Digital publisher Lion Forge Comics launched two new digital comic books today based on the celebrated 1980s TV shows “Airwolf” and “Knight Rider.” Lion Forge acquired the licensing rights to the properties from NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products earlier this year, along with three additional properties that are set to launch this quarter.
I have one of the very cool Back to the Future vehicle toys made by Diamond Select Toys, and it is one of the few toys that my kids always want to play with to push the buttons and make sounds. Diamond Select Toys is re-releasing the three cars from the movies again, as well as K.I.T.T. and the Munster Koach.
NBC announced its midseason lineup yesterday, and while the network has stated Heroes will return in February, no start date was attached.Â Compare that to Knight Rider, which is getting a series reboot, and a confirmed January 7th start date.Â There are a couple of reasons both Chuck and Heroes are being vaguely scheduled for a February launch; the first being two reality contest shows the network wants to try out, and the other being those really low ratings.
On the plus side, it looks like Pushing Daisies may get the axe from ABC, which means show creator Bryan Fuller might be able to make a return to Heroes.Â Fuller is currently exclusive to Daisies, and if the show is cancelled, he has expressed intrest in returning to NBC.
NBC is really scrambling to fix its lineup of shows that are not delivering as expected.Â First it was the firing of Jeph Loeb and Jesse Alexander from Heroes, and now it has been announced the studio is going after Knight Rider.Â Reports from Hollywood indicate the show is going through a retooling process to bring it back its ’80′s origins.
“It’s a reboot,” “Knight” executive producer/showrunner Gary Scott Thompson said. “We’re moving away from the terrorist-of-the-week formula and closer to the original, making it a show about a man and his car going out and helping more regular people, everymen.”
In the process three of the series reglars — Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Yancey Arias and Bruce Davison — have been given their walking papers.
I’m surprised the execs didn’t come to this conclusion sooner, and why this show is still on the air.Â Is anyone watching it and liking it in its current form?
NBC is doing it right by posting the entire panel to its events online.Â Good news for fans of Knight Rider, good news for people who missed the event, good news for lazy bloggers who really don’t want to write about the event.