Photographs by Jeff Minton – #AlexOLoughlin And The Class of 2010

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.

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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).

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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 PerryMr. 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 UlrichLaw and Order LA despite being part of TV’s most successful franchises, only made it to 14 episodes
  • Michael ImperioliDetroit 1-8-7 made it to 18 episodes
  • Rob Morrow & Maura TierneyThe Whole Truth made it to 13 episodes.
  • Dana DelanyBody of Proof lasted 3 seasons with 42 episodes.
  • Blair Underwood & Laura InnesThe 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’ConnellThe 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.  

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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 …..

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“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.

Aloha.

Alex O’Loughlin

(Exit interview for Hawaii Five-0 in 2020)

You can find the panel discussion from that TCA here:

From The TCAs (2010): #H50 panel with #AlexOLoughlin & Scott Caan

And a short interview with Scott and Alex of that day here:

Scott Caan & #AlexOLoughlin – CBS – July 2010

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24 responses to “Photographs by Jeff Minton – #AlexOLoughlin And The Class of 2010

  1. Tanya Y Long

    I love these pictures of my Alex O’ Loughlin. He will always be my Commander Steve Mcgarrett. He is sexy and I miss the show but I do watch the reruns. Lookin for Alex when he returns can’t wait.

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  2. KathySR

    Thank you for this awesome post with fabulous photos of Alex. I love the group photo. William Shatner just turned 91 and he’s STILL active! We’re all eager to learn what Alex plans to do next.

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  3. lindae5o

    Thank you, Foyeur. That first photo of Alex! The eyes are mesmerizing!!
    In the accompanying post from January 19, 2016, you asked if there were things we thought were missing. There were lots of details that just trailed off, unfortunately, throughout the seasons. In the final episode though, when Steve is getting ready to leave, I wish he’d come across, and opened the box that Leonard (Aunt Deb’s husband), had left with him. It supposedly held some evidence from a mob trial Leonard had been involved in. Just curious.

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    • Cassiopea 1000

      Like in ‘Lost’, H50 offered the audience bait after bait, which we swallowed eagerly only to find they leaded nowhere: the ambiguous relationship Doris/Wo Fat besides her having taken care of him as a child, or why did Laura Hill returned stuff from the toolbox to Steve, are just two of them, and I could go on and on.

      After ‘Lost’, I promised myself that I wouldn’t fall into the trap again, and I did. Kudos to the writers, at least those of the first seasons. They left us panting for more, epi after epi. I don’t want to remember those of the ill-fated restaurant epis. I expect the good ones, as well as PL, were already working on the Mac Gyver and Magnum reboots. Why waste talent on H50, when Alex was holding the fort by himself?

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      • I don´t know, whether you can keep the quality of a show for such a long time on a high level. I mean, there comes a time when you start to do a variation of a variation. As Alex said in the final interview: “McGarrett has come full circle.” True imo. I think, that restaurant story was a good example of a way too stretched story arc as was the loooong and annoying bickering about the liver transplant. It was like riding a dead horse for the sake of keeping the show alive. You can see the same phanomenon in the original NCIS for a couple of years now.
        Where did they want to go with H5O? Yes, there were stories which didn´t lead nowhere which was a pity. And if it hadn`t been for Alex´s “DNA”, one of the most important story arcs in the show, had met the same fate.

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        • Cassiopea 1000

          You’re right, of course. After all, when all is said and done, a cop show is always about murderers, terrorists, drug dealers and thieves, in all their variety.

          Yet, with H50, the writers had an asset that not all cop shows have. Steve was a Navy man, a SEAL, and that gave another dimension to the character. Imo, they should have enhanced this aspect. The epis where Steve used his SEAL skills to solve a case (the Missouri epi with Robert Loggia in S1, for. ex.) were always good ones. I also never understood why Governor Denning changed the rules regarding the team’s immunity and resources. To have the leader of a police team doing crazy things such as letting a villain soak in the sea in a cage surrounded by sharks, was what made the show different from others. They also gradually dropped the carguments. Ah, of course, good writers should have written them, but as I say, they were busy elsewhere…

          And if McGarrett had come full circle, it was solely the writers doing. Imho, H50 could have been extended for two or three additional seasons, given good writers. Sure, Alex wanted to move on, but that’s another kettle of fish.

