Local newspapers were filled with "Hawaii Five-O"-related headlines on May 18, thanks to confirmation from several Hollywood publications and Georja Skinner, administrator for Hawaii's creative services division, that a remake of the famous police drama will air on CBS this fall.
"What it means potentially for the economy is tremendous," Skinner told the Honolulu Advertiser. "'Hawaii Five-O,' because it is [set in] present-day Hawaii, provides us as a state with a tremendous opportunity to be in households across the United States on a weekly basis."
Preproduction for the new series will begin in June, according to the Advertiser report, and filming in Hawaii is scheduled to begin in July. No information has been released on total number of episodes or the program's premiere date.
The creators and writers of the new "Five-O" include talent from the CBS series "CSI: New York" and the recent J.J. Abrams "Star Trek" film. Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin will play the Steve McGarett character made famous by Jack Lord, and Scott Caan will play Danno.
The news came just days before the series finale of ABC's "Lost." According to the Advertiser report, "Lost" brought more than $400 million to the Hawaii economy during six seasons' worth of filming in the state.