Harve Bennett. Bennett produced the show; he was also associated with the early Star Trek movies. Star Trek and he are pretty bundled up, which is probably why so many TOS actors wound up doing guest shots on 6MDM. Shatner, for example, played an astronaut with a mysterious brain problem in Burning Bright; George Takei appeared in The Coward. It's also Harve Bennet's voice you hear in the credits, intoning "Steve Austin: a man barely alive". The story is they added the line when Richard Anderson wasn't available.
Universal Studios. Even if the show hadn't been a hit, Universal might have kept it going as a way to amortize already used assets. Just about every inch of the Universal backlot wound up as an exterior in some episode. In one particularly egregious case, the studio had built a rotating ice tunnel for a section of the tour based on The Eiger Sanction. 6MDM wrote an episode around the tunnel, featuring perhaps the only character that was bigger on lunchboxes at the time than Steve Austin. Bigfoot! Bigfoot was played by Andre the Giant. And why not.
Lee Majors - can he act? Depends on the episode. Sometimes he can, sometimes not. Sometimes it matters, usually it's completely beside the point. My best guess is he could act but only if everyone involved thought it was necessary.
|Dude always dressed like an action figure|
Physics. This is old ground but it still bugs me. I can understand the Bionic eye, sure. But if you take that little computer diagram in the credits as accurate, Steve Austin had a super strong bionic arm and leg installed. Which is fine until he attempts to throw a Range Rover at someone. Because he DOESN'T HAVE A BIONIC PELVIS AND SPINE. You'd expect those things to snap like a twig, right? And how much more would it have cost to spruce up the ol' johnson, know what I mean? It's not like it wasn't damaged in the crash. That kind of accident would tear up a guy's schmeckel pretty good, I bet. Well, you only saw him once a week... maybe they dealt with this question on one of the other six days.
What Would He Cost Now? Interesting question, my friend. CNN asked that question in 2008 and determined that he would be the Up-To-100-million-dollar man. While it's true that inflation would indicate a $26 million price tag, don't forget that none of this stuff is off the shelf parts. R&D ain't cheap