Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1993–1994)
|Creator||Max A. Keller|
|Creator||Micheline H. Keller|
|Company||Balenciaga Productions, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, Les Films du Triangle|
|Country||USA, Mexico, France|
Acapulco H.E.A.T. was a 1993 syndicated television series. It followed the adventures of the Hemisphere Emergency Action Team (H.E.A.T.), a group of top-secret agents based in Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco in Mexico, recruited by "C-5", a secret, inter-governmental coalition to fight terrorism and other international crimes. To keep a low profile, the team posed as models and photographers representing a beach-fashion business. The show returned for a second season (production started in 1996) with a new and smaller cast; it aired in Europe in 1997, and in the USA during 1998–99.
Led by Ashley Hunter-Coddington (Catherine Oxenberg), a former MI6 operative, and Mike Savage (Brendan Kelly), a former CIA agent, the H.E.A.T. members fight international terrorism and other crimes. They receive their assignments from "Mr. Smith" (John Vernon), the mysterious head of C-5, a secret governmental organization linked to the United Nations. The team operates from both Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and internationally under the 'cover' of a beach fashion enterprise. The team's members are: Catherine "Cat" Avery Pascal (Alison Armitage), a former cat-burglar who had to choose between life imprisonment and working in H.E.A.T. for a year in order to have a "clean-slate"; Tommy Chase (Michael Worth), a martial arts expert with a deep understanding of human psychology; Brett Richardson (Spencer Rochfort), a former Navy SEAL with a vast knowledge of explosives; Krissie Valentine (Holly Floria), a computer genius who can do anything with computers, no matter the situation and, who eventually becomes romantically involved with teammate, Marcos Chavez (Randy Vasquez), a member of Mexico's Los Federales, and whose local contacts in their base-of-operations prove very helpful; Arthur Small (Graham Heywood), owner of Acapulco H.E.A.T. Beach Fashion who manages both the team's logistics and its members' false identities in the "Beach Fashion Enterprise" and, Claudio Divanti (Fabio), owner of the hotel where the team is headquartered.
Catherine ("Cat") Avery Pascal and Tommy Chase are the only original characters to return in Season Two. The Season Two storyline explained the time gap (about 3 years) between seasons by stating that the (Season One) H.E.A.T. team had disbanded a few years after the events of Season One. In the interim, "Cat" became a beach-fashion photographer, and Tommy became a "lone wolf". The two were recruited by ex-spy Nicole Bernard (Lydie Denier) and her protégée, Joanna Barnes (Christa Sauls) a computer expert. They continued fighting international crime backed by private investors; their "cover": owners of a beach-fashion boutique ("Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashion").
The show initially produced only one season (1993–94). Following a two-year hiatus, Acapulco H.E.A.T. was brought back for a second season with a mostly new cast. This second season was produced in 1996 for worldwide distribution but also aired in the U.S. during the 1998–99 television season. A total of 48 episodes were made and have developed a fan base and international audience. The series continues to be broadcast on cable and streaming channels. A feature film is in development based on the series and several major studios are considering the project for production.
The show had a memorable theme song, "I Feel the Heat," sung by Sable Jeffries (first season) and Pepper Mashay (second season).
Cast and characters
Season 1 (1993–94)
- Ashley Hunter-Coddington (Catherine Oxenberg) – A former British MI6 operative and one of the co-leaders of the H.E.A.T. team. She is the daughter of an ambassador. Her mother was killed by Red Brigade members while she was still a child. This traumatic event triggered the need to become a government agent. Her codename is "Sarong" and she worked undercover as a fashion photographer and beach fashion designer.
- Michael "Mike" Savage (Brendan Kelly) – A former CIA agent and co-leader of the H.E.A.T. team. He also posed as a photographer for the agency and his codename is "Platform".
- Catherine (Cat) Avery Pascal (Alison Armitage) – A French ex-cat burglar, who was required to join the team after being arrested for her crimes. She had to stay with the team for a year in order to avoid prison sentence. She eventually accepted that being on the side of justice was far better. She poses as one of the models of the agency and her codename is "High Dive".
- Brett Richardson (Spencer Rochfort) – A former Navy SEAL and the team's weapons and explosive expert. Posed as one of the team's models and his codename is "Deep End".
- Krissie Valentine (Holly Floria) – A computer expert. She provides the team with useful information and research for their missions. Poses undercover as one of the models of the agency and, through the season, got romantically involved with Marcos. Her codename is "Spring Board".
- Marcos Chavez (Randy Vasquez) – A member of the Federales in Mexico and an expert in undercover missions. He was romantically involved with Krissie. He poses as the one responsible for providing transportation for the equipment the team uses during their work in fashion (and actually, with the equipment used on their missions). Most of his family members have served as providers of useful information. His codename is "Agua Azul".
