It's a known fact that TV producers love to "reimagine" past hits -- whether it's Beverly Hills, 90210 or La Femme Nikita, remakes have become a recent staple on television. And now, tonight, we can add another one to the list -- Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Monday, 10 p.m.).
For months now, ever since the fall TV schedules were announced, entertainment journalists have been buzzing about this remake of the 1968 cop show. The original series was so momentous that, four decades later, people today still know and love its theme song. (Football marching bands especially won't let it die.) The catchphrase "Book 'em, Danno!" is wedged into our collective consciousness, though I, for one, have no idea why... or who actually said it.
Older viewers may tune in to Hawaii 5-0 on a nostalgic impulse. And younger viewers (like me) may want to find out what all the hype was about. So yes, Hawaii Five-0's name recognition has drawn lots of us in -- but just for the first episode. If the story and characters don't knock us over -- you know, like a giant Pacific Ocean wave -- then it will fall flat like most of TV's new offerings.
Here's why it might hang in there, though: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim. I don't come to Hawaii Five-0 as a fan of the show -- or even of cop shows in general -- but these three hunks who anchor the show are just plain fun to watch. And based on what I've seen so far, they're given some pretty witty dialogue to play with (in addition to the cars, boats, guns, etc., which will draw in the male viewers).
Also, after watching the premiere, I now know who says, "Book 'em, Danno!" Well, the new guy who says it. That's good enough for me.
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