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Exciting News for Hawaii 5-0 Fans

12 Aug

CBS is saying aloha to a new installment of the “Hawaii Five-O” franchise from “Criminal Minds” exec producer/showrunner Ed Bernero. The new take on the popular crime drama, which aired on CBS from 1968-80, is one of three projects Bernero has in the works, along with “Washington Field,” which is being done in cooperation with the FBI, and a fugitive apprehension drama.

Bernero is such a big “Hawaii Five-O” fan that he has the iconic theme song from the show as his ringtone. He said he didn’t even hesitate when execs at CBS Par TV, where he has an overall deal, approached him with the idea for a new incarnation of the classic Leonard Freeman cop series. Bernero is writing the project, which he describes as ” ‘Hawaii Five-O’ 2.0.”

Like the original series, it is a procedural 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. While the characters, storytelling and pacing will be updated, “we will try to keep as much of the original show as possible,” Bernero said. “I’m not trying to reinvent it.”

The famous opening music will be back but may also get a face-lift, much in the vein of the theme from the 1966-73 series “Mission: Impossible,” which was rearranged for the 1990s movie franchise. As for the staple “Book ’em, Danno” closing line, there will be a version of it in the new installment, Bernero said. “Five-O,” which would be filmed in Hawaii, is the second classic cop series that CBS is looking to bring back. The network also is developing an updated “Streets of San Francisco,” penned by Sheldon Turner.

The two would give CBS more procedurals in distinct locales to complement its “CSI” series set in Las Vegas, Miami and New York. Like several other classic cop series such as “Starsky & Hutch” and “Miami Vice,” which have made the leap to the big screen, there has been an attempt to make a “Five-0” feature, but the project, set at Warner Bros., has been dormant for a while.

Cooking with the Great Keith Floyd

12 Aug

Before Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, there was Keith Floyd. Floyd was a rock n’ roll chef from the UK who hung out with punk rockers like the Stranglers (who provided his TV show’s theme song, “Peaches”). He was quite popular on the BBC and PBS a decade or more back. I haven’t heard much from him lately.

Seek out this LP/CD … really good stuff!

Watch the Stranglers perform Burt Bacharach’s “Walk on By”

I found this clip on You Tube (see top of this blog) — it’s pretty engaging and the coastal scenery ain’t bad either. Keith has obviously aged a bit (he’ll be 65 this December), but he still has that limey swagger and dry sense of humor. Rock on, Keith Floyd. You are still “spot on” in our book, lad.

Rachel Tops Top Earning Chefs

12 Aug

Ray has beefed up her bank account & waistline 

Forbes has named it’s Top 10 Earning Celebrity Chefs. Here’s the story:

Say what you will about Rachael Ray, but the jaunty chef-next-door knows how to build a brand. She began winning audiences with catch phrases like “EVOO” (for extra-virgin olive oil) on her first Food Network show, 30 Minute Meals, in 2001. Today, she has four Food Network programs, including Tasty Travels and $40 a Day. Her nationally syndicated, Oprah-backed talk show, Rachael Ray, is averaging 2.6 million viewers this season, and her Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine has 1.5 million readers. She endorses Dunkin’ Donuts too–all to the tune of $18 million a year.

More established chefs also know how to play her game. Wolfgang Puck pulls in $16 million a year. The Austrian-born patriarch of celebrity chefdom got his start with the ritzy Los Angeles restaurant Spago in 1982. That hot spot, once frequented by Orson Welles and Sidney Poitier, now counts Brad Pitt and Jamie Foxx among its regulars. Today Puck owns 15 other fine-dining brands, including Chinois, Cut and the Source, and he also sells sandwiches to weary airport travelers at Wolfgang Puck Express. He’s got Wolfgang Puck Bistros in suburbia and sells soups in the grocery aisle and cutlery on the Home Shopping Network.

Anthony “Tony” Bourdain is our fave TV chef

Others of their sort include Paula Deen ($4.5 million), Alain Ducasse ($5 million) and Mario Batali ($3 million). Ducasse’s empire includes 22 restaurants from Tokyo to Paris. The French chef’s first New York spot shuttered in 2006 after critics said the food was too fussy; he opened two humbler joints there this year.

Deen, the queen of Southern cuisine, serves up butter-drenched casseroles and motherly charm on two Food Network shows. Her loyal audience laps it up, and her cookbooks, memoir and magazine are all bestsellers. And Batali, a culinary school dropout, is now a master of Italian cuisine who owns 13 restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Reservations at his New York spots Babbo and Del Posto are especially hard to get.

Branded television shows play a big role in the success of many of the chefs on our list. Anthony Bourdain‘s Travel Channel show, No Reservations, where he explores delights like roasted warthog rectum, has become the network’s top hit. The Food Network’s female fans swoon over Bobby Flay‘s Southwestern cooking. He hosts Throwdown!, Boy Meets Grill and The Next Food Network Star. And Tom Colicchio is a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef cooking competition.

But none can beat Ray’s network gig. Her 2.6 million viewers undoubtedly think it’s Yum-O.