April 22, 2010 — -- 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.