FremantleMedia Eyes ‘Baywatch’ Reboot After Remastering 35MM Print Into HD
(8/6/18) Lifeguard drama Baywatch is coming back to television screens around the world. FremantleMedia International has remastered the David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson-fronted series into HD and will start shopping it to global broadcasters, while also eyeing a new reboot of the franchise.
The RTL-owned producer and distributor has remastered all 242 episodes of the show into high definition, as well as introducing contemporary songs and moving it from 4:3 to 16:9 to try and attract the attention of a new generation of fans.
FremantleMedia International COO Bob McCourt told Deadline that despite the mixed reviews of the Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron-fronted 2017 feature film, the big-screen attempt rejuvenated the brand and encouraged the company to update the original 35MM prints of the series. Overseen by original Baywatch producers Michael Berk, Greg Bonann and Doug Schwartz, the company worked with two post-production companies, Warner Bros and Illuminate, to transfer the original series into the new format. “The results are phenomenal. When you have the sea and obviously it’s set on the beach, it was such a colorful series, so that color really comes out when you put it into HD,” he said. It has also replaced 300 songs with contemporary songs from new artists with the help of original composer Corey Lerios, while keeping the original theme tune. See the two versions below (old, top, new, bottom).
The distributor will now approach international broadcasters as well as streaming platforms. The show has continued to perform well globally, particularly in Europe, where it still airs on RTL in Germany, TF1 in France and Mediaset in Italy. McCourt said the show doesn’t looked “dated”. “It still looks quite contemporary and the storylines stand up. It doesn’t actually look that old fashioned,” he added.
This comes after FremantleMedia unravelled a relatively complex rights situation. The show was originally produced by Gannett for NBC but was cancelled after one season. Then the Baywatch producers bought the rights and produced a version with All American Television for syndication, with the help of financing from German distributor Beta Taurus, part of the Kirsch group in Germany and ITV.
All American Television was later subsumed into Pearson, then FremantleMedia, giving the latter the rights. However, Beta, which distributes series such as Babylon Berlin, had the international rights until recently, when FremantleMedia took over global control.
Given the current trend of remaking series from the 1980s and 1990s, McCourt said a remake has “definitely been discussed”. “I think we thought the film might have given us reason to reboot the TV series, but given the mixed reviews that didn’t happen straight away. I think if this remastered version is sold extensively and a new audience comes to Baywatch, then it will give us a real indication as to whether a new series could be successful. We would definitely think seriously about making a new series and maybe we’ll get approached by some broadcasters about making one,” he added.
Meghan Markle's first job was working at a frozen yogurt store in LA when she was just 13
(12/17/17) We know celebrities as glamorous people who leave glamorous lives, but many of them had a decidedly unglamorous start.
Turns out future-royal Meghan Markle is no exception.
Markle's first job was serving frozen yogurt at Humphrey Yogart, a shop in Sherman Oaks, California, she revealed in a tweet back in 2014.
She was just 13 years old at the time, and it was in the parking lot of the yogurt shop that she met celebrity crush Yasmine Bleeth, who starred as lifeguard Caroline Holden on "Baywatch."
According to Markle's descripton of the interaction, she was completely starstruck. She says she blurted out "Oh my God, I loved you in that Soft & Dri commercial," to which Bleeth answered, "Okay, thank you!"
Markle says Bleeth's humble response, as well as the smile and handshake the "Baywatch" actress gave her, still set the tone for all of Markle's fan run-ins today.
Markle's former boss Paula Sheftel told the Sunday Mirror that Prince Harry's bride-to-be didn't earn much, but she was well-liked by the shop's customers.
"She earned minimum wage and was very popular with customers. She had to prove she had an outgoing personality and would work well with staff," Sheftel told the Mirror.
Markle has come a long way since then. After landing various small roles, including appearing as a suitcase girl on the game show "Deal or No Deal," the actress got her big break on "Suits." Markle is set to marry Prince Harry on May 19th of next year.
Disney Sued by Yasmine Bleeth's Husband for Trip and Fall
Disney got its wires crossed and cluttered while shooting a TV show in "Baywatch" star Yasmine Bleeth's home ... according to her husband, who claims he got jacked up in a trip and fall.
