Baywatch was a popular television show about lifeguards
who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County. The show ran from
1989 to 2001.
Baywatch premiered on NBC in 1989, but was cancelled after only
one season. Feeling the series had potential, David Hasselhoff (Knight
Rider) revived it for the first-run syndication market in 1991,
investing his own money and additionally functioning as executive
show starred David Hasselhoff as Mitch Buchannon. Trademarks of the show
include slow motion running of the attractive lifeguards, notably Pamela
Anderson and Hasselhoff. Many different actors and actresses were featured
on the show, most appearing for only a few seasons.
In season 10, the location of the show was changed to Hawaii and the
show's name was changed to Baywatch Hawaii.
The show was hugely successful, especially internationally. The show
led to a spin-off: Baywatch Nights and a reunion movie, Baywatch:
In 2004, DreamWorks announced they had bought the rights to create a
new theatrical Baywatch movie. It was not announced, however, whether any
original cast members would return for the movie or if it would follow the
same story line. The movie was slated for release in 2006.