New reality shows capitalize on what's in the news and what's on TV right now. In other news, new scripted shows capitalize on what worked 30 years ago. Great idea.
There's a lot of great stuff happening on TV this fall. But there are a few things that are just driving me nuts and I've got to get them off my chest.
First, Knight Rider. The show has got issues, but it is breaking one of my cardinal TV rules. No. 14: Thou shalt not name TV characters the same name as one of their previous characters. It's just needlessly confusing. Especially in the case of Paul Campbell on the newly incarnated TV series. Campbell used to star on Battlestar as Madame President's right hand man. He was Billy. Adorable and helpful! He died too soon, but even that was really sweet. Now he's sort of another kinda geeky guy manning a computer on Knight Rider and he's named Billy. Not cool. Just hurts my head. It's far from the worst problem with that show -- really, you don't want to get me started -- but it is the one that currently irks me the most.