David Hasselhoff to star in reality TV show

Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:22pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former "Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff, whose struggles with alcohol abuse were put on vivid display in a 2007 home video, will star in a reality television series this year.

Cable network A&E said on Wednesday it had ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the still untitled series about the hunky actor nicknamed "The Hoff."

Hasselhoff, 57, quit his job as a judge on "America's Got Talent" earlier this month after four years.

The new series will focus on Hasselhoff's business ventures and his role as a divorced father trying to guide his teenage daughters as they look to break into the recording industry.

It was daughter Taylor-Ann, 19, who in 2007 shot a home video of a drunken and shirtless Hasselhoff laying on the floor and trying to eat a hamburger. The video was widely played on U.S. celebrity news shows.

Now, Taylor-Ann is studying communications at the University of Arizona, while younger daughter Hayley, 17, is an aspiring actress and a model for the fashion line Torrid.

Both girls want to sing professionally. As it happens, the new reality series comes from FremantleMedia North America, a company that produces singing competition "American Idol," the top-rated show on U.S. television.

"It's the dream of every parent to be able to help their children succeed," Hasselhoff said in a statement.   Continued...