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Ed, I just have a question about the music. Five-0 opened with an eight second splash screen; the iconic wave and music snippet. Then we'd have the pre-credit scene and 56 seconds of Morton Steven's incredible theme song. I know that nowadays, theme songs are sometimes cut down to 5 seconds, and end credits run in the background while station promo dialogue runs over any end credit theme. Will CBS allow you to use the full theme in the opening? I'd rather you cut a minute out of the story and keep the theme and wave splash screens at commercial break. Also, if you have to 'update' the music, could you please only flesh it out with a full orchestra and 5.1 sound like they did to Mission Impossible? I just don't want to see the theme ruined or 're-imagined'. I have a blessed recording of the theme (played as a ballad) that's heard as McGarrett drives down Portlock Road in 'Samurai'. If you could find a place for that same passage of music in your new show, recorded in 5.1, I'd be so pleased. One last thing. 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' is one example of a show that was just as good (if not better) than the original. I know that if you can get a great, likable cast, good production values, and some decent writing, you will have a good chance of having your version be loved by us old timers and a new audience to boot! Best of luck!
Wakefield, MA USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 14:10:47 (PDT)
Collin, actually there are episodes where they make mention of other cases that individual team members are working on, although they never figure into the plot as anything other than brief references. Actually, that's not true, in the John Ritter episode they are working two different cases that coincidentally happen to interconnect, Danno looking for the missing girl, the rest of the crew trying to find the guy who disappeared with the money. A lot of your more traditional detective dramas are like that, focusing in on the crime of the week(funny you should mention it, I was just thinking about this the other day while watching an episode of Law & Order), when in reality these characters would be dealing with several cases at the same time.
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 08:57:15 (PDT)
Barbara: From a family of native Illini, I thank you. I'll certainly be thinking of my dad as we travel to Hawaii in less than a month. Stephen, your recent comment brought something to mind that I think bares mentioning: I can't recall any episode where the Five-O team was working more than one real case. They always had all of their energy and attention devoted to the criminal-of-the-week. A nice contrast might be to have at least one episode where the team has 2 or 3 cases going on all at the same time.
Shawnee, KS USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 08:29:22 (PDT)
There is a freshness about the show, that never waned and I think that was achieved except through the greatness of the cast, so I think casting is going to be extremely difficult and important. Someone cast as head of five-O who is of native ancestry. would I think, have made Jack Lord very pleased.
courtenay, b.c. canada - Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 07:50:51 (PDT)
Watched The Box again last night. Great ep. MQ, I read your synopsis, have to disagree with your theory that the opening shots of surfers is just a matter of setting the scene. I think there is a more arty purpose at work here, contrasting the freedom of the outside world with the confinement of the prisoners. Notice how the music becomes more grim once we switch over from the beach to an exterior shot of the prison. Little details like this are one of the reasons I love Five-O, the fact that the show's directors didn't opt for a by-the-number approach but actually imbued the episodes with cinematic touches.
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 06:28:53 (PDT)
Dean. I agree that obviously criminal technology has changed since the original series, but those old ways of solving crimes are fun to watch. Not to mention that the dedication to solve a crime on Hawaii Five-O is greater than today(due to heavy case loads,etc.). Yes, criminology was different back then, as was technology in general, but it was fun to watch!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 05:18:45 (PDT)
The Ventures' theme song and the incredible editing of the opening (and the commercial breaks) were always the heartbeat of the show. Stay true to that and everything else will fall into place. I don't like the tie-in with McGarret's son. The character, nor the actor playing the role, can ever live up to the originals. Did you see the pilot for Knight Rider for gosh sakes? I wanted to puke the way they tried to bring the father/son thing together. A total joke.
Las Vegas, NV USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 00:15:03 (PDT)
Aloha, I'm Ricky Hana. I was a huge fan of Hawaii Five-0. I have a song that I think would be ideal for either the title track or another misc track for the new Hawaii Five-0. It's titled "Summer Waikiki" and can be heard at www.myspace.com/shakabrahrecords. This is not a plug, just wanting to share with the board. Anyone know how to contact Mr. Bernero? I'm just a humble singer/songwriter that writes from the heart. Mahalo
Honolulu, HI USA - Monday, September 29, 2008 at 16:32:58 (PDT)
I as well as everyone else here really enjoyed the original Hawaii 5-0 episodes. I feel like most others, that the characters of Hawaii 5-0 were all very classy characters, and it always kept you on the edge of your seat. I also think that James McArthur (Danno) should have whichever part he wants (granted he was an excellent "Danno".) I also think that Hawaii 5-0 wouldn't be Hawaii 5-0 without the Character of Steve McGarrett (which Jack Lord did that character justice, God Rest His Soul.) Whatever you do, I would ask that you keep Hawaii 5-0 simple just like the original series,for goodness sakes don't make Hawaii 5-0 into a reality show (there are way too many of those on tv now anyway.) I would love to recommend some of the actors (whom I think would make really great bad guys for the show) and they are as follows Leslie Nielsen,Tom Hanks,John Travolta,Sam Neil, Craig T. Nelson and Bill Pullman,(if I were an actor, I would even have loved to have played a "bad guy," but I know I will never get the opportunity.) I appreciate the fact you are asking us for our thoughts and input, it really means alot to us "FANS" of the Hawaii 5-0 Series. I wish you the best of luck on this endeavor, and Keep up the awesome work with Criminal Minds.
Oroville, Ca USA - Monday, September 29, 2008 at 02:14:40 (PDT)
One of the most interesting aspects about Hawaii Five O being 40 years old is seeing how much crime investigation has changed during the last 40 years. For example, in the episode Skinhead, instead of going through all that work to figure out Mitch Kenner was not the rapist, today they would just swab the inside of Kenner's mouth with a q tip, run the DNA, and that would have eliminated him as the rapist quickly. 1
Vernon Hills, IL USA - Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 19:47:50 (PDT)
Its amazing that 40 years has gone by! This afternoon I'm watching the first season. I was only ten years old when the show first aired and I always loved the theme song by the Ventures. Still one of the best "Cop" shows in TV history. I see so many similarities between Hawaii 5-0 and CSI Miami. McGarrett has a similar personality as Horatio Caine (rather Caine has a personality like McGarrett) Both take place in a beautiful, energetic beach enviroment. I would like to see a remake of Hawaii 5-0..Perhaps Horatio Caine would like to assist in one of the cases:) So how about it! I can hear it now, "Mr. Wolf, we're goin' to the Big Island!". Who could best play McGarrett's role? Take a guess!
Mobile, AL USA - Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 13:51:07 (PDT)
Judy, I agree with your remarks about McGarrett's facial expressions and all. I also think the same is true with many of the "bad guys" that appeared in such clever plots. Although not as obvious as Jack Lord's body language and expressions, the "bad guys" often had expressions and body language that made their character and intentions convincing! Some episodes had "bad guys" that were just plain dumb, but many episodes had "bad guys" that were brilliant, and complimented the outstanding writing and script that kept us thrilled and at the edge of our seats most of the show!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 03:38:19 (PDT)
Hey Judy: You said, "As far as a "Happy Birthday to Hawaii Five O". It's like fine wine-gets better with age!".....Just like all of us (well, probably most of us!)
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 12:02:00 (PDT)
Oh Judy... I always loved the way Mc Garrett tapped his pencil in the desk when he was working out a plan of stragety...
Honolulu, Hi - Five-0 is in da house - Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 09:35:30 (PDT)
I think Ed will visit the site either later today or probably tomorrow after he has had a chance to unwind after an unusually tedious week trying to balance the books and working out those most difficult of business decisions.... I Hope he has some breaking news for us, as I am sure many of you die hard fans out there also do! ... Keep the faith!
Honolulu, Hi - Five-0 Land - Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 09:29:50 (PDT)
You know what I loved about Jack Lord's acting. I loved his facial expressions especially those eye brows and grin. Ever watch his hands? They were always interacting with his enviroment-druming his fingers, snapping his fingers, playing with a pencil, playing with a toothpick, fingering leaves on a tree. It always conveys a sense of energy or action waiting to be brought to the surface. You just knew he was posed for action. I was watching his hands on an episode last night when it hit me that he was always using them. They were never silent in his performances. As far as a "Happy Birthday to Hawaii Five O". It's like fine wine-gets better with age!
Grand Island, Ne USA - Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 08:10:11 (PDT)
How can this (remake) possibly work?……………I do not know, but if it was up to me and you wanted to stop everyone in their tracks, I would have the first episode/premier be an exact remake of ”Bored She Hung Herself”. The established fan base will all be in and the newcomers will watch regardless of the plot.
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven, CT USA - Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 07:03:02 (PDT)
Collin in KS: So sorry to hear about your father's passing 2 days ago. Heartfelt sympathies. But what nice memories you have of your trip to Hawaii with him. My dad passed away not too long after he came to visit us when we lived in Germany a while back and I was so grateful to have that special time with him.
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 06:31:45 (PDT)
Whether or not James McArthur is included in a remake, I think he was an outstanding actor in the series. Although obviously not the lead as Jack Lord was, but James McArthur and the other supporting cast were (in my opinion) just as important in making the series so outstanding! If you're out there, Mr. McArthur, thank you so much for your excellent work on Hawaii Five-O !
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 03:44:47 (PDT)
With so many great postings about the various remake possibilities, and the concerns as to whether or not it will work, I think a lot of us Hawaii Five-O fans need Ed to come out here to pacify our anxiety over this. No doubt he's busy with Criminal Minds, but I for one can't wait until he can give us some more details about his plans for a remake. Lastly, Happy Birthday to Hawaii Five-O 40 years! Hard to imagine.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 03:39:00 (PDT)
OMG! I am the MOST excited Hawaii five-O fan ever, its unbelievable....40 years have passed by. I watched it from the beginning and never missed any episodes; it was our family's favorite. I was so young, but I was so into Jack Lord and the beautiful island of Hawaii. I worshipped the show. I drove my family crazy. When I visited Hawaii in 1978 and accidentally stumbled upon them filming, I took pictures with Jack Lord and James McArthur....it was truly the best moment of my life! I go back every year just to capture the wonderful feeling. One of my favorite episodes was when Erik Estrada played Romo, OMG! He was soooo cute! I wish tv shows could capture the essence of these well written oldies; it makes me smile inside..................good luck and your attempt to re-create this gem!
sacramento, ca usa - Friday, September 26, 2008 at 23:50:41 (PDT)
I recall reading somewhere that Danno get a "couple of bucks" everytime McG uses the "Book'em Danno" phrase. Maybe I mis-read the quote or he was joking but I have always thought that since Jack owned a third of the show, he threw Danno 2% just to keep him happy all those years, especially the last three seasons when the cast was shrinking and Jack didn't feel right unless Duke and Danno were by his side. I of course am completely speculating and having a fun time doing so. Thanks Big Mike for burning the 5-O candle all these years and now it is finally starting to pay off. This site and the new show were made for each other. Getting better everyday.
Palm Springs, CA United States - Friday, September 26, 2008 at 18:01:54 (PDT)
James MacArthur... If they really do another movie version of Hawaii Five-O and you are offered a part, will you take it? "I really don't think that's in the cards. I think any future Hawaii Five-O movie will take on a very different tone, and I don't think there will be any room for the original cast." James MacArthur ... I truely hope Ed and 'Danno' can work something out!
Honolulu, Hi Book 'em Danno - Friday, September 26, 2008 at 10:06:48 (PDT)
Slightly off the subject from previous threads, but..... does anyone know which version of "Death is a Company Policy" will be released on the season 5 boxset? When this was shown back on the BBC in the early 90s, this was the ONLY season 5 episode to have a pre-title 'teaser'. However, when it showed up on Granada Plus, the episode started as every other episode in this season i.e. with the 5-0 theme tune...Just curious as to why the same episode has two different variations to its opening...?
Norwich, England - Friday, September 26, 2008 at 09:49:48 (PDT)
A big Happy Anniversary to Hawaii Five-O's 40th anniversary. Though I was but a young lad at the time it premiered, the show left a very happy and memorable impression on me. My whole life I wanted to visit Hawaii, and when I finally got there, it was everything I hoped it would be. I was able to take my father there last November on my last trip. He just passed away 2 days ago, so this is a very sad time, but I will always cherish that time and the memories I'll have of the 2 of us seeing all kinds of wonderful places on Oahu. Mahalo to the memories of Leonard Freeman, the cast, and crew for the fine show that gave us a good glimpse of the islands.
Shawnee, KS USA - Friday, September 26, 2008 at 08:46:21 (PDT)
YES, A VERY HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY TO HAWAII FIVE-0 !!! I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT EARLIER THIS WEEK. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE SHOW PREMIERED 40 YEARS AGO TODAY WHEN I AM BARELY 40 MYSELF (NOT)! ACTUALLY I REMEMBER WATCHING THAT FIRST YEAR AS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL AND THINKING JUST HOW BEAUTIFUL HAWAII IS. SOMEDAY SOON I ACTUALLY HOPE TO GET THERE!
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, September 26, 2008 at 05:57:21 (PDT)
Happy 40th anniversary Hawaii five-0
Burt, NY USA - Friday, September 26, 2008 at 04:32:46 (PDT)
The following is an excerp from James MacArthur's homepage (Faqs) Why did you leave Hawaii Five-O before it ceased production? Do you ever wish you'd stayed on for the final season? "Quite frankly, I grew bored. After Leonard Freeman died, the series began to stagnate. It had started out very fresh and 'cutting edge' with stories and villains relevant to the times, but this did not continue once he was gone. The stories became more bland and predictable and presented less and less challenge to me as an actor. I haven't seen much of the 12th season, but no, I don't have any regrets about leaving when I did." .... Check it out! The JM homepage is very interesting and shows James was surely a great actor both on and away from the 5-0 set.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 23:18:05 (PDT)
Mr. Mike where did you hear or how do you know that Mr. MacArthur does not receive any royalties or compensation for H50? [Because I was told this by someone quite close to him. This is in regard to the TV show, by the way, not the DVDs. - MQ]
MS USA - Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:29:05 (PDT)
Thanks Judy for raising the subject of the Lord estate, and thanks Mike Hedges for pointing out some of the charities the estate went to! To know that some of the estate went to Hospice hits home for me, as my wife suffers a terminal illness, and we have hospice home care helping me take care of her. This just adds all the more to the admiration and respect I have for Hawaii Five-O, Jack Lord, and the entire production. I didn't see last night's Criminal Minds, but I used to watch it on a regular basis, and know that Ed will give it his best at a Hawaii Five-O remake. As for James McArthur (Danno), my opinion is that his age, possible conflicts from the series, and even not wanting to change his legacy by participating in a venture that may or may not fail, might all play into why he's not actively wanting to be a part of this. [Who said that MacArthur didn't want to be part of the remake? - MQ] Hopefully, the questions will be answered, but the main thing is to get this remake done, if possible! We're all behind you, Ed!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 09:17:24 (PDT)
Just watched the pilot episode of CRIMINAL MINDS tonight on DVD, never having seen the show before, and it clearly has a few of the elements that made HAWAII FIVE-0 successful. A strong team dynamic with interesting characters, with special attention paid to the 'process', are key elements, along with the setup of the crime prior to the team's involvement, and a suspenseful investigation drawing on clues left along the way. All building up to the exciting denouement at the end. I am eager to watch several more, and it's already becoming clear why CBS chose Ed to helm the new Five-0, as opposed to them choosing, say, one of the executive producers of a show like CSI. CRIMINAL MINDS is obviously a darker show than Five-0 should be (mainly because of the premise, in which the show tracks down serial killers), but I am very confident that CBS has chosen the right man for the job.
Denver, CO USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 23:28:29 (PDT)
I've occasionally watched "Criminal Minds" when my schedule allowed it. And fortunately I was able to watch last week and then tonight.....Oh, my goodness! Tonight's show was a "to be continued" from last week. The shows were awesome. They were so well done. Kept my interest and kept me on the edge of my seat. Just wanted to share that here because Ed Bernero is the Executive Producer of the show and the quality was outstanding. Cudos to you, Ed, if you get to read this. Makes me feel like the new Hawaii Five-0 series is in extremely good hands!
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 21:45:16 (PDT)
Hi Mike-I have seen this a couple of times. I pulled up the American Chronicle (www.americanchronicle.com/articles/23817) I quote directly from the article, entitled "Jack Lord's $40 Million Gift Helps Charities": "The first season of Hawaii Five O is now available in a seven disc set that includes all 23 episodes along with Cocoon, the pilot movie. The proceeds of these sales will also be funneled into the Jack and Marie Lord Fund." This was an article that appeared April 13, 2007. It was always said that Jack was turned down for Star trek because he wanted part of the profits. I figure that it was in his contract about reproduction of the videos (In this case-the DVD) that he would get a precentage of the profits. I, also, read that he has a terribly bright lawyer when it ccame to writing his contracts.
Grand Island, ne USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 19:25:57 (PDT)
After hearing that James MacArthur does not receive any residuals from the series explains his stand-offish stand and cold shoulder towards the original Five-0 series management. [Michael, what the heck are you talking about? - MQ] I think this error or ommission should be rectified and restitution to Danno should be made by those who have since profited from syndication. Let's insist that Hollywood correct a wrong, for whatever reasons James's contract did not include residuals. At the very least I hope that Ed would allow James to participate in the 5-0 remake in some fashion whether temporary or permanent and compensate him for his treasured contribution to the series under a fair and lucrative contract...
