Let’s give more than a little credit to the man who was and forever will be one half of the human-car dynamic in the classic 1980s cheese-fiesta series Knight Rider; Ladies and Gents, I present to you (copious drum-roll, please)…Michael Knight! Alright, the tongue and cheek game over, the actor I’m really introducing is none other than the man known worldwide as “The Hoff”, David Hasselhoff. And that credit I was spieling about in my opening-must-diagram-this-sentence is a sincere sentiment. David Hasselhoff has long maintained a sense of humor about some of the more camp-leaning projects he’s been associated with over the years, going all the way back to roles in 3rd Rock from the Sun to an 2002 episode of Just Shoot Me where the consummate thespian played a character named – wait for it – David Hasselhoff. Apparently that latter star-turn in the David Spade opus resounded loudly enough for the great country of Germany to stand up and take notice, as the actor – per those Lovin’ Feelings-listening fools over at The Hollywood Reporter – has officially been tasked with reprising the part of himself in an upcoming German television series.
Not a dream, not an imaginary story, the new series entitled Ze Network will indeed feature The Hoff playing a – we hope – exaggerated version of himself. Billed as a dark comedy, the new series drops the former Baywatch thespian in a theater play in Germany. Once cast, The Hoff finds himself entangled in a global conspiracy of former Cold War hitmen and assassins. So in other words, an autobiographical dissertation on the pop cultural impact of The Hoff; read between the lines people: Subtext.
Ze Network marks the inaugural project underneath CBS Studios’ brand-spankin’ new first-look international television agreement with the good folks at the Berlin production house Syrreal Entertainment. The show itself will debut on TV Now, a German subscription video on demand venue overseen by a company that’s had a long history in working with David Hasselhoff, the RTL Group.
In a press release, Man of the Hour Hasselhoff said that “Knight Rider was incredibly successful for both me and RTL. Returning now 30 years later to do a cutting-edge series and working with RTL again is a dream come true. The series is funny, deadly, creative, and informative…simply exciting. Fact or fiction, you decide.”
All joking pretty much to the side, we at Vents recognize the nearly lost art form of irreverence in movies and television and we’re excited to see The Hoff reemerge from his pandemic inspired slumber to “Hoff it out” in the upcoming Ze Network.