Doing a reboot or remake is always risky, but it is safe to say CBS knew what they were doing when they remade the hit ’70s series Hawaii Five-O. The new series aired in September of 2010 and has quickly became a huge fan favorite with it’s intense drama and amazing cast. While the show has done very well, it wasn’t an easy road to make it happen! Now, the remake is arguably just as popular as the original and fans tune in episode after episode and season and season to follow the adventures of the new cast and crew, so for those fans and those new to the series here are 10 things you didn’t know about Hawaii Five-O!
10. Third Time’s A Charm
While the reboot finally worked out in 2010, it was a long road for it to actually happen. After the original series ended in 1980 there were many rumors about bringing it back, and it all started well before 2010. In 1996, a one-hour pilot episode for a rebooted series was written and produced by Stephen J. Cannell and was set to star Gary Busey and Russell Wong, but never made it to air. Then, in August of 2008 another attempt was made to remake the series and was to be a present-day sequel of the original and was headed by Criminal Minds showrunner Edward Allen Bernero. This time, however, the version didn’t go past the script. A year later it was once again announced that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were to script a pilot episode, and finally in May of 2010 it was picked up by CBS and Hawaii Five-O officially had a new life.
It is not a lie to say that Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin were the perfect picks to star as Danny Williams and Steve McGarrett for the series, and while the two are close now, and even have birthdays only day apart, things did not start off smoothly for the two stars. The two had great chemistry on-screen and were professional on-set, but off-screen things were rocky. “He’s alpha and I’m alpha so at first our egos kind of bumped,” Caan revealed in an interview. “We were both sizing each other up, thinking, ‘Alright, if we had to fight, how am I going to win this fight.’” Luckily the two put their egos aside and realized they got along really well. “We’re really good friends now. I support Alex and have his back – I have nothing but nice things to say about him. But I don’t envy him – he’s got three kids and a dog and two assistants. Alex likes to complicate things.”
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