Honolulu, Hi Isle of opportunity - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 12:34:56 (PDT)
Peter Harris, all ideas are of course open for possibilities. Whether the characters for a remake are related to McGarrett, or whether there is a female character on the team or as governer, whatever Ed thinks will work best. I honestly don't know, and don't envy Ed's job of trying to put this together. However, I'm sure everyone's remarks and suggestions will be of great value to him, as he asked for remarks on at least what we all liked about the original series. To me, this means he's going to closely correlate the reamke to the original, or at least use the key elements that make the show work so well. Again, you have really put a summary together well, and I remain anxious to hear from Ed out here again.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 11:08:59 (PDT)
Thanks Stephen for your nice comments! I don't know how to handle having a female Five-O team member, althought surely there will be at least one or maybe two. But how about making the Governor a woman? Yes, the Aloha State has a female (and Republican) governor, the former mayor of Maui. It might help defuse some viewer complaints. I remember reading a complaint from an Asian-American about how Hawaii's governor during the last years of the series (in real life) was George Ariyoshi, who was Japanese-American, but the fictitious Governor was still Richard Denning's Paul Jameson. (Jameson was modeled on John Burns, who was Governor at the time the show started, and CBS rightly thought that a change in the real Governor's office was no reason to fire Denning.) I would also suggest writing as much as possible to talk about Islands culture and how the "invasion" of non-indigienous people (mainlanders, East Asians, even Puerto Ricans trying to establish a new homeland) creates problems unique to the islands. Quite a lot of the old Five-O's stories centered on mainland visitors committing crimes while visiting Hawaii, or trying to bring criminal syndicates from their home countries (including the mainland) to the islands.
Lubbock, TX 79413 - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 10:52:18 (PDT)
Don't worry, Judy, that is quite a legitimate question! ":-) If the Ebay auction was in response to a request in JL's will to liquidate all his assets, wouldn't there be some kind of public record of that in Hawaii? As far as this business about some of the profits of the DVDs going to charity, I seriously doubt this! Where did you read about this? CBS/Paramount is not a charity! If Lord and/or his estate were to receive residuals from the show (from the sales of the DVD, for example), this is a possibility, but I don't know if this was the case. James MacArthur allegedly does NOT receive royalties from the show.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 10:29:06 (PDT)
I have a quick question for someone. Yeah-it's off the subject so don't don't get mad, but......How much did Jack Lord's estate end up being after the ebay auction. I seen where a percentage of the first season dvds were also given to the estate sincew the estate went to the charities of Hawaii. I know when Marie Lord died it was valued at 40 million. Did anyone hear of an updated total?
Grand Island, NE USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 09:21:11 (PDT)
Yes, I think Peter Harris summed it all up very nicely. There were so many key factors that made the original series work, and that should be a basis for any remake. Ed will of course know how to digest all this, and he's the expert. If all the fan remarks so far are a fair sampling of what the general TV viewers might be, I fear that nobody is going to be 100% happy with any remake, but only if they are expecting another exact hawaii Five-O! I agree, if the key aspects (the wave, the good writing, the good actors) are all used in the formulation of a remake, then it will work and stand on its own. Great remarks, Peter!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:45:35 (PDT)
Dear Ed: Thank you so much for soliciting fan input. My ex-girlfriend used to watch Criminal Minds on a regular basis. I didn't, except with her, because the crimes on the show are so brutal they put me off. It appears this is a trend throughout police shows today in a pursuit of "realism." I think it turns off many viewers. One possibility in a Five-O remake is to go the Star Trek: The Next Generation route. Create an entirely new cast of characters and develop them as time goes on, rather than try to remake McGarrett (in particular) or Danno or the other regulars. Since Hawaii does not have a state police force, the pilot episode might be devoted to creating a new Five-O to handle major cases. I would love to see Bruce Broughton work on the music again, and I really want to see the waves to open the show and to go to commercial breaks. Five-O and Charlie's Angels were the only shows I know of to use a title sequence to go to break, and Charlie's Angels usually spoiled it by using a piece of bad music composed for the breaks. I know most shows just fade to black and hold it for a couple of seconds before the commercial comes up (again in the sake of "realism" as if a viewer dropped in on a scene in progress). I don't encourage this sort of thing, along with other "realistic" touches like letting the camera bob around while observing a scene, and jumping back and forth between plot threads. That is more realistic than most viewers want to go. The human eye trains itself to stay focused on one thing (eliminating the bob-and-weave); the human eye is content to follow one story at a time; and the human eye tries to see things in sharper focus than most shows of today are filmed in. These are cosmetic suggestions, but it may help Five-O fans get accustomed to the new show. Then I suggest finding the most imaginative writers you can, willing to show unusual crooks and unusual crimes, and show how the team can still beat them with logical thinking. I would think you could also add more action at the climax than most shows do. A good fight often (though not always) capped Five-O episodes, giving viewers something to look forward to. When there wasn't a fight at the end, there was a good reason. Again, this goes against "realism," but it can work.
Lubbock, TX USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 22:43:24 (PDT)
In this corner- in the black trunks hailing from Chicago via the 50th state- Barrack the Community organizing Rock Star, Obama--- and in this corner hailing from the 49th state and wearing the white bikini--- Sarah- the Lipstic on a Moose-Palin
Mr. George Washington
Washington, DC U S A - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 18:26:06 (PDT)
Jerry, the usage of "MUST" is not politically incorrect. It's just something of the modern vernacular. Many mainlanders use it. We here in the islands are amazed at the pushiness. But we see it now and again. It's awful. Sarah palin? In Hawaii? she's an oakie. If caucasians are used, they "MUST" be tanned, and sound as if they have been here years, NO mainland suthun accents. Mr. Mike, keep writing. "Tom Loparka" is a gem. (But don't mention that name here in Hawaii)
here., Now USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 12:24:03 (PDT)
Boy, you guys are hot today!!! I see real possibilities with Alaska 49 Below. Wouldn't you lose some of the male fan base with all the parkas?
Grand Island, NE USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 10:49:09 (PDT)
Correction, Mr. Mike.....wouldn't that show be Alaska 49-Below??? :-)) Ok, bad pun. Also, if Mr. Bernero is still reading, my comment below regarding CBS "shooting itself in the foot" in no way was meant toward the fine work he did on Criminal Minds, and if it was interpreted in any way like that, then my profound apologies. CM is a fine show. Aloha.....
Raleigh, NC US of A - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 10:23:53 (PDT)
Yeah, good idea about a Sarah Palin look-alike. Forget about Hawaii Five-O, let's move the whole thing to the 49th state and call it Alaska Five-O Below. Reminds me when I was in school, I made a play which did a parody of Hawaiian Eye called Alaskan Eye where one of the lead characters was a detective named Tom Loparka (you may recall that Robert Conrad's character on the show was named Tom Lopaka ":-).
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 10:07:03 (PDT)
Yo Brad- The use of the word MUST is totally inapropriate. I am sure you meant to say; MAYBE YOU SHOULD USE- or You Might consider using.... Unless of course you are Ed's Boss! After all - we want to be politically correct- Don't we???
Brooklyn , NY - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 09:25:31 (PDT)
Yeah! PALIN POWER! Pennsylvania for PALIN! Hottest governor from the coldest state! Need I say more?! Heck, yeah, she's ready to lead!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 09:22:07 (PDT)
Sarah Palin? Are you kidding? Well, I guess she's as qualified to star in a TV show as she is to lead the free world...
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 07:00:57 (PDT)
First, you MUST use the original theme with virtually identical story pictures to open with. You need real studs and studettes for cops. Not over muscled brainless geeks and not big boobed blondes. For example, George Clooney would be perfect for Steve McGarret and a great female cop would be someone like sarah palin. Next, stay close as much of the original series as possible. Put the cops in hawaiian shirts and hats once in awhile. These guys were cool and intelligent. That is what made it a success.
SD - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 06:52:08 (PDT)
You have read the comments. Passionate fans, myself included. Please do this. Don't screw it up like they did Dragnet. Thank you.
West Chester, PA USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 20:23:39 (PDT)
Barbara from Chicago, I let my membership with the SEG lapse. I don't have plans to move back to Honolulu and work with the new 5-0 production, most of my "peeps" aren't around any more. If they were I'd be there in a hot minute!
Kit Leahy "Settled in Seattle" :)
Seattle, WA USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 16:46:08 (PDT)
Regarding the theme music issue, I remember when NBC did one of their big anniversary specials, and they had long tributes to Cheers and Family Ties(not to take anything away from those shows, they're okay if a bit overrated), but when it came to Star Trek, well, it was relegated to a two-second segment during a montage devoted to campy shows from the '60's, and the whole audience showed its disrespect by laughing on cue. That's right, the most popular TV show of all time, and one of the most influential, was treated as the butt of a poor joke. Maybe the network was trying to rationalize how they totally screwed up the whole Star Trek thing in the first place, at any rate it left a bad taste in my mouth. So I wouldn't get too upset about these network tribute specials, they have a history of getting things wrong.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 14:43:48 (PDT)
Mike Quigley, please accept my deepest apology. No, you didn't say that the suggested chat room wasn't good. I may have confused that with the negative aspects mentioned about the website security problems, and other chat room remarks I've read before. But no, you're right, you certainly didn't say anything negative about that chat room. I apologize, and will make sure I get my facts correct before responding. Sorry. As to those who said they went to that chat room and found it empty, I've run into things like that before. Having belonged to an Astronomy website before, which had a chat room, and was worldwide, you would think that there would always be someone there. Scheduled chats would probably be the best way to go. Also, yes, messenger chats are possible, but one would have to spend a lot of time on it, and probably run into a lot of trouble makers too. Saw the commercial for TV themes, but didn't watch the show. No Hawaii Five-O theme? Wow!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 11:12:33 (PDT)
Rob: Even thought I didn't catch it, it's amazing that CBS....CBS of all networks, would air a show on great TV themes and omit THEIR own greatest tv theme. That's like taking a .44 mag (ala Dirty Harry) and shooting yourself in the foot. But...we've seen them do it in the past, so why are we amazed?!?!?!? Aloha...
Raleigh, NC US of A - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 10:13:30 (PDT)
Mr. Mike.....I did the same thing. I logged into the chat just to see if it works and it does. But there was no one else there. There simply isn't a big enough fan base at this point to have fans using it all the time. If there was a big enough interest in the group, there could be a certain date and time decided upon when everyone would be there. I've only belonged to one other fan group in my life and we decided on a regular once a week time where everyone was welcomed to participate. Sounded like a good idea but after the initial few weeks, no one really went there. So, I'm not sure if that would work. But if there was a special date and time set up every once in a while, that might work for those who would be interested. Just a suggestion.
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 06:56:40 (PDT)
Stephen, where did I say that the chat room on the other Five-O site was "not good"? I said nothing of the kind. I have never even used it, other than to log in and see that it works, which it seems to do, but there is never anyone else there when I am logged in, which does not bode well for a chat room about Five-O. If you want to chat via Microsoft Instant Messenger, this would require someone who is on the Internet a lot to create an account there for this purpose and then use Messenger to chat with people who would become this person's "friends." There are also chatrooms available on Yahoo, though it is not possible for individual users to create them at the present time.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 06:16:34 (PDT)
Yesterday CBS Sunday Morning did a segment about classic TV theme songs. I was SHOCKED they did not include the grand daddy of em all! No respect.
cincy, oh usa - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 06:02:37 (PDT)
I echo Ciara's remarks. Ed. Your production of CRIMINAL MINDS" was outstanding, and I was a true dedicated fan of the show. Well written, executed, produced, and fine actors! This obviously eases many fan's concerns about the quality of a remake of Hawaii Five-O! Please grace us with a visit here from time to time, with any updates you are able to give us....if anything, to keep our hopes and excitement pumped!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 05:15:08 (PDT)
Mr.Bernero, I think it is wonderful that you are taking up the show!I'm sure you will do an amazing job and I wish you luck.One thing that is important to me(personally)is to keep to the spirit of the old show.Often new shows tend to be filled with gore,excessive violence(though some will obviously be necessary on a cop show)sex,and swearing to cover up for bad scripts and faulty plots. Personally(maybe most people don't agree with me)I think a show is all the better if it doesn't have that stuff because the script,acting, and directing(that means you)are so supierior to it's competitors that the trash isn't needed to make it a good show.Also memorable characters are so important. While everyone will expect another "McGarrett",and replacement is probably necessary, try to create new characters as well that can stand on their own feet. Not a Danny or Chin "mini me", but characters that will really stand out in cinema history as memorable characters in their own right.Maybe add a character who is alittle bit of an anti-hero.The cynical humor type. Maybe add a female officer.The endless possibilities are up to you.And the last thing is impotant to be is what you are best at: the script and the directing must be exceptional in order to catch the my generations attention(though you have mine already)and also that of the older folks who saw the first show come into being.It must be exciting enough that the younger people's imagination's are caught while being conservative enough to bring back old memories to the older people. This is a steep task but I'm sure you're up to it. And your expeince on an actual force and your making Criminal Minds into a much talked about show qualify you autimatically.I have thought for a year or so someone should take up this show again. As an amateur writer, I even tried to pen a pilot myself once just for fun.(But since I am not very good, the plot failed rather miserably.lol)Anyway, I'm sure you will do a wonderful job and I can't wait to meet the new characters you will create and the exciting episodes that are yet to be made..Good luck!
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 04:28:07 (PDT)
Yes, a full featured Hawaii Five-O museum would be neat, and worth flying over to see! There is a nuclear center about 50 miles from me, that used to have a tourist center, and included full sized wax figures that moved and talked. I still think it would be neat to visit a Hawaii Five-O Museum in Honolulu, where it includes a replica room of McGarrett's office, and life sized wax figures of characters like McGarrett, Danno, Chin, and the others that both move and talk! Somebody has got to do this!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 03:49:47 (PDT)
Thanks, Mike Quigley, for the explanation as to why you don't want to place a chat room on your website. It's obvious, as you've explained, that there are so many bad things that happen on the internet, that a chat room is just not worth all the trouble, monitoring, and expense. You explained many details that I had not considered, and I thank you for pointing them out to me. Your website is outstanding, without a chat room, and much appreciated! For those of you who seconded the motion for a chat room, I'm sure Mr. Quigley's post likewise explains why a chat room is a bad idea. I'll suggest one possible alternative, then leave it at that. If enough people want a chat room, and don't want to go to the one Mike Quiqley pointed out (but said was not good), some of us could get together on an instant messenger (i.e. HOTMAIL, MSN, etc.) It's just an idea, and I'm not sure how to pull it off. I only have email contact with 2 people out here. Someone would have to offer to set up a messenger account, and host it as a chat room, but that would be difficult to give out the email addresses without resulting in the problems Mike Quiqley already mentioned. Just an idea, if anyone out there has ideas as to how to get around all the problems. Until then, Mike Quigley obviously knows the ins and outs of a website, and all the problems and bad things that can happen if you aren't careful! Thanks, Mike! Even if some of us don't put together a seperate messenger chat, the guestbook postings still remain a very enjoyable part of your website, and I've had the honor of reading and meeting some wonderful Hawaii Five-O fans out here!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 03:40:10 (PDT)
As far as a Five-O Chat Room is concerned, I am not interested in putting one on this site because of the time and possibly money involved, not to mention having to monitor it for problems. There is already a Five-O Chat Room located at http://www.hawaiifive0.org -- it redirects to this location: http://pub22.bravenet.com/chat/show.php/1821239378. You might want to try that out.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 18:06:58 (PDT)
Uh, Kimo ... there is a good reason that you have to input those numbers every time you post. If you didn't, the place would be littered with hundreds and hundreds of spam messages. When I first started using the Guestbook script many years ago, this was not a problem, but clever people figured out how to hack the original version of the script so their automated processes could search for the Guestbook on the Internet (not only at this site, but at many, many others) and leave messages. Since I figured out how to circumvent this, there has been only ONE spam message, and that is one that someone had to manually type in. If you want an idea how many possible spam messages I have avoided by the inputting of the number "code," take a look at this link. This represents only the last day and a half of "attacks" on the Guestbook. I am really not interested in spending hours of my time every day editing out junk messages from the Guestbook ... if that was the case, there would be no Guestbook at all. Thanks for listening.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 15:14:45 (PDT)
"I think it would be neat to have a chat room feature on this Website! " you mean you don't LOVE typing in abuncha fields and some crazy letter/number code thing every time you post?!
yea., Uhuu. Youbetcha. - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 12:49:07 (PDT)
leisure suits. ugh. as bad a Steveo's Ascots and long sleeved bold print blouses. I mean designer aloha shirts. But they were just following the times.
Here, Now ovah deah - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 12:46:01 (PDT)
Stephen, yer right; many would fly over for a Hawaiiana Museum. Containing Old Hawaiian figures and ones representing Hawaii 5-0, MPI, and Hawaiian Entertainment Figures. a joint Don Ho Hawaiian Entertainment Museum, etc. A consortium is formed and we are working on this. Along with bringing back Old Hawaiian/Polynesian entertainment, as Waikiki has gotten TOO Las Vegas. It's a shame. But we are working on bringing back the old days. And this could prove to be good background for future H50 scenes!
