The American action drama series “Baywatch” (1989-2001) had a setting change and large cast overhaul for it’s last two seasons from 1999-2001 when shooting for the show and its on-screen setting was changed to Hawaii from California. It was then known as “Baywatch Hawaii”. However, it wasn’t always going to be Hawaii.
In 1999, with production costs rising in Los Angeles, and the syndication market shrinking, the plan was to move the show to Australia and launch “Baywatch Down Under”. In fact, a pilot was filmed but the series was stopped when residents of Avalon, Australia put forth strong objections, including potential damage to a fragile ecosystem. After Pittwater Council, a local government area on the northern beaches of Sydney, permanently barred all future filming. this pilot finally aired as a two-part episode of “Baywatch”. Then, as an alternative to Australia, Hawaii offered the producers large financial incentives to move the show to the islands instead, and in Season 10, “Baywatch Hawaii” was launched.