SAF3: An Exclusive First Look at WGN's Baywatch 2.0

SAF3: An Exclusive First Look at WGN's Baywatch 2.0

When the all new television show “SAF3” premieres this Saturday (1pm WGN channel 9) expect the show to have a decidedly retro feel. From the co-creator of 90s classic “Baywatch” Gregory J. Bonann and starring the ageless Dolph Lundgren (“Rocky IV”)  as John Eriksson, SAF3 takes you back to a time when those one pieces were just a little sexier. Produced by Emmett/Furla Films (“2 Guns,” “End of Watch,” “Rambo”) season one of the show is set to air for twenty, hour-long episodes.

Plot Summery via IMDB

The series follows Southern California’s elite multi-agency task force, SAF3, which consists of the cream-of-the-crop from Los Angeles Lifeguard, Firefighter and Coast Guard agencies. They are the heroes who answer the most challenging calls. Specialists who collaborate, coordinate, and initiate daring rescues in the most dangerous venues (air, fire, water) to save human life. Each episode will center on big-action rescues involving all three services lead by a reluctant leader, Lifeguard John Eriksson’s, who has stepped in for his mentor and friend. The agency is the brainchild of Hal Dunnigan (Eriksson’s mentor) who dies heroically in the first episode saving a life.The inter-agency cooperative effort will not be without its challenges, but will provide for extremely dramatic personal conflict and still yield an effective and efficient public service. There is enormous competition between them as they uphold the pride of their individual services. But, when emergency life and death circumstances arise, they check their egos at the door and do whatever must be done to save human life, aware of the harsh reality that one of them, like Dunnigan, may not return.

Despite the fact the show is being filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, the production has significant ties to Chicago. Producer George Furla is from Chicago. River North resident Steven Galanis (editor-in-chief of The Mayor Daily) gets his first producer credit in this series. Additionally, Old Trinity Capital LLC, whose members include a slew of Chicago-based CBOE traders and finance professionals, invested in the production. So be sure to set your DVRs for Saturdays at 1pm on WGN.

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