Probably due to the success of their latest old show reboot in “Hawaii 5-0” (an entertaining enough show, if you don’t expect too much from it), the boys and gals at CBS are bringing back another old TV show — “The Wild Wild West”. Producers Ron Moore (of “Battlestar Galactica” fame) and Naren Shankar are currently developing the new version of “West” for CBS.
The original “Wild Wild West” show ran for four years on CBS from 1965 to 1969, and starred Robert Conrad as “James Bond on a horse” and Ross Martin as his Q., master of gadgets and disguises. Together, the duo battled the West’s wacky cast of villains, including the nefarious Loveless. Hollywood made a big-screen movie based on the show in 1999 with Will Smith (!) in the lead and Kenneth Branagh as Loveless.
No word on how Moore and Shankar’s version will differ from the original, but given Moore’s current streak of “gritty” genre TV shows, you can probably expect a slightly less upbeat, more downbeat version of the Wild West. Of course, Moore could have gotten tired of putting miserable people on TV being all miserable by now, but who knows.