Tonight’s television offerings include new episodes of “Hawaii Five-0” and “Blue Bloods” on CBS.
I didn’t like the new version of H50 when it first premiered, but have liked it ever since I quit comparing it to its legendary original which ran from 1968 to 1980. You don’t replace Jack Lord, who played the first Steve McGarrett, and James MacArthur, who played the first Danny Williams.
Is the new version great? No. But it does its job. It’s consistently entertaining and the suspenseful moments are done well.
The times when the show lightens up could be punched up somewhat especially when McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Williams (Scott Caan) start bickering.
The famous theme was reworked for the new series and it’s just as cool as ever!
“Blue Bloods” should thank its lucky stars that Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg star in it and push it up a level of quality. Otherwise, it’s a run of the mill police drama with a been there, done that quality.
I’ve enjoyed the recent storyline involving Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Selleck) as he battles the department’s inspector general (Bebe Neuwirth) over pretty much everything.
Wahlberg plays one of his sons and is detective who is not afraid to push the envelope. The Reagan family is all involved in law enforcement somehow and each episode shows them gathering for Sunday dinner. It was a good plot point at first, but has become annoying especially when the younger kids chime in with their questions and comments with wide-eyed Disney innocence, “Have you found the rest of the body, Grandpa?” Well, not that bad, but that part of the show could be reworked.

Until next time. . .