Hyperion Bay

Hyperion Bay is an American drama television series that ran for one season on The WB from September 21, 1998 to March 8, 1999. The series was partially filmed in Humboldt County, California, in the cities of Trinidad, Eureka, and Ferndale.

Hyperion Bay
Created byJoseph Dougherty
Written byJoseph Dougherty
Wendy Goldman
Bernard Lechowick
Frank South
Jeffrey Stepakoff
Ed Strange
Directed byJoseph Dougherty
Jefferson Kibbee
Perry Lang
Nick Marck
Sharron Miller
Ellen S. Pressman
Michael Ray Rhodes
Bethany Rooney
Frank South
StarringMark-Paul Gosselaar
Theme music composerRichie Sambora
Richie Supa
Opening theme"Hard Times Come Easy" performed by Richie Sambora
Composer(s)Michael Tavera
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Joseph Dougherty
Frank South
Producer(s)Marlane Meyer
Lindsley Parsons III
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Jarndyce & Jarndyce
South Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkThe WB
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1998 (1998-09-21) –
March 8, 1999 (1999-03-08)


The series centers around Dennis Sweeny (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who, after a successful career in the computer 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]



The series premiered on September 21, 1998 and ended on March 8, 1999 with a total of 17 episodes.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Joseph Dougherty & Ellen S. PressmanJoseph DoughertySeptember 21, 1998 (1998-09-21)
2"The Cookie Crumbles"Perry LangJoseph DoughertySeptember 28, 1998 (1998-09-28)
3"Static"Nick MarckBernard LechowickOctober 5, 1998 (1998-10-05)
4"Family Business"Bethany RooneyJeffrey StepakoffOctober 12, 1998 (1998-10-12)
5"Temptation and Responsibility"Nick MarckEd StrangeOctober 19, 1998 (1998-10-19)
6"Some Common Words and Phrases"Bethany RooneyWendy GoldmanOctober 26, 1998 (1998-10-26)
7"Save the Last Dance for Me"Sharron MillerBernard LechowickNovember 2, 1998 (1998-11-02)
8"House Guests and Fish"Michael RhodesWendy GoldmanNovember 16, 1998 (1998-11-16)
9"The Rope"Sharron MillerJeffrey StepakoffNovember 23, 1998 (1998-11-23)
10"Young and on Fire"Bethany RooneyFrank SouthJanuary 25, 1999 (1999-01-25)
11"Truth or Consequences"Michael Ray RhodesBernard LechowickJanuary 27, 1999 (1999-01-27)
12"The Takeover"Jefferson KibbeeWendy Goldman & Jeffrey StepakoffFebruary 1, 1999 (1999-02-01)
13"Strange Days"Stephen CraggKris DobkinFebruary 8, 1999 (1999-02-08)
14"Valentine's Bay"Bethany RooneyFrank SouthFebruary 15, 1999 (1999-02-15)
15"With Friends Like These..."Jefferson KibbeeBernard LechowickFebruary 22, 1999 (1999-02-22)
16"A Matter of Trust"TBATBAMarch 1, 1999 (1999-03-01)
17"The Weight of the World"TBATBAMarch 8, 1999 (1999-03-08)

Awards and nominationsEdit

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


  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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