Jason Ritter, The Event, Ashley Tisdale, Hellcats, Alex O'Loughlin, Hawaii Five-O

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Dun dun dun na na na….Dun dun dun na na.

Sorry, just singing a little ditty that just so happens to be the theme song of the most exciting new series coming out this fall. According to you.

That's right. Thousands of you have weighed in on the show you're looking forward to the most for the coming 2010-11 season, and it is:

Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O'Loughlin, Hawaii Five-O

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Hawaii Five-O!

Yes, the CBS remake, with Lost's awesome-sauce Daniel Dae Kim and Moonlight's awesome-sauce Alex O'Loughlin (whom we just spoke with; see below) was chosen by you fans as the show most worth getting excited about.

For those who missed our Pick Your New Fave tournament, the fans were given sneak-peek video and info for all 34 new series, then asked to choose the most kick-ass-looking show from each individual network. Those top five series were pitted against each other to determine the Ultimate New Fave, for ultimate early buzz bragging rights.

Here are the top shows you're looking forward to for 2010-11, and their final ranking:

  1. Hawaii Five-O, CBS (27% of the vote)
  2. Hellcats, CW (24%)
  3. The Event, NBC (20%)
  4. Mr. Sunshine, ABC (19%)
  5. Running Wilde, Fox (10%)

Yep, Ashley Tisdale's new cheerleading series Hellcats (produced by Tom Welling) ranked in at number two out of all the new series (!), followed by Jason Ritter's new Lost-meets-24-ish series The Event, then Matthew Perry and Allison Janney's new comedy Mr. Sunshine, with Keri Russell and Will Arnett's Running Wilde coming in last (but first for all Fox shows).

Hawaii Five-O

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To celebrate Five-O's impressive, early-buzz coup, we checked in with Alex O'Loughlin at the Donate Life Hollywood Film Festival, where the star was honored with their Person of the Year award for his endless efforts in raising awareness about organ donation (Fun Fact: his involvement in Donate Life began after starring in Three Rivers), and got a little more info for you who are already shaping up to be Five-O fans...

What can fans expect from the new Five-O?
It's a modern reboot of a classic, an old favorite that was CBS' number one show for 12 years. It was a huge show. What we are doing is bringing a whole new spin to it. I play Steve McGarrett, which is Jack Lord's character, and you will learn all about Steve's background as opposed to in the old show, you didn't really know much about him. We open up the pilot learning all about these characters, where they come from, how they come together and it's about fighting crime in Hawaii.

Are you a fan of Lost and how great is it to be working with Daniel Dae Kim?
Yeah. Fantastic and yeah, he's a great guy. He's super nice. I'm very, very glad he's on the cast. He's a pro. He's a terrific actor, but he's a really great person as well. So it's going to be fun.

Will you be doing any of your own stunts?
I'm very physical and I really enjoy that side of things and stuff. I'll do whatever they let me!

You and Scott Caan, who plays your partner, have some strong chemistry in the pilot. Is he the comedic relief to your straight man?
There's more to my character McGarrett than you saw in the pilot so he's not as straight as you think. I mean he's as straight as a [Navy] SEAL, but he's got a bunch of stuff that's gonna come out later on and we riff pretty well together. It's fun. Naturally, in life, I'm more of a clown, it's different.

Will you and Scott be the next great TV bromance?
Me and Scott, oh yeah, we will be the bromance of the decade!

And, just in case you were wondering, (and let's face it, you were) here is a rundown of how you ranked the "excite-ability" of the upcoming shows by network:


  1. The Event
  2. Undercovers
  3. Love Bites
  4. The Cape
  5. Friends with Benefits
  6. Outsourced
  7. Harry's Law
  8. Chase (tied with...)
  9. Perfect Couples
  10. Law and Order: Los Angeles
  11. Outlaw


  1. Mr. Sunshine
  2. No Ordinary Family
  3. Off the Map
  4. Happy Endings
  5. Body of Proof
  6. My Generation
  7. Better Together
  8. The Whole Truth
  9. Detroit 1-8-7


  1. Hellcats
  2. Nikita


  1. Hawaii Five-O
  2. Blue Bloods
  3. $#*! My Dad Says
  4. Mike and Molly
  5. The Defenders


  1. Running Wilde
  2. Mixed Signals
  3. Lonestar
  4. Terra Nova
  5. Raising Hope
  6. Ride-Along
  7. Bob's Burgers

Do you agree that Five-O is most deserving of early buzz? Are you surprised by any of the results? Is there another new show that deserves more love? The comments are yours for the taking.

—Additional reporting by Tierney Bricker

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See the magic of the Five-O cast for yourself right here.

And in case you haven't seen 'em, here are sneak peeks of your final five new series, ranked in order of your excitement:

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