Lately, CBS execs have had a big ol' man crush on Alex O'Loughlin (not surprising, I suppose -- word on the street is the dude is pretty good looking, and knows how to act as well). And they won't stop until O'Loughlin is the star of a hit TV show.
Moonves knows a thing or two about being tenacious with talent he believes in. Remember that guy George Clooney? Small-time actor with a few sitcom credits ("Facts of Life," "Roseanne") and plenty of busted pilots to his name. Moonves eventually cast him in "E.R." And, well, he's now George Clooney.
More recently, Simon Baker topped CBS' favorites list. When "The Guardian" didn't pan out, the Eye was right back with "The Mentalist" -- and Baker's now not going anywhere.
With Baker accounted for, enter O'Loughlin. "Moonlight" didn't last long -- perhaps a bit ahead of its time, missing the whole vampire explosion by a year or two. This year's "Three Rivers" wound up being dammed.
But now, O'Loughlin has been cast in what could be the role of his career: Det. Steve McGarrett, in CBS' "Hawaii Five-O" redux. Eye execs have been anxious to revive "Hawaii Five-O" for years -- and now it's up to O'Loughlin to bring the show to life.