In the vein of remaking old TV shows into new TV shows and movies, CBS is going to launch the "new" Hawaii Five-O in the fall. Check out the opening credits:
And if you want a little more, here's a longer clip included with a Hollywood Reporter story about the new series. I can't embed it, so just click here.
I have serious issues with this. Hawaii Five-O was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid. McGarrett was the classic cop: he was mysterious, with only hints at his background in the Naval Academy, in Korea; he always wore a suit; and he never smiled. He wasn't a young guy, and if he was buff, we didn't know it because of the conservative suits.
The new McGarrett is young. Buff. He takes his shirt off (see video clip from Hollywood Reporter). He lets Danno drive.
Speaking of whom, Scott Caan seems to be channeling Sonny Corleone in some of these scenes. Totally not what I remember of Danno, who was a good young cop eager to learn from the older, wiser McGarrett.
Hawaii Five-O was one of the most racially diverse shows on TV in its day, having more Asian actors than ever seen before in one program. The new one does include that, but Chin Ho is supposed to be an older, heavy man. And what's up with the skinny Asian surfer babe? She's a cop? Right.
If we look at this new version of an old favorite as something totally new, like a wannabe Burn Notice, then it might be okay. We can't make any comparisons because it looks like there will be few. If we watch it merely on its own merits, then maybe, just maybe, we can tolerate it.
What do you think? Will you watch?