Fall Preview ‘10: HAWAII FIVE-0

You’ve seen the commercials. You’ve heard the hype. Now there’s only one thing you want to know: Which of the new fall shows are worth watching and which should be avoided at all costs? In this continuing series, we give you the scoop on some of the most highly-anticipated shows of the season, with today’s magnifying glass turning on CBS’ HAWAII Five-0 reboot.

The Boilerplate: Since these pilot presentations may go through numerous rewrites and casting changes prior to premiere, this by no means should be considered an official review. Rather a preview of what one can expect come Fall.

The Elevator Pitch: HAWAII FIVE-0 meets High Definition.

The Plot: From the writers behind the blockbuster “Star Trek” (2009) comes a clever, adrenaline-fueled update of one of the most iconic shows in television history. When there’s trouble in paradise, Steve McGarrett returns to the islands and joins fish-out-of-water Danny Williams to launch an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police. In this ultimate adventure series, complete with big action and charming characters, the team hunts down ruthless criminal kingpins, who inevitably hear those three feared words: “Book ’em, Danno.”

The Snap Judgment: Third times looks to be charm for Alex O’Loughlin, who after stints on the short-lived MOONLIGHT and the even-shorter-lived THREE RIVERS now finds himself as the the leading player in CBS perfectly crafted HAWAII FIVE-0 reboot. That’s the good news. With the bad being that despite his status as CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler’s go-to star — O’Loughin who rest assured does a serviceable job as Steve “Play-by-his-own-rules” McGarrett, leader of Hawaii’s newly-formed elite police branch — won’t be what everybody’s talking about at the proverbial water cooler come Tuesday morning. Rather, the real beneficiaries of this pilot, aside that is from the Hawaii Board of Tourism which owes CBS big-time for the island love letter they’ve shot (in HD no less!) are O’Loughlin co-stars Scott Caan and Grace Park. As the somewhat sarcastic fish-out-of-water, Caan’s Danny “Book em Danno” Williams tugs at our heartstrings when it’s revealed that the only reason he’s on the island is to be close to his daughter. While Park gets an introduction that we have a feeling will end up among TiVo’s most rewound moments of the year thanks to a surfboard, barely-there bikini and a left hook.

The Verdict: Assuming of course the show can sustain the look and feel of the costly pilot shot by Len Wiseman (Underwold, Live Free or Die Hard), CBS looks to have another winner on its hands.

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  • Ace

    It's on at the same time as Castle so I probably won't be watching it, but they really did find a great cast. Anything that keeps Daniel Dae Kim on TV is fine by me.

  • Cindy R

    Can't wait! H5-0 all the way baby! Alex is back!

  • Dlcrawford75

    That's why they invented VCR's and Tivo and DVR's (can be purchased at Walmart or built right into your cable box!!) You can be sure I intend to see both shows, watch one and record the other or record both and watch when you have time. I don't intend to miss an episode of either!

  • Ace

    Unfortunately DL…I have a husband that doesn't have to be at work as early as I do and if I DVR 2 things he can't watch anything. 😛 Also, VCR??

  • I can't wait for Hawaii Five-0 and Alex O'Loughlin! By the way, his acting is never less than outstanding. Alex is a superstar!

  • Dl

    I have an old Sony VCR (video recorder that records to VHS tapes, yes you can still buy VHS tapes at Walmart) and it has a built in tuner so I can attach it to a little TV in the bedroom and record a second show. It is about ten years old but still works great for now. They sell DVD/VCR combos at Walmart that aren't too expensive that will record as well. As long as they have their own tuner, you can record the basic cable networks and channels like up to 99 or so while you are watching something else. I don't even have the DVR cable box as my husband bought me a Phillips DVD recorder for Christmas a couple of years ago. It has a hard disc just like a computer so you can record to it, it is stored on the machine and you watch it and delete it. Unfortunately, I have not seen that brand lately but Magnavox still makes one that they sell at Walmart. You will probably be able to watch what you miss online anyway. If you have a cable box, a lot of the cable companies have On Demand and you can go to the cable On Demand channel and look at the menu. You can look at anything on that menu any time you want. A lot of the primetime shows are on there. Our cable company has had it in other states for years, but we just got it in our area recently. I don't have time to look at half of the free shows that are there. Can also look at movies, some free and different prices for others. Like I said, don't really have time to look at it much, but I know a lot of people who watch every spare minute they get.

  • I am happy and excited waiting to watch Alex O'Loughlin and cast on the new Hawaii Five-0. This is going to be a very successful new crime drama on CBS.

  • I am happy and excited waiting to watch Alex O'Loughlin and cast on the new Hawaii Five-0.