Remake Of Classic ‘Hawaii Five-O’ On Order

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 1997

Rebook ‘em, Danno. CBS has ordered a pilot remake of its classic cop series “Hawaii Five-O,” sources report.

And Bob Newhart also may be coming back to the network. The comedian is in talks with CBS and Paramount about headlining a sitcom for next season.

The original “Hawaii Five-O,” which aired on CBS from fall 1968 to spring 1980, was television’s longest continuously running crime show. It was just the right mix of scenery (filmed entirely on location in Honolulu) and action, starring Jack Lord as the no-nonsense head of Five-O, a special investigative unit directly responsible to the governor of Hawaii.

Lord will be back as Detective Steve McGarrett for a cameo on the pilot only. The series will follow the travails of another group of detectives.

Newhart may be returning to the network in his fourth sitcom, “George and Leo,” an “Odd Couple”-type show set in Martha’s Vineyard.

‘Empire’ strikes gold

“Return of the Jedi” is returning to the big screen a week later than planned thanks to the strong showing of “The Empire Strikes Back,” which earned a record $22 million over the weekend.

“Empire,” which knocked the original “Star Wars” to No. 2 at the weekend box office, broke the $18.5 million February record that “Dante’s Peak” set earlier this month.

The success of “Empire” prompted 20th Century Fox to postpone until March 14 the release of “Jedi,” the final film in the “Star Wars” trilogy. All three are being rereleased with upgraded special effects and a sprinkling of new scenes.

‘Evita’ evokes violence

Raucous demonstrations and vandalism at theaters by political extremists apparently dampened attendance for “Evita” during its first four days in Argentina.

The film, starring Madonna as former Argentine first lady Evita Peron, played in 85 theaters and sold 81,706 tickets between Thursday and Sunday, said Oscar Scarinci, general manager of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution in Argentina.

In incidents in Buenos Aires and surrounding towns, bands of protesters - most of them hard-core militants of the ruling Peronist party who allege that the film insults Peron’s memory - scuffled with security guards, tossed insect-repellent bombs, sprayed graffiti on lobby walls and shouted, “Burn down the theater!”

“We did not expect this reaction,” Scarinci said. “We thought that these kinds of situations had been overcome in Argentina. A mistake has been made: A work of art has been interpreted as a political statement.”

xxxx Neon sculptures lecture topic Seattle artist Peter David tonight will present a slide-lecture about his glass and neon sculptures now on display in the “Northwest Neon: Sculpting with Light” exhibit at the Cheney Cowles Museum, 2316 W. First. The free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. David’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Japan and Germany. His sculptures will be on display at the museum until March 16.

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