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Series debut: Hawaii Five-0

In television on 09/19/2010 at 10:44 pm

Series name
Hawaii Five-0

Debuts
Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS and Global

Regularly airs
Mondays at 10 p.m. ET

Premise
I’ll let CBS tell it: “Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated naval officer-turned-cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays after Hawaii’s governor persuades him to head up the new team: his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest “game” in town.”

Primary cast and crew

Alex O’Loughlin (Moonlight, Three Rivers) is Det. Steve McGarrett. Earnest. Tortured. Suave. Or so I am expected to believe.

Scott Caan (Ocean’s movies, Entourage) is Det. Danny “Danno” Williams, originally from New Jersey. He has not yet embraced the island vibe. He keeps a lot to himself.  His main goal in life right now is to devote himself to his young daughter.

Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) is Chin Ho Kelly, a federal security officer and former protege of McGarrett’s father who was run out of the police force by accusations of corruptions. Unfounded, he says.

Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica, The Border, The Cleaner) is Kono, Chin’s cousin, fresh out of the police academy. Also a member of the Ass Kicking Babe Club.

Buzz buzz
Feeling nostalgic? The original 1968+ series is being replayed on digital TV channel Deja View, although you will want to set your DVR (or VCR: snicker, judge) as it’s airing at 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., both times ET.

But what do I know anyway? After having seen an early version of the pilot I predict…
I still do NOT get the appeal of Alex O’Loughlin. A little less wooden than Keanu Reeves, but just. Fortunately, this remake of the  1968 cop series is not just about his character, Steve McGarrett. I really like Scott Caan’s Danno, who plays it by turns funny and seething. His character is big, but so far unknown and I look forward to seeing how things develop. As for Daniel Dae Kim’s Chin and Grace Park’s Kono, nostalgia for Lost and BSG respectively gave me a fallback if I didn’t like this show or their characters. Fortunately, I found their sidekick characters both easy to like.

Other reviews
Metacritic clocks in an average rating of 60 out of 100.

Official website

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2010 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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