June 2009 Archives
Everyone's been all a-twitter (not a-Twitter, but probably that, too) about the possibility that there will be a feature film version of MacGyver, the TV series starring Richard Dean Anderson as a master of mechanical improv. While that sounds okay, I guess, it also sounds a little, I dunno, dull. If it were up to me, I'd totally greenlight a movie version of the 1986 TV series The Wizard.
What do today's kids really know about David Hasselhoff? They know him as a leather-jacket-wearing judge on America's Got Talent, as the German dodgeball coach in Dodgeball and as a hamburger-eating drunk on the Internet. But do they know what he did? What he accomplished? I'm not talking about the Baywatch franchise -- no, not even Baywatch Nights. I'm talkin' about Knight Rider. It was just a simple show about a guy and his car, solvin' crimes and jumping through moving trains, but Hasselhoff elevated the material, creating a hit, spawning numerous remakes and forging an American icon. Has he been given a medal yet? He should be. To celebrate the return of the Hoff to America's Got Talent, we thought we'd take a look at the rich history of Knight Rider, from 1982 to today.
This Sunday, the British series Merlin, a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, premieres on NBC, with a cast of actors mostly unknown on this side of the pond. (The notable exception being Anthony Head from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) But is America ready for a new medieval television series? Sure, Legend of the Seeker just got renewed, and Robin Hood airs on BBC America, but is period fantasy ready for one of the big networks? We took a look back at previous period fantasy shows to see whether they were hits or misses.
Since The A-Team premiered in 1983, the show has become a classic, with its iconic black van and its four distinctive characters. Now, with a feature film in the works for release next summer, director Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) is trying to find people to play those four legendary roles. The roles of B.A. Barachus and Howlin' Mad Murdock are still up in the air, but Bradley Cooper is reportedly under consideration to play Faceman, and Liam Neeson is in talks to play Hannibal Smith! We're already excited by the news, and it led us to remember the real-life celebrities who joined the A-Team at one point or another. Here are the five who stood out, and one who almost joined the team for good.
A few months ago we lamented some shows that weren't on DVD, but now it's summer and we're lacking substantive shows to watch this time of year. We'd love to retreat into a box set of an old favorite. Sadly some classic (and not-so classic) shows aren't available on DVD (at least legally). It is sort of crazy, because we can get all of Saved by the Bell: The New Class, 'Til Death, Seventh Heaven and Home Improvement, but yet The Wonder Years isn't available. Most delays are due to rights issues or companies that owned them went out of business, but still, we'd like to see someone figure it out and get these seasons out to us, stat.
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