By Mandi Bierly
Updated July 29, 2020 at 06:14 PM EDT

Alex O’Loughlin is set to star in CBS’ reboot of Hawaii Five-O. He’ll take on the role of Det. Steve McGarrett originated by Jack Lord. This show needs to work: O’Loughlin headlines two CBS series that last one season or less (Moonlight, Three Rivers), he’s unlucky; three, he’s the new Mark Feuerstein (before he landed Royal Pains).

Will it work? I’m hopeful. According to Michael Ausiello, the pilot is being shepherded by Fringe writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, as well as CSI: NY exec producer Peter Lenkov. Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim has already been tapped as state police officer Chin Ho Kelly. And the detective role is a good fit for O’Loughlin, who looks good in a suit and has a charisma that keeps you guessing. He can do action, romance the ladies, and probably call Gavin MacLeod “Chicken” with a straight face. (Yeah, you’ll want to watch that Hawaii Five-O clip, along with a rare syndication sales reel and Christopher Walken guest appearance after the jump). If the setting doesn’t allow O’Loughlin to be shirtless, it should at least let him tackle perps in the water so his shirt clings to him and make this update as sexy and slick as Burn Notice. If the new Steve McGarrett were Michael Westen with a badge, I’d tune in each week.

What are your hopes for the new Hawaii Five-O? Is this the project that will finally make O’Loughlin, also the leading man in CBS Films’ April romcom The Back-up Plan with Jennifer Lopez, the star the Eye thinks he is?

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