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‘Rider’ ready …. almost

television Published: February 7, 2008
NBC Photo featuring "Knight Rider"
NBC Photo featuring "Knight Rider"
     

   NBC will be fine-tuning the new “Knight Rider” movie right up to the airdate.  

   The modern-day sequel to the 1980’s television series is scheduled to premiere with a 2-hour movie (that will serve as the series pilot) at 8 p.m. Feb. 17.    

   What with all the special effects involved with creating the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) car capable of shifting shape and color, it’s understandable that things will need to be tweaked until the last possible second.   

   But another setback surfaced when Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”), who was to be the new voice of KITT, had to back out because of his verbal endorsement work for General Motors. KITT, after all, is a Ford Mustang.   

   Arnett had already completed the voice-overs for the movie. But reports surfaced Thursday that Val Kilmer (“Comanche Moon”) will replace Arnett as the voice of KITT.   

   Also starring in the new “Knight Rider” are Justin Bruening (“All My Children”), Deanna Russo (“The Young and the Restless”), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (“Veronica Mars”) and Bruce Davison (“Close To Home”).  

   Russo plays Sarah Graimen, who is following in the footsteps of her father, Charles (Davison), who invented KITT. When Charles goes missing, Sarah enlists the help of her best friend, Mike Tracer (Bruening), and an FBI agent (Poitier) to find him and discover who’s behind the attempt to obtain KITT.   

   Viewers can obtain a KITT-like car of their own by answering questions pertaining to the movie during its broadcast. Go to www.nbc.com/knightrider to answer the questions for a chance to win one of four new high-tech Ford automobiles  —  the grand prize being a 2008 Ford Shelby GT 500 KR with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $79,995. 

—  Penny Soldan, TV Editor