Christine Lahti has joined Hawaii Five-O. The Emmy winner will play Doris McGarrett, the mother of Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett, during the next season of the CBS drama. “The mysterious character of Doris McGarrett is a pivotal one to the mythology of our show. We are thrilled to have a seasoned and beloved actress such as Christine to portray her,” Hawaii Five-O executive producer Peter Lenkov said today. CBS renewed Hawaii Five-O for a third season earlier this spring. Lahti is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360.
George Litto, whose agency represented the original writer and creator of the 1960s and ’70s CBS TV series Hawaii Five-O, has filed suit against the trusts for heirs of writer-producer Leonard Freeman and their representatives alleging that he was shut out of negotiations over the new version of the series and deprived of the relevant income and rights. Litto points out that CBS at one point filed a federal claim trying to wrest control from Litto and the Freeman trusts but ultimately lost. Litto’s suit contends that CBS and the trusts then shut him out of negotiations for the new series by attempting to renegotiate a 1974 agreement between Litto and the trusts that gave him substantial rights in connection with future versions of the series. Litto further contends that all rights to negotiate terms for and to share in revenues from future iterations of Hawaii Five-O reverted to him upon the death of Freeman’s widow Rose in March 2012.
Litto accuses the Leonard and Freeman trusts of breach of written contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment. Litto seeks a minimum of $10 million in actual damages plus punitive and exemplary damages to be determined by the court. Litto also asks for a full accounting to determine the amount of money he is owed and asks the court to transfer to Litto and his company of any and all revenue and rights associated with the new Hawaii Five-O …
EXCLUSIVE: Steve McGarrett’s love life is looking up. Michelle Borth, who appeared in five episodes of Hawaii Five-0‘s first two seasons as McGarrett’s squeeze, will join the CBS procedural as a regular when it returns for a third season in the fall. She will reprise her role as McGarrett’s girlfriend, Lt. Catherine Rollins. Borth, repped by CAA, New Wave Entertainment and Marcy Morris, first guest starred in the fourth episode of Hawaii Five-0‘s first season and was most recently seen in an episode last month. She previously starred on ABC’s The Forgotten and Canadian-produced Combat Hospital. Borth is the second recurring guest star to be upped to regular on Hawaii Five-0 following last year’s promotion of Masi Oka. She joins Grace Park as the second female regular cast member on the show.
Hawaii’s Five-0 task force will be without its leader for a little while. Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin will miss at least one episode of the CBS crime drama for a stint in rehab. “Alex is taking a short break from Hawaii Five-0 to receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury,” a rep for the actor said in a statement.
The series, which is ahead of schedule, is now shooting episode 20, which coincidentally focuses heavily on Masi Oka’s character, and O’Loughlin didn’t have many scenes. After the episode wraps, the show will take a short break, after which production will proceed as planned, with Hawaii completing its 23-episode Season 2 order. “We respect and support Alex’s decision,” said CBS Studios, which produces the series. “Everyone at CBS Television Studios and Hawaii Five-0 wishes him well and we look forward to his return.”
EXCLUSIVE: Ed Asner is upgrading his status on Hawaii Five-0 from a guest star to recurring. In a very unusual series guest arc spanning 36 years, the multiple Emmy winner will guest star on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 reboot in the spring, reprising the role of August March, which he played in an episode of the original series in 1975.
In a first for the new Hawaii Five-0, footage from the original series will be featured in Asner’s episode. It will be from the actor’s first Hawaii Five-0 appearance in an 1975 episode titled Wooden Model Of A Rat, in which August March (Asner) was an up-and-coming world class smuggler. Now a reformed man after serving 30 years in prison for murder, March lives on O’ahu and is approached by the Five-0 to assist on a smuggling case. “It is thrilling to, for the first time, merge the original Hawaii Five-0 and our new show by having the classic, versatile and award-winning actor Ed Asner reprise his role of August March, a character Mr. Asner first played 36 years ago,” Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/showrunner Peter Lenkov said. “There is no better way to form a bridge between our reboot and the original series.”
It seems like CBS brass approach creating the titles of their shows the way they select their bank account passwords — by trying hard to assemble an unduplicatable sequence of letters and numbers. Consistently over the past years, the network has employed unusual (and rather annoying for writers) punctuation in their show titles. First it was Numb3rs, then $#*! My Dad Says and Hawaii Five-0, which the network insisted we spell with a zero instead of the letter “O”. And today came the announcement of CBS’ latest stump-the-keyboard series title, ¡Rob! That is the name of the network’s midseason comedy series starring Rob Schneider. The choice of punctuation is related to the series’ plot about a lifelong bachelor (Schneider) who marries into a tight-knit Mexican-American family. Still, can we keep the quirkiness and whimsy in the shows and off their titles, por favor?
Lost alum Terry O’Quinn is returning to Hawaii, where the ABC mystery drama was shot. O’Quinn, who starred in the ABC drama pilot Hallelujah this past season, has been tapped for a major recurring role on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, bringing the number of Lost alums on the show to two, including co-star Daniel Dae Kim. More from our sister site TVLine.com, which has the story.
UPDATED: In features, it is the norm for big franchise movies to have multiple writers take a pass at a script before they get greenlighted. Now that MO seems to have migrated to TV in the case of tentpole series based on famous properties. During the 2008-09 development season, CBS put in development a reboot of iconic TV series Hawaii Five-0 penned by former Criminal Minds showrunner Ed Bernero. The project didn’t go to pilot, and the next season, CBS tried again with new writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Peter Lenkov. The script sailed through the pilot stage and the show landed on CBS’ 2010 fall schedule. This season, the same happened to 4 shows with pre-sold titles: ABC’s Charlie’s Angels, based on the classic series, and Pan Am, inspired by the famous airline, as well as NBC’s Prime Suspect, an adaptation of the acclaimed British series, and The Playboy Club, inspired by the original Playboy club in Chicago. The first 3 were originally developed last season with different writers: Charlie’s Angels was written by Josh Friedman, Prime Suspect by Hank Steinberg and Playboy (then Bunny Tales) by Becky Mode. None of them went to pilot but, just like Hawaii Five-0 last year, ABC and NBC took a second stab at remaking Charlie’s Angels and Prime Suspect and creating a Playboy club show this season with new writers.