AXS, the channel owned by Mark Cuban, plans to air it in early spring. Distributed by BBC Worldwide North America, the six-episode semi-scripted comedy is shot in a cinema verité style.
“We grew up watching David Hasselhoff on TV so we are thrilled to be working with such a legend and amazed that he is game to play a jaw dropping version himself for us,” said showrunners Richard Yee and Krishnendu Majumdar. “This is our first series for AXS and it’s great to be on such a supportive broadcaster making an ambitious cutting-edge comedy series.”
Hasselhoff added: “So happy to join the AXS TV team, it’s the perfect home for ‘Hoff the Record.’ Mark Cuban is a force of nature and I am honored to be a part of the team. The Hoff train is smoking!”
“Hoff the Record” focuses on the former “Baywatch” and “Knight Rider” star and 1980s heartthrob who, after coming off his fifth divorce and seeing his celebrity fall, moves to London in a last-ditch effort to save his legacy. There, he attempts to star in a biopic about his life — but is told he isn’t right for the role.
“‘Hoff the Record’ is the perfect addition to our prime time programming roster, starring David Hasselhoff in rare form, as he gamely invites viewers to laugh along with him in crazy scenarios that poke fun at his legendary career. ‘Hoff the Record’is an excellent testament to what a great and self-assured guy David is, and AXS TV is proud to be able to bring the inaugural season to the States for the first time ever,” said Cuban. “It’s not often you get the chance to have the most watched male star in the history of television (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) on your network, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”
The show was acquired through a deal brokered by Laura Andrews on behalf of BBC Worldwide, the global distribution rights holder, and the show airs on UKTV’s Dave channel. Hasselhoff serves as producer. The executive producers for UKTV are Iain Coyle and Richard Watsham. Hasselhoff’s executive producer is Eric Gardner. Majumdar and Yee produced the show for Me & You Productions.
“’Hoff the Record’ is what happens when an American superstar meets cheeky British comedy,” says Matt Forde, exec VP of content production, sales and distribution, BBC Worldwide North America. “Now, through a deal with BBC Worldwide North America, AXS TV is bringing that irreverent British humor stateside to the Hoff’s country of origin.”
Hasselhoff, who has actually only been married twice, previously starred with his daughters in A&E’s short-lived reality series “The Hasselhoffs.” He has also competed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and spent three years as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” He also appeared in Syfy’s “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!”
He also isn’t the only celebrity to appear in such a tongue-in-cheek project. Most recently, advertising tycoon Donny Deutch portrayed what he called “a more idiotic, more detached, bigger buffoon version of [him]self” in the USA partially-scripted sitcom “Donny!.” Meanwhile, creator Larry David and stars like Jeff Garlin, continue to tease the possibility of the return of their HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”