Transcript of a short BBC report and interviews with Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim at the LA Screenings that took place on 24-27 May, 2010 at Paramount Studios.
Reporter (Voice over): It was a huge hit first time around. Now America’s CBS is banking on Hawaii Five-0, becoming television’s next most watched show. The remake, or reboot as they call it, features the same sun-kissed beaches and crime fighting storylines, but there’s a new cast and a 21st century spin, on the 70’s classic.
[Clip from the pilot episode]
Reporter: The original show was a bit cheesy wasn’t it?
Alex: [Laughs] It was a little bit, but a lot …. old TV was back then, you know.
Reporter (voice over): With one of the most recognizable theme tunes in TV history, the show run for 12 years.
Alex: It’s not Jack Lord’s Steve McGarrett, it’s … it’s mine.
Reporter (Voice over): Alex O’Loughlin plays Detective Steve McGarrett.
Alex: The hairdo is slightly different, you know. [Laughs] I don’t have his quiff … his quiffed hair.
Reporter (Voice over): American TV hopes to inspire a new generation of viewers with Hawaii Five -0, as the sun sets on Lost, 24 and Heroes.
Reporter: So from Lost to Hawaii Five-0. Is the pressure on to have another hit?
Daniel: You know I don’t look at it as pressure. I actually looked at it as being fortunate to be on a show that was so successful and packed-full as Lost. And now I get the opportunity again with Hawaii Five-0. I think there is expectation, but I feel pretty confident in the show that we have.
- The L.A. Screenings is an international television (TV) market that developed independently. Over the years it was adapted to the needs of the TV industry without the benefit of central organization. Nowadays it attracts some 1,500 top-level TV program buyers from 70 countries who travel to Los Angeles in the month of May to screen (mostly at the major studios) the U.S. TV networks’ new season. In terms of business, the blue Christmas L.A. Screenings represent an estimated 60% of the studios’ annual revenues. In other words, this is where the shows are sold to the rest of the world.