In attendance: Hawaii Five-0 leads Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, and exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Peter Lenkov.
* Will the third time be the charm for O’Loughlin? Yes it will, predicts the star of CBS’ short-lived Moonlight and Three Rivers. “I don’t want to take anything away from the other shows I’ve done,” he quickly added. “I’ve worked with some incredible people.”
* Producers considered hiring a popular rock star to rerecord the iconic Hawaii theme, but they (thankfully) chose to work with the track’s original musicians instead. “You cannot change the original,” acknowledged Kurtzman. “It is the greatest theme.” And the best part? We’ll actually get to hear it! “CBS has been so supportive,” noted Lenkov, “with regards to us having a title sequence.”
* “He’s sort of the unofficial mayor of Waikiki,” Lenkov said of costar Daniel Dae Kim, who spent six years in Hawaii shooting Lost. “He’s been an amazing resource for us and opened a lot of doors for us shootingwise. He knows everybody.”
* Although O’Loughlin watched the original as a child, he didn’t want to step on Jack Lord’s territory. “I love Jack Lord’s McGarrett,” he gushed. “I love Jack Lord’s hair. I think he started Blue Steel, none of which I can get away with today.” He went on to say that his McGarrett will maintain Lord’s stoic quality.