Honey, It's a Lulu!, Hi! Untied Skates of Arnie's Cuz - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 12:35:12 (PDT)
Kimo, your posting about a Hawaii Five-O museum is very interesting. I don't know about the one you mentioned, but a huge museum rebuilt there in Hawaii would be neat. Also, a great toursit attraction if it not only contained replica rooms like McGarrett's office, but authentic looking full size wax figures of all the Five-O characters. I believe any dedicated Hawaii Five-O fan would fly from the mainland here to Hawaii just to see such a museum. Probably a pipe dream, but nice to imagine!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 11:23:52 (PDT)
I think it would be neat to have a chat room feature on this Website! Anyone in favor of asking Mike Quigley to consider adding a chat feature to his website? It's nice to post such interesting remarks about Hawaii Five-O, but it would be really nice to be able to hop online, check out the postings here, and then see if any Hawaai Five-O fans are online in the chat room! Real time conversation, and could you imagine if someone like Ed popped on for a scheduled chat! So, if anyone wants to second the motion, maybe we can get Mike to consider this. If not, I'm just content and thankful for this website, and the guestbook feature!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 11:06:04 (PDT)
Thanks for the remarks, Barbara! I haven't seen any of the Hawaii Five-O shows since it first aired in 1968, then (as I previously posted), I lost interest in TV and got on with life. It has only been this year that I've been catching up on the rest of the seasons on TV reruns, Monday through Friday. We are currently up into the 1977 season. So, as much as I've heard people say the last two seasons were downhill, I'm anxious to see for myself how bad it looks when we get to it here on TV. One point about the suits, and keeping things consistent. For a show that started in 1968, it was a rare exception that it didn't fall to many changes that doomed many shows when the 70's began. The networks all started replacing their big shots, and the tone of the era was to change up everything to fit the changing times. Everything from outright cancel shows, to changing them where they were damaged beyond repair. Hawaii Five-O, for whatever reason, did not fall victim to this trend, and remained true to it's theme. Everyone will have their opinions as to whether the remake should feature the cast in casual or suits. I favor the suits, already mentioning how it represents authority. However, suits or not, there's another factor that the original Five-O team had.....morals, dedication, and were people you could depend on. I guess that's why I never liked Magnum PI, or Miami Vice. Not just because of the casual atire, but I got the impression of the characters being too layed back, carefree, and lacking much motivation or authority. In short, Hawaii Five-O had it all. The suits were the way to go, in my opinion, but these other factors I am sure made such an outstanding difference.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 10:33:26 (PDT)
Oh, Jeff, I agree with you about those leisure suits (ugh!)
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 09:19:39 (PDT)
Jeff...I think you are spot on. And Judy, loved the comments about where they would hide their gun and holster. Funny!
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 09:18:41 (PDT)
Not to mention the fact that the Five-0 team did make an attempt at more "casual" dress themselves in the horrible final 2 seasons. Truck wore nothing but Aloha shirts, and even Duke wore the occasional Aloha shirt, Kimo at least wore a jacket with an open collar (more representative of today's current 'business casual'), but it didn't work for him, as it was like taking a moose and stuffing it into a formal tux. Danno wore the occasional shirt with epaulets in season 11, and of course McGarrett wore the wretched leisure suits. These are all classic examples of what happened when the show's producers in that era attempted to "change it up" and give them a more modern look. It just didn't work, and I don't think it would work now either. Business shirt and slacks at the bare minimum for the team, with the occasional suit jacket would be my recommendation, as well as a full suit and tie for the head honcho.
Denver, CO USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 08:32:31 (PDT)
I agree that the suits were a sign of professionaliam. I kind of compared it to an old western. White hats for the good guys and black hats for the villians. But it goes back to the authority. Who would you break under questioning to -a guy in a flower shirt or a guy in a suit and tie with a shoulder holster. The suit is a great place to hide the holster and gun.
Grand Island, NE USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 08:24:18 (PDT)
Yes, I tend to agree with you, Stephen. I posted earlier that I thought at the very least the head of Five-0 should be in a suit. Even though the culture is very laid back and casual, the suit does represent authority. I would also think that if McGarrett's son is anything like his dad, then the suit would also represent respect for the position he is in. He still has to deal with higher-ups (ex: the governer) and I'm sure those higher-ups will be in suits as well. I would think that then the Five-0 team would probably be in suits as well or at least have a casual jacket. I'm not seeing them in Hawaiian print shirts except for those occasional times when it is necessary. As I mentioned earlier, if you put the whole Five-0 team in casual clothes, including McGarrett's son, it becomes a different show. But as you said, Ed Bernero will do what's right. That's just my humble opinion.
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 06:42:03 (PDT)
Well, obviously when the original Hawaii Five-O was made, the weather was about the same. It may seem unrealistic to wear suits in such weather conditions, but this is entertainment, not reality. With the deepest respect, I completely disagree with the idea of having characters dress casual in any remake show. Watching the old show, seeing Steve McGarrett and Danno (and the rest of the squad) in suits gave authority and enhancement to the Five-O concept show! It worked back then, and although I'm sure people in the 60's and 70's mocked their use of suits while making the show, it nevertheless was a continued theme which worked, and continues to draw fans even today. Yes, when I see certain scenes in the original series, it's obvious that nobody would be doing such a scene in a suit, but it was insignificant compared to the continuity of authority looking Five-O squad. It's entertainment, not reality. If I were being chased by thugs down some hot and humid street, I would rather see the police (Hawaii Five-O squad at that) coming to my rescue dressed in suits instead of casual wear. Just my opinion, and I respect as well as understand the others. Just a factor that Ed will have to decide on, along with all the other issues in a remake.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 03:29:45 (PDT)
Kimo is right on about the Aloha Shirts, it's a dead givaway for the first time tourists. The hotel workers have something similiar which would work but not with those big plumeria and other floral designs as the Hilo Hattie stuff. I had one but it had Cutter Automotive sales enbroidered on the breast pocket which I only wore at work. I guess the silk sports jacket or something like worn by Crocket and Tubbs in Miami Vice might work? I always wondered how Mc Garrett and the squad could put up with the summer heat in those suits. We are pretty casual here, no suits, no ties... Only guys I ever see wearing a pressed business suit around here are doorman at some of the upscale nightclubs like Zanzabar, or those salesmen you see while passing by the picture window in those high end clothes stores just a few blocks past the Galleria. Too bad they took out that neat corner Aquarium... The Galleria will never be the same... and The Wave is gone too...
Honolulu, Hi The Wave - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 19:56:16 (PDT)
" I am kind of surprised that there is not some kind of a Hawaii Five-0 Museum" There was a museum and store years ago. I am surprised we don't have a Hawaiiana museum. It could feature H50 and MPI stuff. and the old figures from da wax museum. Where ABC store is now, D.H side of International MarketPlace. " but do not recall much about 5-0 using Hotel street in their episodes, probably because it was- and in part still is, such a seedy area of Chinatown which is in a revitilization phase now." Chinatown was used very often in Hawaii five o. "seedy" was the draw. It was and is always in redevelopment and'"revitalization". thanks to developers and politician's promises and whims. Doesn't change some things. Strolling down the street one day in C-town, just across from the police substation, some blalah sides up to me and asks if I need herb. or anything else. sheesh.
Honolulu, H50 USA - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 15:11:12 (PDT)
"have the characters dress like the people really do in Hawaii: aloha shirts a-plenty." That ain't how it is. We wear polo shirts, dress shirts, t shirts, yes, aloha shirts sometimes. The Bishop street crowd wears those ubiquitous reverse print shirts, but I wouldn't call them aloha shirts. Now, tourists.. they aewear aloha shirts. matching. ugh. But that would be represented by the wardrobe. And I suppose wardrobe would fill b/g with "aloha shirts aplenty" to convey the setting. But I hope they don't end up draping extras with California surfer/Hawaiian shirts. double ugh.
Honolulu, HI USA - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 14:54:18 (PDT)
Hey Kit.....welcome. Just wondering if you are still part of the SEG and if you will be looking for work when the series comes to Hawaii (duh!).
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 10:20:17 (PDT)
Welcome to the page Kit.
Honolulu, Hi Aloha - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 09:30:46 (PDT)
Kit Leahy (Code Name) " DIAMOND HEAD, it's a true honor to hear from you on the posting. Although I am not one of the people you are looking for who worked with you during the Hawaii Five-O series, I just wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for your participation in such a great show. I hope that your co-workers from the series will find you, and you can share some good stories. Again, an honor to see your posting.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 08:56:43 (PDT)
Hello ALL! I lived in Honolulu from 74 to 78. I belonged to the SEG, Screen Extras Guild(a requirement to work as an extra on 5-0, or any other productions that came to film in Hawaii at that time). I worked, regularly, as a 5-0 extra in addition to my job as a Tradewind Tour Rep at our various Waikiki hotel desks. In response to Michael Hedges post , not recalling 5-0 using Hotel Street much, actually they did shoot, on Hotel Street and in China Town a lot during my time with them. It may not have been obvious to general viewers but the locals instantly recognized the locations. Is there anyone, reading this, who may have worked on the series during my time (74-78)? I would love to "talk story" with you! Ed (Bernero) what I loved about the origonal series were the Prominent senic locations. Magnum cameras focused more on the characters and backgrounds seemed muted to me. I also loved the fact 5-0 used and developed local talent. If I'm watching Hawaii I want to see the culture reflected on my screen. What I did NOT like was the "MOD SQUAD" tone the series took on when they teamed Sharon Farrel, William Smith and Moe Keale.
Kit Leahy (Code Name) " DIAMOND HEAD"
Seattle, WA USA - Friday, September 19, 2008 at 15:16:59 (PDT)
Ahhh....the good old days. Must be a lot of us baby boomers here. When the show premiered, I was starting my senior year in high school. That phase of my life was coming to a close. And my mom died during the last season. So again it was another phase in my life that ended as well. So you are right. It was long ago but significant. I'm very happy with my life now, but yes, to go back for one day would be nice.....Ed Bernero looks fairly young in his photos. So, he probably grew up watching Hawaii Five-0 during his middle and high school years.
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, September 19, 2008 at 12:45:49 (PDT)
Judy, as a baby boomer myself, I completely agree with your reamrks of why we find comfort and safety in wanting to go back to those good old days, and Hawaii Five-O takes us there. I'm sure memories of whatever was going on in our lives appear when we watch the show, and I often also wish that I had not taken those good old days for granted. In some ways, it was so long ago. In other ways, so very long ago. Hawaii Five-O captured a part of that era in rare ways that most shows can't. You never even had to ever live or visit Hawaii to enjoy the show, and even the old technology used in the show (rotary phones, old phone booths, etc.)makes you want to just go back and live that way for another day. Another complex issue for Ed to ponder. The shows today not only don't have the quality or dedication of those older shows, but the way our world is today, what show would even want to capture this generation or world of today, for future generations. I believe Ed will sort it all out, and give us a production that has both the quality and dedication of, and for the original series.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, September 19, 2008 at 11:22:22 (PDT)
Aloha Ursula. I remember seeing Huba Huba in a Magnum episode, even checked it out back in 92 myself, but do not recall much about 5-0 using Hotel street in their episodes, probably because it was- and in part still is, such a seedy area of Chinatown which is in a revitilization phase now. The fantastic "Club Indigo" attests to that... TECH- With the new Blue Screen Technology, in difficult shooting areas and in light of the poor economy right now, I would imagine they might even opt to use generic backlot film of the Honolulu streets and overlap the cast performing over it at the Diamond Head Studios simply because of the congestion on the highways downtown, the problem of closing major streets and thorofares as well as crowd control during the most difficult of 'On location shooting.' The City Skyline of Honolulu has changed so much these past 20+years.... I personally would like to see a good part of the LIVE ACTION SHOOTING in Waikiki so all the Locals, Tourists and Visitors alike may witness history in the making. I think this incentive would create a substantial economic boost to our failing tourist industry and economy.
Honolulu, Hi Sandwich Isles - Friday, September 19, 2008 at 09:55:59 (PDT)
I spent 70-73 in Hawaii, Barbers Point NAS on Oahu as a Navy WAVES member, during the VietNam "Conflict". I would love to see a remake of the show with one requirement, still recorded on location!!! I was fortunate to meet both Jack Lord and his wife at an art show. She loved hats. I have some black and white pictures of the two of them at the show. I and many others have not had the opportunity to return to Hawaii after the war and military service. It would be nice to see Hawaii Five-O on location, now, and nice to compare the islands then and now. I do have all the old shows, so far, and enjoy watching them and remembering the great times I had there, even though there was a war and some spots were off limits, like Hotel Street. Do you remember "he-she" buttons? Don Ho? Liz Damon and the Orient Express? I have a signed 33 1/3 LP record album!!! And Spiro Agnew? And, somewhere in my family is a picture of my father, his brother, and a brother-in-law, on Waikiki Beach during WWII !! Now that is some comparison, WWII, Vietnam, and now.
USA - Friday, September 19, 2008 at 08:48:40 (PDT)
I think you guys are right on! Ed is finding out from us the important old ingredents that needs to be kept while adding his new "seasonings". The little details can make a good show into a great show or into a flop.He is already starting with a good fan base that he knows that he needs to keep comfortable with the new show while building up an additional audience. I agreed that it's not going to be so much how the actors look and it will be their portrayal of the characters involved. To me the worst thing is to come up every week with an inventive story line that doesn't go off the deep end and remains true to the show and Hawaii. There has been so many cop shows on the air, that sometimes I fear people will start to ignore any new show. But I guess the good news is that all us baby boomers want to go home again and find the safety that we had as kids and I think that is where Hawaii Five O will find its audience.
Grand Island, NE USA - Friday, September 19, 2008 at 07:43:41 (PDT)
Hey Chris and Collin: You've definitely made some good points. And I think as far as the style and the writing of the show goes, I'm pretty confident from what I've read that Ed Bernero will do a great job. As far as obsessing about the flashbacks, a James MacArthur role and things such as the iconic wave go, Ed Bernero basically asked to open a dialogue with the fans about what it was about the original series that we loved. So, obviously a lot of those things are going to be mentioned. I think the overall desire to have James MacArthur in the show in some way is because it is reported that McGarrett's son Chris will head Five-0. So, there has to be some continuity there. The old fans will get it. But the new ones need to know who Chris is and why it is important that he is there. The use of flashbacks and/or James MacArthur is a great vehible to do that. But I think both of you are spot on as far as the overall style and feel of the show being the key. Great posts.
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, September 19, 2008 at 07:20:20 (PDT)
Chris, I think you make some very good points. I would imagine Ed probably knows this. The biggest trick in all of this remake is to create the right balance. I think I might have made a comment a while back along the lines of a new series based off an old one must pay some homage to the original without becoming slavish to it. The big balancing act is adding enough ingredients from the old while making it new, fresh, and somewhat different, otherwise, the soup is ruined. The key ingredents are a good cast (acting, not necessarily how they look), good writing, and good directing. If you have those 3, then everything else is really secondary, and you could call it Hawaiian Heat 2.0 and it would still find an audience.
Shawnee, KS USA - Friday, September 19, 2008 at 06:22:51 (PDT)
I think it's time for everybody who wants the new Five-O to be a remake to step back, take a deep breath and think about why the original was such a fantastic series. The scenery, the storylines, the music, the dialogue, the acting, sure. But more than anything else it was the style, unique and innovative for its time, with cinematic production values, a striking influence on cop shows yet to come. Any true heir to the Five-O legacy should strive for the same thing...not copying the style of a previous show, but creating its own unique style which might prove to be influential in its own right, the way the original Five-O did, not to mention Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, Law & Order and CSI(even though I don't particularly like CSI). So maybe instead of obsessing over whether or not the new show should include flashbacks from the original, or if James MacArthur should play a role, or how the iconic wave fits into the overall scheme, we should be encouraging Mr. Bernero to come up with something different, because that's the only chance Five-O 2 has of generating the same kind of impact as its predecessor.
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, September 19, 2008 at 05:52:24 (PDT)
Oh! Halloween night on Kuhio and Kalakaua Aves in Waikiki is better than the Mardi Gras!
Honolulu, Hi - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 13:01:02 (PDT)
Aloha Barbara... I should mention that Waikiki is spared from the inclement weather from March until around Christmas- even then, it is just a little cooler and cloudier than the rest of the island with light showers at certain times of the day... So If you decide to vacation here I suggest spring through fall when the trade winds are at their best. The ocean temps do get colder in January and the stronger Kona winds pick up, but once you get past your toes its not any colder than lets say the Jersey shore or Coney Island during the summer. In mid summer here, on some days it actually feels like you are swimming in bath water.
Honolulu, Island of Enchantment - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 10:13:49 (PDT)
Hey Michael: I tend to agree with you about some wearing suits to keep the professional look from the original series and the new generation of 5-0 cops wearing more casual clothes. I think if they all went casual, including head of 5-0, it sort of turns it into a whole different show. And I would think that someone who is the head of the state police in any state would wear something more professional anyway. I've watched some of the "Criminal Minds" shows and Thomas Gibson always seems to be in a suit and Shamor Moore is casual. I can see that in "Hawaii Five-0 2.0." Speaking of Thomas Gibson, too bad he is on "Criminal Minds." Depending on what age McGarrett's son is and how they work that into the show, I can definitely see someone like Thomas Gibson play a McGarrett-type character.
Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 10:09:30 (PDT)
Excellent comments on the Suit thing. For those of you who were fortunate enough to see the 1997 5-0 pilot, you may have noticed that Russell Wong wore a Business Suit, while Gary Busey wore either just an aloha shirt or an Aloha shirt under a loose fitting sports Jacket... I believe my answer to the question would be, if we were going with a continuation of the original series, that the original cast should keep the professional look we are all accustomed to and allow the new generation of 5-0 cops to dress more casually. Personally, I wear a tank top and Board shorts most of the time except winter, even when I am out riding my Harley Fatboy around town as it can get pretty hot here when the sun is up and the trade winds are low. As for the board shorts, if the actors have an athletic look they could always wear them after clocking out or on Beach Duty. If a female is on the 5-0 team, she can wear anything she wants!
