The latest news from the TV beat

By Lynette Rice and William Keck
Updated September 20, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Back to the Beach

Jiggle alert! Fox and the world-famous David Hasselhoff have managed to reassemble most of the buxom babes from the long-running Baywatch for a reunion movie tentatively set to air this February. Shooting began this month in Hawaii, where Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Yasmine Bleeth, Gena Lee Nolin, Nicole Eggert, and Alexandra Paul will hit the beach again in preparation for Mitch’s (Hasselhoff) impending nuptials. But the girls soon realize their No. 1 lifeguard could use a little saving himself, as a so-called villain from Mitch’s past comes to wreak havoc on his wedding day — at least, that’s what Hasselhoff thinks will happen. He’s still doing CPR on the script. ”We just need to work out some kinks [in the story],” he admits. ”When in doubt, I just have somebody run.” Expect a return of those slinky red swimsuits, as well as some original male cast members, such as Billy Warlock and John Allen Nelson. ”Everyone looks better,” promises Hasselhoff. ”They’re thin and cut. In fact, I’m already on my second workout today.” Sounds like quality television to us.

‘Three’ Strikes

While Three’s Company mined its laughs from misunderstandings, here’s one mix-up that won’t generate the signature Chrissy snort: Chris Mann, author of the behind-the-scenes book Come and Knock on Our Door, claims he’s been shut out of an upcoming NBC telepic about Company, despite the fact he once made a deal with Nitelite Entertainment to adapt his tome for TV. But Nitelite producer Greg Gugliotta disagrees, saying the NBC flick Three’s Company: Behind the Scenes (a working title) is based on public-record interviews and bears little resemblance to the project he was once trying to sell with Mann. ”This is more of a satire,” claims Gugliotta of the movie, which will delve into Suzanne Somers’ stormy contract dispute. ”It’s from [on-screen narrator] Joyce DeWitt’s perspective, who was the one really affected by the whole thing.” (Unlike DeWitt, Somers and John Ritter declined to participate.) Mann may still receive a consulting fee, but he’s considering filing an injunction to prevent the telepic from airing. Says the author, ”Now I know how Chrissy felt when she was banished from the apartment.”

AND SO ON… NBC and agent-turned-producer Gavin Polone (The WB’s Family Affair, CBS’ Hack) are developing a prime-time soap called Nevada for fall 2003. Unlike recent failed attempts (NBC’s Titans lasted 11 episodes and Fox’s Pasadena tanked after four), Polone believes Nevada — about a wealthy land-owning family in Las Vegas — will be a Dallas for the 21st century. ”It’ll be more straightforward, not hokey,” says Polone of Nevada’s pilot. ”I was never one for Dynasty because Dallas felt more real. It didn’t become about the jewelry or a couple of women going at it. We’re not looking to do that.” But the catfights were the best part!