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Hawaii Five-0 lands Terence Howard

August 21st, 2012 by

Hawaii Five-0′s casting department has hit another home run for Season 3, landing Oscar-nominated actor Terence Howard.  The Danno-centric episode pairs Howard with Ving Rhames, and promises to bring some fine drama to our screens.  As a long-time fan of both actors,  I cannot wait!

From TV Guide

Terrence Howard has landed a guest-starring role on Hawaii Five-0, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

The Oscar nominee will appear in an episode that features flashbacks to Danny’s (Scott Caan) life as a cop in New Jersey, according to Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the news. Howard’s character does not get along with Danny.

Howard — whose credits include Hustle & FlowCrash and Iron Man — joins the previously cast Kendall Jenner and Ving Rhames, both of whom will appear in the same episode. Additionally, Emmy winner Christine Lahti will recur as McGarrett’s mom in the upcoming third season.

The new season of Hawaii Five-0 premieres Monday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c on CBS.


Video: Peter Lenkov announces Hawaii Five-0 Sunset on the Beach

August 20th, 2012 by

Since you probably missed the short live announcement this morning, here’s your chance to watch Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov, talk about the 3rd Sunset on the Beach.  If you live on Oahu, or can arrange to be there on September 23rd, you might just get close enough to watch Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park, and Daniel Dae Kim, walk the red carpet before the premiere of Season 3.

Besides the main cast, which regulars and recurring cast member do you hope to see at SOTB3?


Peter Lenkov Skyping with Tannya Joaquin

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CBS announces Hawaii Five-0 Sunset On the Beach premiere

August 20th, 2012 by

Fans of Hawaii Five-0 had just about given up hope that the show’s third season would debut with the party in Waikiki known as Sunset On the Beach.  Following the custom established by “Lost” when the show was filmed there, CBS has given the local fans a chance to see stars Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, and Scott Caan walk the Red Carpet before viewing the season premiere in advance of the rest of the nation.

Although the event isn’t known to the majority of the viewers, the more devoted fans of the stars and the show enjoy sharing the event through live-feeds and photos.  But more importantly, SOTB (Sunset On the Beach) is viewed as a “thank you” to the locals who support this show with their hearts and souls.  Although the announcement came later than hoped, better late than never.

From Mike Gordon aka @crankydad and Honolulu Pulse

The cast of "Hawaii Five-0" thank the crowd gathered at "Sunset on the Beach" in Waikiki prior to the second season advance screening last year. (Star-Advertiser File)

Fans of “Hawaii Five-0” can exhale now — CBS announced today that it will hold a red-carpet “Sunset on the Beach” premiere of the crime drama one day before the start of the third season.

CBS will hold the free advance screening Sunday, Sept. 23, on Waikiki Beach. The exact time hasn’t been set for red-carpet arrivals by the show’s stars.

But Peter Lenkov, the show’s executive producer, promised the season three premiere will be “a jaw-dropping, nail-biting, edge-of-your seat ride.”

All of the show’s regulars — Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim — attended previous beach screenings and are expected to attend again this time. Lenkov is expected as well.

Red-carpet galas are not the norm in television, but there’s no better way to thank the show’s appreciative fans “for the love and support we receive on a daily basis,” Lenkov said in an email.

“It’s hard to articulate, but this show is like no other I have ever been involved with,” he said. “It feels as if each and every person on the island has a hand in the making of it. If they’re not working on it. … They’re rooting for it to succeed.”

This is the third year CBS will premiere the season on the beach. But unlike previous seasons, CBS remained silent this summer on the prospect of any advance screening, frustrating out-of-state fans who wanted to plan trips to Hawaii to see the premiere and gawk at the stars.

The network announced the event at 4:30 a.m. today via Twitter.

Last year’s event drew 10,000 people, including many who camped out all day in order to get spot near the red carpet. The arrival of the show’s stars triggers a frenzy of camera-toting, tweeting, screaming fans.

Lenkov said they are the show’s ohana and their support is vital.

“I can tell you it does not go unappreciated,” he said. “It reminds us of why we are working so hard.”


Daniel Dae Kim on his Hawaii Five-0 family

August 18th, 2012 by

Ricky Lo interviews the ground-breaking Hawaii Five-0 star, Daniel Dae Kim,  and asks the all important question, who would you save, your cousin or your wife?

