- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Book ‘em: A new ‘5-0’

CBS is saying aloha to a new installment of the “Hawaii Five-O” franchise from “Criminal Minds” executive producer Ed Bernero, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Mr. Bernero is writing the project, which he describes as “‘Hawaii Five-O’ 2.0.”

Like the original series — which ran on CBS from 1968 to 1980 — it’s a procedural drama chronicling the workings of the fictional Hawaiian state police department. In the original, the unit was headed by Steve McGarrett, played by Jack Lord. In the new series, McGarrett’s son Chris will be the top cop. The famous opening music will be back but may be updated, much in the vein of the theme from the 1960s series “Mission: Impossible,” which was rearranged for the 1990s movie franchise.

There will also be a version of the show’s signature closing line, “Book ‘em, Danno,” in the new installment, Mr. Bernero says.

Set for filming in Hawaii, “Five-O” is the second classic cop series CBS hopes to bring back. The network also is developing an updated “Streets of San Francisco.”

Hudgens sued

A music producer has sued Vanessa Hudgens for $5 million, claiming the actress and her father have repeatedly violated a contract and failed to pay him his share of her earnings, Associated Press reports.

Miss Hudgens, one of the stars of Disney’s successful “High School Musical” series, entered into an agreement with producer Johnny Vieira when she was still a minor, says the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. Mr. Vieira claims Miss Hudgens, now 19, and her father, Greg, sued to get out of the agreement but also have failed to abide by settlement terms.

Mr. Vieira entered into an agreement with Miss Hudgens in 2005, which called for him to share equally in advances, royalties and merchandising from Miss Hudgens’ career. However, that was before she landed a starring role in “HSM,” which is scheduled to release its third installment later this year.

An e-mail message seeking comment from Miss Hudgens’ publicist wasn’t returned, AP says.

Games rule ratings

TV’s top five shows for the week of Aug. 4 through 10 were: 1) “Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies” (Friday), NBC, 32.6 million; 2) “Summer Olympics Sunday Primetime,” NBC, 30.8 million; 3) “Summer Olympics Saturday Primetime,” NBC, 23 million; 4) “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 12.11million; and 5) “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.7 million.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports



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