First Images & Details For Shatner’s $#*! My Dad Says & Orci/Kurtzman’s Hawaii Five-0 [UPDATED w/ Videos]

Earlier in the week we reported that CBS has picked up a new Sitcom starring William Shatner. Today CBS released more details on $#*! My Dad Says, including the first images. We also have details and images on Hawaii Five-0, produced by Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. [UPDATE: video clips from both shows]


CBS pairs Shatner’s ‘$#*! My Dad Says’ sitcom ‘Big Bang’

At 79, William Shatner has added yet another starring role in a TV series to his resume. Shatner has starred in a number of dramas, such as Star Trek, TJ Hooker and Boston Legal, but now he will headline his first sitcom, the oddly titled $#*! My Dad Says.

The show is one of only two new comedies that CBS is picking up. They are also juggling their schedule to accommodate the series, airing it Thursday’s at 8:30 following the nerdy hit series The Big Bang Theory, which is being moved from it’s Monday night slot. CBS executives talked about the pairing of the shows at their upfront presentation today (via Deadline):

On moving Big Bang to Thursday: “If you are walking on a new night of comedy, you go with the big guns,” Kahl said. Added entertainment president Nina Tassler: “How great is it for the guys from The Big Bang Theory to lead into William Shatner,” a reference to Shatner’s Star Trek pedigree. “It’s a dream come true.”

Here is the official release info on Shatner’s new show.

Official description 

$#*! MY DAD SAYS, based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, stars Emmy Award winner William Shatner as Ed Goodson, a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to anyone within earshot. Nobody is immune from Ed’s rants, including his sons, Henry, a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger; and Vince (Will Sasso), the meek half of his husband/wife real estate duo with domineering Kathleen (Nicole Sullivan). When Henry finds he can no longer afford to pay rent to his pretty roommate — and secret admirer — Sam (Stephanie Lemelin), Ed reveals a soft spot and invites Henry to move in with him. Henry agrees, knowing that the verbal assault will not abate and now there will be no escape. Describing their father/son relationship is tricky – but Ed will easily come up with a few choice words. Emmy Award winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed. .



Hawaii Five-0

Also officially announced today was the reboot for Hawaii Five-0, which was developed for TV by Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Here is the official info from CBS on that show.

Official synopsis

HAWAII FIVE-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays after Hawaii’s governor persuades him to head up the new team: his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket immunity to hunt down the biggest "game" in town. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but is committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter; and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol, who is also a former protégé of McGarrett’s father. Chin’s cousin, Kono (Grace Park), is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the academy and eager to establish herself among the department’s elite. McGarrett vows to bring closure to his father’s case while the state’s brash new FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, is determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state. Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.


UPDATE: Dae Kim talks moving from Lost to Hawaii Five-0

Daniel Dae Kim is moving from Lost, a show created Star Trek producers JJ Abrams and Damon Lindel, to Hawaii Five-0, a show developed by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. And as both shows are shot on location in Hawaii, he isn’t even leaving the island. The actor talked about the new show with E!, including discussing the Abrams connection:

How is this Five-O different than the original?
This Five-O keeps the heart of the original version, but it’s heavily updated. Some of the characters are descendants of the original characters and others have the same names but have no relation. The template is there, but the emphasis is on making it modern and making it very timely.

What about your character?
He has more local knowledge than the rest. He knows how the island works. He knows how to get information from people in a way that the others haven’t learned yet. So, he’s kind of the island connection. I like him a lot because he’s very affable, very friendly and close to my personality in that way. At the same time, he’s a great cop. I like playing both sides of him.

Your producers Robert and Alex are part of the JJ Abrams family. So does it feel similar in any way to Lost?
In some way, there are major differences. But the thing that I really appreciate and feel like is familiar is the sense of family. I actually want to sound cliché about this. They have done an exceptional job of creating an environment where we’re all part of the same team, and I really, really appreciate that.

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UPDATE 2: VIDEOS – Opening of Hawaii Five-0 + Behind The Scenes


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Hope they don’t change the theme tune to 5-0!

I can’t wait to hear the re-done Hawaii Five-0 theme !

