Hoping to keep viewers glued to their TV sets, broadcasters are banking on brand recognition to do the trick. Case in point: CBS already is in development on a new version of Streets of San Francisco. Now come reports that the network also is trying to update Hawaii Five-O.
The original series aired on CBS from 1968-80. The new take on the classic show is from Ed Bernero, executive producer of Criminal Minds. CBS Paramount Network TV is producing.
Meanwhile, ABC is developing a small screen version of The Witches of Eastwick. Produced by Warner Bros. TV, and written by Maggie Friedman (Dawson's Creek), the project is based on the 1987 feature film that starred Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer, which, in turn, was based on John Updike's novel of the same name.
In other development news, NBC is working on a half-hour comedy project about young female power brokers, called Mogulettes. Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes, will write, along with Amy Harris (HBO's The Comeback). Universal Media Studios will produce, in association with Original Media.
Fox's latest development projects include a U.S. adaptation of an upcoming Australian spy series, titled Informant, from 20th Century Fox TV and Alchemy TV; and action comedy Wild Boys, about three suburban dads-turned-guns for hire, from feature film director Brett Ratner and Carlos Coto, co-executive producer of 24. 20th Century Fox TV is producing.