This wasn’t the end of the A-Team, however. In 2010, a movie version of the show appeared, starring the likes of Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Jessica Biel. Dirk Benedict, who played Faceman, and Dwight Schultz, who played Murdock, both made cameo appearances. The movie’s success proved that there was still an appetite for the characters, giving rise to rumors of a new series.
Indeed, in September of 2015, Fox announced they were working on a reboot of “The A-Team.” Original writer and producer Stephen Cannell’s daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, is one of the writers. The team was to be made up of both male and female characters.
Bring in the Stars
Of course, kids grow up. Eventually, the charm of the bloodless action started to wear off as more and more shows started to show real action and consequences. The shine was starting to come off "The A-Team," and while people still watched and enjoyed the show, it was becoming lackluster.
In order to jazz things up, the creators decided to add celebrities to the mix, including the eighties' Hulk Hogan, as well as, bizarrely, Boy George. Try as they might, however, it was to no avail, and the show called it quits after the fifth season.
A Bad Network Ending
The show packed it up in 1987, and instead of an explosive bang that had been part of the show for so long, it went out with a whimper. NBC mismanaged the final season badly, even airing some of the final seasons out of order.
They did air the series finale, “The Grey Team,” as the last episode, but they skipped the penultimate episode entirely. That episode, “Without Reservations,” aired after the finale, and only while reruns were airing. While it might be a little bit easier to take when a network does this for a show that never really got off the ground, remember – "The A-Team" saved NBC.
The Other Members of the Team
Apart from the four main characters, there were plenty of faces that appeared over the years. Carl Franklin played Captain Crane, an associate of Colonel Roderick Decker.
Crane was only a character on the show for two years, so it isn't noteworthy to forget his part. Franklin himself doesn't even consider "The A-Team" one of his career highlights. While he spent his time helping Colonel Decker try to hunt down the A-Team, his help didn't amount to much, and the team always slipped through his fingers. What has Franklin been up to since the show ended?
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, and Director
During an interview with "The New York Times," Franklin said that he mostly played doctors and cops and for the sole purpose of paying his bills and support his family and children.
Franklin would eventually switch careers. He had an M.F.A. Degree in directing from the AFI Conservatory and became a director and producer with mostly low-budget films. Before he made the switch, however, he appeared in "The Rockford Files," "McClain's Law," "ALF," and even "Roseanne" in several episodes. He even made it into a few films, such as "The Legend of the Golden Gun" and "A Smokey Mountain Christmas."