CBS is taking a “Choose Your Own Adventure” approach to an upcoming episode of Hawaii Five-0. The series has filmed three endings for the episode airing on January 14th, and are allowing viewers to vote for who they think is the most likely candidate for murder. The most popular choice will air live while the other two endings will be available on CBS.com.
Is this the ultimate in mob justice? And isn’t the purpose of a Whodunit the whole thing about not knowing who did it and trying to guess? Or is there something satisfying in sending the most unlikeable to their doom? For more on what the the show’s producer has to say about the special episode, hit the jump.
It’s been more than thirty years since Jack Lord last uttered the famous words, “Book ‘em, Danno.” Fans of Detective Steve McGarrett and the original Hawaii Five-0 should be pleased that the new iteration pays homage to series creator Leonard Freeman and provides plenty of nostalgia along the way. What writers Alex Kurtzman, Peter Lenkov and Roberto Orci bring in addition to the police procedural format is robust character development for each member of the team and a willingness to explore moral ambiguity in their characters’ actions.
Starring Alex O’Loughlin (The Shield), Scott Caan (Ocean’s Eleven), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica), the first season of Hawaii Five-O is simultaneously a nostalgic reboot, an engaging mystery and a high-octane action series that’s one of the most entertaining on television today. Hit the jump for my review.
On the new re-imagining of Hawaii Five-0, Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin is playing Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and decides to stay after Hawaii’s Governor persuades him to head up a new team to rid the Island of its worst criminals.
First brought to the attention of audiences when he starred as Mick St. John on the vampire series Moonlight, and then again as an organ transplant doctor on the medical drama Three Rivers, this highly-anticipated series marks the actor’s third try with CBS and he certainly has his fingers crossed that this one makes it past 13 episodes. But, with a stellar cast that includes Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, and executive producers Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci behind the camera, it seems as though it’s as close to a sure thing as you can get in Hollywood.
During a recent interview, Alex O’Loughlin talked about paying homage to the original while still making a modern version, the pressure that comes with taking on such an iconic role and what it’s been like adapting to life in Hawaii. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
I’ve never seen an episode of the original Hawaii Five-0, which is actually kind of impressive given that there are twelve seasons in existence. The tropical police procedural aired from 1968-1980 on CBS, and the network hopes to capitalize on the brand name as a vehicle for their beloved Alex O’Loughlin with a remake this fall.
The Australian actor has a pair of failed CBS efforts to his name in the vampire-centric Moonlight and last season’s Three Rivers, but the third time may very well be a charm. This type of police drama is what CBS does best, and with a colorful setting and a strong supporting cast, O’Loughlin has never entered the fall season with better odds of success. My review after the jump.
The new CBS drama Hawaii Five-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission it is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Led by Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer turned cop, the team, which includes Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), ex-Police Detective Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and recent Police Academy graduate Kono (Grace Park), work together to eliminate the seedy elements from the beautiful and serene state.
In a recent interview, executive producer Peter Lenkov and pilot director Len Wiseman talked about how they’re setting this version of Hawaii Five-0 apart from the original, what they went through in determining the perfect cast, developing the shooting style and look for the show, and what viewers can expect in episodes to come. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
CBS has released the opening credit sequence to the remake of Hawaii Five-O. Starring Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and produced by Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, it’s no surprise the remake got picked-up. Hit the jump to watch the new credit sequence and I’ve also posted the original so you can compare the two. Hawaii Five-O will be airing Monday’s at 10pm.
Bryan Singer may be ready to reboot Battlestar Galactica (again) on the big screen, but the critically acclaimed Syfy series isn’t quite over. The show ended last Spring, but one last 90 minute special, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, will be hitting DVD and Blu-ray October 27. Admiral Adama himself, Edward James Olmos directed the special, with Jane Espenson as a writer and executive producer. What it’s about and the DVD cover art after the jump.