          (Alex, key words here: Move on. Not move from your swimming pool to your couch, from your breakfast table to the beach. No. MOVE ON! NOW! PLEASE! Wow. Steam is off. I feel better.).

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      • KathySR

        LOL, I watched ‘Lost’ faithfully and never understood what the show was about and what was going on!! From the moment the plane crashed in the first episode, I thought “ah, nobody could survive that crash.” Imagine my surprise when at the very end it turns out that everyone DIED and the entire show was in some kind of alternate universe – Heaven maybe?
        To this day, I have no idea what ‘Lost’ was about, but I did love to watch it. Theories, anyone?

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        • Cassiopea 1000

          Same thing here. What was ‘Lost’ about? I have one theory. When they started the show, writers brought in mysterious elements (the white smoke, the polar bear, etc.) to make the audience interested enough have them wanting to watch the following epis in search of an explanation, which they had definitely not the intention to offer. Not that they could have, as all was perfectly inexplicable. But the audience was solid, so it was just a matter of creating more and more mysteries to keep them glued to their TV screen (number 108, I think it was, the Others…). I remember lengthy and heated discussions with my friends and coworkers to “explain” this or that issue. Well, it was fun, when I think of it in retrospect. So, the show was a good one, despite the final and infuriating frustration! I’ve always wondered if they finished it because the writers could not think of anything else new or if the main actors were tired of shooting non-stop in a Oahu jungle-like setting, I mean, far from “civilization”.

          Now in H50, most of the mysteries could have been reasonably explained, and I resent they didn’t make any effort in this sense. One ‘Lost’ is enough for a lifetime!

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          • At the beginning I loved ‘Lost’, it was fascinating because of the writing. But as the seasons passed I was scratching my head again and again because it became obvious that they, the writers, have no idea what they’ve been doing.
            And then this stuuuuupid ending. “Hey, you know what? You’re dead. Tada!” The one explanation for every freaking thing. Pfft. And then Jack, was his name Jack?, left the church through a door that, btw, looked exactly like the door Obama left the White House through on his last day. The whole scene looked the same.
            For me, a good show is a show I love to re-watch, at least chosen episodes. ‘Lost’? I will never ever watch again. Don’t take me for an idiot, writers.
            And I love Alex for his extreme effort to give us at least one closure. Closure of the main topic, the topic that made the show. He couldn’t pick up all the storylines on the shelf but he picked the most important one.

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            • Cassiopea 1000

              >> And then this stuuuuupid ending. “Hey, you know what? You’re dead. Tada!”
              LOL. How else could it end? It reminds me of a Spanish show where a family had all sorts of mishaps, too many for one family, and at the end the male star woke up one morning, ready for breakfast. He had been dreaming it all throughout 5 seasons. That was 2 years before the end of ‘Lost’, so we Spaniards had that infuriating feeling of déjà vu.

              >> ‘Lost’? I will never ever watch again. Don’t take me for an idiot, writers.
              Exactly. I’ve not re-watched it either nor will.

              >> And I love Alex for his extreme effort to give us at least one closure.
              Well, he practically said so himself. Doris’ end had to be dealt with. Did he write ‘DNA’ for his own peace of mind or for ours, I don’t know, but it was necessary to have at least that closure and I do appreciate it.

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              • KathySR

                I’m all alone on this one, but I hated that he killed Doris. I loved her character, flawed as she was, she was his mom. I didn’t like that at all. How could she be SO unredeemable if she’s HIS MOM?! What does that say about Steve?

