CBS is hoping the third time will be the charm for Alex O’Loughlin.
The “Moonlight” and “Three Rivers” star will take the lead role in the network’s “Hawaii Five-O” remake, which will be his third project at CBS in the past four seasons. He’ll take on the role of Detective Steve McGarrett made famous by Jack Lord in the 1968-80 original, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
O’Loughlin had been in talks to headline the remake for a while prior to signing his deal. He joins “Lost’s” Daniel Dae Kim, who will play fellow Detective Chin Ho Kelly, in the cast. (Anyone want to take bets on whether those two will have a shirtless surfing scene in the pilot?)
The “Five-O” remake comes from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (“Fringe,” Star Trek”) and Peter Lenkov (“CSI: NY”).
O’Loughlin has a passionate and vocal fan base, but thus far the shows he’s starred in on CBS haven’t lasted longer than a season. “Moonlight” ran for 16 episodes in 2007-08, and “Three Rivers” lasted just eight episodes this fall.
He also stars with Jennifer Lopez in “The Back-up Plan,” a CBS Films release that hits theaters April 23.
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