Scott Caan joins "Hawaii Five-O"

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Scott Caan is 'Hawaii Five-O's' Danno
Appeared in the three 'Ocean's Eleven' films
By Nellie Andreeva

Book 'em, Scott!

Scott Caan, co-star in the "Ocean's Eleven" movie franchise, has been
tapped for the role of Danny "Danno" Williams on CBS' updated version
of "Hawaii Five-O."

The new "Hawaii," from CBS Studios, "Star Trek" writers Alex Kurtzman
and Roberto Orci and "CSI: NY' executive producer Peter Lenkov,
centers on an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police headed by Steve
McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin).

Williams, who was played by James McArthur on the original series, is
a New Jersey cop who has recently undergone an acrimonious divorce and
has transferred to Hawaii to be near his 7-year-old daughter. Forced
to partner with McGarrett, Danno is initially leery of their
association -- but as he grows more familiar with his maverick new
boss, he begins to appreciate the opportunity to work with McGarrett.

The character's name was immortalized by McGarrett's catchphrase,
"Book 'em, Danno!" which closed most episodes of the original series
and is expected to live on on the new show.

Caan will be a guest star on the "Hawaii" pilot because of his
commitment to HBO's "Entourage."

Caan is regular on the showbiz comedy for the upcoming seventh season,
reprising his role as tough-talk manager Scott Lavin introduced in an
arc last season.

He will then segue to "Hawaii" as a regular if the pilot is picked up
to series.

Caan is probably best known for his role as Turk Malloy in the three
"Ocean's Eleven" heist movies from Steven Soderbergh and George

He will next be seen in IFC Films' "Mercy," which he also wrote and

Caan is repped by Paradigm and attorney Robert Offer.
So, the son of James Caan takes the role created by the son of Helen Hayes.
That provides some strange type of continuity.
Ooo, W. George, no no no no no.  McArthur did *not* create the role.  
The role was created by Tim O'Kelley, who was replaced by McArthur when 
CBS decided they didn't want somebody who could act in the part.  I 
always wondered what happened to him, and thought they should have 
brought him back when McArthur quit, cackling maniacally for the press 
that the show would never last a season without him.  It didn't, but I 
don't think it's 'cause anybody missed McArthur.
Is he adopted?
As Gilda Radner said, the problem with adopting kids is you have to
teach them to look like you.  If Scott Caan is adopted, he learned
that lesson very well.