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Baywatch is back! Popular 1990s lifeguard series to be rebooted by Fox – but will Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff return?


Highly-popular 1990s beach drama Baywatch is set to return but will series stars Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff be returning as well?

Fox has landed a reboot of the highly-popular series as the network has closed on a deal with Freemantle according to Variety on Monday.

The series originally starred Hasselhoff, now 71, from 1989 to 1999 before being retooled as Baywatch Hawaii from 1999 to 2001 which starred Jason Momoa.

He also starred in spinoff series Baywatch Nights which aired from 1995 to 1997.

The 56-year-old actress Anderson – who shared love advice last week –  led the red swimsuit brigade which included actresses like Yasmine Bleeth, Nicole Eggert, Alexandra Paul, Parker Stevenson, Erika Eleniak, in addition to several others.

Highly-popular 1990s beach drama Baywatch is set to return but will series stars Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff be returning as well?; the cast is seen in 1995

Highly-popular 1990s beach drama Baywatch is set to return but will series stars Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff be returning as well?; the cast is seen in 1995

Anderson is seen in her iconic role of CJ Parker in the 1990s

Anderson is seen in her iconic role of CJ Parker in the 1990s

It remains unclear if the Anderson, Hasselhoff, or any of the series regulars will be returning to the franchise in any capacity. 

The original series took place at a Los Angeles beach where a team of lifeguards led by Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon (Hasselhoff) save lives, deal with personal dramas, fight crime and participate in over the top adventures on a daily basis. 

It was created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Gregory J. Bonann as it was inspired by Bonann’s time as an LA County lifeguard.

The four will serve as executive producers on the upcoming hour-long drama.

The original series was pitched by Bonann and was passed on by CBS and later the pilot Baywatch: Panic At The Malibu Pier was sold to NBC and aired as a TV movie and was so successful that it was picked up for a 12-episode season. 

Lara Olsen has been tapped by Fox and Freemantle as the showrunner for the new series according to Variety.

The synopsis for the revamped Baywatch reads: ‘Daring ocean rescues, pristine beaches, and iconic red bathing suits are back, along with a whole new generation of Baywatch lifeguards, who navigate complicated, messy personal lives in this action-packed reboot that demonstrates there’s the family you’re born into and the family you find.’

The original series was a worldwide phenomenon as it aired in more than 145 countries at one point which is more than any other TV show.

The 56-year-old actress Anderson (pictured in the 1990s) - who shared love advice last week - led the red swimsuit brigade which included actresses like Yasmine Bleeth, Nicole Eggert, Alexandra Paul, Parker Stevenson, Erika Eleniak, in addition to several others

The 56-year-old actress Anderson (pictured in the 1990s) – who shared love advice last week – led the red swimsuit brigade which included actresses like Yasmine Bleeth, Nicole Eggert, Alexandra Paul, Parker Stevenson, Erika Eleniak, in addition to several others

Traci Bingham, Donna D'Errico, Yasmine Bleeth, Gena Lee Nolin, and Nancy Valen are seen left to right in 2001

Traci Bingham, Donna D’Errico, Yasmine Bleeth, Gena Lee Nolin, and Nancy Valen are seen left to right in 2001

The series originally starred Hasselhoff, now 71, from 1989 to 1999 before being retooled as Baywatch Hawaii from 1999 to 2001 which starred Jason Momoa (pictured left in 2000)

The series originally starred Hasselhoff, now 71, from 1989 to 1999 before being retooled as Baywatch Hawaii from 1999 to 2001 which starred Jason Momoa (pictured left in 2000)

Just recently the franchise had been rebooted in a different way as a feature film was released in 2017

Just recently the franchise had been rebooted in a different way as a feature film was released in 2017

The film - which starred CJ Parker, Alexandra Daddario as Summer, Ilfenesh Hadera as Stephanie Holden, Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon, Zac Efron as Matt Brody and Jon Bass as Ronnie (seen left to right) - was a  box office success as it grossed $178million globally

The film – which starred CJ Parker, Alexandra Daddario as Summer, Ilfenesh Hadera as Stephanie Holden, Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon, Zac Efron as Matt Brody and Jon Bass as Ronnie (seen left to right) – was a  box office success as it grossed $178million globally

According to Variety, the public relations team for the series even made up a stat calling it the ‘No. 1 series in the world,’ which was even printed as fact in numerous publications. 

Fox has a previous relationship with the franchise as it aired TV reunion movie Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding in 2003. 

Just recently the franchise had been rebooted in a different way as a feature film was released in 2017. 

The film – which starred Dwayne ‘The Rock Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Zach Efron, and Kelly Rohrbach – was a success at the box office as it grossed $178million globally. 

The movie also featured cameos from Hasselhoff and Anderson. 



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