AMC’s Justin Bruening to star in Knight Rider series
Well, fans, we knew it was only a matter of time. Soaps.com has learned that Justin Bruening, ex-Jamie, who starred in the Knight Rider television movie last winter will now star in the new Knight Rider television series on NBC!
The series will begin in the fall. Justin Bruening will play Mike Tracer, a former Army Ranger. He, Sarah, KITT’s designer, and KITT, a super-computer of a car fight crime together.
The movie, which aired in February, was a back-door pilot. A two-hour long television movie made to give the networks an idea of how a series would be received by viewers. According to information from Nielsen Ratings, four in ten households tuned in to the movie; there were more than 10 million viewers watching television that night, a staggering number considering the writer’s strike.
Though many viewers tuned in to watch, critics weren't fans of the movie. Many said the movie was too slow-paced, that there wasn't enough action or adventure and that the movie wasn't "thought-provoking". Read one writer's review right here. Still, NBC captured the number one position in ratings the night it aired.
There were several connections to the original Knight Rider series in the movie version: a few shots of the original KITT (a Trans Am) and a cameo appearance by David Hasselhoff (the original Michael Knight) among them. Will the renewed series go to similar lengths to keep fans of the original series interested in the new series? We'll have to wait and see.
In the mean time, check your local listings to see when Knight Rider will air in the fall. And if you missed the movie in February, NBC has made it available to watch online. Click here for more information. In addition to watching the
movie version, you can watch behind-the-scenes featurettes and see interviews with the cast!
Soaps.com congratulates Justin Bruening on the success of the movie and we wish you the best with the series in the fall!