Baywatch Facts That You’ve Never Heard Before

Anyone can be a “Baywatch” lifeguard if they put their mind to it!

The series, “Baywatch”, was canceled by NBC after only one season, due in part to the high cost of production and low ratings.

Seeing the potential of the series, David Hasselhoff revived the series for first-run syndication after locating financial backers and investing much of his own money into the project. Hasselhoff also served as one of executive producer for the series.

BAYWATCH crew

Hasselhoff was the star of the series, and after the first season became an executive producer.

Gregory J. Bonann, who worked as a Los Angeles County lifeguard, started to shop his idea about a motion picture about lifeguards. Assisting him to promote the idea were scriptwriters Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz. Their visions and ideas were eventually developed into the pilot movie for “Baywatch”.

In addition to rescuing swimmers, lifeguards are trained to deliver babies, disarm nuclear devices, and judge bikini contests.

When the series ended its 11 season run in 2001, “Baywatch” held the distinction of being the longest running television series to have never won an Emmy.

One of the most popular characters on the series was lifeguard C.J. Parker, played by Pamela Anderson. When did the character of C.J. Parker join the series?

Baywatch star Pamela Anderson in red swimsuit

In the first episode of the third season, Mitch and Hobie traveled into Northern California’s rugged gold country, accompanied by lifeguards Eddie Kramer (Billy Warlock) and Shauni McClain (Erika Eleniak), to investigate the death of Mitch’s uncle, who had been a long time prospector in the area. After finding an old treasure map, Mitch and his crew searched the area, enlisting the assistance of a white-water, river-rafting guide named C.J. Parker, who happened to be a former ocean lifeguard, and had previously worked with Mitch. After solving the mystery, Mitch convinces his former associate to return to Southern California, and to rejoin the Baywatch lifeguard service.

The spin-off series, “Baywatch Nights” aired for two seasons, starting in 1995.
As the plot of “Baywatch” revealed, police sergeant Garner Ellerbee (Gregory-Alan Williams), who had been a part of the series from the beginning, decided to quit his job as the resident LAPD beach police patrol officer and form a private detective agency. Mitch Buchannon joined the agency partly in support of his friend, and partly due to his own “midlife crisis”. Mitch found himself working as a lifeguard by day and moonlighting as a private detective at night, thus the name of the series, “Baywatch Nights”. The third detective on the team was Ryan McBride, played by Angie Harmon.

Lifeguards can drown, too — but only if they’re in the middle of a personal tragedy or crisis.

“Baywatch” lifeguard Donna Marco (Donna D’Errico) was also part of the new cast, along with nightclub singer Louis Raymond, played by singer Lou Rawls.
Faced with low ratings after the first season, the producers chose to change the format of the show from a private detective series to a science fiction drama-mystery show, similar to that of the then popular series, “X-Files”. For the second season, Garner Ellerbee was replaced by paranormal expert Diamond Teague, played by Dorian Gregory.

The series went into the second season with Mitch Buchannon, Ryan McBride, and Donna Marco. Other characters from “Baywatch” made guest appearances on the show, including Stephanie Holden (Alexandra Paul), Caroline Holden (Yasmine Bleeth), and Eddie Kramer (Billy Warlock).

The series was canceled at the end of the second season.

Plans for an Australian version of “Baywatch” to be called “Baywatch Down Under” were scrapped due to production cost, and objections from local residents who opposed the use of Australian beaches for filming.

'Baywatch' the Movie The Rock

In 1999, an Australian version of “Baywatch” was planned, and the cast members traveled to Sydney, Australia for filming. The plan was to have the established stars appear in the pilot episode of the new series, working side by side with their Australian counterparts to launch “Baywatch Down Under”.

After the pilot was filmed, production was stopped when residents of Avalon, a local village, voiced strong objections about the filming. They cited the potential danger to their fragile ecosystem. As a result, the Avalon Council permanently banned all future filming. The pilot episode remained unaired for over a year. The pilot was eventually aired as a two part episode during season 10.

