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'Hawaii Five-0' resurrecting 'Hookman'

Producers to remake fan-favorite 1973 episode

By Kenny Herzog Nov 12, 2012 10:14AM
There have been plenty of villainous men with prostheses for limbs in the annals of prime-time television. Why, who can forget the aptly dubbed one-armed man in "The Fugitive"? And more recently, there's Merle (Michael Rooker), the Governor's self-amputated doomsday muscle in Season 3 of "The Walking Dead." In between, in 1973, "Hawaii 5-0" introduced us to the cop-killing psycopath known only as Hookman in an episode of the same name. On account of his having actual hooks in place of hands, thanks to a robbery gone wrong.

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Nearly four decades later, this particularly grim chapter of the original series is being dusted off and revamped for the currently airing "5-0" CBS reboot. Producer Peter Lenkov tells Entertainment Weekly that several archival episodes were considered, but that, “It sort of came to everyone’s mind. Everyone remembered ‘Hookman.’” Lenkov adds that its part of the show's ongoing effort  "to really bridge the old and the new,”
Peter Weller, who famously played the disfigured titular cop "Robocop" more than 20 years ago, will slip inside Hookman's vengeful sleeves this go-round, in addition to directing the remake. However, "Hookman" won't see broadcast until early 2013, so in the meanwhile, acquaint yourself with Weller's sharpshooting, sadistic predecessor:

"Hawaii 5-0 airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Nov 12, 2012 1:03PM
Hawaii 5-0 shows the right way to handle a remake of something iconic by capturing the look and feel of the original and even revamping or updating old storylines or characters without destroying the integrity of the original, like suddenly making Danno a 6 foot ex wrestler. Those who try to cast a fair haired actor as James Bond or seriously consider actors known for being smart alecks like Vince Vaughn for possible Rockford Files remakes should take a look at how this show is making great television without destroying the original icon. A light haired James Bond or a Vince Vaughn James Rockford is just wrong.
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