Alex O'Loughlin the New Steve McGarett in 'Hawaii Five-0' Remake

Alex O’Loughlin will topline a remake of the ’70s TV series Hawaii Five-0 for CBS. He’ll play the role of Detective Steve McGarett which was made famous by Jack Lord in the original.

O’Loughlin, who has been a stalwart for the CBS prime-time line-up in recent years, was acknowledged by THR to be an early favorite for the part. With the casting addition O’Loughlin joins Lost castaway Daniel Dae Kim who will play Detective Chin Ho Kelly.

The new Hawaii Five-0 is the latest TV development by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are co-creators of Fox’s Fringe and wrote the screenplays for Transformers (and its sequel) and Star Trek. Peter Lenkov (exec. producer of CSI: NY) is also involved with the show’s production.

As to whether or not the third time will be the charm for the Australian actor, he is in good company. Simon Baker starred in two short-lived dramas for CBS before he broke out with The Mentalist.

The big question is if audiences will embrace yet another police procedural show that tries to bring back a classic TV series and modernize it for new audiences. (What’s next, The Streets of San Francisco?) CBS tried to do something similar with The Fugitive in 2000, seven years after it was an Oscar-winning film and thirty-two years after the original series ended on ABC.

Until we know more about the show’s development, check out reviews of the original series here.

And because it had one of the catchiest TV theme songs, here it is for your listening pleasure:


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