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Baywatch - Evolution of Opening Intro Themes (Season 1-11) (1989-2001)

Baywatch - Evolution of Opening Intro Themes (Season 1-11) (1989-2001)

Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, starring David Hasselhoff and various other actors as the series progressed. The show was canceled after its first season on NBC, but survived and later became one of the most watched television shows in the world.[3] The show ran in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999, except for the 1990–1991 season, during which it was not in production. From 1999 to 2001, with a setting change and large cast overhaul, it was known as Baywatch Hawaii.

Baywatch premiered on NBC in 1989, but was cancelled after only one season when it placed 73rd out of 103 shows in the seasonal ratings and also because the studio, GTG, went out of business. Feeling the series still had potential, Hasselhoff along with creators and executive producers Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonann revived it for the first-run syndication market in 1991. Hasselhoff was given the title of executive producer for his work on bringing the show back. The series was hugely successful, especially internationally. The show led to a spin-off: Baywatch Nights, and a reunion movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.

In 1999, with production costs rising in Los Angeles, and the syndication market shrinking, the plan was to move the show to Australia and launch Baywatch Down Under. A pilot was filmed but the series was stopped when residents of Avalon put forth strong objections, including potential damage to a fragile ecosystem. Pittwater Council permanently barred all future filming. This pilot finally aired as a two-part episode of Baywatch.

As an alternative to Australia, Hawaii offered the producers large financial incentives to move the show to the islands instead, and in Season 10, Baywatch Hawaii was launched.

Baywatch filmed for two seasons in Hawaii, from 1999 until 2001. The proposal to relocate Baywatch to Hawaii rather than Australia was initiated by April Masini in a telephone call to executive producer Greg Bonann. The deal to provide the incentives necessary to secure the series was presented to Governor Ben Cayetano by Al Masini and April Masini; Tony Vericella, president of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau; and Cayetano's executive assistant, Joe Blanco. The agreement required the production to change its name from Baywatch to Baywatch Hawaii, hire local leads, and film in the state for at least two years, guaranteeing 44 episodes, each at a cost of about $870,000, 60% of which was to be spent in Hawaii.

In August 2018, Deadline reported that FremantleMedia International are eyeing a new reboot of the franchise.

The show then reached it's 30th anniversary since it's pilot episode first aired on April 23, 1989 and the series began full production five months later.

The famous theme tune I'm Always Here was used through Seasons 2-9 and the movie Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding along with a Hawaiian remix for Baywatch Hawaii. It was co-written and sung by rock musician and songwriter Jimi Jamison.

