Hawaii Fact File
- After nine years in Los Angeles, the show’s creators had planned to move production to Queensland, Australia.
- Many Australian residents loudly voiced their opinion against filming the show there.
- Hawaii officials stepped in, making a pitch to bring the show to Honolulu and Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore.
- Gregg Bonann wanted to keep the show in the United States if he could afford it. -The deal seemed to be set until a local Teamsters official refused to agree to a wage reduction for Hawaii’s movie and industry drivers.
- There seemed to be no deal. Bonann announced it was off to Australia to make the two part episode,Baywatch Down Under.
- To clench the deal, Gov. Ben Cayetano stepped in, offering Leo Reed of the Teamsters Local another $200,000 for wages from the state and improved working conditions for drivers. It was satisfactory.
- The show traded in its stunning eye-turning red swimsuits for yellow ones when it relocated to Hawaii.
- Viewers found that the show didn’t have the same flavor it had when filmed in the original sands of California.
- Baywatch Executive Producer Gregg Bonann moved from California to Hawaii in attempt to cut production costs.-Baywatch Hawaii ended after two years, ending the show’s eleven year run.-Escalating production costs, coupled with poor ratings caused Pearson Television North America to say it was time for Baywatch to end.
- Pearson President Brian Harris told Variety that the economics associated with bringing the program back could not be justified.
- With production costs reaching nearly $1 million per episode, cancellation of Baywatch Hawaii wasn’t surprising.
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