Hawaii Five-0: Additional Casting on the New CBS Pilot

IMAGEPlans for CBS’s remake of the classic Jack Lord series, Hawaii Five-0, are moving right along. Last month, it was announced that Alex O’Loughlin (Three Rivers) would be playing Detective Steve McGarrett and Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) would be playing Detective Chin Ho Kelly.

Now, fellow TV veterans Scott Caan, Jean Smart, and James Marsters will be joining them on the big island for the CBS show pilot.

Caan, who you may recognize from Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels, will be playing McGarrett’s right hand man, Danny “Danno” Williams. In the original Hawaii Five-0, the character was played by James MacArthur. According to THR, in this new version, Danno is a former New Jersey cop who transfers to Hawaii to be closer to his seven-year-old daughter. He’s initially leery of his maverick boss but soon grows to appreciate his results.

Because of a prior commitment to HBO’s Entourage, Caan will be a guest star in the pilot. If Hawaii Five-0 becomes a regular show, he’ll become a series regular.

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Smart (Designing Women) will be playing the Governor of Hawaii, Pat Jameson. In the original series, McGarrett reported directly Governor Paul Jameson, played by Richard Denning. With the great strides in politics that women have made over the past 40 years, executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Peter Lenkov reportedly felt it was appropriate to make the Governor a female this time.

Smart recently won an Emmy for her work on Samantha Who? and was nominated for two Emmys for her role as First Lady Martha Logan on FOX’s 24. She’ll also be billed as a guest star in the Hawaii Five-0 pilot.

Meanwhile, it’s been announced on Marsters’ official website that he’ll be playing a major bad guy in the pilot. No word if it’ll be a recurring role or if he’ll continue past the pilot. The original show’s ongoing villain was Wo Fat (Khigh Dheigh). McGarrett finally caught him in the last episode but it was hinted that he’d soon be on the loose once again.

The pilot is shaping up to be a big treat for vampire fans. Marsters of course played a vampire on Buffy and and Angel and O’Loughlin played one on Moonlight a couple years ago. Additionally, Kim was a recurring character on Angel’s final season when Marsters joined the cast.

What do you think? Do you like the way the new Hawaii Five-0 pilot is shaping up? With this cast and amount of buzz that’s being generated, do you think there’s a chance CBS won’t order a series?

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  1. fredtx says

    this is the worst show I have seen. None of these people have any acting ability. None of them appear to be in the same show either. This is the first time I have seen this show on, and it is the biggest disaster I have ever seen on TV.
    Please take this off the air!!

  2. Michelle says

    Everything about the new show is great, I like the mix of new and old. They have changed just enough to keep the old fans and acquire a whole group of new ones. I was a fan of the old and will be of the new.

  3. Suzanne Faith says

    Ah, you people who are living back in the sixties/seventies. This is 2010, and what they are doing with the new Hawaii Five O is exciting and bringing it into the 21st. century. alex can play anyone from a serial killer to romantic movie with JLo….talented he is and if you saw him as a fierce vampire in Moonlight, you would no he is no “soft” actor…he can pull off any role …he is that good. And he’s not “wet behind the ears” …he has won awards in his native Austrailia and has been trying for his big break for 13-14 years. New Hawaii Five o plays homage to old one…they arent trying to “replace” or “disrespect” Jack Lord. Give it up! and Enjoy!!! Love from Suzanne Alex’s Forever Fan

    • Vanessa Delgado says

      Ah, Suzanne… You gave yourself away as a FAN”ATIC” by the way you signed the post. They really don’t need to bring Hawaii Five-0 into 2010. They could just have added a Hawaii show to the CSI or Law & Order franchises. When I saw a recent ad for the new show, and heard “McGarrett” say to “Danny”, “Book ’em Danno!”, it made me cringe. Call the darned show what it really is…a way to capitalize on all the vampire fanatics getting involved with a CBS show starring their heart throbs.
      If James MacArthur is reading these posts, my groom and I want to tell you “thank you” for all the years of enjoyment! Long live the original on dvd!!!!!

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