Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin
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"Hawaii Five-0" earns a place on the CBS fall lineup

By Gary C.W. Chun

Even though it has not been announced by CBS, a revamped version of "Hawaii Five-0" will finally see the light of day as part of the network's upcoming fall season lineup.

The new show schedule will be officially unveiled tomorrow morning in New York.

Hollywood industry trade publications Variety and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news yesterday morning, with Variety writing that "('Five-0') was a slam dunk for a greenlight (to become a series) for weeks" after the pilot episode was shot here in March. The rebooted series stars Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett in the role Jack Lord made famous.

CBS has a vested interest in O'Loughlin, who starred in two of the network's previous series, "Moonlight" and "Three Rivers," and can now be seen in theaters playing opposite Jennifer Lopez in the romantic comedy "The Back-up Plan," produced by the CBS Films division.

The rest of the cast in the pilot episode included former "Lost" cast member Daniel Dae Kim, playing Kam Fong's character, Chin Ho Kelly; Scott Caan as James MacArthur's Dan "Danno" Williams; Jean Smart as Gov. Pat Jameson; Taryn Manning as McGarrett's sister Mary Ann; and Grace Park ("Battlestar Galactica") as Kelly's niece and rookie squad member Kona Kalakaua.

The news about "Five-0" comes on the heels of the conclusion of the shooting of "Lost," which airs its much-anticipated series finale Sunday night.

"It's great news for us that CBS is bringing back one of the most beloved series of all time and such an iconic one," said Walea Constantinau, Honolulu Film Office commissioner. "We've been working with them since the network made the announcement a year or two ago. We're excited to see it coming to fruition."

Part of the vision of a growing Hawaii film industry is to "generate enough work possibilities for a local crew to go from show to show and get enough work to make a living," she said.

Georja Skinner, administrator of the creative industries division of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, which includes the Hawaii Film Office, said she received a head's-up from CBS via phone yesterday morning.

"I had a really good feeling from the beginning because of the caliber of writers and the strong script," she said. "And during a set visit I was privy to, I saw some very good acting that I thought boded well. So we welcome them back with open arms."

Said Mayor Mufi Hannemann, "The original 'Hawaii Five-0' was a landmark television program. It was the first network series to be filmed entirely on location here and was vital to building Hawaii's film industry. The City and County of Honolulu pulled out all the stops to assist with the making of the new pilot episode because a network television series translates into significant economic development for Hawaii."

Shooting of the new "Five-0" here could start anywhere between sometime next month and later in the summer.
This ends years of speculation on whether the popular cop drama would ever be reborn after its original 12-season run from 1968 to '80. Between then and now there was a failed pilot episode starring Gary Busey and Russell Wong that was shot here in 1997, and two years later movie producer George Litto began a long process of trying to bring the show to the big screen, getting the Warner Bros. studio and "Ocean's Twelve" screenwriter George Nolfi to begin preliminary work in 2004. That project goes on the back burner now that CBS has reclaimed "Five-0" as its own, once again.