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NBC rewinds 'Rockford'


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#1 OFFLINE   fluffybear

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 11:38 AM

NBC takes another step toward destroying TV as we know it. It's not enough they kill off 5 hours of primetime programming for Jay Leno but now they want to remake a classic such as Rockford Files.


Jim Rockford is looking for a comeback.

NBC, Universal Media Studios and Steve Carell's Carousel Television have tapped "House" creator-exec producer David Shore to shepherd a redo of the classic 1974-80 gumshoe drama that starred James Garner and put Stephen J. Cannell on the map as a writer-producer.


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Posted 20 August 2009 - 12:06 PM

How can you recreate such an iconic program as Rockford?

This has fail written all over it....

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 12:07 PM

While I agree that it's probably not a good idea, I do think that Nathon Fillion would make a pretty good Rockford (if he weren't already in the bit more original series "Castle"). Hmm... Or maybe Bill Pullman...

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 12:10 PM

FAIL
No James Garner.... No Rockford, like Perry Mason without Raymond Burr, like Mayberry without Andy Griffith, and so on... further evidence that ther is no one at the rudder at NBC!
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Posted 20 August 2009 - 12:30 PM

"This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and number. I'll get back to you."

Jim, this is NBC Universal. We're so desperate for a ratings winner we've decided to remake your show. Of course it will be in the present day, so you'll no longer need this answering machine. From now on, you'll get messages via text, such as, "P-Cok wan2 GIAG, T2 A HLN. IWBG. Jim, YT?"

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 01:55 PM

It would be interesting to see what Jim uses for an answering machine and a printing press for doing up his "business cards". :)
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Posted 20 August 2009 - 01:58 PM

I was thinking the same thing. Obviously they'll have to rethink the whole opening of the show.
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Posted 20 August 2009 - 02:03 PM

Maybe Garner could play Rockford's dad? And how about Tony Shaloub for Angel? If you're going down, may as well go down with as large a fireball as you can.
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Posted 20 August 2009 - 02:45 PM

Didn't they learn from The Bionic Woman? UNBC got lucky with the BSG retool, but went to the well one too many times. Don't forget there is a V retool on it's way

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 03:12 PM

Maybe Garner could play Rockford's dad? And how about Tony Shaloub for Angel? If you're going down, may as well go down with as large a fireball as you can.

Garner is really old now, he'd have to play a new modern day Rockford's grandfather.

Probably not many of today's younger viewers have ever seen a Rockford File episode so it would be new to them. For a role like this so much depends on who they get to play it. Hard to come up with anybody. Maybe James Marsden, at least he and Garner grew up within 20 miles of each other.

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 03:42 PM

I am kinda on the fence, I always wondered what rockford would be like if he was a pi in 90's 00's. He was always using phone booths and asking for dimes. In todays cell phone world that is a vital tool of average joe. Plus there are really no PI shows on tv right now. I think it could be interesting if done right. That is a big if considering how much Hwood f ups remakes. How ever with the remakes of V and others I would be expecting more studios to reaching into the vaults. With the failed B woman and the fantasy island fiasco not too long ago I can understand the failed sentiment.

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 03:45 PM

So, the rumor is true?

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 03:48 PM

They'd be better off making a series out of Roger Rabbit.
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Posted 20 August 2009 - 04:13 PM

They'd be better off making a series out of Roger Rabbit.


Oh geez, don't encourage them.......

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 04:27 PM

I think NBCU thinks the saying is: "Contempt breeds success."

Surely they knew everyone over 40 would greet this with contempt. Oh, I forgot. Only CBS cares about viewers over 40.

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 04:28 PM

What's next? Are they going to try to remake Star Trek? How could anyone command a starship like William Shatner? Or perhaps they're going to try to remake Battlestar Galactica! As if anyone could lead the rag-tag fugitive fleet better than Lorne Greene. And remember George Reeves in Superman? It lasted for six seasons! There is no way they could make another series based on the Superman story that could last that long, right?

I'm being factitious of course. I think it is ridiculous to think that any slice of time has a monopoly on the ability to present a story concept. Every set of actors, directors, writers and producers, and every period of time, brings their own special nuances to a series making a remake a wholly new and potentially exciting creation. I think people poison their own perspectives by holding such proprietary feelings for something old. They deprive themselves of enjoying anything new, by venerating what's passed in that manner.

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 04:33 PM

What's next? Are they going to try to remake Star Trek? How could anyone command a starship like William Shatner? Or perhaps they're going to try to remake Battlestar Galactica! As if anyone could lead the rag-tag fugitive fleet better than Lorne Greene. And remember George Reeves in Superman? It lasted for six seasons! There is no way they could make another series based on the Superman story that could last that long, right?

I'm being factitious of course. I think it is ridiculous to think that any slice of time has a monopoly on the ability to present a story concept. Every set of actors, directors, writers and producers, and every period of time, brings their own special nuances to a series making a remake a wholly new and potentially exciting creation. I think people poison their own perspectives by holding such proprietary feelings for something old. They deprive themselves of enjoying anything new, by venerating what's passed in that manner.

Yes, but why not just make a new PI series not using the same character's name? It's going to have to be different anyway.

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 04:37 PM

How will doing that benefit the producers or the people who own the rights to the Rockford Files concept (the people who actually have standing to hold proprietary feelings toward the series' concept).

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 04:57 PM

I for one look forward to remakes of the old, I like to see the spin that fresh blood brings to an old idea. Hey it will either succede or fail. If the new rockfish ever makes it off the ground i will be watching. remember everything old becomes new again.

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 05:00 PM

At least David Shore, the guy from House that NBC has tapped to try and put this together has plenty of examples of how not to do it... Bionic Woman... Knight Rider...
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