A&E announces pickup of new David Hasselhoff docu-reality series
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/21/2010
A&E announced it has picked up a new reality series starring David Hasselhoff that will follow the former America's Got Talent judge as he balances his entertainment and business endeavors with his personal life as a single dad to two teenage daughters.
"David Hasselhoff is an international icon known for his many roles and talents," said A&E programming executive Robert Sharenow.
"Now for the first time he's allowing our cameras to see another side of him as a single father raising two teenage girls and the day-to-day drama that accompanies the rest of his larger-than-life life."
Hasselhoff announced earlier this month that he was leaving America's Got Talent after serving on its judging panel since the NBC reality series premiered in 2006. NBC subsequently tappedDeal or No Deal host Howie Mandel to replace him.
According to Hasselhoff, he was leaving America's Got Talent to follow his "dream" of doing his own TV show, which he had added would "be announced very shortly." While the 57-year-old had failed to elaborate further, reports that he was close to finalizing a reality show deal with A&E had circulated since October.
"It's the dream of every parent to be able to help their children succeed," said Hasselhoff in the new show's order announcement.
"I told the girls that I would help them open the door when they are ready, but they would have to walk through it on their own. This is their time and I am excited to be a part of it by partnering with A&E."
The 10-episode, yet-to-be-titled series is currently slated to premiere later this year and is produced by FremantleMedia North America.
"David is a multi-talented entertainer who is equally loved and recognized in the US and around the world. He rose to stardom when Knight Rider and then Baywatch hit the screen, more recently his work as a judge on America's Got Talent helped the show reach #1 in the ratings for the past four seasons," said FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz.
"With his new reality series, viewers will now be taken on a fascinating journey behind The Hoff curtain to see the man behind the myth, and the magic and mayhem that makes him an exceptional father, a consummate celebrity, and 'The Most Watched TV Star in the World.'"