Paul Cerrito says Disney was using his home to shoot a pilot when the equipment tripped him up. In a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Paul says the injury set him back ... as he was already trying to recover from a previous tumble.
He claims he slipped in a puddle of water in a grocery store back in December. Due to that fall he was using a walker when he went down at home. Cerrito says he's suffered permanent disability, and is suing the store as well as Disney.
Cerrito's lawyer tells us he also suffered a spinal injury. He wants Disney to pay damages and his medical expenses. We've reached out to Disney, so far no word back.
Yasmine Bleeth pulls on sneakers and work-out pants as she takes a weekend stroll with her husband
(dailymail.co.uk) (Photo) She had a well documented struggle with drug abuse which ultimately ended her Baywatch days.
But now, almost 20 years on from her role in the famous red swimsuit, Yasmine Bleeth looks the picture of health.
The 46-year-old former actress was spotted in Hollywood on Saturday in sneakers and work-out pants taking a stroll with her husband, Paul Cerrito.
The road to recovery: Former Baywatch star Yasmine Bleeth pictured with her husband Paul Cerrito in Hollywood on Saturday.
Yasmine, who played Caroline Holden in the long running show, looked happy and relaxed alongside her strip club owning husband who she met in rehab in 1997.
Dressed casually in cropped, Lycra leggings and sneakers, and with a baggy grey vest under a striped cardigan, the reclusive star looked a far cry from her modelling heyday.
For every year between 1996 and 2001, the beauty made FHM's 100 Sexiest Women In The World list.
At one point she even had her own line of lingerie.
In a 2012 interview with Esquire, the show's producer Douglas Schwartz explained why she was let go from the cast.
'We had one issue with Yasmine Bleeth, who was doing drugs at the time.
'And so we were dealing with Yasmine not showing up and having difficulties, again with men.
'That's why we let Yasmine go off the show: because it was too difficult to deal with her after awhile.'
In a 2003 essay she wrote for Glamour magazine, she admitted that her cocaine habit was so severe that she once collapsed at a photo shoot and went without sleep for five days at a time.
Adding that: 'consciously trying to stay off drugs is now part of my life and always will be.'
Since successfully battling her demons, Yasmine - who once dated Matthew Perry - has kept out of the public eye, photographed only very occasionally.
But she has undertaken extensive work to raise money for breast cancer research after losing her mother to the disease when she was only 20.
"Baywatch" Star Yasmine Bleeth Resurfaces After 10 Years -- See Her Now!
"Baywatch" alum Yasmine Bleeth made her first public appearance in over 10 years this month, resurfacing at Venice Beach, of all places.
The busty brunette was introduced on the classic show's fourth season as Caroline Holden, the sister of Alexandra Paul's character, Stephanie. She quickly became one of the series' hottest commodities and was even named one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful.
But after being let go from the show amid drug issues, an arrest and a trip to rehab, the actress all but disappeared. Her last public appearance was back in 2003, at an engagement party for Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman.
Now 46, Bleeth resurfaced alongside "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Eileen Davidson and each of their husbands in a Twitter photo the soap star posted last week. The group was at the beach to take part in the annual "Penguin Swim" on New Year's Day.
We gotta say, she looks pretty great for someone who's been in hiding for over a decade!
We're told Yasmine turns down almost all media requests, especially ones related to "Baywatch," and likes to keep private these days.
"Baywatch" washing up on DVD
Beach-and-babes TV series "Baywatch" is finally headed to DVD.
A late-summer best-of set, with episodes chosen by star Pamela Anderson, will be the initial release, followed by complete series sets.
"Baywatch," which aired from 1989-2001, is again making headlines, with a big-budget movie in the works from director Eli Roth ("Hostel," "Cabin Fever").
The series gained fame for its look at the Southern California beach lifestyle as seen through the eyes of a team of sexy lifeguards.
