In the US: Mondays, 10/9c, CBS In the UK:Bravo in October (assuming it's still around by then)
I don't know about you, but I have hazy memories of the original Hawaii Five-O. Steve McGarrett with a quiff, a bloke called Danno, it was all set on Hawaii, it had a cool theme tune and a cool title sequence, and it was about the police. I suspect I'm not uncommon in this regard, so before anyone starts complaining about sacrilege, just ask yourself exactly how well you remember the original.
There are other reasons to complain, so why let yourself be an open target like that?
This time, as well as a very slight renaming - Five-O is now Five-0 - we have an entirely new plot that still homages the original. Navy intelligence officer (and terrorist hunter) Steve McGarrett - Alex O'Loughlin, whom you might remember from Moonlight and probably won't remember from Three Rivers - decides to return home to Hawaii when terrorists strike close to home. When offered the chance by Hawaii's governor to run a special police unit that's above law, he hesitates a bit, before assembling a motley team of crime fighters, including an old quarterback friend of his (Daniel Dae Kim from Lost), his cousin (Grace Park from BSG and The Border) and a New Jersey cop (Scott Caan from Ocean's 11) who's transferred over so he can be closer to his daughter.
He's a neo-con Supreme Court judge! His late dad's a famous liberal! He feels guilty so jacks it all in to become a crusading lawyer, fighting to change the law and he's going to make himself some enemies! He's Jimmy Smits and he's an Outlaw!
La Femme Nikita is probably one of the most influential French movies of the last couple of decades or so. It got remade in the US with Bridget Fonda, it span off a TV series with Peta Wilson and now The CW is spinning off another TV series called Nikita. But it's also influential in other terms: you can look to shows ranging from VR.5 to Covert Affairs to even Buffy to see the descendants of Nikita - the kick-ass heroine who has a potentially romantic relationship with her less action-packed but still strong, emotionally shut down male 'handler'.
The plot of the original movie, followed by all the other versions, is that a female junkie is arrested committing a robbery. She's sent to prison and while there is told that the government has taken an interest in her and want her to join their top-secret agency. She agrees and after faking her death, she's taught not only how to be a spy and fight the bad guys with potentially unethical techniques, she learns how to be a Lady rather than a common street thug. After a while, 'Nikita' as they call her decides she wants to leave 'Division' and has to escape from her new bosses, helped by the handler who's grown to love her ('Michael').
Now the last TV series, despite the escapism, was clearly for adults: it was masterminded by neo-con Joel Surnow before he went on to co-create 24 and enjoys many of the same attitudes, concepts of how terrorists operate and what our responses should be. There was frequent torture and murder. It was still obviously escapist, and made 24 look realistic in comparison, but it was clearly a show with some real guts.
But the new Nikita is on The CW, which is best known as the home of Smallville, America's Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, 90210, Privileged, Life Unexpected and a whole variety of teenage/young adult programming (Supernatural being the strange exception).
So how are we going to get teenagers into this? Well, the answer here is that this Nikita instead of recreating the movie carries on a few years later. Nikita, now played by Maggie Q, is still on the run but has now decided to get her revenge on Division. Meanwhile, Division is still recruiting - and guess what: it's got a whole bunch of new teenage girl recruits.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.