From The Philippine Star (updated August 19, 2012)

SINGAPORE — The eyes of Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim (or simply DDK) disappear into mere slits when reminded that he’s considered one of the Sexiest Men Alive (documented by People magazine in 2005) and ranked No. 81 on Buddy TV’s list of Sexiest Men of 2011.

Asked during an exclusive Conversation in a suite at Singapore Hilton how he felt about it, DDK said that it’s really no big deal being tagged sexy but he admitted that it’s good especially for Asian actors.

“You see,” he explained in a friendly, down-to-earth manner, “even if my friends tease me about it, on a social level I think it’s important for an Asian guy to be described as sexy. In American movies, Asian men are not really portrayed as sexy, so being considered sexy is good not only for me but for all Asians.”

DDK’s natural sexiness is showcased in his role as Detective Chin Ho in Hawaii Five-O which airs its Season 2 marathon from Tuesday (Aug. 21) to Thursday (Aug. 23), 9:05 p.m. exclusively on AXN (may be followed on Twitter). He stars with fellow “mucho macho” men Scott Caan (son of James Caan) and Alex O’Loughlin (the Australian hunk who was last seen on the big screen as Jennifer Lopez’s lover in The Back-up Plan), and Grace Park (yes, that’s her name, synonymous to a place in Caloocan City, also Korean-American). DDK plays Detective Chin Ho, played by Kam Fong in the original series.

While doing the series, DDK, who turned 44 last Aug. 4, lives with his wife Mia and their sons aged 10 and 15 in Honolulu. Doing TV is a welcome breather for the theater-trained actor who is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program in 1996. His credits include hit TV shows (CSI, NYPD Blues and Seinfeld among them) and films (Spider-Man 2 as a scientist and Crash, the 2005 Oscar Best Picture).

Hawaii has become a second home to you. What do you find fascinating about it?

“I have children and Hawaii is a great place to raise an Asian family in. It’s the one place in America where Asians are in the majority and they speak English. We can be Asians and at the same time be Americans. So for that reason, Hawaii is a nice place. And it’s also nice because of its small-town mentality. I spend most of my adult life in New York and Los Angeles, and to raise children in those two cities can be very challenging. It’s always nice for parents to feel that their children are raised in a good, safe place.”

How has the Hawaii Five-O experience been so far?

“So far, it’s been really interesting. It’s good and bad and fun and boring sometimes because of the waiting (for the take), but as a whole it’s been a good experience and I’m happy that I’m doing the show.”

Talk about the good part.

“Yes, absolutely! It’s been nice to kind of take on a role as Chin Ho that’s different from my role as Jin (the loving but traditional husband) in Lost and one on which I get to speak English. You know, I’m happy to do things that I’ve never done before, like ride a motorcycle and shoot a shotgun.”

How’s your working relationship with Scott, Grace and Alex (who was recently injured during an accident on the set)?

“Yes, Alex was injured and it took some time before he got back to the show. As far as our working relationship is concerned, it has never been better. We have become some kind of family…yes, family is the right word because among siblings in a family, you love and you fight and then you love again. That’s very family.”

Is it all action on the set and no light moments?

“We do have some light moments. There’s heavy action and drama on camera, so you have to lighten the mood off camera by joking around and just relaxing and having a good time.”

Playing Chin Ho is very physical; it requires you to run and chase after bad guys. Have you, knock on wood, sustained any injuries on the set?

“Sure! In the first season, Scott hurt his knee while shooting a scene where he was running. He had a surgery on his knee. And, as I’ve said, Alex hurt his shoulder. It’s a very physically demanding show. So far, knock on wood, I’ve been okay.”

The original Hawaii Five-O was iconic, legendary. How do you guys make your performance different from that of the original actors without losing the old Hawaii Five-O flavor?

“That’s a good question. What I did was watch a number of episodes from the old series just so I could have a good resource material and that way I could try and make Chin Ho my own after that. But I always try to be respectful of and to honor the original show, and then try and modernize my character to something that speaks to me as an actor.”

Have you met Kam Fong?

“He’s not around anymore. But his son actually plays a recurring character on the show.”

Aside from being both Asian, how are you like Kam Fong in temperament and attitude? I suppose you’ve read and heard a lot about him.

“I don’t know very much about him except that he’s very well-liked around the island, the memory of him is well-respected, and I think that goes the same for the actors of the original series like Jack Lord (Who’s honored with a bust in front of a big mall in Honolulu. — RFL). All of them are considered icons in Hawaii. So we have some big footsteps to follow.”

