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Friday, November 09, 2018 

A new Baywatch TV series would only work if it avoided political correctness

Deadline Hollywood spoke some time ago about plans the studio in charge of the original Baywatch TV series have had for reviving it in a new series (Hat tip: TV Series Finale). The reason it hasn't gone ahead all at once is because of the failure of last year's movie starring Dwayne Johnson in the role David Hasselhoff originally made his own during 1989-2001 (and there was also a 2-season spinoff, Baywatch Nights, which ran 1995-97, plus a reunion TV film in 2003).

I'd be in favor of trying it again as a series, but, if they really want it to work, and run for at least half the length of the original, there's things they'll have to consider if they want it to really click with an audience. For example:
  • Don't tool it to appease social justice advocates and feminists, leftist or otherwise, and that includes the phonies behind the MeToo movement.
  • Don't try to downplay sexuality for the same reasons, or be afraid to tackle such topics.
  • Don't pander to LGBT and "fat acceptance" mindsets. It'd only serve to be a turnoff for many viewers.
  • Make sure there's room for comedy and humor, another vital asset for enjoyability.
  • If it's possible to market the series in syndication again, much like with the original and its spinoff, then do it there, as it'd make a far better place for these escapist fares, IMO.
  • A good location to make use of, if possible, would be Florida, maybe at Miami Beach, Palm Beach County or even somewhere near Cape Canaveral! If only because Los Angeles, while it does have its uses, is still a bit too easy a choice. In the end, it all comes down to how easy the financing would be.
  • I'd think a continuation of some sort would be better than a reboot, as they put it. Either way, I'd recommend bringing some of the original cast members around for guest roles, including none other than David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.
  • Don't follow the structure of the movie, what with all its crude, vulgar dialogue and dismal plotting that makes even the weakest moments on the original series look like Shakesperean masterpieces by contrast.
If they could follow all this advice, I think they'd be getting somewhere, and providing audiences with a serviceable new take on an older series, though maybe they should still wait a few more years before finally getting around to producing it. We'll see from here on how things fare.

Here's one more item on Cinema Blend.

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