, would you leave out the DeLorean? No, of course not. You need the car, flux capacitor, the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, and give or take one or two pine trees.

Artificial Intelligence Gizmo
You should keep the things you loved about the original, and go from there. That means Michael Long turning into Michael Knight with a little help from a plastic surgeon. It means he’s the top secret agent employed by the Foundation for Law and Government, led by Devon Miles. And it certainly means a black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, with a red light snaking across its nose, including the voice of William Daniels. That’s the framework you want. Otherwise, it could be just another show starring an action figure with an artificial intelligence gizmo at his disposal (like Person of Interest, Intelligence and Almost Human).

Serialized Procedural
Because a lot of television is serialized nowadays, and even the procedurals now have a tiny ongoing storyline they usually attend to in the last 5 minutes of every episode, the new Knight Rider should also find a strong antagonist, for at least one season – like Justified used to do. Each week, Michael and KITT are sent on a new mission by FLAG. That’s the procedural part. Meanwhile, they have to deal with the threat of somebody wanting to take down the Foundation. That could either be a politician (season 2), who wants to shut them down by any means necessary, a terrorist organisation (season 3), a competitor (season 4) like a private military company – which also paves the way for KITT-clone KARR to make its appearance, but for the first season, I’d suggest a more personal vendetta.

Trial and Error
I’m sure FLAG and Devon had been doing tryouts for a long time, before enlisting Michael. There were George, Jack, Jesse, Hank, Case and Jerald. And Caitlin. They all got plastic surgery, training, a KITT prototype, a watch to talk into; the whole Knight Package. But it’s always trial and error with these kind of things. Some got their faces screwed up, some got killed, some were left behind enemy lines, sacrificed. One of these men surely must have an axe to grind. Presumed dead, Hank (or George) could be the ‘shadowy flight’ that goes after FLAG for a number of episodes.

A Different Home
Although Knight Rider used to air on NBC, it’s not unthinkable the reboot would find a different home. NBC has seriously been stacking up its action series catalogue, so they might not be too eager with yet another one. I can’t imagine Rider to start its engines on cable, though. Netflix could be an option; they don’t shy away from a little warmed up nostalgia.