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July 3rd, 2012 by Terry
CBS has announced that Academy Award winning actress Christine Lahti has been cast in the role of Steve McGarrett’s thought-to-be-dead mother. Quite a few names were being floated by fans as possible contenders, including Geena Davis and Lynda Carter, but I’m quite happy with this choice. I’ve long been a fan of Ms. Lahti’s work and as an actor who is always eager to learn from his peers, I think that Alex O’Loughlin must also be pleased with this casting.
Christine Lahti from CBS.com
LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2012 — Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning actress Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”) has been cast in a recurring role on HAWAII FIVE-0, which begins its third season this fall on the CBS Television Network. Lahti will portray Doris McGarrett, the thought-to-be-deceased mother of Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin).
“The mysterious character of Doris McGarrett is a pivotal one to the mythology of our show,” said Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, “and we are thrilled to have a seasoned and beloved actress such as Christine to portray her. She’s a wonderful addition to the H50 family and the fans will certainly enjoy what we have in store for her. Let’s just say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
Lahti earned her first Oscar nomination for “Swing Shift,” then took the statue home 10 years later as a first-time director for her short film “Lieberman in Love.” In 1998, Lahti won both the Emmy and her second Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Dr. Kathryn Austin on “Chicago Hope.” Three years later, her feature film directorial debut, “My First Mister,” opened the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Additional film credits include “Running on Empty,” for which she received the 1998 LA Film Critics Award as well as a Golden Globe nomination, “Leaving Normal,” “The Doctor,” “Housekeeping,” “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” and “…And Justice for All.”
Her television credits include a starring role in “Jack & Bobby,” for which she received both SAG and Golden Globe Award nominations, “Law & Order: SVU” and numerous television movies including “Amerika,” for which she earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
A highly esteemed and award-winning stage actress, most recently Lahti starred on Broadway in “God of Carnage,” and off-Broadway in “Body of Water” and “Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling.”
July 1st, 2012 by Terry
If you’re reading this on your phone while seated at the dinner table with your family, you might want to stop right now. Esquire Malaysia asked Daniel Dae Kim for some “manly” advice, and the Hawaii Five-0 actor wasn’t shy about expressing his opinions. Among my favorite’s of Daniel’s philosophies; ”…I tend to think that people are defined by their actions more so than their words.”
The original article can be found here.
“God, I’m hearing myself talk, and I can’t believe it!” Daniel Dae Kim says. Odd, since the actor from Hawaii Five-O (and also known for his role in the seminal Lost), should probably be used to it by now. In conjunction with the season finale of Hawaii Five-O, we were granted an exclusive interview with the Korean-American Kim. So we used this time to ask him for man advice. That’s right – Daniel Dae Kim is ready to dispense pearls of wisdom on love, health, money and, um, grooming. Here we go:
“Anything that allows you to live your life to its fullest, whether it is sport or just something that can put you in positive state of mind, that’s what health is about. It’s physical and psychological well-being.”
“Intellect can be defined as having enough knowledge to know that you know nothing. I think being wise is closely tied to experience, which comes with age. But I also think experience comes with the way you live your life. If you seek to try different things, and continue to learn, I think that will create the quality of wisdom.”
“When the people around you became less important than the technology that you’re holding, then it’s a sign. There’s a rule that I have in my family: No technology at the dinner table. There’s no technology that goes into the bedroom with me. Everything stays out.”
“The golden rule applies: Treat people how you would appreciate being treated. Certain conversations are meant to be had the old-fashioned way; face-to-face and in person. There’s no excuse for breaking up with someone over a text.”
“I played violin for eight years, I play bass guitar, and I fool around with a guitar. I think it’s an important skill to be able to entertain, whether that comes in a form of instrument, being a good story teller, or being an acrobat. One of those will do.”
“A man should never spend more time in front of the mirror that his girlfriend. But I once had a driver that smelt so bad that he could hide the smell of durian. For me, you should spend some time grooming if you offend other people. But, in the question of personal style, it’s enough to be true to yourself. For me, I don’t go out of the house looking like a slob because I want people to think that I make conscious choices.”
On career and money:
“Money is important and it allows you to do the things you would like to do. If you have an interest that is worth doing, then I would wish you all the money that you would need to do it. But money is not a measure of man’s personal worth. Too many people think that it is.”
“Try everything! I don’t cook, and thankfully, my wife is an amazing cook, so, I’m the lucky beneficiary. But I do try everything. I rarely say no to something that is offered or made available to me, and I make my own personal choices based on that. Sometimes it is Michelin- starred, and other times, it’s on the street in a city I’ve never been in, like Kuala Lumpur. There’s no standard except your own personal taste. You can’t try every restaurant in every city, so, it’s always good to get word of mouth, and at the same time, you shouldn’t follow someone else’s opinion without having your own. That goes for life in general.”
