At the peak of its popularity, "Baywatch" was the most-watched television series in the world, with more than 1.1 billion viewers tuning in each week to see the Los Angeles lifeguards jog in slow motion. Though critically panned and yanked by NBC after just one season, "Baywatch" became a bonafide hit in syndication, thanks to David Hasselhoff's heroics and Pamela Anderson's trademark red swimsuit.
The sun set on the "Baywatch" phenomenon in 2001 -- but the endless summer is set to continue on the big screen. Paramount Pictures recently tapped comedy screenwriters Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka to write a tongue-in-cheek screenplay tentatively set for release next year. In a decision she may or may not regret, Jessica Simpson signed on to play Anderson's character, real-life Malibu Barbie, C.J. Parker, back in 2006.
Judging from our look at Where They Are Now, more than a few of the "Baywatch" cast members might be available to join Simpson in the movie - and at least one could really use the paycheck.
Hasselhoff's Mitch Buchannon was the head lifeguard, so macho he made the teenage summer job seem almost plausible for a grown man. The Hoff hung on to the character desperately -- until the flop of "Baywatch: Hawaii" in 2001. Since then, Hasselhoff, now 57, has found himself in need of a few dramatic rescues himself, splitting from second wife, Pamela Bach, in 2006 amidst accusations of domestic violence.
Hasselhoff's battle with the bottle has been well-documented, leading to what was arguably his most well-known appearance since "Baywatch" -- a 2007 video shot by his daughter that showed him in a drunken stupor, attempting to eat a Wendy's hamburger while shirtless on his hotel room floor. After it went viral, The Hoff announced in a statement: "I am a recovering alcoholic." His drinking problem was reportedly the reason NBC's "America's Got Talent" failed to renew his contract in January after four years as a judge, replacing him with the family-friendly Howie Mandel.
Not one to be hassled, the Hoff will return to television in June, reprising his role as Dr. William "Snapper" Foster, Jr. on "The Young and the Restless," a character fans of the soap opera might recall from, oh, 30 years ago. Hasselhoff also has an A&E reality show in the works and remains a massive star in Germany.
Anderson put the babe in "Babewatch" as the buxom C.J. Parker, the reason men across the world tuned in to her five-year stint. After leaving the beach in 1997, Anderson played a busty bodyguard on TV's "V.I.P.," posed naked for Playboy and unwittingly bared all for a honeymoon sex tape with Tommy Lee, the Motley Crue rocker she married and divorced twice and with whom she had two sons. Anderson and Lee reunited as recently as 2008, even after she claimed he gave her hepatitis C due to shared tattoo needles.