Baywatch Pulled Off an Impressive Prank With This Fake History of Its Color Palette

Fremantle had some fun with the show's 30th anniversary and Pantone partnership

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What would Baywatch be without its signature red?

The color is as much an iconic part of the show as David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson or slow-motion sprints across the beach. Yet a video shared by the official Baywatch page on Facebook recently revealed that the show originally tested several other colors, even settling on blue for the swimsuits and life buoys—before making the last-minute decision to go with red instead.

One problem: The story’s totally bogus.

The video, which purports to show “never before seen footage” and pre-series photography, was actually one big exercise in color-corrected fakery from the team at Fremantle, the show’s production and distribution company.




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