I’ll admit. No one was surprised when A & E signed David Hasselhoff and his two daughters, Haley and Taylor. Few choices are left since questionable performances on “America’s Got Talent,” a few failed attempts at rehab and a viral YouTube video showing his daughter begging him to sober up as Hasselhoff tried to eat a cheeseburger. The commercials, with the baby Hasselhoff cruising the beach with perfect hair, even on his chest, lured me in. Just like a train wreck.
“The Hasselhoffs” was a actually a present surprise. That’s not to say that I expect it to last long or that I’ll be getting any Emmy nods. I was surprised to see the seemingly warm relationship between David Hasselhoff and his daughters, especially given headlines of the last year. The series opens with Hasselhoff speaking at daughter Taylor’s college class. We’re not given any back story or the premise. It opens with the Hoff before a college auditorium speaking not about acting, but about life’s ups and downs. Taylor seems to grimace as a student asks a question about the infamous YouTube video. The wisdom David Hasselhoff derived from this experience? “It’s how fast you get up, not how far your fall.”
I must digress a little to tell you that the Hoff’s house is magnificent. He must still have a nice stash of cash. We don’t get to meet the housekeeper, but I feel certain that David has one. I don’t see him cleaning the toilet or washing windows.
David Hasselhoff has said he agreed to do the reality series to help his daughters jump-start their acting/singing/being famous careers. For me, the biggest disappointment is the comfort David Hasselhoff shows in this new role. My mom, watching it with me, reminded me what a great actor David Hasselhoff had once been. Sure, Baywatch was a little corny, but Knight Rider (co-starring the talking car Kit) was a big hit in the 80s. And my mom first fell in love with him as the young resident doctor Snapper on the Young and the Restless. I couldn’t help but wonder why he wasn’t able to keep growing in his field. Why couldn’t Hasselhoff enjoy another decade on television or perhaps even make one or two big screen hits? This show really just seems to be a waste.
The show’s other redeeming factor is that Hasselhoff is willing to make fun of himself. He laughs about his addictions, the mistakes he’s made and even calls himself “the German Elvis.”
Fans needn’t worry. There’s good news for Hasselhoff’s future. He’s signed on to replace Simon Crowell on “Britain’s Got Talent.” I suspect he’ll be a better fit for the competitive show.