Alex O’Loughlin Trades ‘Moonlight’ for ‘Hawaii’

Sam McPherson February 11, 2010 8

A month ago, I posted that a Moonlight revitalization was possible, especially with the new vampire craze that popped up just after Moonlight exited our small screens. Of course, that was all reliant on the return of Alex O’Loughlin, who starred in the short-lived Three Rivers after Moonlight bowed out. However, it doesn’t seem like O’Loughlin’s going to have much of a chance to do it.

Though he is remaining with CBS, O’Loughlin is taking a trip to the fiftieth state to film his new show, which is quite obviously not the setting for Moonlight (though vampires in Hawaii has the potential for great comedy). Instead, he’s going to be filming a reboot of the late-sixties series Hawaii Five-O, a police procedural set in — you guessed it — Hawaii.

Daniel Dae Kim (Jin from LOST) has already been confirmed in the role of Chin Ho Kelly, and will be joined by O’Loughlin, who will take the lead role of Jack McGarrett.

For fans of genre television, this can be seen as a mixed plate of both blessings and curses. On the blessings side is the casting of Kim and O’Loughlin, both wonderfully talented actors who have appeared in both genre and non-genre television. Then there’s the fact that it’s being penned by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, two genius writers (Transformers 2 was Michael Bay’s fault) who are currently writing for FOX’s best show, Fringe, which they also co-created with J.J. Abrams. The duo are sci-fi demigods — in addition to their stellar work on Fringe, they’re also responsible for last summer’s Star Trek reboot (also with Abrams and LOST scribe Damon Lindelof). In fact, their involvement could lead to an Abrams-directed episode of Five-O, if we’re lucky.

On the other hand, there’s the fact that there won’t be any more Moonlight. That’s not a huge blow for television — it’s been cancelled for a couple of years, and it’s not like there’s a shortage of vampire television — True Blood and The Vampire Diaries are still going strong. Of course, there isn’t a shortage of police procedurals either.

However, with the writers and casting involved, I’ll be giving Hawaii Five-O a chance. What about you?