CBS has picked up the remake of the Hawaii Five-O, starring Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim. The news comes despite some speculation it would not proceed.
Based on the show that aired from 1968 to 1980, the new version will centre on Steve McGarrett, (O’Loughlin) who heads a police division in Hawaii that reports directly to the governor. Heading up the writing team is Peter Lenkov (CSI: New York) with Fringe and Alias producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman behind it.
For O’Loughlin, whose former vehicles Moonlight and Three Rivers were not successful, will it be a case of third time lucky? Meanwhile Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim is set for more work in Hawaii.
CBS also picks up new legal drama Defenders starring Jim Belushi and Tanya Fischer (Life on Mars) as two charismatic and fiery Las Vegas defense attorneys.
Blue Bloods, about three generations of an Irish Catholic family who are all involved in law enforcement in New York City, is also picked up with an impressive cast including Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Flex Alexander, Bridget Moynahan and Len Cariou. The series is written by Southland writers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green.
The awkwardly titled $#*! My Dad Says starring William Shatner is also approved. The series is based on material by Twitter phenomenon Justin Halpern with Ryan Devlin (Cougar Town) as the young lead opposite Shatner as the opinionated father and central character. Sitcom veteran James Burrows directed the pilot, which is reassuring.
The Criminal Minds spinoff starring Forrest Whitaker also gets a pick-up, although is not clear when the network will debut the series.
CBS had already ordered one comedy, Mike & Molly, executive produced by Chuck Lorre.
The network’s complete Fall schedule will be announced shortly.