So you want to be the next David Hasselhoff? First, hit the gym, then go get a tan.
That’s the word from “Baywatch” casting directors Susan Glicksman and Fern Orenstein.
“Looks are very important for a show like ‘Baywatch,’ ” said Glicksman. “The physicality is more important here than in other shows.”
Acting experience is not necessarily required to be given a shot at one of the shows. “Baywatch” co-star David Charvet had little acting experience when he was asked to join the cast.
All American Television is still casting “Baywatch” spin-off “Baywatch Nights” and the search is not as easy as one would think.
“We’re still looking for beautiful women to work in the detective agency,” says Glicksman.
The definition of beauty is not universal when it comes to casting a show like “Baywatch Nights.”
“Agencies send over girls for auditions that are not lead material for an episode of ‘Baywatch,’ ” say the casting directors. “I mean, they’re nice looking girls-if you were at a party.
“But that is it and the agents can’t believe that.” The show also receives a slew of unsolicited applications and actually checks everyone out.
Most of the syndicators look for that leading man to bring in key female demos. Warner Bros.’ “Babylon 5” recently cast Bruce Boxleitner of “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” fame as Capt. John Sheridan.
For its new series “Pointman,” Warner Bros. landed veteran TV leading man Jack Scalia, whose credits include several network series.
MCA is betting on its stars-Kevin Sorbo of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” and Russell Wong (“The Joy Luck Club”) of “Vanishing Son”-as the men to unseat Hasselhoff.
Film actor Bryan Brown, best known for his roles in “F/X” and “Cocktail,” will make his action hour debut in D.L. Taffner’s “The Wanderer.” Brown will serve double duty in the show as he stars as twin brothers.
Buena Vista is putting its money on former “Hunter” star and NFL player Fred Dryer.
While Dryer probably will not appeal to young women, he likely will draw young men, as will his cast of supporting beauties.
But the odds are that David Hasselhoff will end up being the next David Hasselhoff, as he also will star in “Baywatch Nights.”