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                • It said that he was not able to get over the hurt she has done to him, to forgive and distance himself from her emotionally so she can´t hurt him again and deal with his bitterness. So the only way for him to stop being hurt meant to break with her for good – also emotionally which is very difficult – or get rid of her. Otherwise he would have to stay in that situation which obviously was unbearable for him. Sounds pretty much like Michael in “Feed” for me. The only way that guy could kind of safe himself from abuse was to kill his mother to stop that abuse. But then he had to suffer the equally bad consequences emotionally. For Steve, having killed his mother, the consequences had probably been equally bad. So they way it came out in the end was probably the best result. Or they could have made Steve a bitter, hard man dealing with an abusive mother or give him a way to heal more and distance himself from his mother which means to let her go for good. But all of that could not have shown in a show like H5O. Just my two cents.

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                • Cassiopea 1000

                  You’re probably not alone in this, KathySR, but I think otherwise.

                  I think that when Alex signed for S10, his last one, TPTB played with the idea of continuing the show without him. Hence the appearance of Lincoln Cole in the finale. They let the door open for continuity (Steve saying ‘Book’em, Cole’ implying that a new H50 without him nor Danno was to come, or ‘Hold the fort for me’ just before leaving his house, Mrs Fat to replace Wo Fat…), but that they came to the conclusion that without Alex/Steve, nor any of the original members of the team, and with PL out, it made no sense.

                  If this is true, I think that at this point, Alex saw the necessity to kill Doris. She had been a very important part of Steve’s life, but if he was no longer there, Doris was a purposeless character. Better to kill her than letting her fade away, leaving the audience wondering about her fate. And since Doris had chosen that crazy kind of life, she hardly could die peacefully in her bed. Her death was in accordance with her life.

                  If I am not mistaken, Alex wanted Steve to kill Doris himself, by accident or self-defense I don’t remember, but he was persuaded to re-write and have her killed by someone else. That would have been too extreme, maybe, though I would have loved to see what Alex the actor could have done if Steve had killed his mother himself. Wow!

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                • Hm, Steve did not kill his mother. Neither is he responsible. Her decisions killed her, Steve had a way out (literally) for her. She chose a different path, a path – again – that hurt other people. She always felt she was a martyr, only she wasn’t.
                  So Alex use of “Moby Dick” was just perfect, because it was a perfect allegory.
                  Here’s what I wrote about that after the episode aired about Alex writing of the dream and Moby Dick. I know it is water down the bridge and I think we talked about it here a lot, but maybe someone is still interested.
                  “….[bla bla bla] … There was no other way out for Doris, this was her only redemption. There was nothing new he could learn about Doris, but he had to face all of Doris’ looks of her world at once. His mother died 30 years ago in a car accident. Doris died in his arms.
                  ~~~~~~~
                  I want to add something because no one has mentioned it, what surprises me.
                  The dream Steve talked about was so well crafted.
                  He couldn’t hear his mother. Of course not. She wasn’t there for 30 years of his life. She was not only not physically available, even after she was back for a short time, she wasn’t emotionally available as Alex described it so wonderful in an interview.
                  And she didn’t hear him. Because she obviously never listened. Her decisions have never been about her family. That was just an excuse. It was always about herself. She manipulated and used others.
                  What leads us to the book she read. Moby Dick. That was so fitting! Read it if you haven’t. It was one of the few books I loved to read in English classes. (Oh boy how I hated “Death of a Salesman”. Ugh) Doris talked about life being black and white. No. Most of the time it is not. There is always a middle way, sometimes it is gray. If you don’t find it, if you want to “get life on your terms and not life on life terms” you don’t get it at all. And sometimes it leads to obsession. And obsession makes you blind.
                  Captain Ahab destroyed a lot of people, a lot of fates because of his obsession with the whale, the whale who he thought destroyed his life. He didn’t see that the whale had nothing to do with it. He did that all to himself. But he felt like had to strike back at the world in the guise of the whale.
                  The Agency didn’t destroy Doris life. She did. Her decisions did. Leaving her family. Getting her husband killed. Preferring a horrible murderer over her own flesh and blood, her own DNA. That was on her. She didn’t see it. Till the end she didn’t see it. So she stroke back at the world, soothing her conscience deluding herself it’s for her kids. It wasn’t.