You were born in Pusan, South Korea, and grew up in New York. How much of you is still Asian?

“Another good question. My wife Mia is also Asian, our kids are Korean, and we eat predominantly Korean food at home because she’s a very good cook. Yes, I love kimchi! My parents are still very close. We follow many Korean customs in the house.”

How much of the original Hawaii Five-O have you watched?

“Maybe three or four episodes as, as I’ve said, part of my preparation for the show. Throughout, I watched the very first episode and I watched something in the middle of Season 1, and I watched something in Season 2 and then I watched something late in the series because I wanted to see how it evolved.”

The intro music is iconic, too.

“Yes, I sing it and it keeps on replaying in the head!”

What traits of Chin Ho do you identify with?

“I think he’s very loyal.”

Are you?

‘Yes, I think so. I think he values his family like I do mine and I think he’s often put in a situation where he has to make a difficult choice. In the finale of Season 2, he’s faced with the choice to save either his cousin or his wife. He ended up trying to save his wife.”

Put in that situation in real life, what would you do?

“Between my wife and my cousin? I would do the same…save my wife! Hahahaha!”

You look so fit. Did you have to prepare physically for the show?

“It wasn’t a physical preparation but I wanted to learn what it was like to be a policeman in Honolulu. So I rode around with Honolulu cops for four days, stayed with them in the station, went out on the patrol car with them and got to know them a little bit just so I would be believable in playing the role.”

 Is it hard to maintain your kind of body?

“I eat a lot of local fruit. Diet-wise, Hawaii is a good place to stay healthy because there’s a lot of fresh fish, vegetables grown right on the island and there’s so many places to run in and lots of sea to swim in. You can play golf and tennis.”

Any no-no’s?

“A local favorite is Spam but I try to avoid it. (It’s only in Hawaii where McDonald’s serves breakfast of Spam and egg with rice. — RFL) I’m not sure if it’s good for you.”

Was becoming an actor your only ambition?

“Actually, I was thinking of becoming a lawyer. I think ‘lawyering’ is theatrical in some way. I was a Political Science major and I was ready to go to law school. It wasn’t until I was in second year college that I took an acting class. That changed my life completely.”

Any dream role?

“I think I would like to play Henry V on stage. Why him? Because of his qualities and leadership that are admirable which I want to try and explore.”

In one of Hawaii Five-O’s episodes last year, the Philippines was prominently mentioned. Any chance for the series to be shot in the Philippines?

“Wow, that would be interesting! You know, our show deals with a lot of international kind of businesses, so I guess it’s possible. We’re still trying to figure out how to shoot in other parts of Hawaii, but if it opens up, yes, the Philippines would be a natural place to go.”

Have you worked with any Filipino?

“One of my best friends is Filipino. He’s a stage actor in New York. His name is Joe de la Fuente. He and I have been friends for many, many years; and he’s actually the person responsible for getting me to drama school at NYU because he was there first.”

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Hawaii Five-0′s Hiro lives for “Revenge”

August 15th, 2012 by

Great news for fans of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa comes to us via Keck’s Exclusive.  Even though Hiro Noshimuri was killed during last season’s Hawaii Five-0, the actor has now been cast in a recurring role on ABC’s “Revenge.”  Cary became known to fans in Honolulu and on twitter, as a great guy who emanated positive vibes wherever he went.  Unfortunately his character fell victim to Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) in Season 2 of the CBS show.  Hiro’s mantle on Five-0 is now being carried by his son Adam, played by Ian Anthony Dale.  We wish Cary the absolute best of luck in his new role.

From TV Guide

When ABC’s Revenge returns this fall for a second season of devilish fun, there will be yet another twist involving Emily’s mysterious revenge master, Satoshi Takeda — he’ll have a new face!

Due to the unavailability of the character’s original portrayer,Hiroyuki Sanada, the part will now be played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. According to producer Melissa Loy, Sanada’s jam-packed film schedule (including a role in the Hugh Jackman-led movie Wolverine) necessitated the change. “Geographically, with our schedule being what it is, it was getting a little bit challenging,” Loy explains. “We would have had to fly him in and out of Australia [where Wolverine was filming], but [still] wouldn’t have had him on the days we necessarily needed him. We tried to figure out a bunch of different scenarios, but ultimately it was too difficult.”