- Tommy Chase (Michael Worth) – A government member responsible for personality analyses. He is an expert in martial arts and has the "zen warrior" mentality. Poses as one of the team male models; his codename is "Backflip".
- Arthur Small (Graham Heywood) – Owner of the beach fashion enterprise, Acapulco Heat beach fashion, which served has the cover for the H.E.A.T. members. Also helped sort out the logistics of each mission.
- Claudio Divanti (Fabio) – Owner of the hotel where the team have their headquarters. Used to flirt with Ashley, much to Mike's dislike.
- Mr. Smith (John Vernon) – One of the government representatives of C-5, a secret coalition that tasks H.E.A.T. with their missions. C-5 was composed by various members of the U.N. He is seen only via video link.
Season 2 (1998–99)
- Catherine (Cat) Avery Pascal (Alison Armitage) – Between the first and second seasons, she became a beach-fashion photographer. As one of the original members of the H.E.A.T. team, she now had to deal with the responsibility of being her own boss. Her new cover was of one of the owners of a small boutique called "Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashions".
- Tommy Chase (Michael Worth) – Between the first and second seasons, he started seeing the world with more cynical eyes. He launched a personal fight against drug dealers and small crime. He is the other original member of the H.E.A.T. team to join the new team incarnation. His new cover was of an employee of the small boutique "Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashions".
- Nicole Bernard (Lydie Denier) – A former French spy that re-organized the H.E.A.T. team to help her track a stolen necklace, but decided to keep working with them. Her cover was of one of the owners of a small boutique called "Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashions". Very serious, she has trouble trusting people, though she has plenty of trust in her new allies.
- Joanna Barnes (Christa Sauls) – The new computer expert of the team and a protégée of Nicole. She can do anything with a computer, though she can never explain how or what she did. Her cover was of one of the employees of the small boutique "Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashions". Though naive, she struggles to keep up a serious appearance.
In Season 2 episode 'Blood Ties', original cast members from Season 1, Spencer Rochfort and Randy Vazquez, returned for a special appearance as their characters Brett Richardson and Marcos Chavez.
Notable guest stars
- James Healey as Niel Strake (Season 1)
- Pedro Armendáriz Jr. as Colonel Rodriguez (Season 1)
- Clifton Collins Jr. as David Kern (Season 1)
- Tristan Rogers as John Hardy (Season 1)
- James Booth as Andre Sokol (Season 1)
- Neil Dickson as Green Victory Agent (Season 1)
- Christopher Neame as Werner Steinholtz (Season 1)
- Liliana Komorowska as Frederika Fluke (Season 1)
- Vaitiare Hirshon as Carmen Chavez (Season 1)
- Julie Bowen as Danielle Perkins (Season 1)
- Nicholas Ball as Derek Perkins (Season 1)
- Andrew Divoff as The Raven (Season 2)
- David Carradine as Victor Garrison (Season 2)
- Chase Masterson as Gwen (Season 2)
- Catherine McGoohan as Natasha Simonova (Season 1) and Sister Margaret (Season 2)
- Tom Paolino as Finley Fairfax (Season 2)
- Richard Lynch as Elliot Roth (Season 2)
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 28, 1993||May 21, 1994|
|2||26||September 23, 1998||June 5, 1999|
Season 1 (1993–94)
The first season was produced for syndication in the United States for the 1993–94 television season.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|"Code Name: Checkmate (Parts 1 & 2)"||Kevin James Dobson||Molly Glenmore & Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||September 25, 1993||101–102|
|3||3||"Code Name: Honeymoon Lost"||Sidney Hayers||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||October 9, 1993||103|
|4||4||"Code Name: Strange Bedfellow"||Henri Safran||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||October 16, 1993||109|
|5||5||"Code Name: Million Dollar Ladies"|
|Sidney Hayes||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||October 23, 1993||111|
|6||6||"Code Name: Feminine Institution"||Harry Ambrose||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||October 30, 1993||105|
|7||7||"Code Name: Desert Dragon"||Harry Ambrose||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||November 6, 1993||112|
|8||8||"Code Name: Archangel"||Henri Safran||Molly Glenmore & Daniel Fica||November 13, 1993||104|
|9||9||"Code Name: Arabesque"||Sidney Hayers||Molly Glenmore & Daniel Fica||November 20, 1993||107|
|10||10||"Code Name: Body Double"||Harry Ambrose||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||November 27, 1993||113|
|11||11||"Code Name: Perfect Specimen"||Harry Ambrose||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||December 4, 1993||106|
|12||12||"Code Name: Easy Riders"||Sidney Hayers||Sidney Hayers & Daniel Fica||January 22, 1994||115|
|13||13||"Code Name: Rip Van Winkle"||Sidney Hayers||Molly Glenmore & Daniel Fica||January 29, 1994||114|
|14||14||"Code Name: The Stalking Horse"||Sidney Hayers||Daniel Fica||February 5, 1994||119|
|15||15||"Code Name: Frame-Up"||Sidney Hayers||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||February 12, 1994||108|
|16||16||"Code Name: Ghosts"||Sidney Hayers||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||February 19, 1994||116|
|17||17||"Code Name: Stranded"||Sidney Hayers||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||February 26, 1994||120|
|18||18||"Code Name: Shamrock"||Harry Ambrose||Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica||March 5, 1994||110|
|19||19||"Code Name: Stalemate – Part 1"||Harry Ambrose||Molly Glenmore & Daniel Fica||April 30, 1994||117|
|20||20||"Code Name: Stalemate – Part 2"||Harry Ambrose||Molly Glenmore & Daniel Fica||May 7, 1994||118|
|21||21||"Code Name: Deep Six"||Sidney Hayers||Story by : Jon Hardy & J. Barry Herron|
Teleplay by : Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica
|May 14, 1994||121|
|22||22||"Code Name: Assassin"||Harry Ambrose||Molly Glenmore & Daniel Fica||May 21, 1994||122|
Season 2 (1998–99)
The second season was produced in 1996 for European distribution and airing in 1997, but was not syndicated in the United States until the 1998–99 television season. The dates listed below are the U.S. airdates.
