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'Five-0' debut a 'deja vu'

The new version of the series will premiere on the same date that the original did in 1968

By Mike Gordon


The remake of the classic CBS series "Hawaii Five-0" will premiere on network television Sept. 20, the network announced yesterday.

The pilot for the police drama was filmed here in March. The show will air at 9 p.m. Mondays on KGMB.

The Sept. 20 premiere date will mark the anniversary of the 1968 debut of the original "Five-0," starring Jack Lord. That pilot, called "Cocoon," introduced the world to state police detective Steve McGarrett and his arch enemy, Wo Fat.

"The timing could not have been better," said Peter Lenkov, the remake's executive producer, in an e-mail yesterday. Lenkov is at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego, where he and "Hawaii Five-0" cast members Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are meeting with fans and talking about the show.

"All of us making this show are huge fans of the original, so debuting on Sept. 20 is our way of honoring what came before us," Lenkov said. "We have huge shoes to fill ... and are reminded of that every morning when we say 'action.'"

The network premiere will come a week after Hawaii gets a sneak preview of the pilot Sept. 13 at "Sunset on the Beach" in Waikiki.

Work began on the show's episodes July 15. The new series also stars Alex O'Loughlin as McGarrett and Scott Caan as Daniel "Danno" Williams.

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