EXCLUSIVE: Hawaii Five-0 showrunner Peter Lenkov has signed a new overall deal with CBS Television Studios, the studio behind the CBS crime drama. Under the two-year pact, he will continue as executive producer/showrunner on the Hawaii Five-0 reboot, which he developed and co-wrote with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and has run since the pilot. Now in its fourth season, Hawaii Five-0 is an important asset for CBS TV Studios as it has a rich off-network syndication deal and is a strong international seller. The new overall deal secures Lenkov’s leadership on the show for the next two seasons and also calls for him to develop new projects for network and cable. This past season, he re-teamed with Kurtzman and Orci to develop high-concept drama Salvation, which sold to CBS.
In its new Friday 9 PM slot, Hawaii Five-0 is averaging 11.6 million viewers, up 3% from its viewership in the Monday 10 PM period last season. It has approved the Friday 9 PM time period by +6% in viewers and +11% in adults 18-49. Lenkov has a long history with CBS Studios. He spent five years on the series which Hawaii Five-0 replaced on Fridays, CSI: NY, rising to executive producer/co-showrunner, before segueing to Hawaii Five-0. Lenkov is repped by CAA and Jeffrey Finkelstein.
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