New WB Project Could Be Dukes of Hazzard Movie

From the rumor mill at the Hollywood Reporter, we’re told that there’s a secretive Warner Bros action-film project taking place somewhere in the South.

The story takes place in the 1970’s, and features two young men on the wrong side of the law.

This sounds kinda familiar, we gotta admit.

The last time we got excited about a Dukes movie, however, we were handed something that was an over-long parody. Good as the chase scenes were in The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 movie, it was a far cry from what many long-time fans had hoped for.  This was followed up by a watered-down version of more of the same, in the TV movie, “The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.”  After a single TV airing, “The Beginning” was in the DVD bargain bin at Walmart.

Which brings us to wonder, “what next?”

There is optimism in the fact that writer-director Jody Hill was born in North Carolina in 1976.  He’s from the South. He’s  just old enough to have watched the original series during the CBS run of 1979-1985, during that critical impressionable age. Maybe, just maybe, Warner Bros is putting together a new Dukes of Hazzard movie project that is more true to the original series, and they’ve got the right guy at the helm.


We don’t even know if this is really a Dukes movie at all – or just something that borrows heavily from it.  As soon as we know more, we’ll pass it on! Meantime, visit our Forums to see fan reaction and share your thoughts!

Dukes of Hazzard Taking Over Knight Rider Festival

Move over, KITT. The General Lee is taking center stage in Las Vegas on May 18 & 19, 2012, during the Las Vegas Star Cars and Knight Rider 30th Anniversary Convention! Once separate events, these shindigs have been combined by powerhouse Vegas promoter Paul Casey.

The vehicles in attendance will include various incarnations of KITT and probably a dozen or more General Lees. In addition to the iconic cars from Knight Rider and The Dukes of Hazzard, you’ll find famous vehicles from Smokey & The Bandit, The A-Team, The Green Hornet, American Graffiti, Ghostbusters, and anything else that shows up.

The event is FREE to the public, but star car owners are asked to pony up for the Children’s Miracle Network. Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider, co-founder of the charity, is participating in the event and will be signing autographs. “Bo Duke” will be joined by Dukes of Hazzard alumni Byron Cherry, (Coy Duke) and Don Pedro Colley (Sheriff Little.) Catherine Bach has also been invited, but as of HazzardNet press time, her participation is unconfirmed.

Some Knight Rider stars will be there too, but hey, this is a Dukes website and we’re just a little selfish. Go to the official Las Vegas Star Cars website for more details about all the celebrities and cars!

We’re willing to bet that Dukes of Hazzard fans and General Lees take the event over by sheer numbers . It would serve Knight Rider just desserts for picking on The Dukes of Hazzard during the 80’s.  Odds are, a lot of Dixie horns will be heard in Las Vegas!

Warner Bros. Includes Dukes of Hazzard in Unique TV Exhibit!

A new exhibit at the Paley Center in Los Angeles called “Television: Out of the Box” features 60 years of iconic TV history! This interactive, multimedia Warner Bros exhibit includes props, collectibles, photos, set pieces, video clips, and more from decades of memorable television.

The Dukes of Hazzard is recognized in this exhibit, with a pair of “Daisy Dukes” among the TV treasures. We’re excited to see The Dukes of Hazzard included in this ode to television, and we encourage you to pay it a visit! You can learn more about the exhibit at the Paley Center website. Our sincere thanks go to Warner Bros for including the The Dukes of Hazzard in this popular exhibit! We also extend our gratitude to Warner Bros. Television Marketing for providing HazzardNet with this information.

What’s Ahead for the Dukes of Hazzard?

There were questions recently about whether CMT was going to continue airing the Dukes of Hazzard, as no episodes are scheduled for next week. But when we checked CMT’s website today, along with national TV listings, it looks like the Dukes of Hazzard will air on March 13 at 2:00 a.m. eastern, with the episode, “Deputy Dukes.” Near as we can tell, the Dukes of Hazzard will air on CMT after that, as usual. If we find out anything else we’ll let ya know!

Dukes of Hazzard Marathon Feb 28 on CMT!

You got that right! We’ve all been wanting CMT to air the Dukes of Hazzard at a decent hour, and by golly…here it is! A whole day jam-packed with The Dukes of Hazzard! Episodes start airing at noon Eastern time on Tuesday, Feb 28! Check your local listings!

Here’s a quick rundown of the scheduled episodes, in the order they’re supposted to appear:

“Dear Diary” –  When Flash buries Rosco’s diary, the Dukes dig up the book of dirty deeds! A pair of crooks complicate the matter when they blackmail ol’ Boss.

“New Deputy in Town” – She’s pretty, and she’s poison! It’s all part of a getaway scheme, and when the Dukes get in the way, they’re given a one-way trip.

“Birds Gotta Fly” – A dirty ruthless, female stock car driver recruits Daisy for a new career in racing. But Boss Hoggs cuts himself in on the deal, and dirty tricks put Daisy at risk.

“Bad Day in Hazzard” – A well-prepared gang of criminals round up the Dukes and the Hazzard law, keeping them pinned down to prevent interference with a heist. Boss Hogg and Jesse Duke are once again allies in a desperate hour.

“Miss Tri-Counties” – A beauty contest is rigged before it starts, but Daisy Duke puts on her best moves to beat the unfair competition!

“Share and Share Alike” – The Dukes find a bag full of stolen credit cards, which lands them in hot water. But things get even hotter for Boss Hogg when Lulu sells the car he hid them in.

