Jean Smart to play governor in "Hawaii Five-O"

Mon Mar 8, 2010 8:26pm EST

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - From a First Lady to a Governor. Jean Smart, who earned two Emmy nominations for her role as first lady Martha Logan on Fox's "24" has joined CBS' "Hawaii Five-O" remake, playing Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson.

The new "Hawaii" centers on an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police headed by Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and answerable only to the governor (Smart) who is described as "a local Hawaiian with a Washingtonian's backbone" and a completely honest politician.

With women having made great strides in politics in the forty years since the original series, the creators of the updated "Hawaii," "Star Trek" writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and "CSI: NY" executive producer Peter Lenkov, went for a gender switch.

On the original, Gov. Paul Jameson was played by Richard Denning. Smart, who is billed as a guest star in the "Hawaii" pilot, most recently co-starred on the ABC comedy "Samantha Who?" which earned her an Emmy.

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