                  Alex wrote this all in such a wonderful way that I can honestly say about Doris now: I loved to hate her and hated to love her.
                  Thank you Alex. More! … [bla bla bla] …
                  You can only get hurt by relevant people and Steve’s problem was he loved her.

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                  • Not commenting on your “Moby Dick” post. But one add: In the first scene of DNA already Steve started to fight for his mother. The same he did at the airport when those CIA guys took her dead body. He didn´t want to let her go. So it was indeed his mother who died in his arms, not just “Doris”. And that terrific scene in the hotel room: Steve said, the only thing he always wanted his mother to do was take a plane and come home (paraphrasing here). … writing this, I have goose bumps again.

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                    • Yes, of course. He fought for her and he wanted her back. He wanted his mother back. But she never came back. She was not the person he mourned for at the age of 15. And I think this realization hurt more than anything else. He never knew who the ‘real’ Doris was. The mother who raised him, or the mother who raised a killer she obviously cared about. She never apologized for getting Steve tortured more then once by her other ‘son’. She didn’t even say ‘sorry, son, that you had to witness the death of my husband’. Or ‘sorry, that I made your second father, your mentor lie to you’.
                      He wanted the woman to be his mother again, without all these lies. As I said, he loved her nevertheless. Doris and his mother.

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                  • Leica – You definitely nailed it!
                    Perfectly said.

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              • “Did he write ‘DNA’ for his own peace of mind or for ours?” Maybe both. But it´s not important. We know that Alex doesn´t make things half-heartedly. That´s one reason why we love him and why he iis so good in whatever he does.

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                • KathySR

                  Great analysis by everyone! WOW. I need to watch that episode again. I don’t remember the dream, Moby Dick or anything else. Yes, Doris’ choices in her life resulted in her death. She was a very mysterious character. It’s amazing that H50 would create her as the mother of Steve McGarrett. I HATE Moby Dick and I LOVE Death of a Salesman. I could never even get through Moby Dick. Half way through it in 11th grade English, I heaved it across the room! Faked my book report on it. Different strokes for different folks!

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                  • I am kind of a nerd when it comes to this episode. 😊
                    You love Death of a Salesman? You’re weird, lol. Who names his sons Biff and Happy? Tsk tsk. But I don’t know if you are a native speaker or not. Maybe it’s different if it’s not your mother tongue, I always liked to read ‘ancient’ English. Sounds so distinguished in my head. Ah, okay, maybe I’m weird too.

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                  • LOL. so I was not the only one. I loved to hate “Moby Dick” and “Death of a Salesman”. But both are a quite interesting read. And if you can´t get yourself to read “Moby Dick”, there are films covering the story, 😇​

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              • >>Did he write ‘DNA’ for his own peace of mind or for ours,…<<
                I think it was necessity not vanity.
                There was one interview, don't remember when, it was clear as a day that all the storylines forgotten on a shelf bothered him a lot. And those related to his character Steve must have been extra annoying.

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  4. That TCA panel: Alex´s comments about character work is terrific. He was so good in portraying McGarrett as a complex character. What he/they have done is extraordinary indeed and we as fans can only say “thank you” for the hard work and dedication that was put into that great show.
    Now Alex is in “a transitional part of his life” and career as he said himself. What the future will bring him, we – and maybe he himself, too – don´t know. What I know for sure is, that he has a lot to bring to the table in many areas and it looks like that´s what he trying to do now. As KathySR wrote: We/I are eager to learn what Alex plans to do next. And I hope, it will pan out the way he wants it to do in this uncertain bussiness callled Hollywood. .

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  5. amytemple9815

    Enjoyed the article. The photos were very professional 😊.

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