Our favorite crime-fighting Ohana is about to say “aloha” for the final time. Deadline reports that Hawaii Five-0, the remake of the classic TV series that ran from 1968 to 1980, will end on April 3 after ten seasons and 240 episodes, thus putting to bed the possibility of Lance Gross joining as a series regular on the show next year. The site adds that a big part of the decision came down to star Alex O’Loughlin not being able to continue in the wake of a chronic back injury he suffered a few years ago. While the possibility of pairing Scott Caan’s Danno with a new partner was explored, all parties involved decided it was best to end the show now. For the finale, McGarrett, Danno and co. will be faced with several faces from the past, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum James Marsters and William Sadler – both of whom have been recurring presences in the show since the pilot – as well as long-time villain Wo Fat, played by Mark Dacascos.
There’s no easy way to put it: This flat-out stinks. While Hawaii Five-0 hasn’t been as good in recent years, I always looked forward to the show every Friday, and it has served as a big inspiration to me on a creative level, particularly in the early years. I still remember watching that first trailer for the pilot (above), which had a new version of the theme song from the original series that everyone except for me seemed to hate; this eventually led the producers to re-record the theme almost exactly as it was, complete with some of the people who performed the 1968 original. In the summer leading up to the premiere, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman talked about how there would be an overarching mythology to the series along with the episodic cases. Showrunner Peter Lenkov even had a final scene for the series in mind involving a CG Jack Lord, which he ended up putting in the season seven premiere, not seeing an end to the series in the foreseeable future back then. Although it’s sad to say goodbye, fans will always be able to revisit the modern Hawaii Five-0, just like the original.
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