Before “Baywatch,” Nacy Valen had roles on “Hull High” and “Ryan’s Hope.”

While seldom used during the course of the series, when the character was first introduced at the beginning of the third season, she was introduced as Casey Jean Parker by Mitch Buchannon, to his travel companions.

In the season 7 episode entitled, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”, C.J. is visited by her slightly kooky mother (Connie Steven), who is a bookkeeper for a Las Vegas businessman/gangster, Tony Blanton (David Groh). Throughout that episode, mom often referred to her daughter by her given name, Casey Jean.

Erin Gray appeared in 5 episodes of the series in 1997 and 1998, as lifeguard service Chief Monica Johnson.
Monte Markham, an original cast member, appeared in 44 episodes from 1989-1992, as Captain Don Thorpe. Another original cast member, Richard Jaeckel, appeared in 68 episodes from 1989-1994 as Lieutenant Ben Edwards.

Alexandra Paul appeared in 66 episodes from 1992-1997 as Mitch’s work peer, Lieutenant Stephanie Holden.

Both men were originally hired by the production staff at the beginning of the series as technical advisers for the series.

By the second season, both men had been elevated to recurring character on the series as lifeguards.

Michael Newman appeared in 108 episodes from 1989-2001. Newman’s image appeared in the opening montage of “Baywatch”. During the later seasons, his name and action pictures were part of the shows opening credits.

Gregory J. Barnett appeared in 47 episodes of the series from 1989-1999.

In the 8th season episode, “White Thunder at Glacier Bay, Part 2” Mitch and Neely Capshaw realize that they were in love with each other while on an Alaskan cruise. They wed at the end of the episode.

Nolan, while a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, won the title of “Miss Las Vegas”. Shortly thereafter, she read in a local newspaper that the long running daytime game show, “The Price is Right” was looking for models. Nolan beat out over 1,200 other women to become one of the “Bob Barker Beauties”.

Following her stint on “Baywatch”, Nolan starred in her own television series from 2000 until 2002, in the title role of “Sheena”.

Running in slow-motion is the fastest way to get from point A to point B in an emergency.

In the 7th season, newly married Stephanie Holden was killed in a boating accident.

DC Comics Did Not Create Superman

DC Comics did not create Superman; rather, he was independently created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who sold the character to Detective Comics, Inc. the precursor to DC Comics in 1938. Years later, when Superman’s popularity boomed, the duo attempted to recover the character’s rights, starting years of legal battles and copyright disputes.
DC Comics Superman

According to Joe Sergi’s The Law for Comic Book Creators, a few years after Superman’s debut in Action Comics, Siegel proposed the idea of having a comic series based on Superman’s early days, a proposition the publisher initially rejected.

Then, years later, when Siegel was serving in the Army during WWII, DC published its first Superboy story focusing on a young Superman. Siegel and Shuster sued DC in 1948, and the publisher later settled out-of-court with the duo for $94,000 to own both Superman and Superboy.

In line with the Copyright Act of 1909, Siegel and Shuster applied to have their rights to Superman reverted in the mid-’60s, after 28 years. Unfortunately, their agreement with DC in 1948 nullified any attempt to regain Superman’s rights.

Then in 1975, ahead of the release of Richard Donner’s Superman, Warner Bros. agreed to pay Siegel and Shuster a yearly stipend if they settled to never contest Superman’s ownership rights in the future—and they agreed.

Their heirs, however, didn’t. Warner Bros. agreed, again, in 1992 to pay Shuster’s heirs a yearly stipend if they never contested Superman’s rights. Later, in October 2001, the studio made a similar arrangement with Siegel’s heirs. As part of that deal, all Superman stories (including movies) will feature the credit: “By Special Arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.”

10 Facts About DC Comics

Superheroes of DC Comics

1. Batman villain The Penguin was inspired by the advertising mascot for Kool Cigarettes, a penguin with a top hat and a cane.

2. Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston also invented an early version of the lie detector, a possible inspiration for the lasso of truth.

3. In an attempt to make DC comic book heroes more diverse, the son of Green Arrow, Connor Hawke, a bi-curious golden haired blackasian was born.

4. Andy Warhol made the first ever Batman movie, Batman Dracula. It was unofficial and never released.

5. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill was originally going to play Superman back in 2004, but after a change in director, the role went to Brandon Routh.

6. Batman once fought a villain made of marijuana, the floronic man.

7. Green Arrow bankrolled the original Justice League of America, but was not a member.

8. Wonder Woman’s bullet deflecting bracelets are made of Amazonium.

9. The Daily Bugle, Kryptonite, Jimmy Olsen, and Perry White were created for the 1940s Adventure of Superman radio show. It was also the first place superman ever met Batman.

10. The DC Universe contains a patchwork of characters acquired from various publishers, including Wonder Woman (All-American), Shazam (Fawcett), The Question (Charlton), Plastic Man (Quality), Midnighter (Wildstorm ) and Static (Milestone).

DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros.

Star Wars Rogue One : Things You Need To Know About

Rogue One hits cinemas mere days before Christmas. To keep you going until then, here’s all the critical intel on Star Wars: Rogue One released so far.
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      1. Rogue one working title was ‘Red Cup’. Star Wars films have an odd naming history.
      2. Its place in the Star Wars time line is just before A New Hope. It is also 5 years after the Star Wars Rebels television show.
      3. Visual effects legend John Knoll came up with the story. He pitched it to Kathleen Kennedy and the rest is history.
      4. Doug Chiang is the production designer. His claim to fame is design work on the prequel trilogies.
      5. Garry Whitta wrote the first draft of the screenplay and came up with the film’s title. Gary is known for his work on The Book of Eli and After Earth.
      6. Screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie did a two week pass on the script post Whitta’s effort. McQuarrie is best known for winning an Oscar for scripting The Usual Suspects and has had a strong career since so his involvement is notable.
      7. This is the first Star Wars movie where the title of the movie is said. Bodhi Rook says it, confirming the title of the movie is a call sign.
      8. Alan Tudyk plays Enforcer Robot, K-250. He filmed a small cameo as a pilot called Wray Nerely but it was cut out.
      9. It is the first big screen Star Wars movie that John Williams has not recorded the score for. Michael Giacchino composed the music for Rogue One.
      10. The “I don’t like you either” guy, Dr. Evazan as a blink and you’ll miss him cameo. You’ll remember his as they guy giving Luke Skywalker a hard time in the Cantina Bar in ANH, a hard time until Obi-Wan stepped in and sorted things out.
      11. Genevieve O’Reilly reprised her role as Mon Mothma, whom she previously played in Revenge of the Sith.
      12. Jimmy Smits also returns as Leia’s father, Bail Organna. He played supporting roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith
      13. Character ‘Saw Gerrera’ original featured in Star Wars: Clone Wars television show. Gerrera is played by Oscar winner, Forrest Whitaker.
      14. The planet Jedha features a place known as the ‘Temple of the Whills’. This is a great reference to some obscure Star Wars trivia – The Journal of the Whills was a formal record of history, maintained by a beings known as The Whills. During the original Star Wars writing period, George Lucas had the idea that R2D2 relayed the stories he knew to the Whills so that the Skywalker saga could be recorded for all time.
      15. It was Donnie Yen’s idea for his character Chirrut Imwe to be blind. Director Gareth Edwards thought it was cool and ran with it. Yen initially turned down the role when it was first offered to him however when he told his kids about the chance, they were so excited, he changed his mind

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Star Wars Is Owned By Lucas Films Ltd. LLC. Star Wars Is Created By Director George Lucas. Star Wars Rogue One Is Distributed By Walt Disney Pictures.