Sponsored by the Priceline Negotiator. Go Shat Go!

WTF? He’s McGarrett? …oh well, should be a nice stage for hot beach babes…

Brilliant move from CBS to pair up “Big Bang” with “Shat My Dad Says”. That’s a sure fire ratings winner.

Glad to see Daniel Dae Kim, but wish they had cast Linda Park instead of Grace Park! (But we can’t have everything.)

Will have to go over to my bud’s house to watch the new Shatner show. Couldn’t care less about the 5-0 reboot or other such Hollywood barrel-scrapings.

Only Shat could have 3 shows on the air (counting his 2 shows on Bio) as he heads into his 80th year! You are THE MAN, Bill!!! My hero. :)

p.s. Shat looks GREAT in those pics!!!

I wonder if he has gotten round to watching Trek 09 yet?

Hawaii Five-O looks like a photoshoot for J. Crew’s summer catalog.

I just hope they do a better job with the rumored Rockford Files remake. I don’t want to see Jim Rockford driving a gold Scion and wearing those store-bought faux-wrinkled threads so popular with the college crowd, with white ear buds draped around the neck. Please, no more hipster tomfoolery!

Yes, I am 108 years old.

I’ve always had the impression that Hawaii is pretty crime-free. Besides, there’s nowhere to flee to if you’re a bad guy, unless you buy an overpriced plane ticket.


I think I heard that the Rockford Files remake was cancelled…


Yeah, I just saw that on Wikipedia. It said that Dermot Mulroney was tapped to play Jim Rockford. Whew! That was a close one. Thank you NBC for coming to your senses.

Is Wesley Crusher going to be in these shows? I love that guy. He is the best character ever.

“… a show created by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.”

“Created?” How about “derived” or “rehashed” or even “regurgitated”?

#10 – “Hawaii Five-O looks like a photoshoot for J. Crew’s summer catalog.”

LMAO! Right on!


Um, I’m gonna go with regurgitated. At least that’s feeling I get in the back of my throat when I see those photos.

They need to keep the 5-0 theme song the same, don’t mess with a classic. Although it would be nice to see Steve McGarret and crew in a suit, even if it is Hawaii. But that was how the show was done in the 60’s into the ealry 70’s and they drove those huge Fords all over the island.

Shatner back in action is all I need to hear.

Hawaii 5-0 sounds to me like they may just as well come up with a whole new show. Bob O. why didn’t you just do something totally original?

Fantastic news to hear they aren’t going to sully the brilliant Rockford Files.
I really hated that idea.

And wow, doesn’t Bill look good there. Amazing. And, to think, he’s nearing middle age!!!

Hey Bob Orci. You’re keeping the Five-0 theme song, right?

Hi Bob Orci,

Hows the new Star Trek coming along? Can you drop us a hint about the story and/if Kirk Prime will make an apperance :)

Also I am interested in what your take on Superman might be? Do you think Tom Welling would make a good Kal El in the reboot?


16 – Thanks for a good laugh!

18 – “And wow, doesn’t Bill look good there. Amazing.”

I’ll second that gladly. I think some people bash him so much because he has had, does have, and will have life by the balls more than they could ever even dream of!

#20 as far as I can make out Trek 2.0 is going to be set entirely in Hawaii. In a novel twist there will be no space stuff.
Kirk Prime has retired and appears to have moved in with Davis Marcus and, it seems, has contracted Mad Cow.
Its going to take some getting used to. Luckily The Rockford Files theme music will be getting used unchanged. So thats alright then.
I think that covers it?

William Shatner looks more like 40 or 50 something than 80. But then he probably takes good care of himself. How well you age seems to depend on good you take care of yourself. I think I’m on the fence about Hawaii Five-O. One one hand, for now, it’s probably the closest we’ll get to seeing a show like that since the 80s with shows like Magnum, P.I. or the early 90s with Silk Stalkings. On the other hand, it would’ve been better if they’d done an original show in a similar style to Five-O rather than remaking the show itself. And I agree about The Rockford Files. It’s probably best that they don’t remake that show because James Garner IS Jim Rockford.

In fact not probably, it definitely is good that they’re not remaking The Rockford Files.