Honolulu, Hi The curling wave - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 09:32:01 (PDT)
Collin, I would imagine the wore suits on the original Hawaii Five-O series to give the impression of authority. I see your point, and I've never been to Hawaii. I must admit, when I watch the show, seeing the Five-O team in suits does stand out against everyone, even when they are supposedly following a suspect (haha). But I think they intended to give an authority look when wearing suits, and it did. Good point though. As to applying it in a remake, I don't know.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 08:55:26 (PDT)
Let's talk about the wardrobe of the original H5O characters. I have had the privilage to visit the state of Hawaii seven times, and in all those times I only once saw a man wearing a suit. Ed, one suggestion for the new series would be to have the characters dress like the people really do in Hawaii: aloha shirts a-plenty. I would think a suit would only be worn, even by a government official, on special occasions, like a military dress uniform. The regular dress of the day should be something more casual (like the equivalent of khakis).
Shawnee, KS USA - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 08:32:59 (PDT)
Ed, is there anyway possible you could give us all a clue as to whether your plans for production of a remake for Hawaii Five-O will be a regular TV series, or a pilot TV movie, or what? We are very curious, and not knowing how the business goes today, I was wondering if productions might still rely on pilot movies to test the series, or if they just go ahead. with a full TV series production? I say this, after the mentioning of how so many remakes have failed. Of course, they have been movie remakes, but still, one wonders how it works for TV currently. Any hints or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 05:21:35 (PDT)
Ed Bernero being the producer of "Criminal Minds", a well done show currently on CBS, and now for him to have the honor of producing a remake of Hawaii Five-O! What could be better? No doubt, there will be a lot of time and effort put into this production, but with Ed being out here, he knows what the fans want...both the fans today and the fans from the original series!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 03:46:56 (PDT)
Hey Ed: Several entries back, I mentioned that we had something in common being from Chicago area myself. Also asked if you were a Cubs, White Sox or Bears fan. Just read a few bios on you and found out that you are definitely a Bears fan! So no need to answer my inquiries. However, I encourage other posters on this site to check out some of Ed Bernero's biographies as well as his postings about "Criminal Minds." He DEFINITELY has a relationship with the fans of his shows. That is so encouraging, especially with this Hawaii Five-0 project obviously coming from his heart. I think we (as fans of the show) are really lucky to not only have this show developed again after being off the air for 28 years but I think we are all in for a great ride and a great run. Thanks, Ed.
Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 02:14:03 (PDT)
John from Rochester. You are right about the wave and show title being shown before commercial break. Little things like that you forget about until it's pointed out. But even if they don't keep that part or a lot of the other suggestions we all have made, I just have a feeling that Ed Bernero is going to make this a very special series. And Michael, I have noticed the unexplained costume changes as well. Just thought it was a continuity problem shooting perhaps over a couple of days. Never been to Hawaii so I wasn't aware of the quick weather changes. Lucky you to live in such a beautiful state.
Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 00:57:21 (PDT)
Thanks, Mr. Mike, about the comment on using partial or screennames. Not always necessary to identify full name when posting. I'm fairly new to this guestbook and can appreciate all the great comments and suggestions from everyone. Would like to see the drama stay in the show suggestions rather than in the postings to each other. Other than that, I think this is an exciting time for Ed Bernero and the rest of us fans. Looking forward to posting here a lot with the Five-0 family.
Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 00:50:41 (PDT)
Someone mentioned a while back that they had noticed unexplained costume changes during any given Episode. Well Oahu is always at the mercy of Mother Nature, especially during the Kona winds season and the Five-0 set, not being immune to our sudden climate changes were sometimes caught off guard… But the show must go on… One night last winter I stood on the sidewalk without so much as a raindrop hitting me, while 10 feet away in the middle of Kalakaua Avenue the rain was coming down so hard it was bouncing off the asphalt. Needless to say it finally chased me all the way into my security office… Sure, you could keep a spare blue suit for Mc Garrett in the trailer in case one became soaked in the rain or from sweat, but here it can rain on and off all day sometimes like cats and dogs for ten or so minutes and then she sun comes out again. So sooner or later on a day like that, the grey suit comes off the rack and into the scene… So Ed, a word of friendly advice… make sure wardrobe stocks up on those blue silk suits for those humid and showery summer shoots- and the heavier polyester/cotton suits during the cooler and stormy winter shoots and no-one will ever be the wiser.
Honolulu, Hi Blue sky-blue water - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 20:06:07 (PDT)
and remember, before the show went to a commercial it went to the waves and title that was great i hope your add it in the new show
rochester, ny usa - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 19:43:47 (PDT)
Harry, using Bruce Broughton to score the new show is an excellent suggestion. Some of the music he wrote for the original series was very cool. But I don't know if he would want to return to writing for TV on a regular basis.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 15:34:40 (PDT)
Hi Ed, I like to make one big suggestion as to the music for your new FIVE-0 project: contact Composer Bruce Broughton (www.brucebroughton.com) - Mr. Broughton has composed so many wonderful scores for the original series and he is the ONLY living Composer who would do your new series proud, music-wise. Hopefully, Mr. Broughton would be interested in your project and could make many great suggestions to you regarding where the music should go - other than that, I wish you the best of luck with this project. Harry
NEW YORK, NY USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 15:30:39 (PDT)
Michael H., there are plenty of people here who post under a partial name or a pseudonym (including me), and this should not be held against them.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 12:14:37 (PDT)
Ed, you obviously can see the enthusiasm of the Hawaii Five-O fans out here, and hopefully many of the remarks have been helpful as you prepare for the remake. I don't know if you've had direct contact with Mike Quigley or not, but I would urge you to consider contacting Mike Hedges directly as well. I know him well, have seen his writing. He lives in Hawaii, and not only could give you a great perspective of Hawaii these days, but his dedication to the original Hawaii Five-O series, combined with his professional accomplishments may be a great asset to you in gaining further input for your production. I truly believe that corresponding with Mike Hedges will help you to put together all the remarks and things the fans liked about the original series, in a manner that you'll appreciate. I know he would be honored to hear from you, and be glad to help you with any information that may be of help to you in all aspects of Hawaii Five-O.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 11:47:03 (PDT)
Ringfire, I notice you use a screen name- Why is that? Are you so ashamed of using your own name? Maybe you prefer annoynimity??? but haven't you noticed you are the only one who does that- GROW UP!!! ... Judy, like you I rediscovered 5-0.. When we were kids we spent little time watching TV at night... we were always in the garage clubhouse playing Beatle and Stones records or practicing with the band or just hanging out. I still remembered some of the classics- and only rediscovered my lost memories of them in 2000 while I was out on workers compensation after a carpel tunnel operation (the end result of dealing Blackjack at Bally's for 13 years)... I spent every summer vacation on Oahu and Maui since 1992 after divorcing my wife from Seoul Korea and fell in love with the islands... ... God sure works in mysterious ways... Soon after I began writing my 5-0/ Magnum stories and moved to Waikiki to live and work the Five-0 story... Ed is certainly a genuine Five-0 FAN... and that is why I am certain his 5-0 remake will remain true to the original and make us all proud- 5-0... live long- and prosper... Michael Hedges Honolulu Hawaii
Honolulu, Hi Aloha Island - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 09:56:51 (PDT)
Teah! Get a life RINGO FERRETT!
Brooklyn , NY - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 09:25:14 (PDT)
Barbara from Chicago again. Another thing that I loved was that there was always a cold open with the story being set up for the first few minutes. THEN it would roll into the pounding theme song and opening credits. We always had to wait for McGarrett to be onscreen because he was never in this set up unless the storyline revolved around him that episode. There was always something about that drum pounding that opened the music that made it dramatic. I hope the updated theme music will keep that dramatic sound and they will continue with the cold open. Thanks for listening, Ed.
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 05:45:34 (PDT)
Jerry Rao, right. I don't think Ringfire would want to be called RINGO.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 03:25:40 (PDT)
Looks like ringfire has a real name fetish.. .
Brooklyn , NY - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 00:23:02 (PDT)
It's interesting... I was just thinking... Mr. Bernero insists that we call him Ed or Eddie. Can you imagine Jack Lord saying the same thing? Just call me Jack or Jack-O! No Way! Jack would have insisted that everyone call him MR. LORD! Just the kind of guy he was in real life.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 21:32:10 (PDT)
By the way, Art Hindle will make a very good older McGarrett if we ever have to show one. He has that bone structure OH ED, sorry for calling you Mr. I can see that you are ONE of us and have not lost touch with common folk. Very very refreshing..this is renewing a faith in me...
Tampa, FL USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 18:35:21 (PDT)
Up until now,I have remained fairly quiet and played somewhat of an impartial spectator. Off the bat, when was the last time a Producer of repute ASKED what fans thought? We are usually shoveled the same mediocre tripe. When Mr. Bernero asked US the fans about what we wanted to see, that made a refreshing change! I could sense the childlike enthusiasm in his original request and this is coupled by the fact that he is actually a fan (I,too,have the ringtone lol and also possess a similar look to MCGarrett having played him many times in front of the mirror!) I am one of the few who have seen the previous 1997 attempt-it wasn't that it was extremely poor-in fact, they did a good job of re-creating titles and the music, although the MCGarrett swing where they zoom onto both Busey and Wong the hotel suddenly cuts to Mr. Busey on a beach, huh??? One of the key problems that it was written to be of a different genre (think the A Team)and yes what started off as a good plot kind of loses momentum. Unfortunately, the anchor played by Russell Wong wasn't stoic or commanding enough nor had a similar character to McGarrett, and at the end we end up with two heads of Five-O??? Oh, and we didn't even see Iolani Palace! With all that said Mr. Bernero,I have watched Criminal Minds and in some ways Shemar Moore reminds of McGarrett while Thomas Gibson's character wears the suit so I see that there is a Five-O influence there. I personally think you will do Hawaii Five-O great justice and as an avid fan, I will watch it, but please don't go the Knight Rider route by making it too ultra-modern. Five-O worked because of excellent writing, strong characters and of course Mr. Lord's relentless pursuit for perfection and passion. All I say, is let's give it a chance and good luck to you! Aloha! Book 'em Ed...
Tampa, fl usa - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 18:23:29 (PDT)
Hi Ed: Off topic but curious. Your bio says you were born in Chicago (I'm from Naperville/Batavia area) and you were a policeman for 10 years. Said you wrote scripts while your wife and kids were at work and school. Was that in Chicago? How long have you been away from here? And really off-topic but curious....Cubs, White Sox? And how about da Bears!
Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 16:24:20 (PDT)
Forget the H5O for now, I am sure you know it top to bottom. I would think some pulp fiction from the 40's and 50's along with the noir of the day would give you the guts of what L Freeman and J Lord were shooting for. The foreign cinema of the time anything with lots of close-ups of guys wearing wrap-around shades will do. I loved that trick with the camera they used in the 1st season of 5-O, where McG is pulling into the driveway and his car accelerates to the front door. ABove all the show had a "look" that is still refreshing 40 years later and I can't think of one classic TV show the same can be said. They all look dated but not 5-O, even with the outmoded props saying otherwise. That and make Steve's boy half Hawaiian, that will surely please the ever restless ancient spirits and add some closure to what has been nagging fans for years; Did McG have a private life or was he "Supercop" always? Swell of ya to glean our comments, Eddie, hope they knock around long enough to make a difference.
Palm Springs, CA United States - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 12:35:33 (PDT)
L. Harris Made a suggestion about 3D. Well, here's an even another idea. Remember the trilogy series of movies of "Back To The Future". It was a very unique idea, as well as great technology in film back then, the way they superimposed parts of one movie into the others. That was nearly 20 years ago. Imagine what they could do now! Wouldn't it be neat, if someone had all the permissions and support from CBS, to create either a movie, or TV episode, where original characters and footage is superimposed into a new production. That is, if there is going to make a spin off or remake, why would it have to be current time? It could interphase with the original series. For example, can you imagine the chosen character doing a scene and the viewer sees Steve McGarrett or Danno walk by in the background, or foreground. Interlock, just like they did in "Back To The Future", and you not only get to relive the good old days of Hawaii Five-O, but slowly phase in a new Five-O team as the series continues. Just a crazy idea, but if 3D worked in one case, and technology of superimposing movies within each other worked, it just may be what will satisfy everyone's nostalgia and desire for Hawaii Five-O to continue.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 11:46:34 (PDT)
Hi Mike!Sorry-not the same Judy. I rediscovered the show 2 yrs ago when my world both phyiscally and personally came crashing down on me. It was a great escape and I became interested in the actors personally-Jack Lord had lead such an interesting life before the show- that I grabbed everything I could to read about them. I can understand the things that went during the filming and why people reacted the way they did. The show was like a life line and still is. It taught me that one needs to risk to gain in life and it takes determination and perseverance to survive.
Grand Island, NE USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 11:43:18 (PDT)
Just as Jack Lord really made the Steve McGarret character the rock of the entire series, along with the other super fine supporting cast, one wonders if it's at all possible to attempt any form or remake without directly or indirectly competing with Jack Lord's accomplishments. That is, will any character, whether a son, or any other character, be able to link up with the original series, without coming up short and being a disappointment? I guess what I'm saying is that no matter how well written, will fans of the original series feel that nothing can take the place of the original series, continue it, spin off from it, or anything, without feeling let down? Like well said in other postings, previous attempts to create a show or movie based on an old show from the 1960's has failed more times than not, for many good reasons. I'm all for some type of Hawaii Five-O production, but am unsure if it will be going up against the very thing it's trying to recreate or continue? One thing for sure, there's a lot of good ideas flowing out here, and now we have some professional producers gracing this website. So, if it can be done, everything that is necessary is here and in place.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 11:28:21 (PDT)
Mr. Bernero, thanks for asking for input on your new endeavor to bring Hawaii 5-0 back! While the show had wonderful supporting characters who all worked together to solve a crime, there is no denying that Steve McGarrett was the backbone of the group. The strength of the show was McGarrett's rule over the islands and his team. He was first and foremost a cop - no matter what - he got the truth. And his "I'm going to get you" attitude and his famous crooked smile made you know that he would succeed. I'm sure you are extremely busy, but I'm curious to know if you have had a chance to watch any of the first season DVD's to refresh your thoughts on the show. The pilot and first episode are a good start, but if pressed for time, watch Once Upon a Time parts 1 and 2. Watching this episode alone embodies every aspect of McGarrett's character and what made him tick. He was above all for justice and truth - even when it hurt him, his family and others. He shows his anger, pain, compassion and zest for truth in this episode. I can easily see McGarrett's son taking over as head of 5-0. While others have suggested that McGarrett had no time for a social life because we saw so little of it, McGarrett certainly didn't live in a vacuum - he most likely had several liaisons over the years. The new series does not have to be a soap opera of their private lives, but some good angst is always welcome and that could come from personal issues. It also provides well-rounded characters, even when personal lives make them miserable. McGarrett's son should have some of his father's qualities (if not all), but he is not his father. I'll be curious to see the relationship between the son and his father (whether Steve is retired, deceased, or whatever). Comparisons to Steve would be impossible to avoid and that would add some nice development to the character, especially if the relationship was strained for any reason (Steve would be a lot to be compared with!). Personally, I would like to see the son adore his father and want to make him proud by policing the islands in the same manner. I wish you the best of luck and know that you will do the series and the original actors proud. Thanks for letting me have my say.
Milwaukee, WI USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 09:35:10 (PDT)
Ok, ED. Thanks. Please keep in touch with us on a regular basis, with any updates of info you would like from us. Thanks!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 09:02:18 (PDT)
And, by the way, PLEASE call me Ed or Eddie. No more Mr. Bernero. Hopefully, we're going to family for a long time.
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 08:34:44 (PDT)
(Half-seriously) What about 3-D? Hey, it worked for Miley Cyrus and Disney. Is 3-D possible for home viewing? For those of us who aren't lucky enough to live there, we would feel like we are really in Hawaii! It's even catchy: H50 2.0 HD 3D! Mr. Bernero, please keep us updated. As very loyal fans, it's great to feel like we're a part of what we hope will be H50's renaissance.
Lancaster, SC USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 08:15:12 (PDT)
L. Harris, good point!!! Many of us back in the middle to late 1960's were getting our first color TV sets. Now that you mention it, Hawaii Five-O would have been among the most colorful shows to watch! Excellent point! All I could recall, during the middle 60's, was asking friends who were already lucky enough to have color TV sets, what colors were what on various shows. Hawaii Five-O, even now in HD, would be fantastic!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 05:15:39 (PDT)
Hey Ed.....So great to hear from you again. We are all glad that you like the comments. They are all coming from the heart. It will be great if you can periodically post here and update us on the developments. I know everyone will appreciate that.........Also, I read where there was a reunion a while back. Is there anything in the works for the future? If not, it would be great to get together for some sort of launch party for the new series. Anyone up for that???
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 22:18:29 (PDT)
Hi everyone -- it's Ed Bernero. Wow. Thank you so much for all your posts. This is a great site and you're an incredibly committed fan base. It's going to be fun getting to know you all better. Your comments have been terrific. It's overall exactly what I was hoping for - a discussion of what aspects of the show we all loved (and I agree with almost everything you've brought up). Thank you all again for participating. I'll post soon if I have any concrete information about the new show.
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 21:57:47 (PDT)
Aloha Judy, Did you live in La or Hollywood a few years ago? I know of a Judy that I corresponsed with who helped set up the 5-0 Reunion back then...
