Talking Point: TV gets Baywatch Fever!

22 October 2009

Fame, the A-team, 90210... TV and film producers quickly realised they can make a quick buck, rehashing old favourites (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… just remake it).

Now, Baywatch is next in line for a comeback. Back in July, Paramount revealed plans to remake the cult lifesaving show, as a comedy spoof, in the vain of Police Academy.

But will the old cast still fit into their swimsuits? Well we know Pammie does (just last week she donned it for a catwalk show, to promote her fashion range A*muse) and with finances tight we’re sure she’d be keen to reprise her role as CJ.

But, in a blow to her ego, Paramount doesn’t want her. In fact Jeremy Garelick, who’s writing the script (the man behind The Break-up and the Knight Rider remake), admits he has never watched the original show and is using it only as a ‘template’.
At least we Brits appreciate Pammie’s talents. Two UK channels are fighting to sign up the ex-Playboy centrefold– ITV for I’m A Celebrity and Channel Four for Celebrity Big Brother (is this still going?)

Of course, she’ll have to check her panto schedule!

And she’s not the only Baywatch star whose private life will soon go public. David Hasselhoff has reportedly been signed up by US network, A+E for a second fly on the wall series (Living TV tailed him for Meet the Hasselhoffs earlier this year).

Although A&E, the American network believed to have bought the rights, are yet confirm or deny the rumours, Hoff’s daughter, Hayley, 17, has given the game away, writing on her Twitter page, ‘The Hasselhoffs signed the deal with A+E… Get ready for it.’
It’s been a tough year for the Hasselhoffs, with David in and out of rehab. Far from recovery, he was hospitalised just three weeks ago, after a heavy drinking session at St Martin’s Lane Hotel in London.

Drama = ratings = moolah for tv producers (who needs Baywatch, when your life is one long soap opera?) But do you think it’s wrong to exploit Hoff’s problems? It can’t be healthy for his daughters, surely (need proof – look at the Osbourne kids).

Has reality TV crossed the line? And, let’s be honest, will you watch it anyway?

- Amy Molloy


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