"One man can make a difference"---Wilton Knight (Richard Basehart), 1982, Knight Rider.
Three years later, another Universal series used that same logic, and rode it for four seasons.
The Equalizer anchored CBS' Wednesday lineup from 1985-9. It starred British actor Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a former intelligence agent who now came to the aid of innocents in time of need. Perhaps the biggest selling point to the series wasn't the plot, but rather, the music. Police co-founder and drummer Stewart Copeland, who made his acting debut on the series, composed the stirring score, which led to a solo record, "The Equalizer and Other Cliffhangers" (italics mine).
Woodward was sidelined with a heart attack somewhere between seasons 2 & 3, which led to the producers having to find substitutes who would cover for McCall while he was in absentia.
With the series turning 30 next year, there's a brand new feature film reboot coming soon, but this time, McCall will be an American. An African-American, that is, played by Oscar winner Denzel Washington, who's admitted he's never seen the original series, which might be because he used to be on St. Elsewhere, which aired opposite Equalizer during its run. Yep, Universal's done it again, but this time for a movie.
"Those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it."--George Santayana.
Universal's recent history with race-changing in casting has not been good, as the quick hooks given to 21st century reboots of Kojak and Ironside would attest. Plus, a proposed urbanized reboot of Murder, She Wrote was rejected by NBC.
That's Classic uploaded the open to The Equalizer:
The feature film version, depending on how audiences look at it, could break the stigma. At least, that's what Universal is hoping for. After all, when was the last time Denzel Washington made a box office dud?