TNT Acquires Off-Network Rights to 'Hawaii Five-0'
TNT has nabbed off-network rights to CBS' freshman drama Hawaii Five-0 from CBS Television Distribution.
The show, which is one of TVs' top-rated dramas, will begin airing on the cable network in summer 2014, joining such other off-net acquisitions as The Mentalist, which premieres later this year.
The network acquired the show from CBS Television Distribution for a per-episode price tag in the low-to-mid-$2 million range, sources said, putting it on par with recent off-net sales of The Mentalist to TNT and NCIS: Los Angeles to USA.
"Hawaii Five-0 is a top-notch procedural drama that has already built a strong following," said Michael Wright, executive vp/head of programming at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. "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 -- a modern-day take on the classic series -- stars Alex O'Loughlin; Scott Caan, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role; Daniel Dae Kim; and Grace Park.
The series has been performing well in the ratings, debuting to 14.2 million viewers in the fall and hitting a series high in January with 19.3 million. For the season to date, it's averaging 12 million viewers.
The show is executive produced by Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for CBS Television Studios.