HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Legislature Thursday honored CBS and Hawaii Five-O Thursday for engaging a new era of viewers and showcasing the beauty of the islands as never seen before.
CBS' Hawaii Five-0 took the police procedural drama set in the backyard of Hawaii, and updated the show's brand appeal with a new generation of fast-paced, high-action, eye-seducing, crime-fighting quartet.
The legislature honored representatives from CBS, the show's producers, cast and crew on the global success of their first season.
Honorees include Senior Vice President of Current Programming for CBS Glenn Geller, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, Co-Executive Producer Paul Zbyszewski, Co-Executive Producer and Director Brad Turner, Producer and Co-Unit Production Manager Jeff Downer, cast members Alex O'Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) and Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly).
"While some may have had their doubts about bringing back this iconic series," said Rep. K. Mark Takai (District 34 - Aiea, Pearl City), "It really was a win-win for everyone involved-especially our local film and television industry. The success of the new series tells other production companies that Hawaii is a good place for film and television ventures."
In its first season, Hawaii Five-O led with notable rating recognitions. The highly anticipated pilot episode was watched by over 17-million viewers and on January 23, 2011 Hawaii Five-O picked up its highest ratings to date, with the fifteenth episode of the first season drawing 20.95 million viewers. (Source: Nielsen Galaxy Explorer. As dated. P2+, L+7 000s)
For his portrayal of New Jersey transplant, devoted father, and McGarrett's partner in crime and crime-fighting, Detective Danny "Danno" Williams, Scott Caan was nominated for a 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
At the 37th People's Choice Awards on January 5, 2011, Hawaii Five-0 won "Favorite New TV Drama."
Shot entirely on-location, Hawaii Five-O has brought the flavors and stunning backdrop of the Hawaiian islands to viewers across the country and the world - in over 200 international markets. Locals here and abroad look forward to new episodes (CBS, Mondays 9 p.m. on KGMB) to spot their favorite hangouts and maybe even their friends and family as extras.
"In the words of the late James MacArthur," Takai said. "I, too, am heartened to see the legacy of this popular cultural icon, preserved and perpetuated in the hands of the terrific people now at the helm."