Stu Cowan: Peter Lenkov hoping to bring a bit of Hollywood to Alouettes

Stu Cowan: Peter Lenkov hoping to bring a bit of Hollywood to Alouettes
Lenkov grew up to become a very successful Hollywood producer/writer and is the man behind the remake of the Hawaii Five-O TV series, which started in 2010 and has been renewed by CBS for a 10th season. Lenkov, 55, has also been behind other hit TV series, including 24, CSI: New York, MacGyver and the remake of Magnum P.I.

If things work out the way he hopes, Lenkov and his brother Jeffrey, who is a lawyer based in Los Angeles, could soon become the new owners of the Alouettes. The brothers and their potential ownership group have been negotiating exclusively with the CFL to purchase the Alouettes. The brothers were in attendance for Saturday’s in front of 16,137 fans at sweltering Molson Stadium.

Lenkov said he would like to help turn Alouettes home games into “an event,” offering more to fans than just the game itself. After missing the playoffs in each of the last four seasons, the Alouettes are in the process of writing their own Hollywood comeback story with three straight wins and it appears the sale of the team is close. “I think we will see it get done,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said Friday night on TSN.

“We’re not doing this to make money,” Lenkov said. “There’s so many other things to do to make money. We’re doing it as a passion project.”

“Everything that I do, everything that I write has a father-son component to it because I had very special memories with my father,” Lenkov added. “When we got to do something like go to a game together, those are moments I try to recreate the father-son experience. On Five-O, it’s all about a son losing his father. Every show I do is always that father-son component.”

The original Hawaii Five-O, which aired from 1968-80, was Abe’s favourite TV show.

Lenkov now splits his time between Los Angeles and Hawaii.

When his brother first called him about the possibility of purchasing the Alouettes, Lenkov thought he might be joking because it seemed too good to be true, saying: “It was something that couldn’t be real because that would be a dream to be able to own a team we used to follow as kids.”

Lenkov knew as a kid he wanted to be a writer and said he has been in the entertainment business since he was the class clown at Western Laval High School. He said his passion for writing and storytelling comes from his mother. His father wanted him to become a lawyer, and Lenkov briefly went to McGill University but said he was a lousy student. He later studied film at Concordia before going to Hollywood and becoming a success story. There is now a Peter Lenkov Award for Script Writing at Concordia.

“I miss everything about Montreal,” Lenkov said. “The food, the city, friends, and I have some family left here. The other day I got up early and met a friend for coffee and we walked the whole city. I miss stuff like that. You don’t get to do that in L.A. You don’t walk the city in L.A. … you don’t walk anywhere in L.A. I just miss the diversity, I miss the people, I miss the food. I’ve been eating non-stop since I got here.

“I teach at Concordia sometimes … I do the scholarship there. I come back for certain things. I’ve been trying to get back to Montreal forever, to have a reason to come back. So if this works out, it’s a good reason to come back.”
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