Plans 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.
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?