Main CastEdit

Picture Character Actor(s) Tenure
Mitch 1
Lt. Mitch Buchannon
David Hasselhoff
Seasons 1–10
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Craig Pomeroy
Parker Stevenson
Season 1
(Cast Regular)
Seasons 8–9
(Recurring)
Jill 1
Jill Riley
Shawn Weatherly
Season 1
Eddie 3
Eddie Kramer
Billy Warlock
Seasons 1-3
Erika-ShauniMcClain
Shauni McClain
Erika Eleniak
Seasons 1-3
Garner
Sgt. Garner Ellerbee
Gregory Alan Williams
Seasons 1, 3, 4–5
(Cast Regular)
Seasons 2 and 8
(Recurring)
Jeremy-Jackson-Hobie-Buchannon
Hobie Buchannon
Brandon Call
(Season 1)
Jeremy Jackson
(Seasons 2–9)
Seasons 1-9
John-allen-nelson-john d cort
John D. Cort
John Allen Nelson
Season 1
(Cast Regular)
Seasons 2, 4–5
(Recurring)
Peter Phelps-Trevor Cole
Trevor Cole
Peter Phelps
Season 1
Gina Pomeroy
Gina Pomeroy
Gina Hecht
(Pilot episode)
Holly Gagnier
(Season 1)
Season 1
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Capt. Don Thorpe
Monte Markham
Seasons 1–2
Harvey Miller
Harvey Miller
Tom McTigue
Season 2
Ben Edwards
Lt. Ben Edwards
Richard Jaeckel
Season 2
(Cast Regular)
Seasons 3–4
(Recurring)
Nicole-eggert-summer 9
Roberta "Summer" Quinn
Nicole Eggert
Seasons 3-4
David-Charvet-Matt-Brody
Matthew "Matt" Brody
David Charvet
Seasons 3-5
(Cast Regular)
Season 6
(Recurring)
Pamela-anderson-cj-parker
Casey Jean "C.J." Parker
Pamela Anderson
Seasons 3-7
Jimmy-slade
Jimmy Slade
Kelly Slater
Season 3
(Cast Regular)
Season 4
(Recurring)
Stephanie- holden-alexandra-paul
Lt. Stephanie Holden
Alexandra Paul
Seasons 3-6
(Cast Regular)
Season 7
(Recurring)
Yasmine-bleeth-caroline-holden
Caroline Holden
Yasmine Bleeth
Season 4
(Recurring)
Seasons 5-7
(Cast Regular)
Season 8
(Recurring)
Jaason-Simmons-Logan 6
Logan Fowler
Jaason Simmons
Seasons 5–6
(Cast Regular)
Season 7
(Recurring)
Neely-gena-lee-nolin 11
Neely Capshaw
Heather Campbell
(Season 5)
Gena Lee Nolin
(Seasons 6–8)
Jennifer Campbell
(Season 9)
Season 5
(Guest Star)
Seasons 6-8
(Cast Regular)
Season 9
(Recurring)
David Chokachi-Cody
Cody Madison
David Chokachi
Seasons 6-9
Donna-D'Errico-Donna
Donna Marco
Donna D'Errico
Seasons 7-8
Manny 1
Manuelo "Manny" Gutierrez
José Solano
Seasons 7–8
(Cast Regular)
Season 9
(Recurring)
Traci-Jordan-tate
Jordan Tate
Traci Bingham
Seasons 7-8
Nancy-Samantha
Capt. Samantha "Sam" Thomas
Nancy Valen
Season 7
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Michael "Newmie" Newman
Michael Newman
Seasons 1–6
(Recurring)
Seasons 7-10
(Cast Regular)
Carmen-Lani
Leilani "Lani" McKensie
Carmen Electra
Season 8
April-kelly packard 11
April Giminski
Kelly Packard
Seasons 8-9
JD 1
Jack "J.D." Darius
Michael Bergin
Seasons 8-11
Angelica-bridges-taylor 10
Lt. Taylor Walsh
Angelica Bridges
Season 8
Marliece-andrada-skylar
Skylar "Sky" Bergman
Marliece Andrada
Season 8
Mitzi kapture alex
Alexis "Alex" Ryker
Mitzi Kapture
Season 9
Brooke-Jessie
Jessica "Jessie" Owens
Brooke Burns
Seasons 9-10
(Cast Regular)
Season 11
(Recurring)
Simmone-Allie 6
Allie Reese
Simmone Jade Mackinnon
Season 9
(Guest Star)
Season 10
(Cast Regular)
Sean-Monroe-Jason-Brookes
Sean Monroe
Jason Brooks
Seasons 10-11
Stacy kamano-Kekoa
Kekoa Tanaka
Stacy Kamano
Seasons 10-11
Jason
Jason Ioane
Jason Momoa
Seasons 10-11
Brandy-Dawn
Dawn Masterton
Brandy Ledford
Season 10
Brande-Roderick-Leigh
Leigh Dyer
Brande Roderick
Season 11
Zack McEwan
Zack McEwan
Charlie Brumbly
Season 11
Krista-Allen-Jenna
Jenna Avid
Krista Allen
Season 10
(Recurring)
Season 11
(Cast Regular)

Recurring CastEdit

SeasonsEdit

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