``SeeMyLA'' Celebrity Campaign
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"Ethnic, cultural, artistic and culinary diversity. LA...a feast for the senses." -Yasmine Bleeth
Stars who faced their demons
Drugs and alcohol are common place (legendary, even) in Hollywood. But many stars have cleaned up their act by seeking help. USA TODAY's Karen Thomas looks at celebs who have been open about their troubles:
Ben Affleck, 31
Addiction: Charlie Sheen drove Affleck to Promises clinic in Malibu, Calif., for alcohol abuse after an all-night bender in Las Vegas in August 2001.
Recovery: "Ben is a self-aware and smart man who has decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol," said his then-spokesman, David Pollick.
Yasmine Bleeth, 35
Addiction: In December 2000, the Baywatch babe voluntarily entered Promises clinic with a cocaine addiction. But she was still using when she drove her car off a cliff in 2001 and was ordered to undergo regular drug tests.
Recovery: In the February 2003 Glamour, Bleeth wrote that "consciously trying to stay off drugs is now part of my life and always will be."
Robert Downey Jr., 38
Addiction: A judge ordered the actor into rehab for one year in March 2001 for addiction to drugs. He previously served time in prison for drug possession.
Recovery: Downey told USA TODAY last year that with his hard-fought sobriety, he was "unencumbered by the most glaring of my character defects."
Jack Osbourne, 18
Addiction: In April 2003, this teenage member of MTV's dysfunctional family checked into rehab after he became addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs.
Recovery: He signed up for another year of The Osbournes, telling 20/20 that "here's a chance to kind of maybe redeem myself. I was kind of a drug (expletive) in the past couple of seasons."
Matthew Perry, 34
Addiction: The Friends star was treated in 1997 for addiction to prescription drugs and again in March 2001 for addiction to Vicodan and alcohol abuse.
Recovery: "It was scary. I didn't want to die," he told People in September 2002.
Charlie Sheen, 38
Addiction: In May 1998,Sheen's father, actor Martin Sheen, persuaded the actor to enter Promises because of substance abuse.
Recovery: "It's time for a change," he said in a statement. According to spokesman Jeff Ballard, Sheen aimed "to overcome what he describes as his 'destructive appetites.' "
Easy Friday Win for NBC As Viewers Barely Bay-Watch FOX
Fast National ratings for Friday, Feb. 28, 2003.
Fitting the network's Friday night pattern, NBC began the evening in third, but parlayed the final two hours of prime time into a comfortable Friday night ratings win.
NBC's 8.9 rating/15 share handily tapped ABC, 5.7/10, and CBS, 5.1/9. FOX's Friday night struggles continued as the two-hour "Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding" landed the network in fourth, averaging 3.8/7 for the evening.
Among adults 18-49, NBC won with a 3.8, followed by ABC's 3.2. "Baywatch" pushed FOX to third with a 2.6, narrowly ahead of CBS's 2.4.
At 8 p.m., CBS came out on top with a new episode of "Star Search" earning a 6.9/13. A repeat of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" finished a close second at 6.8/12, followed by NBC's "Mr. Sterling" with 6.2/11. "Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding" finished fourth for the hour.
NBC took a commanding lead a 9 p.m. with "Dateline NBC" scoring a 9.3/16. ABC's "I'm A Celebrity -- Get Me Out of Here!" was second with a 4.6/8, followed by FOX's "Baywatch" special, with averaged 4.2/7 for the hour. CBS' "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" performance lagged in fourth.
A repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" provided NBC with a rout at 10 p.m.. The show's 11.2/20 average nearly doubled the ratings for second place ABC's "20/20." CBS finished third with "48 Hours Investigates" at 4.6/9.
Ratings information provided is from fast national data. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
Baywatch Women Say They're Back on Track
Three "Baywatch" beauties have had tumultuous lives since the show ended, but Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra and Yasmine Bleeth say they're back on track and happy.
Anderson, who is engaged to rock-rapper Kid Rock (Bob Ritchie) and recently announced that she was diagnosed with hepatitis C, said she's concentrating on her family.
"I've had to start facing things like, 'What will happen if I'm not around,'" Anderson told TV Guide for its Feb. 22 issue. "My priorities are my boys. I'm trying to create a new family with Bob and his son."
