Writing a new pilot for an old show…

So I’ve had this bug to write a television pilot, and I’ve had a lot of ideas but I haven’t jumped into anything yet. However, I’ve been so disappointed with television lately that I thought to myself, I could write something better than this! Not the sitcoms, mind you. I’m not funny, not in the comedy writing kind of way. I’m good with drama, crime dramas in particular. So I’ve decided that I’m going to write a television show.
Here’s my biggest pet peeve, remakes. I don’t have a problem with remakes, I have a problem with the majority of remakes because they do not properly reference the old television show. You can’t stick new, hip actors into an old show theme and expect the show to be a success. There is a reason that those old shows were so successful, and understanding that can make a remake just as successful as the original. Immediately, one show came to mind and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since; Knight Rider.
Knight Rider came out in 1982 and was a success for 4 seasons. Since Knight Rider went off the air there have been four spin-off made for TV movies and two spin off series; and no one remembers any of them. Why was Knight Rider so successful in 1982-1986 and not success since. Writing? Acting? The car? Maybe it is because there is only one Michael Knight.
So I have an idea. I’m going to write a pilot for a new Knight Rider. I’ve decided that I’m going to design a show that people are going to remember. I know what most of you are thinking. Knight Rider? Really? Is anyone going to take this serious? My answer, yep! And I’ll tell you how, later, as we get closer. So tonight I started writing the pilot, and it’s going to be GOOD! Trust me.

Holiday Movie Traditions

Every holiday season I have a tradition of watching a select number of holiday movies.  These movies are; Miracle on 34th Street (the original B&W), It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and A Christmas Story, and a few years later, Home Alone (1st one only).  These have been the holiday staple since I was a boy.  Over the last few years, I have added several movies to my holiday tradition.  First, it was How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version).  My daughter loved it and the movie grew on me quickly, until I associated it with she and I at the holidays.  Now, of course, she won’t watch it to save her life, but it is still my tradition.  Next came my late introduction to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  I don’t know why I had never been introduced to this movie before, but after one viewing of this movie, it immediately went on the Christmas Movie Tradition list.  At this point, I felt that I had a great list of holiday movies from which to carry on the tradition…then I met my wife!

Thanks to Alison’s ever-enduring patience with me, she never judged me for my holiday movie tradition, and in fact, helped me add to it.  Under the influence of Alison Marie, I have come to enjoy movies that I NEVER would have watched before, much less imagine myself enjoying.  The first movie was Love Actually, which I enjoyed immediately.  To be honest with you, before Alison, I did not even know that it was a holiday movie.  Nevertheless, Love Actually was quickly added to the holiday tradition.  Next came Elf, which I had hesitated watching because I find my enjoyment of Will Farrell movies very hit-or-miss.  However, this movie was cute and very funny and his personality fit perfectly with his character.  At this point, I figured, with 9 movies to watch each holiday season, I must have the perfect list.

However, it appears that this year I will be adding yet another title to my ever-expanding list.  Last weekend I watched A Christmas Carol, the Disney version with Jim Carrey.  When the movie came out in theaters, I was concerned about this being a horrible cartoon adaptation of the classic tale, and had no intentions of watching it.  However, Breanna requested the movie, and last weekend we all watched it as a family.  It was AMAZING!!!  The graphics were incredible, and if regular DVD was that good, I can only imagine how spectacular Blu-Ray and 3-D must be.  This was not just an adaptation, and clearly Disney put the time and effort into the movie.  The effects often had the 3-D feel, and the story was very well done.  My entire family enjoyed the movie and I knew immediately that it was going right on the holiday movie list.

The amazing thing is, I haven’t even scratched the surface of all the holiday movies that are out there.  I researched a list of holiday related movies on IMDB, only to be astounded by how many there actually are.  There are HUNDREDS of holiday movies, making my short list of favorites seem miniscule!  You will have to tell me what your favorites are.  What movies MUST I see and add to my holiday list?  You know that I’m always open to suggestions.