Just when you stopped humming the theme, here comes the return of Hawaii Five-O.
Daniel Dae Kim of ABC’s Lost will be staying in Hawaii to play the lead in the CBS remake of the classic cop series. Kim will play Detective Chin Ho Kelly, a role originally played by Kam Fong.
The role of partner Steve McGarrett remains open with no casting as of yet although Moonlight star Alex O’Loughlin is holding final talks with the studio.
The new Hawaii Five-O comes from the hot writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the co-creative team behind the Fox sensation Fringe and writers behind the recent reboot of Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (don’t hold that against them). CSI: NY executive producer/co-show-runner Peter Lenkov is also a part of the production team.
Kim played Jin Kwon during Lost’s six season run and is the first actor from the series to land a new show during the hot pilot season.
The original series, created by Leonard Freeman, ran from 1968-1980 with Officer Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) and his sidekick Dan Williams (James MacArthur). There were 278 episodes filmed. Most remember the series for its theme song and McGarret’s famous closing line for each episode, “Book ’em, Danno.” Detective Chin Ho Kelly was considered a third-tier character but it now seems he will be the show’s lead.
The show was the longest-running crime show on American TV until the police drama Law & Order surpassed it in 2003. The popularity of the Hawaii Five-O format spawned various police dramas on all the major television networks since its debut.
Magnum P.I. was created after Hawaii Five-O ended its run in order to make further use of the production equipment left there. The first few episodes made direct references to Five-O, suggesting that it takes place in the same fictional universe as Hawaii Five-O did.
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