Saturday, January 16, 2010

CBS Orders Updated Hawaii Five-O Series

Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

Last October, we reported that CBS had ordered a pilot for an updated version of updated version of the classic criime drama Hawaii Five-O. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that CBS has given the go-ahead for the series itself.

The project is described as "an updated take on the original series that is centered on an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police headed by Steve McGarrett and answerable only to the governor."

The original series aired for 12 seasons on CBS from 1968 through 1980, with a total of 284 episodes. The first eight seasons are available on DVD from Mysteries on TV: Hawaii Five-O; the ninth season will be released March 16th.

In a day when series opening themes can run as short as a few seconds, one wonders if CBS will keep the magnificent theme music that accompanied the original. You can see the opening credits from 1968 pilot below (which are somewhat different than what ran for the weekly series):

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