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CBS Bringing Back "Hawaii Five-O"

Posted: August 12th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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CBS has announced a new installment of the "Hawaii Five-O" franchise from "Criminal Minds" executive producer Ed Bernero. The new take on the popular crime drama, which aired on CBS from 1968-80, is one of three projects Bernero has in the works.

Bernero is such a big "Hawaii Five-O" fan that he has the iconic theme song from the show as his ringtone. He said he didn't even hesitate when execs at CBS Par TV, where he has an overall deal, approached him with the idea for a new incarnation of the classic 1968-80 Leonard Freeman cop series.

Bernero is writing the project, which he describes as "'Hawaii Five-O' 2.0."

Like the original series, it is a procedural chronicling the workings of the fictional Hawaiian state police department. In the original, the unit was headed by Steve McGarrett, played by Jack Lord. In the new series, McGarrett's son Chris will be the top cop.

While the characters, storytelling and pacing will be updated, "we will try to keep as much of the original show as possible," Bernero said. "I'm not trying to reinvent it."

The famous opening music will be back but may also get a face-lift, much in the vein of the theme from the 1966-73 series "Mission: Impossible," which was rearranged for the 1990's movie franchise.

As for the staple "Book 'em, Danno" closing line, there will be a version of it in the new installment, Bernero said.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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