Hawaii Five-O 2.0 Goes to CBS


CBS is developing a new installment of the “Hawaii Five-O” franchise from “Criminal Minds” executive producer/showrunner Ed Bernero, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Bernero is writing the project. The Leonard Freeman cop series aired on CBS from 1968-80.

Like the original series, it is a procedural chronicling the workings of the fictional Hawaiian state police department. In the original, the unit was headed by Steve McGarrett, played by Jack Lord. In the new series, McGarrett’s son Chris will be the top cop.

While the characters, storytelling and pacing will be updated, “we will try to keep as much of the original show as possible,” Bernero said. “I’m not trying to reinvent it.”

The famous opening music will be back but may also get a face-lift.