At first I was hot on Hawaii Five-O, but after seeing a bunch of promos last night, I'm not so sure. But then, I actually remember the original series, and it's clear they're going after an audience that doesn't.
The new show I'm looking forward to the most is actually Hawaii 5-0. And no, I don't remember the original- it was canceled when I was six- so I guess I'm the target audience, according to CK.
Now, the Good Mrs. Benson saw the debut episode of the new 5-O, and her evaluation was this: if they didn't call it Hawaii 5-O, but it was just four cops in a similar tropical city, I would probably like it. She knows me well enough that she is probably right. I would even be willing to give the show a watch if it was something like Hawaii 5-O: 2010. In other words, it would make sense that Hawaii's state police force was an on-going entity, and McGarrett and Williams and Kono and the others had retired long ago, with others moving up to take their places. And the four featured now, on the new show, are simply the members of the state police who are there now.
In fact, I wonder why the producers didn't go that route. Why risk turning away fans of the original show, and if the target audience is those too young to remember the original, like CK, why bother making the new guys "McGarrett" and "Danno" and so on?