#22 “he has had, does have, and will have life by the balls”

Perfect! Agreed! :)

I probably should have put a hyphen between “50” and “something”, but you get the idea.

The hyphenating I was talking about was in my first post to be clear.

Josh, James Garner is indeed Jim Rockford. I was open to Chris Pine as Kirk, but funnily enough just DO NOT WANT Jim Rockord messed with. Funny that.
It would be like Columbo being played by anybody other than Peter Falk. Unthinkable.

Or “my first post, to be clear.” Anyway, I might check out Hawaii Five-O to see what it’s like. And I imagine Bill’s show will be cool.

#15: More like ‘developed by by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.’ I hope the new ‘5-0’ would include the updated version of the original theme music.

Don’t suppose Orci and Kurtzman can get a script to bring Boston Legal to the big screen.

If they can do it with sex and the city then Boston Legal would be a shoe in.

26 – Thanks. Great user name, BTW!

The original Hawaii Five-0 theme song was the reason I started playing drums. Will the new theme have that trademark drum line?

Congrats to both Bob and Alex. Too bad you’ll have to spend so much time in Hawaii. ;)

Hey Bob, try and keep the teaser “Be here. Aloha.” at the end of the episodes. Very cool. Congrats, it looks great, btw.


Now, I want to hear the promos for the S@#$ My Dad Says.

“Thursday on CBS….William Shatner stars in……”
I mean, what are they going to do for that? Bleep the announcer all the time?
Love the Shatner though.

Hawaii Five-O remake. Guess I’ll check it out. Won’t be the same without Jack Lord, who – wasn’t it rumored – turned down the Kirk role? Interesting.
“Book ‘im Danno!”

Gawd, Jack lord wouldn’t let the McGarrett character be caught dead in wrinkled garb like that, no love for class. I bet Lord is rolling over in his grave.
BUT – if they retain and update the original theme song, all will be forgiven.

All Shatner’s charactor needs is a quirky British neighbor played to perfection by Patrick Stewart.

@34 Hey Chris, how did your parents feel about the drums?

Hawaii Five-0 is going to fail hard.


Or as The Sufaris would say, “Ah-hahahaha… wipe out.”

I mean SuRfaris. Great song BTW.

Grace Park! OK, now I’m watching this show.

Great to see Shat… but, um, please rethink the costume. There’s got to be something more slimming (concealing?) than a safari vest and short sleeve shirt.

Still… two shows to watch.

Thumbs down on the reworked theme for Hawaii 5-0.
But I like the obvious homage to the original title sequence.

I still think Alex O’Loughlin (33) is too young to be the new McGarrett (48 when the original Five-O debuted) but such is our youth-centric TV landscape. (No one complained about 50-ish Mark Harmon when NCIS debuted.) I’ll watch and see if he can pull it off.

The new Five-O replaces a Bruckheimer hit (CSI Miami) on Mondays at 10, but is going up against a new Bruckheimer action-drama (Chase) on NBC and ABC’s red-hot “Castle”. Alex and Bob are going to have to stay on their toes!

Shat: “Why can’t anyone do a decent impression of me?!”


“Not your father’s Five-0”. : )

I’ll give it a chance, though. Like the title sequence.

I like the new theme music but then I was really afraid they were going to make it some kind of hip-hop thing.

I’m hoping this Hawaiʻi Five-O doesn’t turn into a Hawaiʻi Five-Uh-Oh!

Good touch having a female governor, since the actual state of Hawaiʻi has a female governor. I would have her call young McGarrett into the office in the subsequent episode, and tell him he needs to dress the part —that this isn’t “Dog Five-O: The Bounty Hunter” he’s running here!

One of the interesting Five-O trends was that guest stars were easy to get: what actor wouldn’t turn down a paid Hawaiʻi trip? Might that happen again? Maybe Nestor Carbonell as a visiting Sikh leader named Singh Noonien? ;)

I saw the framing of the monitor for the “$@#! my Dad Says” and they’re still protecting for 1.33 broadcast! WTH? Pretty much every TV sold is 16×9, every TV station has to broadcast digitally. Get with the times folks! Compose for widescreen! It looks better…stop cramping characters in the center!