|Title||Directed by||Original air date (U.S.)||Prod.|
|23||1||"Code Name: The Raven (Part 1)"||Henri Safran||September 23, 1998||201|
|24||2||"Code Name: The Raven (Part 2)"||Henri Safran||September 30, 1998||202|
|25||3||"Code Name: Spear of Destiny"||Frank Charles||October 7, 1998||208|
|26||4||"Code Name: Day of the Dead"||Henri Safran||October 14, 1998||218|
|27||5||"Code Name: Dream Girl"||Peter George||October 21, 1998||209|
|28||6||"Code Name: The Killing Club"||Henri Safran||October 28, 1998||206|
|29||7||"Code Name: Mr. Paradise"||Brianne Murphy||November 4, 1998||213|
|30||8||"Code Name: The Mouse That Squeaked"||Brianne Murphy||November 11, 1998||221|
|31||9||"Code Name: Easy Green"||Frank Charles||November 18, 1998||203|
|32||10||"Code Name: Dangerous Bait"||Frank Charles||November 25, 1998||205|
|33||11||"Code Name: Million Dollar Man"||Brianne Murphy||December 2, 1998||223|
|34||12||"Code Name: Death of a Friendship"||Henri Safran||January 23, 1999||216|
|35||13||"Code Name: Sister Soothsayer"||Frank Charles||January 30, 1999||207|
|36||14||"Code Name: Hot Chains"||Brianne Murphy||February 6, 1999||217|
|37||15||"Code Name: Till Death Do Us Part"||Henri Safran||February 13, 1999||212|
|38||16||"Code Name: Cumshaw"||Brianne Murphy||February 20, 1999||211|
|39||17||"Code Name: Phantom"||Henri Safran||February 27, 1999||224|
|40||18||"Code Name: Bucket of Blood"||Henri Safran||March 6, 1999||210|
|41||19||"Code Name: Cult Zero"||Henri Safran||March 13, 1999||214|
|42||20||"Code Name: Blood Ties"||Henri Safran||April 24, 1999||215|
|43||21||"Code Name: Matador"||Henri Safran||May 1, 1999||222|
|44||22||"Code Name: Juice"||Henri Safran||May 8, 1999||204|
|45||23||"Code Name: Lollipop, Lollipop"||Brianne Murphy||May 15, 1999||219|
|46||24||"Code Name: The Stolen Leg"||Peter George||May 22, 1999||220|
|47||25||"Code Name: Flight 401"||Henri Safran||May 29, 1999||225|
|48||26||"Code Name: I Remember"||Henri Safran||June 5, 1999||226|
Mill Creek Entertainment released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 in 2006. On May 6, 2008, Mill Creek Entertainment released Acapulco H.E.A.T.- The Complete series, an 11-disc boxset featuring all 48 episodes of the series.
As of 2010, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print. As of 2014, all episodes from season 1 can be watched on YouTube, at the Keller Entertainment Group official Acapulco H.E.A.T. channel.
- First season DVDs: contain all episodes, with dual soundtrack (English and Spanish); also include several extras, such as promotional pictures, interviews and bios of the cast, and some TV promos.
- Second season DVDs: contain all episodes, with dual soundtrack (English and Spanish); also include several extras, such as promotional pictures, cast bios, interviews with Michael Worth and Lydie Denier, and a TV promo. The first and second episode contain production commentaries by Worth.
|DVD name||Ep #||Release date|
|Acapulco H.E.A.T.: The Complete First Season||22||June 27, 2006|
|Acapulco H.E.A.T.: The Complete Second and Final Season||26||October 31, 2006|
|Acapulco H.E.A.T.: The Complete Series||48||May 6, 2008|