Bay­watch

Sea­son 3 SonyMax 20:00 (week­days)

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 5 FEBRUARY -

Iconic song? Check! Iconic LA beaches? Check! Iconic Pam An­der­son and other sexy life­guards in their red swim­suits? Check! ’90s life­guard drama Bay­watch (1989-2001) is back, res­cu­ing view­ers’ week­nights with hot ac­tion and sexy beach bod­ies ev­ery­where you look.

1 David Has­sel­hoff didn’t just play lead char­ac­ter Mitch Buchan­non, he was an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer too.

2 The show’s first stu­dio GTG went bank­rupt – David Has­sel­hoff and three oth­ers bought the rights, which is why The Hoff is an exec pro­ducer.

3 The now-fa­mous theme song I’m Al­ways Here (by Jimi Jami­son from rock band Sur­vivor) was used for the syn­di­cated se­ries. Ini­tially Bay­watch was can­celled af­ter a sea­son, with the theme song Save Me by Peter Cetera.

4 From 1989 un­til 1999, Bay­watch was shot in Santa Mon­ica, LA, where the show was ac­tu­ally set. It moved to Hawaii from 1999 to 2001.

5 The Hawaii re­boot al­most didn’t hap­pen. Ru­mour has it Aus­tralia was the orig­i­nal first-choice lo­ca­tion but there was a back­lash from Aus­tralians who didn’t want the show there. Michael “Newmie” New­man wasn’t

6 just a char­ac­ter – Michael New­man (his real name) was a real life­guard who worked with Bay­watch cre­ator Gre­gory J Bo­nann, who was a life­guard too.

7 How pop­u­lar was it? By the mid’90s, Bay­watch was syn­di­cated to 148 coun­tries and had over 1 bil­lion view­ers… 65% of whom were women.

8 It’s be­ing re­booted in 2017 and so far it’ll fea­ture Zac Efron from the High School Mu­si­cal films (2006-2008), Dwayne “The Rock” John­son (Ballers, 2015-cur­rent) and Kelly Rohrbach from The PET Squad Files (2013-2015) play­ing CJ Parker (Pam An­der­son’s old role).

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