Anderson has two sons, Brandon, 6, and Dylan, 4, with former Motley Crew drummer Tommy Lee. The two divorced after a rocky marriage.
Electra, who had a brief marriage to Dennis Rodman in 1998, has settled down with rock guitarist Dave Navarro. She said she and her fiance "stay home, eat and cuddle."
A "Baywatch" reunion movie, set to air Feb. 28 on Fox with all three actresses, is Bleeth's first acting job in a year. She was arrested in September 2001 and sentenced to two years' probation on a cocaine-possession charge. She said she has been sober for a year.
The arrest was "a wake-up call." She has settled down with new husband Paul Cerrito, whom she met in rehab.
"I'm very much in love and have chosen the man I want to be with for the rest of my life," she said. "This is the most blissful time of my life."
New Yasmine Photos
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Yasmine on FHM
Look for Yasmine Bleeth (& other Baywatch babes) on the cover of the March issue of FHM Magazine on stands February 11, 2003.
Bleeth breaks her silence on battle against cocaine
''I never expected to get into drugs,'' Yasmine Bleeth says.
But the former Baywatch actress has spent the past five years battling cocaine. She chronicles her addiction in the February issue of Glamour, which arrives on newsstands Tuesday.
At first, in 1998, cocaine was a social thing, says Bleeth, 34. Then she realized she could call a dealer and have it delivered to her home, ''like ordering Chinese food.''
It soon became all she could think about: coming home from work to do lines. Baywatch ended in 1997; she was living in San Francisco playing opposite Don Johnson on Nash Bridges.
''I'd spend hours plucking my eyebrows, putting on tanning cream, doing a facial. But mostly, I'd shop on the Internet,'' she says. ''Shopping was instant gratification. Just like the drugs.''
Bleeth stopped seeing friends. She often had bloody noses. ''And if I was sniffling, my publicist would tell people I had sinus problems, which I do.''
By the end of 1999, she ''looked like an alien,'' she says. Normally a size 6, she was down to size 0.
In July 2000, she collapsed at a Glamour photo shoot. Five months later she checked into Promises rehab center in Malibu. There she met Paul Cerrito, a club owner in Michigan. Life was looking up.
Two weeks later, she was taking cocaine again.
Then, in September 2001, she drove off a highway in Detroit while high on cocaine and hit a median. As part of a plea agreement, she must serve two years of probation and submit to regular drug tests.
Bleeth spent the next few months after the accident at Paul's mother's house in Michigan, staying sober and eating. She gained 20 pounds. In August 2002, she and Paul were married in Santa Barbara. It's been a struggle, Bleeth writes, but she realizes that ''consciously trying to stay off drugs is now part of my life and always will be.''
FOX Sets Date for 'Baywatch' Movie
We know the date for the "Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding" movie. We know a gaggle of former cast members are coming back for the film.
The only question that remains is this: Will the bride wear white, or one of those red lifeguard swimsuits?
Viewers can find out Friday, Feb. 28, when FOX airs the "Baywatch" movie that reunites 15 of the show's old cast members, including David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Jeremy Jackson, John Allen Nelson and Gena Lee Nolin.
"It was great having 15 of us back, and it felt terrific working together again," Hasselhoff says. "Everyone checked their ego at the door and we had a ball."
The movie's plot involves Hasselhoff's Mitch getting ready to get married in, you guessed it, Hawaii. A number of his former lifeguard colleagues fly to the island state to attend the wedding. An old nemesis (Cary Horiyuki-Tagawa), however, is out to crash the party.
"Baywatch" was hugely popular as a syndicated series in the 1990s, particularly overseas.
Pam, Yasmine etc... Beached for More "Baywatch"
Surf's up for Pamela Anderson.
The hepatitis C-stricken blonde bombshell has agreed to get jiggly with it one last time and appear in Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding, Fox's two-hour TV movie that will reunite Baywatch beauties both old and new with series star David Hasselhoff.
Anderson's participation in the project had been seen as key for producers. She was easily the show's most popular character, but, according to various published reports, she was demanding big bucks to head back to the beach for the reunion.
