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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 15, 2010

Remaking a classic

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Jack Lord

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Alex O'Loughlin

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Could Steve McGarrett make it as a top cop today? Thanks to CBS, we're going to find out. The network plans to remake "Hawaii Five-0" with a new McGarrett to replace the square-jawed, hyper-haired Jack Lord. Lord's McGarrett, you will recall, was an uncomplicated man: He barked orders and went after the bad guys drug-addled hippies, Russian commies, deranged liberals. The new McGarrett is Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin, best known for playing a moody vampire/private detective named Mick St. John. He's been known to walk around with his shirt off.

Hmmmm.

One wonders if "Five-0's" straight-arrow legacy can survive in a TV world where cops have complex personal lives and crime lab technicians are supermodels. Will there still be room for plain local actors like the late Kam Fong, an actual Honolulu police officer who played Detective Chin Ho Kelly and whom McGarrett once called "Fatso"? We certainly hope so, even though Chin will be played by the sleek and sexy Daniel Dae Kim. We also hope the new version will honor the original's famous boast: "Filmed entirely on location in Hawai'i." Just like the original, that would be reason enough for local folks to tune in.