Pax goes on ‘Star Search’

Updated version of 80s skein begins prod'n

HONOLULU — Family-friendly Pax TV begins production in Hawaii in August of its primetime, updated version of the popular 1980s “Star Search” TV talent show to air nationally for 52 weeks.

The network has ordered 25 episodes of the as-yet-unnamed series from comedian and TV exec Byron Allen, prexy of CF Entertainment, and Al Masini, chairman and CEO of Al Masini Prods.

The show is part of an expanded fall lineup of six original shows on Pax TV, the seventh and newest network in the U.S. Titles being considered for the show are “Today’s New Stars,” “Destination Stardom” and “Star Machine.”

The series is expected to employ as many as 75 Hawaii residents.

Masini’s “Star Search” ran for 13 years in syndication from 1981-1994.

Many of the key people who worked with Masini will work on the PAX TV series, including Sam Riddle, president of Riddle/Weinstock, who is supervising producer on the project.

Masini has a successful television track record that includes a string of hit syndicated series including “Solid Gold,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”The budget is expected to be no more than $262,000 a show or $6.6 million for the entire series.

The talent show will be the third major television series to shoot in Hawaii this year. “Baywatch” has relocated to Hawaii for at least two seasons, and “Pacific Blue” is filming two episodes and a pilot on Oahu this month and is considering permanent relocation to Hawaii.