Between those purportedly outrageous salary demands and her health issues (she's planning to put her career on hold in December to begin aggressive treatment for her hepatitis), it seemed unlikely the 35-year-old would reprise her career-launching role as the barely bikini'd C.J. Parker, a part she played for five years on the sun-lovin' series.
Somehow, though, Fox execs were reportedly able to persuade the show's other stars to take pay cuts in order to bring the former Playboy pinup aboard. It's not known how much Anderson will receive, but it's likely to be a plus-size paycheck. Of course, Anderson had time on her hand since the cancellation of her post-Baywatch syndicated series, V.I.P., earlier this year.
With Anderson on board, and fellow stars Hasselhoff and Yamine Bleeth cleaned up after respective stints in rehab battling substance abuse, the long-delayed Baywatch telefilm was back on.
(A thong-alicious reunion flick had been in the works last summer under the Beach Party Bingo-esque title Baywatch Blast but was delayed after Fox had trouble corralling enough key lifesavers.)
In addition to Anderson, Hasselhoff and Bleeth, the reunion movie will feature more than a dozen returning hard bodies, among them starlets Gena Lee Nolin, Carmen Electra, Nicole Eggert, Alexandra Paul, Brande Boderick, Angelica Bridges and Stacy Kamano, as well as the hunky likes of Billy Warlock, John Allen Nelson, Jeremy Jackson, Michael Bergin and Jason Momoa.
Noticeably MIA are onetime stars Parker Stevenson and Donna D'Errico, along with former cast stalwarts David Charvet and David Chokachi, all of whom apparently couldn't come to terms on contracts.
"They're bringing back cast members from each era," Paul explains to USA Today. Paul's character, Stephanie, was killed off in an explosion in 1997, but in a Twin Peaks-like twist, she will be magically resurrected for the reunion.
Another character back from the dead is Hasselhoff's hairy-chested lead lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, who was seemingly blown to bits in 2000's season-ending episode of Baywatch Hawaii.
The skimpy plot of the reunion flick goes something like this: Anderson's C.J. opens up a beachside bar-restaurant and her old buddy Mitch plans on tying the knot with Neely (Nolin). But trouble washes up when a woman named Allison (Paul)--who underwent cosmetic surgery to look like Stephanie--vies with Neely for Mitch's attention.
"I punch her, then it gets wet and crazy," Nolin tells USA Today.
Adds Paul: "We go down a slide during the fight. It's the Joan Collins-Linda Evans catfight of the 21st century."
(Sounds like they better start working on those Emmy speeches now.)
Former Big Kahuna Hasselhoff tells Entertainment Weekly that he and his swimsuit-clad cohorts are flab-free despite years off the beach patrol.
"Everyone looks better," Hasselhoff says. "They're thin and cut. In fact, I'm already on my second workout today."
Hasselhoff helped create Baywatch as an NBC series in 1989. The show didn't find an audience until it shifted into syndication, where it made stars of Anderson, Electra and Bleeth. Producers even touted the series, once broadcast in more than 140 countries, as the most popular show in the world. Nielsens began sagging, and after a move from Malibu to Hawaii failed to juice ratings, the show folded for good in 2001.
Baywatch: Hawaii Wedding is currently shooting in Hawaii and expected to wrap later this week, is set to air on Fox during February sweeps.
Alexandra Paul on Yasmine
I am also glad to be working with Yasmine again. Yasmine married her sweetheart, Paul Cerrito, just 3 weeks ago. They met when she was in rehab last year, and I hope they will have a long and healthy life together. They seem to be starting off beautifully, and they have a sense of humor about their recent past: I was chatting with them a few days ago about how hard a time I am having getting auditions and I said something like "I couldnt get arrested last winter" (which, for those of you who dont have English as your first language, is a phrase we use to mean that no one wanted to i.e. audition me). As soon as I said it I said "oops", because I realized they both had been arrested last winter, for real. They laughed though, and I was relieved. Yasmine and David are very open about their addictions, and I appreciate that. Honesty is the fastest way to healing.
Look for Yasmine to be on the cover of FHM magazine along with Carmen Electra and Pamela Anderson to promote the Baywatch movie. Mostly the February Issue out sometime in mid-January