Honolulu, Hi Paradise - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 19:49:31 (PDT)
This is kind of off the subject-but Jack Lord loved Hawaii and the people of the island. He wanted the best for the show and for the state, itself. Look at the charities that he gave to. It was a rare quality today.
Grand Island, NE USA - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 19:29:49 (PDT)
Hello...Barbara again from Chicago. Yes, I agree that with high definition TV, this series will be absolutely beautiful to watch as I'm sure Mr. Bernero will include a lot of the breathtaking Hawaiian scenery. I am so glad I found this site and at a great time. Everyone seems to have wonderful ideas about the show and we all seem to be on the same sheet of music about what we want to see in the new series. Mr. Bernero seems to have real heart about wanting to make this series special. He's a fan of the old series just like we are. I hope that whoever is cast in the lead will be someone who has an appreciation for the old series and isn't just some actor looking for a lead role in a series. If he puts his heart in it as well, then the chemistry and connection to the old series will show through for sure. I am so looking forward to this. Anyone know what the timing is for it to be on CBS?
Chicag, IL USA - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 17:26:01 (PDT)
I've already posted here in response to Mr. Bernero's query, but I have thought of another reason for the success of the show back in the late 1960's. It is the fact that color TV was still new in our homes, and the beautiful Hawaiian scenery was ideal to show off that color (along with the blue of James MacArthur's eyes! Can you tell I'm a Danno fan?) We're all used to color now, but High Definition (HD) is still new to a lot of us and its use would certainly highlight the beauty of the scenery. So, include lots of local scenery and find a role for James MacArthur, so we can enjoy his blue eyes again.
Lancaster, SC USA - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 16:14:01 (PDT)
Hello, long-time big Hawaii Five O fan, can't really explain why, all I know is I love watching it and it makes me feel good watching them sweat, I now have the first five seasons on DVD, a friend of mine has every episode on tape, hoping to go to Hawaii next year.
Cedar Grove, NJ USA - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 14:38:13 (PDT)
Ed Bernero, hopefully you have visited this website since you first posted, and read some of the fine remarks you asked for (what the fans liked best about the original series). I think I speak for many fans when I ask if you could at all give us some idea as to the status of your remake plans? That is, have you pretty much already got a script or plan for the show and want fan input so that you might make some final tweaks to your script/idea, or is that something that just isn't appropriate to discuss on a public forum? Again, we are delighted and honored that you have appeared here, and look forward to hearing from you in a posting again very soon, even if you can't give much details about your plans. I got the impression when you first came out here and asked what the fans liked best about the original show, that you may already have created the majority of the production already (at least on paper), and didn't need hundreds of ideas for what to write or how to write. Afterall, most of us are simply fans of the show, and not professional writers or producers. Nevertheless, I'm sure that whether a posting is an idea for how the show should evolve, or what you asked for (what the fans liked about the original show), you'll be able to use all remarks for your benefit and apply it. I am very excited about your posting, and hope you will grace us again with an update, even if you aren't able to specify many details about your plans. Thanks!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 11:50:20 (PDT)
Mr. Bernero, First, I want to say that I’m glad to hear Hawaii Five-O might come back to CBS. I’ve watched the show since 1968 and have every episode including the ones that CBS didn’t include in the DVD’s is in my library at home. Ed, you might be interested in knowing that I have been able to take the original orchestration of Hawaii Five-O (Morton Steven’s) and make custom ringtones for Blackberry’s or regular Cell phones M4a, MP3 or M4r (AT&T ringtone). If you would be interested in the ringtone for your phone, please email me at Lumahaibeach50@yahoo.com and I’ll email it to you. I created the ringtone on the Mac, I’m sure you’re a Mac User since all producer and director of the shows. When you make Hawaii Five-O, be sure that you add compassion to the person who plays Steve McGarrett and not something like out of the A’ Team. Jack Lord made Hawaii Five-O so perfect that its been very hard over the years for someone to even play the part or even make a major motion picture of Hawaii Five-O. I would consult James McCarther or even Al Harrington and get some prospective as to what should go into the series. I also believe you should contact some of the writers like Curtis Kenyon, from the original series get their feedback as to what should be done with the show. I want to wish you the best of luck on making Hawaii Five-O come back to CBS. Let me know if you want my ring tone, you won’t find it on the web. Aloha, Book em Dano!
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 09:57:18 (PDT)
I wouls guess, that when Ed Bernero came out here and asked us what we liked best from the original Hawaii Five-O series, he pretty much had an idea of what he was going to write, and simply wanted our input to possibly tweak his final script or draft. Afterall, he does need to produce a script that will sell and viewers will like on TV! Many people have posted their ideas as to how a remake should be done. Some of these are excellent! Nevertheless, as much has Ed Bernero has asked for what we liked best, I don't think he's asked for anyone to write or design a script for him. I realize there is a fine line here, between making useful suggestions/ideas, and outright telling a producer what to write, but hopefully Ed Bernero will take all posted suggestions as what they are...suggestions and what was liked best about the show, and make use of them for what he obviously has already got in mind pretty much for the show.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, September 15, 2008 at 03:51:06 (PDT)
Hi Mr. Bernero.....Barbara from Chicago again. Had a couple more thoughts about things that I loved about the original series. The first is that McGarrett had a nemesis throughout the series in the character of Wo Fat. I have a suggestion on how to update that. And the second is that McGarrett occasionally had a love interest but 1) they killed her off, 2) their lives were world's apart, or 3) Steve's dedication to his career kept them apart. I have a suggestion on how to keep this as part of the series but with a twist. Let me address this one first.................If you are lucky enough to have James MacArthur join the series, let him have a daughter about the same age as "Chris" (the name I've heard attached to McGarrett's son). They will have grown up together and been childhood sweethearts. But it is HER career in the Navy (or other military branch) that makes HER leave HIM. They could have even been married and then divorced over it. But she will always be in his heart and vice versa. This would make him always have a sort of love interest but leave him available for an occasional romantic fling during an episode here and there. Because he would have grown up or even been married to Danny's daughter, that would make Danny sort of a surrogate dad to Chris because Steve is somehow no longer in the picture. (Haven't decided in my head what would make me comfortable about how or why Steve is no longer around.) This would give Chris and Danny many opportunities to depart their conversation from business (if Danny is the governor) to sort of tender moments about where the daughter is stationed now and what she is up to, making Chris wonder about what could have been. But I love the twist that HER career was the reason they are no longer together. Not a feminist thing, it would just give Chris a reason not to commit to any future romantic fling he might have on the show...............Anyway, on to the ongoing nemesis idea. Wo Fat could have met his demise somehow at the direct hands of McGarrett. And Wo Fat's son could have followed in his footsteps as well and wants revenge. He makes Chris the object of his revenge. All kinds of possibilities there..........Anyway, those are just a couple suggestions on how to keep the nemesis idea alive and also the unmarried/uncommitted head of Five-O idea alive as well. Thanks for listening. Good luck.
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 11:32:12 (PDT)
I would love a remake of HAWAII FIVE O. It has to be one. This was the best show and the Steve Magaret was the man. The person that plays him has to be just a smooth, courageous and professional as him. Who would you cast as Steve and Dan_)? This is great idea. I hope you will do it. I would definitely watch. I love watching the re-runs now. Thanks so much.
Morrisville, NC USA - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 15:43:40 (PDT)
Michael Hedges, thanks for the info. I'm sure that many fans out here of Hawaii Five-O will find this attractive, and will want to get one. To everyone out here, I have had the honor of corresponding with Mike, developed a great friendship with him, and he has demonstated his outstanding talent writing ability to me several times. Yes, we've had some famous producers grace us by visiting this website, but Mike is very talented, wrote an episode for Star trek Voyager, so I for one am very honored to be his friend, and value his opinions and ideas on hawaii Five-O. Mike, as am I, respect and am grateful to MQ for his wonderful website, so please everyone, as you enjoy all the various postings out here from some very nice people, please take time to show appreciation to Mike Hedges. He's a true friend, an honor to call friend, and a valuable assest to everyone who enjoys Hawaii Five-O. Thanks Mike!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 14:32:28 (PDT)
Full size authentic Hawaii Five-0 badges may be created and custom ordered on line at NIC Law Enforcement Supply. Cost is approx $75 + postage. Make sure you have a pic of the 5-0 badge as you will need to set it up. If you don't have a pic you can find one by googling- Hawaiian Knights Saga. and check link to Mike Quigley's 5-0 homepage.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 13:49:15 (PDT)
Oops.....Sorry about the use of all caps in my last posting. Didn't realize I was doing that. Anyway, one more thing I wanted to add. If Danny is leaving as head of Five-O and preparing to hand over to Steve's son, as I said he could reminise through flashbacks. But it would be a lovely tribute to some of the old regulars in the show (Chin, Kono, etc.) if they showed them as well in the flashbacks. Gosh, how the old viewers would just love that. If footage from the old series is not allowed (that would be too bad), then Danny could reminise by simply looking through some old pictures. But there should definitely be some kind of tribute, PLEASE! Thanks for reading.
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:32:41 (PDT)
MR. BERNERO.....I AM FROM CHICAGO, TOO, AND MY FATHER WAS A BIG CITY COPY. SO WE HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. I AM SO PLEASED THAT SOMEONE WHO LOVES THE SHOW WILL ACTUALLY BE DEVELOPING IT AND STAYING TRUE TO THE OLD SERIES. THAT IS SO IMPORTANT! JUST A FEW QUICK COMMENTS. OBVIOUSLY EVERYONE WANTS JAMES MACARTHUR TO RETURN. IF HE AGREES, MY SUGGESTIONS IS TO START THE SHOW WITH HIM AS THE HEAD OF FIVE-O BUT RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR AND THEN OBVIOUSLY WINNING. HE WOULD THEN TURN THE KEYS TO FIVE-O OVER TO MCGARRETT'S SON. HOPEFULLY YOU WILL BE ALLOWED USE OF SOME FOOTAGE FROM THE ORIGINAL SERIES TO BE USED AS FLASHBACKS THROUGHOUT THE SERIES. IT COULD ESPECIALLY BE USED DURING THOSE FIRST FEW SHOWS WHERE DANNY IS PREPARING TO BE GOVERNOR AND THE SON IS PREPARING TO TAKE OVER. THIS WOULD SO SATISFYING FOR US OLD VIEWERS AND LET NEW VIEWERS SEE WHY TAKING OVER AS HEAD OF FIVE-O WOULD BE VERY SPECIAL FOR MCGARRETT'S SON. MAKING THE SON HALF HAWAIIAN WOULD BE GOOD. HOWEVER, MARGE DUSAY IS STILL AROUND AND WAS A ROMANTIC INTEREST OF STEVE'S. SHE COULD BE A PERIODIC GUEST ON THE SHOW. LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES THERE. AND I'M SURE THERE IS OLD FOOTAGE OF STEVE WITH A LITTLE BOY SOMEWHERE THAT COULD BE USED. I REALLY THINK THAT RATHER THAN JUST HAVE STEVE'S SON APPEAR AS THE HEAD OF FIVE-O THAT THERE SHOULD BE A BACKSTORY AND WITH THE USE OF FLASHBACKS, IT WILL SATISFY OLD AND NEW VIEWERS ALIKE. DEFINITELY USE IOLANI PALACE AND MCGARRETT'S SON AND/OR DANNY COULD HAVE KEPT OLD PIECES FROM MCGARRETT'S OFFICE TO TOUCH AND REMINISE THROUGH FLASHBACKS. DANNY COULD GIVE THE SON SOMETHING THAT HE KEPT OF STEVE'S. OR MARGE DUSAY (OR SOMEONE ELSE) COULD HAVE OLD PIECES WHICH WOULD CREATE MEMORIES. SO BASICALLY, USE DANNY AS THE LINK TO HAVING STEVE'S SON TAKE OVER. USE FLASHBACKS THROUGHOUT THE SERIES. USE SOME FAMILIAR MUSIC PIECES, USE OLD PROPS. THANKS FOR LISTENING. AND GOOD LUCK. REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:16:46 (PDT)
Well, Ringfire, I guess we disagree about Yesterday Died. My main beef is that the whole premise of the episode rests on a supremely unlikely coincidence. The villain wants revenge for an incident that happened overseas, in Korea, yet the viewer is expected to believe that the parties involved, PLUS the villain's ex-wife, all just happen to have relocated to Honolulu years later. Even New York, the most populous city in the country, would be a stretch, but Honolulu? Maybe this is nitpicking, but for me it spoils the episode, especially since it would have been so easy to change the narrative to make it more believable, having the original incident take place in Hawaii rather than Korea. FWIW, I do really dig The Box, though.
Columbus, OH USA - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 07:09:54 (PDT)
Wow! I almost forgot! Great catch, someone! The episode titles were definitely magnificent! Some short, some long, some witty, some deadly, some a question, some a loud cry - always great! Exact opposite of titles for 80s shows like Knight Rider or Remington Steele where episodes were commonly titled "Knightmares", "Lost Knight", "Knight in Disgrace", "Dead of Knight", etc. or "Steele Trap", "Elegy in Steele", "Steele in the Running", "To Stop a Steele", etc. While I DID like those titles as well and how they took on double-meanings and were cool-looking in their own right, Five-0 was more fun to look at and to try to figure out. Also, I noticed that Chris below mentioned that "Yesterday Died" was a weak episode. ???? How is that?! It was a fantastic episode, chilling score, a scary first view of the imposing John Larch standing in his wife's doorway - just great! One of Season 1's best! Only "THE BOX" was better!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 16:32:01 (PDT)
Here's something different for all of us Morton Stevens music fans - there is a CD coming out that Stevens scored, called ONE MAN JURY (1978) with music and story that reminds me of a FIVE-0 episode - check out this link and post comments: http://buysoundtrax.stores.yahoo.net/onemanjuorso.html
NEW YORK, NY USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 15:11:35 (PDT)
Favorite episode title: Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born. Pretty weak episode...but damn, what a cool title!
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 12:20:10 (PDT)
What I appreciated about the original show? The integrity of the main characters, their honesty and insistence on honesty in others, and their willingness to take responsibility when things didn't go right.
Pembroke Pines, FL USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 11:56:25 (PDT)
Most definitely, Jack Lord brought a lot to the show. Just knowing that he was already in his late 40's when the series began, and maintained such energy, dedication, and gave us such a strong role model and character to follow, is amazing! And yes, Mike Hedges, we are watching history in the making. Also, as far as the remarks about the neat titles of each episodes by another, I agree. They were clever enough to make you start wondering what the episode would be like, and add to the excitement in trying to figure out how it all was going to be put together for an ending. Great website, great fans, and great talented people out here. I've never seen any other website with so much variety!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 11:41:18 (PDT)
Something else I liked about the old series were the titles of the episodes. Things like "Good Night, Baby, Time to Die", "Pray Love Remember", "Run, Johnny Run", or "Most Likely to Murder". There is something about those titles that reminds me of old 40's-50's-ish detective pulp noir. They catch your attention and make you stop and think, "Okay, now how is that going to fit this story?". Mr. Freeman must have liked titles that would grab people's attention.
Shawnee, KS USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 11:17:35 (PDT)
What I loved most about the show was the intelligence and dedication that Jack Lord brought to the role of McGarrett. "This is my rock" may sound a little fascist, but you always knew that this man was absolutely in charge. At the same time, his compassion and concern for his staff and the people of Hawaii were always evident.
Unionville, PA USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 11:08:08 (PDT)
I too would miss the squeel of Mc Garrett's sedan as he peels out of the Inolani Courtyard too.... It would probably sound more like the deep rumble of a thrush muffler now- that is what HPD Mustang and Camaro interceptors and unmarked cars sound like today. Also the blue lights are mounted on the roof, not on the dash. I am kind of surprised that there is not some kind of a Hawaii Five-0 Museum somewhere in town. Maybe with a little friendly persuasion and some pushing in the right places I can change that! Oh Thanks Stephen for your dedication to the Five-0 team and cudos to you MJQ for your great 5-0 homepage.... Soon we will witness history in the making.
Honolulu, Hi Spirit of Aloha - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 09:31:42 (PDT)
Willis. yes it would be neat to take one of those cars out for a drive. At least for the fun of it for a day or so, despite the gasoline cost. I'd almost forgot how smooth and comfortable a ride those large cars gave us back then!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 08:48:54 (PDT)
I wish they could bring back those old black sedans in the remake of 5-0.
Ankeny, Iowa U.S.A. - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 07:11:38 (PDT)
Michael Hedges, as well as the producers that have visited this website, are proof that interest in Hawaii Five-O is more than alive! The talent is there. Now, we just need to put it all in place, and get something started, whether it be a reamke, movie, or one time TV special. I for one am honored to see such talented people out here, and honored to correspond with one on a regular basis!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 05:36:44 (PDT)
temecula, CA United States - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 22:37:21 (PDT)
Jack Lord' persona and how he portrayed Mcgarrett on screen. That almost "over the top" attitude is what kept me coming back.... For fans of the original you are going to need someone special to play the lead. For newcomers, it probably won't matter. What I didnt like about the show is too many haole's running around playing crooks in paradise... let's be real and cast some MORE locals... I loved Danno's character, but that's only because he was subservient to Lord's character.... Again, Mcgarrett was so overwhelming he stole the show....an amazing feat by Lord for over a decade.
