Set in a small coastal California community, Sunset Beach has made its mark on daytime television by combining traditional daytime drama storytelling with the natural beauty of Southern California's beach locations and is supported by a talented and ethnically-diverse cast.
TV Guide has noted that "Sunset Beach has become a cult hit with growth potential" for the daytime serial viewer. This fact has become particularly true with teen viewers who enjoy Sunset's suspenseful and quirky storylines like "Terror Island," a take-off on the popular Scream movies. Also popular was the recent storyline "Shock Wave," highly publicized earthquakes followed by a treacherous tsunami which caused mayhem at the beach. Sunset Beach also blends real-life news into its storyline, such as the Presidential scandals.
Sunset Beach features some of the most recognizable and popular stars on television as well as the hottest newcomers to daytime. They portray core family members and friends living in Sunset Beach who come from all walks of life-rich, poor, heroes, villains, lovers, friends and enemies. Families such as the Richards, the Deschanels, the Torres and the Cummings, are all interwoven, often coming together at the funky blues/rock club, The Deep, or at the cyber coffeehouse, Java Web. They work as police officers, lifeguards, reporters, waiters, lawyers and restaurant owners.
Among the more recognizable and popular cast members on Sunset Beach are Lesley Anne Down, Sarah Buxton, Sam Behrens, Kathleen Noone, Eddie Cibrian, Jason George, Sherri Saum, Randy Spelling, Susan Ward, Tim Adams, Carol Potter, Priscilla Garita, Hank Cheyne and Clive Robertson. Sunset Beach is produced by Spelling Entertainment Inc. in association with NBC Studios. Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and Gary Tomlin are the executive producers. Chris Whitesell and Maggie DePrieste are head writers. James Reilly is executive story consultant.
--From NBC Daytime
Day & time: Mondays-Fridays on NBC (daytime; check local station for time)
Premiere: January 6, 1997
Executive Producers: Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and Gary Tomlin
Supervising Producer: Gay Linvill
Coordinating Producer: Susan Silkiss
Headwriters: Maggie DePrieste, Chris Whitsell
Executive in charge of Production: Gerald Ament
Directors: Andy Lee, Dennis Steinmetz, Peter Brinckerhoff, Grant Johnson, Carla Mangia-Sherwood
Associate Producers: Debbie O'Sullivan, Chuck Lioi
Production Designer: George Becket
Costume Designer: Chic Gennarelli
Hairstylists: Kimberly Spiteri (head hairstylist), Brooks Stenstrom
Makeup Artists: Gail Katz (key makeup artist), Jeanette Kordiak, Julie Cristi
Music: Dominic Messinger, Teri Smith, Mark Ryan
Produced by: Spelling Entertainment Inc. in association with NBC Studios
Origination: NBC Studio 11 in Burbank and on location throughout Southern California