Knight Rider to drive all season long

After seeing about 15 minutes of the Knight Rider premiere, I would never have thought the hokey action-drama would see its way to November. Shows what I know.

This topsy-turvy (mostly turvy) television season has given the industry its first surprise, given that NBC has ignored critics and given a full-season order to Knight Rider, according to Variety.

The drama, which is a modern-day continuation of the 1980s cheesefest starring The Hoff, has done OK in the ratings department in its Wednesday-night slot, hovering around the 7 million viewers mark. But when critics took Knight Rider for a spin and totaled it, many believed that Knight Rider would be thrown in the garage for good.

Knight Rider stars Justin Bruening as Mike Traceur, son of Michael Knight, a crime fighter who runs down crooks with his sentient supercar K.I.T.T. Also starring are Deanna Russo, Bruce Davison, and Sydney Tamiia Poitier, with Val Kilmer handling the voice of K.I.T.T.

Knight Rider, which airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on NBC, joins Fox's Fringe and The CW's 90210 as the only first-run series to receive full-season orders so far.

OK, let's hear it. What are your thoughts on the Knight Rider pickup?

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