Temecula, CA United States - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 22:34:41 (PDT)
I agree, I think the man can write his own script. He was just asking us what we liked about the show. Or can find some one that can write if he isn't the writer. I think we got off here. So lets get back on track. I hope he has been reading. Aloha, Karen
Kaneohe, Hi USA - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 21:28:03 (PDT)
Aloha again Jeff Herman- Did you know there is a screenwriter guide book out written by someone with the same name as you?... Well anyway I am trying to respect Mike Quigley's wishes but I see no fairness in anyone critiquing another writer's work which you have not even read, especially in a public forum such as this. You are right about Star Trek accepting new writers storylines. I wrote Star Trek Voyager's 'Lifesigns' which was aired on national TV in 1996. Only problem is that unless you are on THEIR PAYROLL, you do not get paid or any credit for your submission... They just ASSIMILATE your work like the Borg, and use it as their own idea. If only it was not in my Pre-computer days, I may have been able to sue- but my story was written in pen on Paper, not copyrighted or registered with the WGA and was mailed directly to Robert Piccardo (The Holographic Doctor) shortly after I met him in Valley Forge Pennsylvania and pitched the idea to him. Needless to say I sent them no more Freebies.- Sorry MJQ, I'm done now!
Honolulu, Hi Land of Aloha - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 10:45:47 (PDT)
TO MR. ED, I HAVE CREATED A PROPOSAL THAT HAS UPDATED THE "FIVE-0" UNIVERSE TO INCLUDE SEVERAL POSSIBLE SPIN-OFFS CONCEPTS (MUCH LIKE CSI FRANCHISE & LAW AND ORDER). CONSIDER IT AN ADDITION TO WHAT YOU HAVE PRODUCED THUS FAR OR MAYBE AN ALTERNATE VERSION.
Baltimore, Md USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 10:40:37 (PDT)
Frank D'Angeli: Well said, and it's an honor to hear from you! It's obvious that you are realistic about why attempts to remake old shows have failed, and you definitely know the business. If you and Mr. Bernero, or anyone else should manage to put such a project together, which would work best these days...a movie, a TV series, or a simple one time TV special? At any rate, It's good to se so many people out here who are dedicated to Hawaii Five-O, both fans and professionals. There's a sign of hope immediately!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 03:58:42 (PDT)
I'd like to make a comment about why I queried Mr. Bernero about writing for the series. Does anyone remember the movie versions of 'Beverly Hillbillies', 'Starsky and Hutch', 'Bullwinkle', and practically every other remake of beloved television series? What did they have in common? They were horrible. The writers didn't have a love or understanding of the characters. I'm old enough to have watched my two favorite shows, Columbo and HF-0, when they started production in the 60's. My writing style was highly influenced by them. When I wrote the Columbo script that I sold, I had just seen one of the later episodes (after a string of poor episodes) and I thought with my love of the character, I could write something that would fit Peter Falk like an old shoe, and bring back the 'classic' Columbo I missed so badly. Everybody has ideas for stories, but it takes a lot of luck, dedication (and yes, talent) to get a script read by a prodco that doesn't accept spec scripts and I was filled with joy when Mr. Falk purchased mine. I queried Mr. Bernero because I love HF-0 and if I ever had the opportunity to write a script for Five-0, it would be a labor of love because I'd want to keep the spirit alive. Remember, every episode you love of Five-0 was written by a real person, sitting a typewriter, and everyone wins when someone that understands and loves the characters, pens an episode. That's my last word on the subject. But let me say I'm so happy to see so many people that are just as passionate about Five-0 as I am. This a great forum.
Wakefield, MA USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2008 at 19:04:12 (PDT)
What I liked best about the original Hawaii Five-O show was the action, and dedication the Five-O team seemed to have with each other. The show was fast paced, well written, and filled with many surprises they often left me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see the outcome. In conclusion, all aspects of the show fit together perfectly for an entertaining and enjoyable action show. It had the ability to draw viewers then, and even to this day.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2008 at 09:23:25 (PDT)
Yes, you are quite correct, Judy. Perhaps people should focus on what Mr. Bernero said in his original posting: "I would love to open a dialogue with fans of the show about what they loved in the original... Maybe we can start a thread where you can comment on the things you loved about the Five-O squad..." Notice he was not asking for creative suggestions in terms of story ideas and scripts.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, September 09, 2008 at 08:04:00 (PDT)
Hey Guys-I guess we kind of got away from the topic. It is almost sounding like a self promotion forum instead of coming up with what we really loved about our seris-Hawaii Five O. I'm sure that there are alot of people out their with great story lines-but I don't think this the place to promote yourself. Sorry-just my feelings-It just takes a little of the fun away from reading everyone comments.
Grand Island, NE USA - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 21:28:40 (PDT)
Didn't mean to come off quite so harsh, Mike Hedges, but I've been there before myself actually. I think the best thing a writer can do when trying to sell a script is to showcase completely original material that demonstrates a versatile understanding of how to break a story out into the various acts, develop characters and tell a compelling story that engages the audience, all done through an agent or legal representation that can more effectively get a script in front of the right eyeballs. I think Mr. Bernero would be far more receptive to this type of material. Once in a while you will find a TV show that actually accepts outside script submissions (Star Trek: TNG was an example), but I am doubtful that Hawaii Five-0 2.0 will be that kind of show. That said, I hope you enjoy success with your scripts. Ultimately, we are all huge fans of Hawaii Five-0 and we want Mr. Bernero to make the best-quality show possible.
Denver, CO USA - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 19:43:48 (PDT)
Aloha Jeff, FYI: Mike Mc Knight and Chino Konokono are with the Honolulu Anti-crime- Anti-terror Squad- not 5-0. The story is registered and copyrighted under the "Hawaiian Knights Saga" ... The storylines are my own... It is generic but easily adapted for 5-0 and uses none of the original 5-0's material. As for Chin Ho flying around, I have a dead cop named Shiota who appears for a few seconds a couple of times to warn Chino of danger. Back in 2001 I sent my first story to Disney... they and a local Agent here in Honolulu told me to change the names before submitting it, so I did. Unfortunately getting the first foot in the door is not as easy as it may seem... Thanks for the kind words anyway...
Honolulu, Hi - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 18:02:32 (PDT)
Mr Bernero, The project sounds exiting. I have a Black 1968 Parklane 4 door if you need it for Flashback scenes, it still has a Hawaii Inspection sticker from the 1970s. I'm listed. Good luck with the project
Glassboro, NJ - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 16:35:24 (PDT)
Hey Mike Hedges, if you seriously think Ed Bernero is going to use an unsolicited copyrighted manuscript that utilizes thinly-veiled rip-offs of someone else's copyrighted characters (and the ghost of Chin Ho flying around), you need a reality check. Not to mention, James MacArthur is more likely to use the unsolicited script for his birdcage than as a character revival opportunity. You would be better off using an agent and going that route, if you haven't tried that already.
Denver, CO USA - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 14:55:33 (PDT)
Personally I do not see the symbiotic connection between Sgt. Colombo and Steve Mc Garrett, but than again who knows? Difference is, I started with 5-0 and Magnum and built on the originals. I registered my first Hawaii Five-0 the Second Millenium copy with the WGAE back in 2001 and the most recently revised generic Hawaiian Knights Saga in 2006/+ recent copyright so they are ready to go at a moments notice if Ed Bernero is game. Still awaiting word from James Mac Arthur to see if he wants to be a part of the action. If a female makes the cut, I would like to see Tia Carerre in a major supporting role.
Honolulu, Hi Aloha - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 13:17:03 (PDT)
One thing that contributed greatly to the original's style was its lack of sentimentality. So please, no goopy pop songs at the end of each episode as the new McGarrett hugs the victim of some crime, or tries to reconnect with his father, now in a nursing home, via cellphone. For examples of how to do it right, watch the endings of Force of Waves, or Trouble in Mind, where a troubled, distraught expression on Jack Lord's face as the camera freezes and the episodes fades to black gives us all the information we need.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 11:13:11 (PDT)
With all the ideas about how to go about a remake for Hawaii Five-O, I would ask again that in addition to all the fine ideas presented so far, please also put yourself in the place of the original actors. If you were able to sit down in the 1960;s and tak with jack Lord, the other cast members, as well as Leonard Freeman, and asked them what they would imagine 40 years from now as a possible remake for the series...what would they say? There may be no answer, but enough of a perspective to build on to at least help form a decent and dedicated presentation in honor of the original series.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 05:16:29 (PDT)
ok so here is a list of things me and most hawaii 5-0 fans would like to see in the new show: (1)the main character should have the same personality as steve mcgarrett, the rest of the 5-0 team should be local hawaiian actors. yes, if the new main character were a nephew of steves, that could be a good idea, but he could also be a non-related guy that has had similar education (like navy intelligence) and has always had steve as an idol. (2)lots of local hawaiian culture including local actors, music, real history and legends, and long scenes from hawaiian shows. (3)keep the ilikai hotel as the main hotel. i think we just want to see as many connections to the old show as possible including flashbacks and references. and if james mcarthur were in the new show, he could tell the new guy how steve used to do it. (4)please do not make it into a csi hawaii full of lab talk. (5)no fake countries or fake accents. in 'savage sunday' the rebels always talk about 'our country' but we never find out anything else. in '90 second war' the swiss banker says 'danke' as if he just learned it 5 minutes before. use occasional foreign actors and stories corresponding to real countries to make the show as believable as possible. (6) id like to see the old wave used just before commerical breaks. (7) a son of wo fat to be the main enemy that always escapes is a good idea, i read it below somewhere. (8) keep the new topic of the show close to the old one, do not start playing world police and do not deviate like in mission impossible (from tv show to movie) where in the movie jim phelps kills his whole crew, one of the most dissapointing things ive seen on tv. (9) i like the idea of the 'local hoods' and somehow i dont want to see too much new technology brought into the show. i think thats all for now, thanks for your time!
basel, switzerland , (vancouver, canada) - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 03:19:45 (PDT)
Hello - I am wondering if you know of a head photographer that worked back in the beginning named Robert Lee Morrison. [Robert Morrison, the director of photography for many episodes, passed away several years ago. -- MQ] He was a good friend of my mothers-(she passed away). I heard he lives in Hawaii and i am coming there soon and would love to meet him. And I am sure he would love to meet me. He was once married to my mother way before I was born in May 1952 in Los Angeles Californi. I would just love to email him or his brother Talmage. If you can give me any info I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You, Kelli
ocean grove, nj usa - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 21:50:34 (PDT)
When you write the script I hear that James MacArthur might like to read it and then decide if he is interested soo that is a wonderful idea. Mr. MacArthur is not throwing the idea out at all. So come on and make a real good script because we would all love James MacArthur to make a comeback on the series. Karen
Kaneohe, Hi USA - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 18:44:29 (PDT)
Sheila said: "As for Danny: I think he's earned his retirement--preferably to a house on the beach, where he lives with his devoted wife. He could be an occasional sounding board for the main character. Maybe we could even be treated to a "flash-back" scene now and then, as Danny makes his point." I really like this idea. That would be a great way to include James MacArthur in his Danno role while still having fresh characters make up the new Five-O team.
Lancaster, SC USA - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 18:41:00 (PDT)
Mr. Bernero, according to the Kevin Bacon six degrees of separation theory, we know each other! Last year, when Matthew Gray Gubler visited the Magic Castle, it was my friend of 36 years, the great magician George Sateriale, who took Matthew on the grand tour. They discussed how a 'Columbo' episode (Now You See Him) had been filmed at the Castle and Matthew thought it would be great if an episode of 'Criminal Minds' was filmed there. When George came back home to Boston, he mentioned this to me as I had sold a 'Columbo' script to USA Studios (only the second 'spec' script purchased by the Columbo Prodco in their 35 year history) and I had also penned a sequel titled 'Now You See Him, Now You Don't' which received top honors in the American Accolades MOW Screenplay Competition. When Columbo ceased production, I joined forces with a great writer in La Jolla (David Hogan; finalist at the Nantucket Film Festival, writer of two award winning plays in L.A., and chosen by director Andreas Thomopoulos to write 'The Elgin Marbles'), and adapted it for C.S.I. We don't have any contacts for Bruckheimer's prodco so we've sat on it for the past year. Since Columbo and HF-0 were my favorite shows growing up, I'd be honored if I could submit a teleplay once you have the characters fleshed out. We could take the C.S.I. script, pull out the unique plot and crime solving features, and adapt it to your characters. I'd be honored if you'd at least read a sample of our work. When Peter Falk put his neck on the line to acquire my Columbo script, he said it had a lot of integrity, which I later found out was a great honor. I would be further honored to work with you on your vision of HF-0. Thank you. I apologize to you, this site's creator, and the other contributors of this forum for using it to query you but I do not know of any other way to contact you.
Wakefield, MA United States - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 16:16:33 (PDT)
As a die-hard fan of H50, I don't think I could ever accept any other actors playing the roles of Steve and the boys. Those characters should NOT be regulars in a remake. If a "connection" to the past is needed, then make it a grandson/daughter, great-nephew/niece of Steve, Danny, Chin or Kono -- but NOT in the major role. Since Chin died, it could be his grandson -- someone who never knew him, but who grew up hearing stories of Chin's time with Five-0. It would be good to see this young person growing into his job, making mistakes and learning from them. As for Danny: I think he's earned his retirement--preferably to a house on the beach, where he lives with his devoted wife. He could be an occasional sounding board for the main character. Maybe we could even be treated to a "flash-back" scene now and then, as Danny makes his point.
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 15:06:42 (PDT)
Gary, it worked for Miami Vice and Batman, but not for Startsky and hutch... only time will tell for 5-0!
Brooklyn , NY - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 11:06:28 (PDT)
Favorite show of all time.., When I retired serving over 20 years in the Navy I stayed in Hawaii... Never regretting it.. My only comment is that you recast the original characters... I think your taking a really big chance trying to update... I believe you would have great success with new actor's in the old roles... One thing you have to do right would be keeping it simple like the original and very minimal violence... That's what made the original show great plus no personal background stories on the characters...
Honolulu, HI USA - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 08:48:34 (PDT)
Thanks, Jerry! If one were able to go back and talk to Jack Lord and the other actors during the making of the series, and asked them what they thought about a remake years in the future, I suspect they would say NO WAY. We look back at classics, and think we can recreate the magic, despite times changing. But if we look at their point of view, from the 1960's and on, I think Lord and the others would almost be offended to hear that someone in the future (40 years later) might try and recapture their art! Nevertheless, as I said previously, whether a remake works or not, it won't take anything away from the original classic.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 05:34:58 (PDT)
Spoken like a true entranpour Stephen. If the original 5-0 can't ride out a storm like a simple remake (good or bad?), then maybe we have all given it too much credit all this time... An analogy... First you hire the new chef- let him cook the meal- you eat it- than you decide whether it is good or not... if you cough it up or spit it out, then you just hogtie and cook the chef.
Brooklyn , NY - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 04:13:22 (PDT)
Although I don't believe a remake or spin-off will work for Hawaii Five-O, I have considered one point! Whether a remake works or not, doesn't have any effect on the original show. It is a classic, and always will be. If anything, a remake may just prove it even further. If a remake does work, then it enhances the original series. So, if it's possible, from a financial, commercial, and talented point of view, then I say "go for it", and then we'll all know for sure if it can work (until after, when somebody says it was done wrong, and needs to be done again, better...haha)
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 03:38:11 (PDT)
I am a fashion designer that would die at the chance to design costumes for a Hawaii Five-O remake, television or otherwise! I have been a fan of McGarrett and the Five-O team since I watched it as a kid. Check out my personal website, www.adam-arnold.com to see that I'm legit, and then let's get started bruddah!
Portland, OR USofA - Saturday, September 06, 2008 at 14:07:07 (PDT)
I believe General Hospital has aired more than 5-0's 278 episodes and they are still a family staple on Daytime TV. Something like 25,000 episodes I would imagine, and I only go back as far as Jessie and Phil Brewer!
Brooklyn , NY - Saturday, September 06, 2008 at 10:15:17 (PDT)
I'm still hesitant on a new Five-O, because what can be said after 278 episodes and a series that, especially in its early years, broke barriers and was ahead of its time? However, whether a new series goes ahead or not, I have one proposal for CBS: Cough up the money to get three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jack Lord, James MacArthur and Leonard Freeman. All three are worthy.
Pembroke Pines, FL USA - Saturday, September 06, 2008 at 09:44:21 (PDT)
Further below I suggested that it might be a good idea to use Gary Hoey's version of the Hwaii Five-O theme in a remake of the series; here is a link to Project Playlist and Hoey's version - again, it ROCKS! http://search.playlist.com/tracks/Hawaii%20Five-O%20Gary%20Hoey
Easthampton, MA United States - Saturday, September 06, 2008 at 09:40:07 (PDT)
I loved the show Hawaii Five 0 and am glad you are trying to do a remake. I think Thomas Gibson on Criminal Minds would make a great sucessor to Steve McGarrett. He reminds me a lot of him. Good luck.
Pittsburgh, Pa. USA - Friday, September 05, 2008 at 21:56:19 (PDT)
'dese da kine words bruddah; "maybe, but hey, what was it that McG was always saying..."NO DEALS!!" - Big H Good call, McG, he always got his way. 50's Noir collides with 60's Hawaii. There was a need for authority then as there is now, to combat all the craziness that passes for sanity these days. Make a Hawaiian the new McG to please the Gods and fortune will be assured. Aloha
Palm Springs, CA USA - Friday, September 05, 2008 at 19:04:11 (PDT)
NikNaks: Actually, I was about 4 years old. My family (which only consisted of 3 of us in 1968) watched the show. I can remember watching 2, and only 2, episodes from that first season as a little boy. I have memories of watching "Cocoon" and "King of the Hill".
