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Respect pays for Hawaii Five-0
Picture: Supplied The cast of Hawaii Five-0

Actor Daniel Dae Kim says the success of the revived Hawaii Five-0 can be attributed to the show paying homage to the original TV series.

Kim, who plays Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly, said the cast also has a healthy respect for the previous program which started in 1968 and starred Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett.

Hawaii Five-0 was revived a couple of years ago with Kim being the first actor cast for the Network Ten crime drama.

He initially had reservations about the series being a success given other shows from yesteryear had not made successful transitions.

Dragnet and Get Smart, two shows from the same era as Hawaii Five-0, failed when remade.

Even recently the reboot of Dallas was pulled off the air by the Nine Network just weeks after it was launched in Australia.

Kim said the writing team of Peter Lenkov (CSI: NY, 24), Alex Kurtzman (Fringe, Alias) and Roberto Orci (Xena: Warrior Princes, Fringe), who are also the show's executive producers, were behind Hawaii Five-0 being commissioned for a third season.

"We've not only stayed respectful to the original, we have modernised it in a way that it embraces the viewers of the previous series," Kim said.

"If you look back through television history you will see a number of older shows that were remade and didn't do too well.

"The thing we had in our favour, we had a really strong creative team.

"Once you get the starting point for a television series in place everything else falls in place."

The success of Hawaii Five-0 has meant Kim has leapfrogged from one successful series to another.

He played Jin-Soo Kwon on Lost for six seasons having previously spent the best part of a decade appearing in a variety of guest roles, including on Seinfeld, Law & Order, Beverly Hills 90210, Ally McBeal and Party of Five.

Since he was cast in Lost he has rarely been out of work.

"It's rare for any actor to be on one successful series let alone two," Kim said.

"I moved here (Hawaii) when Lost started and my thinking was even if Lost was cancelled after two months at least I could say I had lived in Hawaii and that was nine years ago.

"When you add the fact both the series happen to be in Hawaii it's hard to get any sympathy for my job.

"I'm very fortunate."

  • Hawaii Five-0 screens on Monday at 9.30pm on Network Ten.