TNT Acquires CBS Television Distribution's Action-Packed Hit Drama "Hawaii Five-0"
TNT has secured the off-net rights to the hit, action-packed drama series Hawaii Five-0. The People's Choice Award-winning series, which is currently in its first highly successful season on CBS, has emerged as one of the top-rated new shows of the season. TNT will begin airing Hawaii Five-0 in summer 2014.
The series comes to TNT from CBS Television Distribution (CTD). The deal was negotiated for TNT by Linda Yaccarino, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Turner Entertainment Ad Sales/Marketing and Acquisitions. Hawaii Five-0 will join TNT's lineup of high-profile original series, as well as recent acquisitions like The Mentalist, which comes to the network later this year.
"Hawaii Five-0 is a top-notch procedural drama that has already built a strong following," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "With its great characters, intriguing stories, smart sense of humor and explosive action, Hawaii Five-0 is an ideal fit for TNT's lineup."
Hawaii Five-0 stars Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. The series is a contemporary take on the classic show about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out crime that washes up on the Islands' sun-drenched beaches.
At the center of Hawaii Five-0 is Detective Steve McGarrett (O'Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who returns to Oahu to investigate his father's murder. He then stays after Hawaii's Governor (Jean Smart) persuades him to head up the new team with his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest "game" in town. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny "Danno" Williams (Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop. He's a working man in paradise who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but is committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter.
The Five-0 unit also includes Chin Ho Kelly (Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective and former prot�g� of McGarrett's father who was wrongly accused of corruption. Chin's cousin Kono (Park) is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the police academy and eager to establish herself among the department's elite.
In its first season, Hawaii Five-0 has scored outstanding ratings, beginning with the pilot episode, which was watched by more than 14.2 million viewers. In January, Hawaii Five-0 drew the series' biggest audience yet, with 19.3 million viewers.
Hawaii Five-0 was named Favorite New Drama by fans voting on the 37th Annual People's Choice Awards and garnered Scott Caan a Golden Globe(R) nomination. The show is executive-produced by Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for CBS Television Studios.
About CBS Television Distribution
CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 12 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. Among CTD's critically-acclaimed programs are the #1 syndicated series Wheel of Fortune; the #2 rated game show Jeopardy!; the top two talk shows The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil; the Emmy Award-winning talk show Rachael Ray; the Emmy-nominated Dr. Phil spinoff The Doctors; the #1 entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight and its sister show The Insider; the #1 newsmagazine Inside Edition; the top two court shows Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown; the new Swift Justice With Nancy Grace; and popular off-network product, including the CSI and Star Trek franchises, Everybody Loves Raymond, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer and Medium. In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS Films. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.
TNT, one of cable's top-rated networks, is television's destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy(R) winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; 2011 Peabody Award winner Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; Hawthorne, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER); as well as the upcoming Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle, and Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer. TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting in late 2011, The Mentalist; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R); and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.