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NBC rewinds 'Rockford'

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by fluffybear, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    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.

    More: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118006650.html?categoryid=14&cs=1
  2. say-what

    say-what Active Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    How can you recreate such an iconic program as Rockford?

    This has fail written all over it....
  3. jeffshoaf

    jeffshoaf Icon

    Jun 17, 2006
    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...
  4. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    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!
  5. Pete K.

    Pete K. Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    "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?"
  6. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    It would be interesting to see what Jim uses for an answering machine and a printing press for doing up his "business cards". :)
  7. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I was thinking the same thing. Obviously they'll have to rethink the whole opening of the show.
  8. olguy

    olguy Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2006
    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.
  9. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    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
  10. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

    Nov 21, 2007
    Choctaw, OK
    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.
  11. cj9788

    cj9788 Hall Of Fame

    May 14, 2003
    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.
  12. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    So, the rumor is true?

    There are NO original ideas left in Hollyweird?
  13. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    They'd be better off making a series out of Roger Rabbit.
  14. elaclair

    elaclair Rescued Racers Live Here

    Jun 18, 2004
    Del Mar, CA
    Oh geez, don't encourage them.......
  15. phrelin

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    Jan 18, 2007
    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.
  16. bicker1

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    Oct 21, 2007
    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.
  17. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    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.
  18. bicker1

    bicker1 Hall Of Fame

    Oct 21, 2007
    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).
  19. cj9788

    cj9788 Hall Of Fame

    May 14, 2003
    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.
  20. mreposter

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    Jul 29, 2006
    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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