“The Law and Jesse Duke” – The Hazzard law goes on strike, Boss Hogg frames Bo and Luke, and Uncle Jesse is conned into becoming the acting Sheriff. Boss lives to regret it, especially after Jesse’s imitation of Rosco. Khee khee!

“Dukes in Danger” – Two escaped convicts take the Dukes hostage in their own home, adding Boss and Rosco as captives when they arrive to foreclose on the farm. Their only chance for rescue is Cooter, who seems unaware of their plight!

This is a great chance for you and your family to catch the Dukes of Hazzard together! Tune in and spend the day in Hazzard County!

News: Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider Appearing in Monticello, Iowa!

His popularity began as “Bo Duke” and it hasn’t slowed down ever since! John Schneider is a veteran actor who has appeared in many TV shows, including “The Dukes of Hazzard”, “Smallville”, “Glee”, “Trick My What?” and  more. He has numerous movie roles on his resume’, plus he’s had a successful recording career and still does a concert now and then. So, what is John doing at the Rod & Custom Car Show in Monticello, Iowa on Feb 25 & 26?

John will be signing autographs and having his picture taken, no doubt, and he’ll be making a lot of fans happy in the process! Much like Tom Wopat did last weekend at the car show in Canton, Ohio.

It says something about the enduring nature of The Dukes of Hazzard that “Bo and Luke Duke” still draw crowds at car shows. And the fact that John Schneider and Tom Wopat are still willing to sign trunk lids and toy General Lees, says something special about them both.

John will be at the Monticello Berndes Center on Saturday, Feb 25 from noon until 4:00 p.m.  He will return that same evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 26, he will be there from 10:00 a.m. t0 2:00 p.m. Visit the show website for more information.

If you go, remember that getting there early is the name of the game. We do not know how much John is charging for autographs at this show.  Bring extra cash, and bring only what you can reasonably afford to have signed.  Merchandise and photos are usually available at John’s booth.

As always, feel welcome to share your experience and photos with us on our Facebook page and on our Forums!

News: Dukes of Hazzard’s Tom Wopat Appearing in Canton, Ohio!

Calling all Tom Wopat fans! Feb 18 & 19, Tom Wopat, otherwise known as Luke Duke, will be at the Canton Hot Rod Show, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, in…that’s right, Canton, Ohio!  He will be available for autographs on Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., then returning that night from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. 

Sunday, he’ll be there from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is $10, and autographs are only  $5.00 for an item you bring, or, $10 for an autographed photo. Tom will have his music CD’s available for $20.

A General Lee, provided by our friend “TimDuke”, is also scheduled to be there!

Tom doesn’t do many non-musical appearances, so this is a rare chance to see him in person and outside of the theater!

You’ll want to arrive early for the best parking. 

Ya’ll are welcome to share your pictures on the HazzardNet Forums and Facebook page!

News: Dukes of Hazzard Stuntman Al Wyatt Jr., Dies at Age 60

The death of Al Wyatt Jr. was reported today by longtime friend and associate Tom Sarmento. Wyatt was known for his sense of humor as well as his skill behind the wheel. He was a stunt double for John Schneider, and also had an acting role in a Dukes of Hazzard episode, “Duke vs. Duke.” Additionally, he had non-speaking roles as a hapless bakery delivery man, where his stunt work included a pie or cake in the face.

We lost Al nearly one year after the death of stunt director Paul Baxley. They remain with us in spirit, in episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard. Their legacy is remembered through the greatest automotive stunt work ever filmed for television.

Paul Baxley once said, to his stunt team: “I think we made history, guys…and I don’t know if any show will ever be done like that again.”

We salute you, Al Wyatt Jr.

Thank you to all HazzardNet members who contributed to this report.

Another High-Dollar General Lee Hits the Market

Retired NBA star Jalen Rose once owned an authentic General Lee, but he made a few modifications – such as the removal of the Confederate flag, removal of the “General Lee” lettering, and the replacement of the “01” on the doors with his own number, “05.” Despite being out of uniform, his General Lee sold twice in 2011, with the proceeds of both transactions benefiting his charity.

Now this General is back on the market, properly bearing the trademark flag, numbers and lettering. It’s offered on ebay by CNC Motors for a buy-it-now price of $69,999. Leaving off that extra “01” dollar is sure to make a difference, right? Anyway, if you’re ready to park 70 grand into a General Lee, this may not be a bad way to go. There’s just one thing – you’ll still need to add the Vector wheels if you want it to look like an authentic General.

This car is reportedly one of the survivors of studio ownership, and an autograph by John Schneider on the trunk lid seems to attest to this. Austute buyers will want to examine the documentation. Screen-used and studio-titled Generals enjoy a premium over replicas, and the history of celebrity ownership doesn’t hurt.

Pro Golfer Buys Historic General Lee at Auction

Word is getting around that Gerry “Bubba” Watson was the winning bidder for “LEE 1”, the first screen-jumped General Lee. The storied General was auctioned off Saturday, January 21 at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ. Watson won the bidding at $110,000, with his total cost ending up at $121,000 after buyer’s commission.

Watson is a powerful left-handed pro golfer who can hit a ball over 350 yards, at a speed of 194 miles per hour. Yes, Watson can drive! On the golf course. We’re looking forward to seeing how he does on the street with his General Lee!

Is Watson a Dukes of Hazzard fan? That’s a big 10-4! Here’s what he had to say in his tweet on Saturday: “Just got my dream car!” 

Congratulations, Bubba Watson! The General is going to a good home.

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