Hyperion Bay

Hyperion Bay
Genre Drama
Created by Joseph Dougherty
Written by Joseph Dougherty
Wendy Goldman
Bernard Lechowick
Frank South
Jeffrey Stepakoff
Ed Strange
Directed by Joseph Dougherty
Jefferson Kibbee
Perry Lang
Nick Marck
Sharron Miller
Ellen S. Pressman
Michael Ray Rhodes
Bethany Rooney
Frank South
Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Theme music composer Richie Sambora
Richie Supa
Opening theme "Hard Times Come Easy" performed by Richie Sambora
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Executive producer(s) Joseph Dougherty
Frank South
Producer(s) Marlane Meyer
Lindsley Parsons III
Running time 4548 minutes
Production company(s) South Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network The WB
Original release September 21, 1998 (1998-09-21) – March 8, 1999 (1999-03-08)

Hyperion Bay is an American drama series that ran for one season on The WB Television Network from September 1998 to March 1999.


The series centers around Dennis Sweeney (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who, after a successful career in the software business, returns home to open a local division for the company he works for. The series follows the drama when the new meets the old in the little coastal town of Hyperion Bay, California.


According to series writer and co-producer Jeffrey Stepakoff, early into Hyperion Bay's run the network told producers to make the show more hip and with a quicker pace. When series producer and creator Joseph Dougherty refused, he was fired by Warner Bros, and former Melrose Place producer Frank South was brought in to retool the series. Carmen Electra was added to the cast as Sarah Hicks, a character modeled after Heather Locklear's character, Amanda Woodward, on Melrose Place.[1][2]

The changes did not improve ratings and The WB canceled Hyperion Bay in February 1999, with the last episodes airing in March 1999.[3]



Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 Pilot September 21, 1998
1-2 "The Cookie Crumbles" September 28, 1998
1-3 "Static" October 5, 1998
1-4 "Family Business" October 12, 1998
1-5 "Temptation and Responsibility" October 19, 1998
1-6 "Some Common Words and Phrases" October 26, 1998
1-7 "Save the Last Dance for Me" November 2, 1998
1-8 "House Guests and Fish" November 16, 1998
1-9 "The Rope" November 23, 1998
1-10 "Young and on Fire" January 25, 1999
1-11 "Truth or Consequences" January 27, 1999
1-12 "The Takeover" February 1, 1999
1-13 "Strange Days" February 8, 1999
1-14 "Valentine's Bay" February 15, 1999
1-15 "With Friends Like These..." February 22, 1999
1-16 "A Matter of Trust" March 1, 1999
1-17 "The Weight of the World" March 8, 1999

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1999 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Olivia Marsico


  1. Stepakoff, Jeffrey (2007). Billion-Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson's Creek and Other Adventures in TV Writing. Gotham. p. 200. ISBN 1-59240-295-X.
  2. Stepakoff, Jeffrey (2007). Billion-Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson's Creek and Other Adventures in TV Writing. Gotham. p. 202. ISBN 1-59240-295-X.
  3. Wolk, Josh (1999-02-05). "Movie News". ew.com. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
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