Like millions of other YouTube watchers, I was overwhelmed by Susan Boyle’s bravura performance of “I Dreamed a Dream,” from the hit musical Les Miserables, on the British reality TV show, “Britain’s Got Talent.” What’s stunning about the performance and video is that it has already been viewed an estimated 48 million times, making it one of the most viewed videos in history, surpassing such hits as Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, shoes being thrown at President Bush, and Obama’s election night victory speech, according to Visible Measures, which tracks online video usage.
Although the current record holder for most views on YouTube is held by Evolution of Dance, with a staggering 118 million views, it’s conceivable that the Susan Boyle video will surpass that number in the weeks ahead.
In case you haven’t seen the video of Susan Boyle, click here to go to YouTube. Unfortunately, embedding of the video has been disabled, which makes the large number of views even more impressive.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the premiere of the hit TV series, Hawaii Five-0 (which debuted on 9/26/68) and in celebration of the announcement by CBS in August that they are planning a remake of the series for the 2009-2010 season, here’s the famous title sequence from the 1968 series, featuring the theme music that was later popularied by The Ventures.
And here are some tidbits about Hawaii Fve-0:
* The show ran for 12 seasons, from 1968 to 1980, making it the longest running crime show on American television until the police drama Law & Order surpassed it in 2003;
* The term “Five-0″ in the show’s title was intended as a reference to Hawaii, the 50th state in the nation;
* Seven of the show’s principal actors have since passed away– Jack Lord (as Steve McGarrett), Kam Fong (as Chin Ho Kelly), Gilbert Kauhi Zulu (as Kono), Herman Wedemeyer (as Duke), Richard Denning (as the Governor), Moe Keale (as Truck) and Khigh Dhiegh (as Wo Fat);
* Kam Fong, who played Chin Ho, was a real Honolulu police officer for 17 years before changing careers to become an actor. He originally auditioned for the part of villain Wo Fat, but was cast as Chin Ho instead;
* The show still airs in syndication and has been seen by an estimated 40 million people;
* Seasons 1 through 4 of the series are available on DVD; Season 5 will be released on 11/18/08;
To order the DVDs from amazon.com’s Hawaii Five-0 Store (yes, they have a store for the series!), click here.