Shawnee, KS USA - Friday, September 05, 2008 at 13:38:11 (PDT)
The reason I watched Hawaii five O was manyfold. I have to admit seeing James MacArthur was a big motivation. If a remake is done, please try to find a place for Danny. Another reason was the dialoge and language. I have to admit HFO often sent me running to my dictionary to figure out what some word (often a Hawaiian one) meant. I also enjoyed the black/white good/bad opposites the scripts. The combined forces of interesting scripts, great language, and Danny was HFO for me I enjoyed seeing Hawaii as well.
Bay Area, CA USA - Friday, September 05, 2008 at 12:49:09 (PDT)
I may have been among the youngest Five-O fan at 6?!? Most definitely one of Five-O's biggest fans at 18. ...'n' excited about Five-O's remake at 46. Great news for Five-O fans...you may order Season Five from Amazon.com to be released 11/18/2008.
Beaverton, OR Washington - Friday, September 05, 2008 at 11:21:40 (PDT)
Hedges: I really hate to do this b/c I feel in my gut you are a pretty decent guy, but here goes anyway. Your rebuttal arguments to me below (jobs, Mid-Pac, Punahou, tourism, and your cushy retirement) are emotional at best and do not hold water with me, nor probably Mr. Bernero either. There is only ONE reason to do this remake (if it gets done), and that is to recreate a successful show, garner huge ratings, and sell advertising $$. That is the mission statement of every tv show out there. If you can't swing the $6.00 milk, $4.30 gas or $1500 rent, my advice is to move to another state. Brutal? ... maybe, but hey, what was it that McG was always saying..."NO DEALS!!" While I'm on here, I too would like to offer kudos to MQ for providing this fine website so we can all air our ideas/thoughts. And Hedges, I reiterate my closing statement below..."I hope that [Mr. Bernero] proves me wrong." Aloha...
Raleigh, NC US of A - Friday, September 05, 2008 at 10:33:34 (PDT)
I am honored and impressed that Mr. Bernero chose to come out here and ask for input. I enjoyed "Criminal Minds", so I know his work is fantastic. As for the pros and cons posted out here as to whether or not any spin-off, remake, or movie based on Hawaii Five-O should be attempted (or would even work), everyone has some very valid points. Mr. Bernero would be most qualified to sift through these inputs, as he not only knows every aspect of the production business these days, but would be best apt to judge whether such a production would really work. Fans may want it, and have various opinions as to how it should be written and done, but I'm just thrilled that an executive producer has come here and can really be an authority over all the issues. My hat is off to MQ for such a great website, and attracting such professional people in the business to join in discussion!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, September 05, 2008 at 05:50:21 (PDT)
I checked out Nephi Hannemann on the web- it looks like he has been off the radar for a long time- no info/bio/DOB/or pics avail since 1 west waikiki. I would imagine he has retired or passed on and would not be interested.
Honolulu, Hi Land of Aloha - Thursday, September 04, 2008 at 23:07:34 (PDT)
Many out there on the Mainland may not know it, but Honolulu Hawaii is home to Mid-Pac, dubbed by many as the "Fame" of the Pacific...I know- I worked there for 2 years and the local children and teenagers and Alumni alike who have selected this school which is highly focused on the Performing Arts and Sports programs deserve the opportunity to 'show their stuff' and audition for the 5-0, the second millenium's series. We also have UH and Hawaii Pacific Universities where these talents are nurtured and refined... Many worry about who the Stars and Co-Stars and supporting cast will be- here in Hawaii there is no shortage of local talent and visitors are always welcome... In this new and exciting venture, everyone who desires and has the right stuff will have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, and relive their youth, young and old...
Honolulu, Hi Island of opportunity - Thursday, September 04, 2008 at 19:19:45 (PDT)
As far as time lines for the new 5-0 series, I believe the time period between the last aired episode and leading up to the WTC attack on 911 and its aftermath would be most appropriate and bring 5-0 into the venue of International Espionage and a leader in the war against terrorism as well as being intertwined with the local problems and our association with Homeland Security and the many aspects of Hawaii's organized crime and major criminal activity..
Honolulu, Hi Five-0 land - Thursday, September 04, 2008 at 18:07:26 (PDT)
Hi, Ed - I'm intrigued by the notion of someone who really has a reverence for Hawaii Five-O reviving the series; feel as if the stories told are still very relevant, and I agree that the tone should maintain the very high standards. A couple of suggestions: One, the new lead should be someone who was inspired by Steve McGarrett, who came to have a newfound appreciation for his concerned nature, and only 1 character can truly fit that description: Johnny Mala, portrayed by Nephi Hannemann in the Season 2 episode "Run Johnny Run" but another such imposing actor could be found to fill Nephi's very big shoes.....if Johnny was in his early 20's at the time of that ep, he'd be nearing 60, true, but still could be head of Five-O, or it doesn't have to be set in 2009-2010 either.....finally, don't know how many on this site have heard it, but as much as I truly love the original Morton Stevens theme, Gary Hoey recorded a rendition that, while not musically identical, does still incorporate the rave-up intro from later seasons and plain out ROCKS without sacrificing the original's spirit (can be found on YouTube).....thank you for considering us most devout fans' concerns and ideas; that already puts you way ahead of the late-Nineties revival that wasn't!
Easthampton, MA United States - Thursday, September 04, 2008 at 16:30:01 (PDT)
Tell me Big H... What do YOU have to lose if a Second Generation Hawaii Five-0 is produced???... Nothing I should inagine!- But the peoples of Hawaii would have something to lose if the plan was scrapped or put on the backburner again- Firstly- The prospect of well paying Jobs--- Secondly- The opportunity for the hundreds of local students from Mid-pac and Punahou and UH and Kapiolani college studying in the Theatre and Performing Arts a dream and a chance to prove themselves on the world stage--- And last but not least- A boost to Tourism here in Hawaii which is currently suffering from a poor economy, $6.00 a gallon Milk- and $4.30 a gallon for regular unleaded gas and a $300 a month elec bill and a whopping $1500 a month 2 bedroom Apt I share(without central air,or a pool, and no- not even close to the beach I might add).. I know I certainly would like the opportunity to not have to share a 2 bedroom place with 2 other roomates and call the detatched garage my room and be able to put teriyaki steak and shrimp on my dinner table instead of $1.29 Spam Musubi every day! So- in closing Big H and all those other non-believers- please do not deny us the chance to prosper and make a better life for ourselves and our families with such negativity which has no direct impact on your life....I will be of retirement age in 3 more years and I myself would like to know there is a future outside of Law Enforcement for me after I hit 60... Long live 5-0... Five-0 lives on ...
Honolulu, Hi The land of free enterprise - Thursday, September 04, 2008 at 16:03:43 (PDT)
Mr. Bernero: First and foremost, thanks for caring enough about H5-0 and its fans to ask for our input. And my salute to you for your excellent work on CM. My advice however runs counter to most posts here....I would not try to recreate the Mona Lisa or Starry Night if I were you. True works of art do not lend themselves easily to recreation. My two cents....you have too many high hurdles to clear to truly recapture that H5-0 mystique. I hope you can prove me wrong. Aloha....
Raleigh, NC US of A - Thursday, September 04, 2008 at 11:34:52 (PDT)
Yes, I noticed Che Fong smoking in my "turgid anal-ysis" of this episode (see http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/5-0log5.htm#101): "When Che Fong is test-firing a gun, smoke can be seen coming out of Harry Endo's nose and mouth! (I asked Harry Endo about this at the Five-O Convention. He said that he never smoked and he doubted that the room was that cold!)"
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 18:12:09 (PDT)
Did anyone notice in the episode "The Jinn Who Clears The Way" that the scene with Che Fong and Danny after Che Fong has test fired a gun, you can see smoke coming from Che's mouth and nostrils, just as if he had taken a puff from a cigarette.
Seal Beach, Ca USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 15:30:00 (PDT)
Well said Bryan... You read my mind!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 14:45:52 (PDT)
Hawaii Five-O is my all-time favorite TV show. I am excited to learn about the new version of the show but I am also leery. In most cases when a classic show is redone it turns out to be an abomination (case in point the McHale’s Navy, Get Smart and Starsky and Hutch movies). I would be crushed if that happened to Five-O so please take the spirit of the original show into account and show respect. To me one of the most endearing aspects of the original show was that they actually used people that lived on Hawaii in the show. Kono, Chin Ho and Che Fong were all totally believable characters and they grounded the show in a realism that just didn’t carry over into shows like Magnum PI or Jake and the Fatman. So my advice is to use as many local actors as possible both for members of the Five-O team and the bad guys. Speaking of the bad guys – I believe James Hong is still an active actor. If you could squeeze him into an episode it would be wonderful – no one ever played a sniveling weasel of a hood like him! As a kid I was always fascinated by Che Fong played by Harry Endo. I credited him with getting me interested in science. Nothing was cooler than McGarrett calling down to the lab and rattling Che’s cage because he needed an answer. Before there was Quincy and Sam or CSI there was Che Fong and the lab boys. I wouldn’t want the new show to be CSI: Honolulu but I’d like to see the crime lab involved from time to time. Now we get to political correctness – don’t cave into it! Obviously Wo Fat (if he did escape with his palmed key) would no longer be active. However, I see no reason that there could not be another foreign agent nemesis to Five-O. With Hawaii being located in the Pacific it would only be natural that the agent is Chinese (or maybe North Korean). It always bothered me that the film Sum of All Fears changed the nationality of the terrorists from the those in the book due to political correctness. I wouldn’t put a female on the Five-O team just to have a female character. If you can find an actress that clicks with the team that’s great but please don’t just put a lady in there because there has to be one. Perhaps I am still scarred from the Lori character *shiver*. Obviously don’t skimp on the music. It might also be interesting if some that eerie 70’s Five-O/In Search of type of music was used as the bad guy is afoot. I am not sure of the instrument (Stylophone maybe?) I any event, you don’t hear it any more on TV and it might be worth thinking about.
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 14:23:24 (PDT)
Hawaï Police d'Etat (French name for Hawaii Five-O) has always been my favourite TV series. I have been very disappointed so far by all attempts to adapt TV series into movies or remaking them so I'm not really enthusiastic for this new version of Hawaii Five-O. This series has always been a true pleasure to watch and that pleasure was kept intact as I watched the show again and again and again... A new version would in my opinion be a mistake. To answer Mr Bernero's question, I love Five-O for the breathtaking landscapes (I had the opportunity to visit the islands back in 2005 and I loved the place, can't wait to go back there...), characters relashionships and above all, the very high quality, diversity of the scripts. They were also very innovative for the 70's. Thank you very much for asking the Fans.
Paris, France - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 13:38:31 (PDT)
Hawaii Five-0 without the wave and the great theme song?? Don't even go there! That can never be topped!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 10:12:32 (PDT)
Did any one else notice that in "The 90 second War" that the engine is missing from the car when they flipped it back over.
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven, CT USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 07:07:05 (PDT)
I too enjoyed the teasers and thought the show lost something when it abandoned them. Most cop shows today employ the teaser format, so I don't think that will be a problem. I also thought the rolling wave introducing each teaser, and coming at the end of each act, contributed significantly to the show's style, but on the other hand, the new one shouldn't try to be a carbon copy, it should try to create its own unique style. I'll try not to take it too personally that one of the posters thinks Chris isn't a strong enough name for the main character. Please, no Dirk Cutter or Brad Decker or Tony Masters or Lance Badass or some other cheesy effort at creating an overly macho name. Steve McGarrett was perfect...strong, and cool, but without drawing too much attention to itself.
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 06:54:24 (PDT)
A couple additional comments to my last post. One thing I enjoyed in the earlier seasons of the series were the teasers before the opening credits and music. I thought those were a good way to draw people in and I was sorry to see them go in Season 5. I also agree with Steve from the UK that it was not just the theme music but other musical pieces woven throughout the episodes that added something special. As to having James MacArthur appear in the new series, I think he would make a wonderful guest star for maybe an episode each season, but I suspect after the last attempt at a remake and at his age, he would rather pass on anything calling itself "Hawaii Five-O". Been there, done that (and did it pretty well, to boot), so why tamper with history and success. Better to leave people with good memories than run the risk of potentially spoiling them.
Shawnee, KS USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 06:09:44 (PDT)
Whether a remake is made or not, I definitely believe that James MacArthur needs and deserves to be a major part of it. The question is, will he want to be part of it. People move on in life, grow older, and sometimes don't have interest in revising their roles. So, somebody needs to find out for sure if he's even interested. I believe an original actor from the series would be beneficial to any remake. Hollywood producers and the industry today are far different from years ago, and bottom line profit comes before quality work. There are exceptions, as we have been recently graced by the appearance of a dedicated producer out here. One thing is for sure. If a remake isn't attempted, we'll never know if it will work or not. Then it would be all speculation, and possibly worse than if a failed remake happened.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 05:36:27 (PDT)
It has been great reading all of the ideas, I think most are positive. I still love the idea of having Steve have a son.Someone who loves what his dad did and has followed in his footsteps. I do hope James MacArthur gets a role too. I think you will do a great job and I think the majority of us will like the show, as we have all been waiting for a movie. I am just happy someone has decided to do it and give it lots of care. I know you will do it with love. You cared what all of us thought, so I know you are giving it lots of thought. Thank you for letting us be a part of it. I just finished watching Hawaii Five O and usually watch it every night here in Hawaii. Looking forward to whatever you decide to do. I know there are lots of ideas here, but you will choose the best and go with it. Even if you don't go with Steve's son, I hope you make it a relative of one, or put James MacArthur in for a definate roll. He deserves it. He brought a lot to the show. Aloha, Karen
Kaneohe, Hi USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 23:17:31 (PDT)
I did try to contact James MacArthur a couple of times last year to see where he stood on a remake, but never received a reply. My mail was not returned so I can only assume he received it. Maybe Mr. Bernero can make contact with him and fill us in on MacArthurs feelings about taking the helm at 5-0 once again as Director of 5-0, even if only in the pilot for now? Having James in the cast even if only for an episode or two would be greatly appreciated and offer fluidity from us loyal old-timers to pass on to the next 5-0 generation. James MacArthur has earned this honor and truely deserves the Top Cop slot.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 21:18:51 (PDT)
While I would love to see a new police drama that is as good as Five O was with the forceful personalities and the beautiful Hawaiian setting it would never be as good as what we remember. No one can out do Steve or Danno and not one should try. Do a new show. Not a remake.
IL USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 21:08:49 (PDT)
"in regards to a "new" version of 5-0, i think that the majority of viewers would be die-hard fans of the original series, like myself, who want any "new" version of this show to be done with much class, and very few changes. yes, mcgarrett may be retired, but having james macarthur back in his original role of "danno" would help to keep the original flavor of the show. please, bring back at least(some) of the old veterans for the new show, and, pleasssee! get rid of the idea of turning h50 into some kind of stupid "science-fiction crap!!
gastonia, n.c. usa - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 20:51:00 (PDT)
Apologies if this aspect has already been covered, but...... one of the best aspects of the show IMO was the incidental music. For the 1st 8 or 9 seasons this was always excellent - in seasons 4; 5 and 6 it was superb - in the last 3 seasons the scores were generally poor. The score in the final episode, "woe to woe fat" was still good - however far too synthesized (due to possible budget cutbacks?). In short, I feel this is one very important element in what made the show a cut above other dramas from the same era.
UK - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 15:11:24 (PDT)
Ed Bornero, Please read: Eyes Only- McGarrett never Married and never had any kids on the show. If his son takes over he'll be 28 or 29. That's too young to run 5-0. Anyway, any true fan knows that he had no children. I think James MacArthur should be featured and have a prominent role in the new series. He was McGarrett's second in command and should have taken over 5-0 upon McGarrett's retirement. Upon his retirement from 5-0 Danno decides to run for Governor and wins easily due to his popularity and success in running 5-0. He is now the Governor of Hawaii. Any living characters should also make an appearence. Al Harrington, Glen Cannon, Che Fong. This should be filmed in Hawaii and the use of Hawaiian talent is a must. Ed, if possible I'd also like to be an extra when the show begins filming. Please stay true to the show. It was no joke.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 13:19:51 (PDT)
I'd like to add one more thing. A few actually. It's the little things, the finishing touches, that made 5-0 such a class act. You'll notice, when cutting to a commercial break, sometimes the splash screen of the wave with the 'Hawaii 5-0' title was played without music; depending on the mood of the show at the time of the cut. Also, the music (slow 5-0 ballad) played in 'Samurai' as McGarrett drives down Portlock Road toward the Henry J Kaiser estate (lat=21.2681569983, lon=-157.708743777 in Google Earth), is beautiful, and lasts about 30 seconds without any dialogue. What show does that nowadays? What show has a theme that lends itself to fast paced action, and slow, laid back sequences as good as 5-0. The music is essential. One last thing. I agree with some others that 'Chris' McGarrett doesn't sound right. It needs a stronger name; Jake, Rick, Dave, something other than Chris. Any idea when this show would air?
Wakefield, MA USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 12:17:09 (PDT)
The trouble with replacing Steve is that he brought so much experience with him when he was appointed to 5-O in 1959. He was supposedly a naval graduate, fought in the Korean War with Naval Intelligence.He was too careful of a person to have fathered a child accidently.It just isn't in his character. I, also,don't see a son having the credentials to be the head of 5-O because he needs to come up the hard way. It would be nice to have a large framed picture of Steve in the main office as a memory of the former head of 5-O.
