Peter Lenkov’s executive producer credits are a delight to the viewers of some of CBS’s action/drama series: Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver, Salvation and the new Magnum PI.
Did you notice something about those series names? The first two and the last are series reboots.
I recently read that some CBS execs feel that if their network is considering developing a remake, Peter Lenkov is the first name on their go-to list.
So far, Peter has developed a pretty good track record. Hawaii Five-0 has begun it’s ninth season. The series writers showcase a growing diverse cast in a way that has actually improved upon the original. MacGyver has begun it’s third season with a solid cast and good ratings. And Peter’s third reboot, Magnum PI has premiered as a hit. The developing character chemistry between series leads Thomas Magnum and Juliette Higgins is very fun to watch.
Peter and his team re-imagine their reboots just enough to make them contemporary and acceptable to new audiences – but keep elements that are familiar and important draws to original audiences.
It is with these successes in mind that I would like to suggest Mission: Impossible as the next series CBS and Peter should consider developing as a tv reboot.
Mission: Impossible was originally broadcast on the same network as Peter’s other shows – CBS, and was produced at Desilu/Paramount Studios. The series featured an ensemble cast who were specialists in languages, disguises, electronics, etc. and were assigned covert missions abroad to rescue hostages or reveal corrupt government officials. The series initially ran seven seasons, from 1966 to 1973. It was resurrected in 1988 for two additional seasons on ABC. The reason for the resurrection is an interesting circumstance, and will be the subject of a future post.
Think Team MacGyver without the improvised strategies and “MacGyvered” (I couldn’t resist) gadgets assembled from found parts – but instead, a well-equipped, precision rehearsed team of experienced agents jetting off to foreign lands, and you could have Lenkov’s Mission: Impossible.
The only possible business complication? Paramount has been producing feature-length motion pictures starring Tom Cruise under the Mission: Impossible banner. But then again, Paramount produced the original tv series. There is a precedent with ironically CBS and Paramount, simultaneously producing the Star Trek franchise of tv series and motion pictures. So… it could be done?
How about it Peter?
If it’s a go, maybe you could credit me as an Associate Producer. Cheers!