Reaching 100 episodes is worthy of celebration and as CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 marched toward the milestone, executive producer/showrunner Peter Lenkov was itching to do something different. So, with the help of CBS Television Studios’ senior vp music Amy Osler, he reached out to one of his favorite musicians, Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik, with the hopes that he could use an unreleased song from the catalogue. What he got was something even better.
Ondrasik — the 49-year-old singer-songwriter behind Top 40 hits from the early aughts, “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” “100 Years” and “Riddle (You and I)” — instead created a brand-new song, “All for One,” inspired by the proven franchise. It was something Lenkov admits he never thought would come to fruition. “We got around to talking and the question came up, ‘What if he actually wrote an original song?’ ” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “In the script I was very specific with what the music would accompany. He basically wrote what I consider almost the theme song to the show — something that really highlights themes of the show and the spirit of ‘ohana [Hawaiian for 'family'] and the bonds of friendship. He captured it all in three-and-half minutes.”