Plus, you know, the great thing about Val is he has such a voice that he can sort of get in this character of KITT and he’s able to go all the directions that we ask him because KITT is learning from a point to another point. KITT isn't the other character who will be evolving - as the series progresses, we will learn more about Mike Traceur, the son of Michael Knight."One of the new mythologies and one of the storylines to the series is actually Mike’s past."It’s a combination of both at this point," Thompson says.
When asked about appearances by David Hasselhoff or William Daniels (the voice of the original KITT) on the series, Thompson reveals that they have not yet spoken with Daniels at this point, but "I have spoken to David, and David and NBC and myself, we're discussing."Regarding Hasselhoff's appearance in the TV movie, Justin Bruening describes the experience as "great." "You know, I was a little intimited at first.
He was my childhood hero as far as Knight Rider being my favorite show, and so when he came to the set, I was fine until we were in the middle of the scene and he introduced himself as Michael Knight.
As for the teenage rebellious years, Thompson does tease that there is some "terrible teen" going on in this season's Halloween episode.
To prepare for the series, both Deanna and Justin have taken some driving lessons - with varied results.
So I think that’s really what we did, was just try to bring it up to date," he continues."We live in a different world than the original show.
In the original show it was, you know, a drug dealer here, a runaway there," Thompson explains.
premieres in just two weeks, on September 24, and to promote the upcoming high-octane series premiere, NBC arranged for executive producer and showrunner Gary Scott Thompson as well as actors Justin Bruening and Deanna Russo to talk with members of the press and online outlets about what will be coming.
When it came to jumping from the 2-hour pilot to the ongoing series, the actors prepared themselves.
"We went through the pilot and then, you know, we don’t want to disappoint some of the fans of the two-hour and we have four characters coming from that, so we made sure that those four characters clicked into what the new mythology was for the series.
Again, it’s 25 years later so we have to update the car, update the people and be in touch with the times.
Actually, the whole team is my family," Justin says.