Tagawa, who has appeared on Heroes and Hawaii Five-0, will debut in the Sept. 30 season premiere and is “fantastic,” says Loy, who adds that the 10-year age difference between Takeda #1 (age 51) and Takeda #2 (age 61) was of no concern. “We didn’t want to try to trick our audience,” she says. “We wanted to bring somebody in who brought something fresh, different and new to the character.” Something the men have in common: both were born in Tokyo and boast an impressive list of Japanese film credits.

Loy says Takeda will stick around as long as “Emily has revenge-school stories.” And there are many new tales to be told this season — particularly in flashbacks showing Takeda working with both Emily and another vengeance-seeking pupil named Aiden.

Check out Officer 808′s exclusive Season 1 interview with Mr. Tagawa HERE.

CBS Video – Looking back at Hawaii Five-0 Season 2

August 15th, 2012 by

Are you ready for a third season in paradise with the hottest cast on television?  To whet your appetite, CBS has updated their look back at Season 2 with a very exciting recap.  Again I ask, are you ready for Season 3?  I can’t hear you!


Grace Park in "Ua Hopu"



Hawaii Five-0′s third season debuts on Monday, September 24, 2012.

24 episodes for Hawaii Five-0 Season 3

August 14th, 2012 by



Fans of Hawaii Five-0 have been asking how many episodes CBS would order for Season 3, but up until now we’ve only had official notice of a preliminary request for twenty-two.  Well, word just came via executive producer Peter Lenkov, that the network is going for the full twenty-four segments of the show starring Alex O’Loughlin.  In addition to that welcomed announcement, Lenkov teased viewers with a promise of some big news to come.  Peter, if you whisper it in my ear, I promise not to tell anyone!

Hawaii Five-0 calendar: Late August edition

August 12th, 2012 by

The month of August will be wrapping up with some of the season’s strongest episodes, so if you haven’t already done so, you might want to set that DVR.

Monday, August 13:  “Kūpale” (Defender) This episode provides a bit of Hawaiian history, the return of Al Harrington, and an appearance by Apolo Ohno as a low level loser. Scantily clad men run around brandishing spears, but sadly, none of the near-naked individuals are members of our Five-0 team.


Monday, August 20:  ”Lekio”  (Radio) Although some may remember this episode as the one in which Dennis Miller is blown into little bits of shark chum, it’s real worth is in James Caan’s performance as Tony Archer.  I’m pretty sure that most Hawaii Five-0 fans fell in love with the grizzled ex-detective when he managed to insinuate himself smack dab into the middle of the Steve-Danno bromance.  I don’t know about you, but I sure hope that Peter Lenkov brings the senior Caan back for Season 3.


Monday, August 27:  ”Ha’alele” (Abandoned)  This was an odd episode for many Hawaii Five-0 fans since it was filmed while Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) was in recovery, and the team leader’s absence was quite noticeable.  Nonetheless, it was an outstanding chapter showing the ability and range of Masi Oka (Heroes,) as his character reveals his tragic past and hunts a serial killer.  If you missed this one the first time around, don’t make that mistake  again.

Hot new Hawaii Five-0 photos!

August 10th, 2012 by

Surf’s up! Hot new pics featuring the most gorgeous cast on television.   A huge thank you to Hawaii-Five-0-Fans!

Episode 302, “Kanalua.”       Photos: Norman Shapiro/CBS

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Ving Rhames to battle Danno? Oh no!

August 9th, 2012 by

I’ve long been a believer that we don’t have enough Ving Rhames in our lives, so I was pretty darned thrilled to see this tweet come through from CBS on Thursday.

 Mr. Rhames has played many a tough guy over the years, including Marsellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction,” and Luther Stickell in the Mission Impossible franchise.  I do however, wish he was going to be on the side of Hawaii Five-0, and I’m a little concerned about this “bloody” battle.  Maybe this is when Danno is finally going to bust out his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills (Scott Caan has a purple belt) to the surprise of the rest of the team.

Trivia question: Who gave him the nickname, “Ving”?

Ving Rhames - "Mission Impossible"

The Pulp Fiction actor will play Billy, a man from Danno’s past, in flashbacks to the Fivo-0 member’s time as a cop in New Jersey. As the two square off, viewers will see what Danny is really made of. And according to CBS’ official Twitter feed, the battle — which may or may not carry over into present-day Hawaii — is “going to get bloody.” –  TV Line