In July 2010 Alex and Scott Caan together with the producers introduced Hawaii Five-0 to the press and the TCA.
Some pictures were taken at the event on 28 July. Only a few were ever released.
We also found a TV Guide magazine scan from TCA 2010 in our files from AOL.org. The picture was taken on the same day as the Jeff Minton pictures, but it was most probably taken by another photographer for them. The group picture made me wonder what happened to all these shows that started that year. If you look closely at this picture you see TV royalty. Actors who had been on numerous hit shows over the years before and after 2010.
Although he had been on 3 American TV shows before then, you might still say that Alex was the rookie in this group when you add up the TV hours of the individuals among them.
Also interesting to see how many of them either worked with Alex before 2010 (Kerri Russell – August Rush, Michael Chiklis – The Shield), or joined Hawaii Five-0 as guest stars (Julie Benz (12 episodes), Michael Imperioli (4 episodes), Rob Morrow, and Cloris Leachman).
With the new fall season gearing up, TV Guide Magazine invited some recognizable stars with new shows to join us for a photo op at the Los Angeles TCA event in July for our second annual “class photo”.
Although these actors are all big names on so many hit TV shows, it never guarantees long-lasting success, as you will see from the following breakdown. Only 4 of the shows made it past the first season:
- Kerri Russell & Will Arnett – Running Wilde lasted for 13 episodes.
- Julie Benz & Michael Chiklis – No Ordinary Family lasted for 20 episodes
- Allison Janney & Matthew Perry – Mr. Sunshine, even though they have both been on big shows (Friends and West Wing) for several seasons, only made it to 13 episodes.
- Ashley Tisdale – Hellcats lasted for 22 episodes.
- Skeet Ulrich – Law and Order LA despite being part of TV’s most successful franchises, only made it to 14 episodes
- Michael Imperioli – Detroit 1-8-7 made it to 18 episodes
- Rob Morrow & Maura Tierney – The Whole Truth made it to 13 episodes.
- Dana Delany – Body of Proof lasted 3 seasons with 42 episodes.
- Blair Underwood & Laura Innes – The Event ran for 22 episodes.
- Jimmy Smits – His show Outlaw made it to only 8 episodes.
- William Shatner – His show $#*! My Dad Says made it to 18 episodes
- Jim Belushi & Jerry O’Connell – The Defenders made it to 18 episodes.
- Cloris Leachman – She was in Raising Hope for 4 Seasons (83 episodes)
The two biggest success stories of that year, come from the two men in the middle and they are the ones who have my attention – Alex and Tom Selleck (The ‘Rookie’ and the Veteran). But their success with these two shows is not the only reason why they stand out to me.
In 1980 Tom (35 at the time) was already around for more than 10 years, but his role as Magnum PI, filmed in Hawaii, would be the one that made him a household name worldwide. Of course, the show lasted for 8 seasons (158 episodes) and they decided to call it quits while still being one of the most popular shows on air at the time.
Tom went on to more movie roles, but it was always his TV characters, like Dr. Richard Burke on Friends (10 episodes) and the Jesse Stone TV movies, that kept the fans interested. Then in 2010 at age 65, he became Frank Reagan, and 255 episodes later Blue Bloods is still bringing in the viewers and renewed for Season 13.
In 2010, Alex O’Loughlin (34 at the time) after 7 years in the industry and only 5 years in Hollywood, became Steve McGarrett on the Hawaii Five-0, the longest-running reboot show of all time. Of course, the show was also filmed in Hawaii. The show lasted for 10 seasons (240 episodes) and ended, with the main reason being, that Alex decided to quit the show.
Now Alex is taking some time to work on what comes next in his career. His career will most probably not take the same path as that of Tom, because Alex shows more interest in writing and directing. But what I want to highlight, is that if Alex still wants to tell stories, a career path like that of Tom shows you that it can last long after you ended a long-running TV show.
And even all the other TV veterans in the picture, and especially someone like William Shatner (who in 1966 became a household name as Capt Kirk on Star Trek – at the age of 34), demonstrated that you don’t always hit the jackpot every time, but that one TV character does not have to define you forever. You can even become a Denny Care at the age of 72 …..
“This show [Hawaii Five-0] has been pretty much every waking moment for the last 10 years of my life. Everywhere I go on this planet, in every language, I am McGarrett to all these people. What we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished, it’s extraordinary.
I can’t really put words to express my level of gratitude. I’m just glad to have been a part of this, a part of history, and I’m going to miss it. And to the fans, I don’t know how to thank you guys. Thank you for following us the way you have. I’m going to miss you.
(Exit interview for Hawaii Five-0 in 2020)
You can find the panel discussion from that TCA here:
And a short interview with Scott and Alex of that day here: