NBC has let out a two-minute, partially behind-the-scenes preview of its upcoming Knight Rider TV movie, much like a mother bird nudges its chicks from the nest, forcing them to fly or…not fly. As per the clip, the new Knight Rider movie seems to be fluttering precariously in mid-air. Sure, Will Arnett is fantabulous as the voice of KITT, but the dude playing Mike Traceur?the son of Michael Knight (and a character name that makes me want to hit somebody)?seems to be missing something, such as a ‘Hoff-worthy head of hair, or perhaps charisma. His name does seem to indicate that Michael Knight fathered a child out of wedlock, which is kind of grand. Anyways,Knight Rider hits February 17.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.