Grand Island, NE 68803 - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 12:05:51 (PDT)
Thank you Mr. Bonero, As you can tell our beloved H50 show has quite a following and we are so excited that you are bringing it back not only for all the "old" or should I say orignal following, but for our children to have a chance to become fans too! My only request is that James MacArthur have a prime role in the series. He obviously made an impression on Leonard Freeman and I think he deserves the chance to reprise his role. Thank you again!
MS USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 11:04:38 (PDT)
Danno was in the unaired 97 TV pilot as the Governor- his part was short and not very well written. I don't believe James put his heart into it because deep down inside he knew the script was terrible. If indeed James MacArthur does return to the 5-0 saga I think he much deserves a leading role if he so desires... but definately not the Governor- Such a part is not much more than a Cameo appearance every once and awhile. Danno is a Cop-always was-always will be a cop. If Mc Garrett is to be cast, age must be considered... If we pick up shortly after we left off Mc Garrett should still be at the helm as Director of 5-0 and Danno remain 2nd in command... If a new generation is cast for the Top Cop slots we should have a transition phase while new character development takes place and allow Mc Garrett and Danno to finally catch that last elusive criminal in the pilot and than gracefully retire or move on to bigger and better things.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 10:13:01 (PDT)
Pretty wild to see that Ed Bonero actually came on here to read the guestbook and check out Mike's site. Nice ! As far as suggestions for a new Five-0, I think the idea of usiing anyone related to McGarett would not be a good idea at all. It just sound too hokey and gimmicky. The thing that always struck me about Five-0 (even when the acting was lame or overblown, which it often was), was how "un-Hollywood" it always felt, like it was a maverick in the TV series pantheon. Of course the setting was probably the biggest allure, and I would absolutley think that it would be mandatory to film entirely on location. I think a recurring role for James McArthur is a good idea as well, because it would serve as the tie in with the old show... Why would you need anything more than that. Danno for Governor, works for me !! The writing was also unique, the shows were period and relevant to the times of course, but they were adventurous and inventive... That'll be tough to match. Don't look to try and emulate Hill Street, or Law and Order, or The Sheild... I think your reverence as a long-time fan for the show will likely influence you to do this thing the right way Ed and I wish you success ! Just dump the "son of McGarett" idea and use completley new chracters, contemporary stories that rise above the medicrity of mose crap on TV theses days, keep the Dog the Bounty Hunter metality at a minimum and this could be a big success, especiall if you manage to land a top flight cast. Again, James McArthur should be offered a role if he wants to participate and all will be well :o) G
Millersville, PA US - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 08:37:09 (PDT)
Hello and Aloha. It is my birthday today, and I wanted to add my 2 cents to this idea of a new Hawaii Five O show. I cannot see Steve having a son either. But how about a nephew? I know his sister lost a child to cancer in the show, but maybe she had another baby or two later? And the nephew can take over from his Uncle Steve and carry on the work he started. Just a thought. And Danny, now older, should be either the new Govenor, or some other high ranking official. James Mcarthur must be a part of the show in some way! And the idea by one of the previous fans to hire local writers is spot on! As much local flavor as possible should be part of the show as before. And Hawaiian should be spoken and often. And Chinese. And, maybe Wo Fat also had a nephew?! On my 50th birthday, when I turn the Big-O, I intend to make my first trip to Hawaii, the land of Five O! I love the show, and have done since I was a kid. If you make a remake, be kind and do not disgrace the original. And my thanks to this great website for keeping the memories alive. I feel like a kid everytime I log in,which is daily! Mahalo!
Brooklyn, NY USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 07:36:43 (PDT)
Just finished watching '10,000 Diamonds and a Heart' not ten minutes ago. Went on the web to look up some of he guest stars and found this link. Wow. Please don't ruin my memories of the show. Casting of McGarrett is crucial. Josh Brolin for a feature would be ideal, for a TV show it would be a major coup!
Wakefield, MA USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 06:06:50 (PDT)
Here is a view from a UK person, who has been lucky enough to spend some cinsiderable time in the Islands, and is currently watching season 4. I do not have a problem with a new series, and do not think that the lead needs to look like JL. However I feel that the show should maintain its originl ethics, which included interity and honsity. If we are to have "Son of" how about calling him Danny!! Yes it would be nice if the original made an occasional appearence. The new show should represent the cultural heritage and ethneticty of the islands. Other ideas could "Son of" have siblings? making odd apearances. Hope it all works and the show makes it to the UK Olive Millward
exeter, devon, england - Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 04:58:07 (PDT)
I am simply amazed. I tried to reread and understand. But man. who is mixing their meds here? "racist bigot Cap all the whites and Hippies and take over the palace"... ok; shows ya what MH knows of the H50 eps. The ep featuring violent hippies shooting tourists were all white. The tourists were all white. This cop show was something the ohana (which of course includes keiki) sat down to watch once a week and it contained violence. The Much less than the ramped up graphic blood and gore seen now by the contemporary "ohana and keiki" who tune in to all current cop and CSI shows. The palace takeover is something that happens here, now and then. "Torn from the headlines" is something that happens with movies and tv shows often. Current affairs are often fodder for television storylines. duuuuhhh.
Honey Lulu, How are ya, Five? Oh! Polynesia, where else! - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 23:16:30 (PDT)
There is room for Kimo's idea in a reality show where we just put some cameras in the HPD police cruisers and drive around the island at night answering priority calls and name it "COPS HAWAII", but we hardly need an Elite 4 man Task force like Mc Garretts to accomplish this. Leave the Post 911, arms smuggling and unsolvable crimes and international terrorists and espionage to the real Five-0 Team and let HPD handle the rest..
Honolulu, Hi USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 23:13:39 (PDT)
Michael Hedges; Duuuuh. What can one say re; this parroting of old worn out phrases... reminds one of the old adage: everything is yellow to the jaundised eye. Please stop invoking that absurd term "racist". It is nothing more than a one dimensional minded kneejerk response, everytime someone sez 'haole" by those with the overly politically correct mental affliction. The basic ideas I set forth were what H50 dealt with then. And are now, basically what we deal with today.
Honolulu, Hawaii The bigoted untied skate of racist u essay. otay! - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 23:04:55 (PDT)
Looks like Kimo wants to turn 5-0 into a racist bigot show. Cap all the whites and Hippies and take over the palace for the King every Statehood Day.... Is that what Aloha really means?... I believe Kimo has lost the point... Well the story lines may look good but only add fuel to the fire of outdated thinking and racism and I do not think they are appropriate to sit down and watch with the Ohana and Keiki after a family meal... Personally if it were up to me I would return Inolani Palace permenantly to those that truly own it- "The Office of Hawaiian Affairs" and the Hawaiian Peoples (as long as Mc Garretts office is still welcome to shoot the series and be open to the Public-) both Haole and Local and tourist! You have been given the opportunity to vote for your State legislators in Nov, use it. Make change at the Capitol, not at the Palace gates! Now that's Pono!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 22:32:08 (PDT)
OK, to be an enthusiastic supporter of this latest effort: tight writing with well-crafted, intricate and surprising plot lines, a unique musical score, story lines relevant to what is going on now in the islands and the entire Pacific rim world, casting that showcases local talent ( I have a fantastic role sketched out for Taimane Gardner) plus the Rat of the Week (well-known national featured dramatic actor). Ed, you'll need to scour e-bay looking for a low mileage 2004 Mercury Marauder. Some original musical scores by the Ventures might really set this off. I'd recommend reviewing seasons 2-5 to get a feel for the best the series had to offer. Listen to everything Rose Freeman tells you to do. Mahalo.
Palatine, IL - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 22:00:55 (PDT)
Thank you Mike Q for allowing us to post comments about the new show. Thank you also, to Mr. Bernero, for asking fans what they would like to see. I agree with what everyone has said about what they would like to see in the show. I would love to see references to old cast members and what happened to them, why they retired, if they have any relatives also working in police work, etc. I would love to see any of the old cast members/guests/local talent also used in the show. In particular, I would LOVE to see Danny Williams character brought back as a regular. I know a lot of TVs and movies were shot in and around the Islands. Maybe some special references to them would be fun to see, too. Danny drove a white convertible Mustang in the latter years so it would be neat to see a similar car for one of the characters. I grew up on H50 and love seeing the new DVD releases as well as watching it on ME-TV. And reading fanfic stories. Mahalo and good luck!
WI USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 18:51:27 (PDT)
Loved 5-0. It was my favorite cop show when I was growing up. I think the best approach would be to make a feature film based on the series. Book-em Dann-o!
Chatsworth, Ga USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 18:40:42 (PDT)
OK, Mr. Bernero. You want it? You got it! Hire LOCAL writers. Have some of the characters speak local lingo. pidgin english. Not many did on H50. One pet peeve I had with Magnum P.I. back in the day, for example, Magnum's supposed to be a local haole. But he shys away from speaking with and hanging wit da blalahs. As if he expect to be rousted like any fob haole would. And sure enuff, he is. Magnum NEVER acted local or spoke pidgin. Nevah even wen t'row one shakah to anyone. suuup wi dat!? Hire local celebrities and icons for bit parts. It was a delight back then and supportive of our local culture to see Lippy Espinda, Kahoano, Kai, et al, occasionally. And do include in storylines, local concerns and "issues" of import. Current affairs that are universally recognized. Shoot on location as in the old five oh. Use old "seedy" locales. Hire a location scout that really knows Oahu and the islands. NOT someone who will give the same old tired overused locations. Bring back some of the old storylines/plots. no harm done there. could be interesting. How about a storyline combining Hookman, (sniper) Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise, (ecological vigilante) and that hippie killing tourist ep: a real old school kanaka maoli local boy gets fed up with the islands being overrun with whites and goes up to the aloha tower and pops em off one by one with a sniper rifle. He hides the gun up on the roof. Runs down just in time for his waiter shift at the ever so scenic and photogenic Don Ho's Tiki Grill and Bar. While Steve and da boys converge at the apparent shooter site, turn up emptyhanded initially, and settle in for a moment (to collect what they got or ain't got thus far) being served by the shooter himself at the restaurant! One of those "so close yet so far away" Hitchcockian twists. Ed Bernero, you mention "McGarrett displayed utter... respect for everyone". Some of us were and still are appalled when he put down an ancient practice. In one ep, a temporary kapu was put on Steve, he called it, and the general respect given toward kahuna, "superstition" and basically dissed it as some F.O.B. haole would. No shame, ah da buggah. And he was supposed to be kama'aina. Also he pronounced some Hawaiian words and placenames incorrectly, as a tourist would. I beseech anyone working on the new H50. Do NOT allow this to pass. You can pull storylines from local headlines: Copper thieves' actions shut off part of grid supplying power to the state capitol. all hell breaks loose. Sovereignty group shuts down Iolani Palace keeping Steveo and the five oh office prisoner in the Iolani palace. (Boy! wouldn't THAT be an ironic turn of events!) Ice heads lure a daugter of one of five oh's kids into the sordid drug underworld. Steveo and da boys rescue her just in time. Hope it all goes well! A Hui Hou! Kimo St.James
Honolulu, HI You Essuv Ayyy - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 17:40:31 (PDT)
As much as I love the original, the continuity issue in almost every episode bothers me. You know: the 2-door/4-door Merc scenes, the dreadfully obvious and much-overused stock shots, and characters changing clothing mid-scene for no apparent reason. ;-) It takes away much of the "believeability" of a show in my opinion, and I hope you will work had to keep those to a minimum. Mahalo nui nui for seeking input from 5-0 fans!!!
Victoria , BC Canada - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 14:23:06 (PDT)
Make the new H5-0 in the spirit of the old...good scripts highlighting today's criminal issues, showcase the island beauty, use locals, shoot scenes and not just faces, and don't skimp on the music.
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 13:37:09 (PDT)
Hi Mike, Great website! Regarding the new Hawaii Five-O tv show, Ed Bernero has requested input from fans, so here's my two cents' worth! 1. No action heroes! This is an ensemble police procedural show, not a "Tom Cruise action hero" vehicle. 2. The audience should be able to watch the crime unfold from the criminal's point of view. Half the fun comes from watching the criminal plan and execute the crime. 3. Hire good writers. A good story with a cleverly plotted crime will grab the audience's interest. 4. Allow the criminal to ALMOST get away with the crime, only to be stymied by H5O's relentlessly thorough police work, e.g., he's tripped up by something as small as a parking ticket. 5. If the script calls for a scene that takes place in an indoor conference room, change it to an outdoor scene by the beach! In other words, take every opportunity to get outdoors and show off beautiful Hawaii. 6. Hire good composers and music editors. I always enjoyed hearing the H5O theme weave its way through various instrumental interludes that were used as accompaniment during various routine activities. Thanks for the opportunity to express my opinion.
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 13:10:45 (PDT)
Here's what I love about the original show... I appreciate that Steve McGarrett has a strong point of view. It's steady and solid. I like that McGarrett and Chin Ho have some age on them, experience, and some toughness. McGarrett's age, in particular, makes a wider range of story lines possible, because he's been around so long that everybody knows him. The entire state calls him to fix their problems. Couple that with the "make it so" calls from the Governor's office, and you have Five-0 protecting the future of the sugar crop, investigating smuggling, saving the world from Communists, getting involved with crimes related to social causes...makes for a good mix. I like that there are no long romantic story lines (I'm only up through Season 2). I like that the families are off-screen. Keeping the cast small allows them to focus on the story. I can't recall who said this originally, but the real star of the show was Hawaii. Show her off. Showcase what's unique about her and her people. Invest in local talent on either side of the camera. They did for the original, and I think that the results show up on the screen.
Richmond, CA US - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 10:23:35 (PDT)
Mr. Benero: Thank you so much for bringing an all-time classic back to television! I am 46 and this was my favorite show growing up in the late 60s and 70s. I have been to Hawaii 4 times, and I am returning there this Christmas. I personally like the idea of Mcgarrett's son Chris being the head of Five-O. As I stated in earlier comments a few days ago, I think you could pull off the "son" angle if it were done right. There was one episode from the 2nd season "Singapore File" where Mcgarrett has to protect a witness, and he clearly has feelings for her. There could be a son created from this or from the Nancy Kwan character in the pilot movie. Thanks again for allowing imput and we will look forward to Five-O returning. This is awesome!
Irving, Texas United States - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 10:13:32 (PDT)
One more item for my Five-O 2 wish list, and then I'll quit(promise!). One thing that bothers me about a lot of new shows(and I won't mention names) is the dialogue, with all these snotty characters, even high school kids, spouting these irony-laden lines that are so clever and unrealistic, so obviously scripted that you wish you could climb into your TV set and smack everyone around. Five-O took a more direct and gritty approach to its dialogue, which is something I feel the new show should emulate. That's all.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 09:34:08 (PDT)
Mr. Bernero, you have your work cut out for you. It’s hard to replicate natural conditions in a laboratory environment, by that same reasoning it is very very difficult to recreate the one-of-a-kind chemistry of a classic TV show. That kind of chemistry is usually the result of a bunch of successful and diverse elements converging purely by accident and against all odds to create that unique and wonderful thing called TV magic. Other posters have done a great job of delineating what those elements are pertaining to the original Five-O, and I’m probably just reiterating what they’ve already said, but here is my input. The main thing, Five-O had its own unique style. I’ve recently watched other cop shows from the same era, and while good, they just don’t have the same pizzaz as Five-O, a combination of factors that made it stand out in a crowd. Obviously, the music was one such element, and I hope the scores for the new show are composed with great care, and that they avoid the synthesized monotony of a lot of current shows. In addition: the intelligence and creativity of the writers, the diversity of stories, the unusual plots, the grittiness, a unique edge, the willingness to tackle controversial subjects. The humanism. McGarrett wasn’t outwardly conservative or liberal, he took a humane perspective rather than a political one, and he was deeply affected by acts of inhumanity no matter who was the source. The scenery. The native players. I would like to see at least one native Hawaiian in a major role, the head of Five-O, the second banana, the governor, attorney general, something. Here is what I don’t want to see. Five-O was groundbreaking, it took the police procedural idea to a whole new level, so the last thing a remake should do is follow the lead of other shows. I don’t want to see a cookie cutter CSI rip-off. I don’t want to see a 24-type thing with a two-fisted head of Five-O battling one-dimensional terrorists each week. I love Law & Order, but I don’t want to a see a ripped from the headlines format wherein almost every story is a blatant reference to some big current event. I don’t want to see a rah rah, straightforward good guys versus bad guys approach, without any moral ambiguity, because the original asked tough questions, and it didn’t always come out on the side of the status quo. And I don’t want to see nonstop action replacing the thoughtful, methodical approach of the original series. Finally, what made Five-O really great was its singular vitality despite the fact that the shows weren’t told in a hurry, they took their time. If you can accomplish all that, Mr. Bernero, then my hat’s off to you.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 09:18:14 (PDT)
Mr. Borneo, thanks so much for your ideas of a new generation Hawaii 5-0 series. It would be the second police show I would watch, outside of the Law & Order series. :)
San Diego, CA USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 08:28:09 (PDT)
Hawaii Five-O was a very attractive show, having the best stars of the time. The on location shots were were wide angle that showed the true beauty of the Islands. In this show the good guys always win. Jack Lord and James MacArthur worked together great. I also liked the 1997 remake pilot show that never made it to TV. Lets go with what works and HFO worked for 12 seasons. A new remake of the show would be a great success for the future of both new and old HFO fans.
Huntington, WV USA - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 07:19:06 (PDT)
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