On criticism (and praise):
“I think it is important to have people that I trust around me. Not just to protect or to support me, but also to tell me the truth when other people might be afraid to tell me. Personally, I want to hear as much criticism as I want to hear praise, because you can’t believe one without believing the other. So, if you make a choice to not believe the praise, then you cannot believe the criticisms, and vice-versa. But, all things pass, and it is something I think about even when I get to enjoy wonderful things. I’m always reminded of the fact that everything you’re experiencing now will be a memory in just a moment–¬–and so are the bad things.”
On being true to yourself, man:
“In acting, the first thing that you want to determine when playing a character is what the character wants. I think that can also apply to men: Once you can determine what you really want, then you can set your circumstances and your goals to get there. And that defines a human being, because I tend to think that people are defined by their actions more so than their words.”
On defining “Man at His Best”:
“A relaxed sense of elegance that comes when someone knows who he is, and he’s not trying to prove anything to anyone. That’s a state that I hope I get to.”
July 1st, 2012 by Terry
As the actor behind the role of Chin Ho Kelly in the rebooted Hawaii Five-0 makes his way across Asia, Daniel Dae Kim has been facing many of the same questions from members of the press. Lucky for us, at each stop, we’re learning just a little bit more about the cast’s senior member. Mahalo, Daniel!
From the NewStraitsTimes
Kim’s acting roles transcend the historical barriers of race and stereotypes
HUNKY Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim has been making waves as one of the cool members of an elite task force in Hawaii Five-0. The successful reboot of the long running police procedural series from the late-1960s, now coming to the end of Season Two, offers plenty of thrills and spills before the next season blows in like a hot tropical breeze. Kim, who plays Detective Lt Chin Ho Kelly of the Honolulu Police Department, was in town recently to promote the finale to the current season.
Born in Busan, South Korea and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting while he was a student at Haverford College.
After briefly considering a career as an attorney, he decided to follow his true passion and moved to New York City, where he began his work on stage.
Despite his early success, he decided to deepen his dedication to the craft by studying at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts.
Kim has successfully dabbled in film, TV and theatre. Aside from Hawaii Five-0, he is best known for his portrayal of Jin in Lost.
The talented actor has been honoured with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor.
In 2009, he was bestowed the prestigious KoreAm Journal Achievement Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment.
Below is an interview with the charming and soft spoken 43-year-old actor, who currently lives in Maui, Hawaii with his wife and two sons.
What can viewers expect from the upcoming Season Two finale?
This finale was one of my favourite episodes to shoot. I’m a big fan of in-depth character development and there’s a lot of it here. Also each character gets put in a place of jeopardy, so I think fans will definitely enjoy the ride.
Any developments to Kelly that you’d like to see happen in future episodes?
I think the writers do a great job of fleshing out the characters, so I wouldn’t want to impose, although I do have conversations with them about the developments. A lot of things went right for Kelly’s life in the second season — he got back on the force, got married. I have a feeling that what goes up must come down.
How much of Kelly’s character do you identify with?
There are certain similarities. I’m older than the other actors the same way that Kelly is older than the other characters, so he’s kind of the voice of experience, especially in his relationship with his cousin, Kono. Another aspect is that Kelly has a need for family and so do I.
What were some of your preparations for the role of Kelly?
Living in Hawaii for six years really helped in getting to know the local pidgin dialect and how the island works, to a certain degree. I even followed the Honolulu police around for several days and got to see how they work. I think there’s a pretty unique kind of law enforcement on the island. I also saw some episodes from the original series to get a feel for the source material.
The good thing about working in Hawaii is …?
I have a family and I think it’s a great place to raise kids. I like the fact that I’m not in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles all the time, which is a city dominated by one industry. But in Hawaii, if you’re an actor you’re a very small minority in the population there, so I think people there are generally more normal.
Also, as a guy with an Asian face, I’m the majority here and everyone speaks English. In America this is the only place of its kind, so for my children to be able to grow up in Hawaii and not be teased because they look different or funny is great.
And the bad?
When I have to travel out, whether for professional or personal matters, I’m 4,023 kilometres away from any other land mass. There’s no quick trip anywhere from Hawaii, it’s at least a six hour flight to anywhere. Oh, another thing is, where would you vacation if you already live in Hawaii?
What TV shows do you like to watch? And do you watch Hawaii Five-0?
There are a few: Downton Abbey, Californication, Game Of Thrones, Luther. I do watch Hawaii Five-0, I know many actors don’t watch their own shows but I take it as a learning experience. I think it’s important to see whether the work that I feel like I’m doing translates onto the screen so that I can improve myself. I go in with that perspective and try to be objective.
As a successful American actor who is also Korean, how do you find a balance between identifying with American and Korean cultures?
I ask myself that question regularly and I don’t know — sometimes I feel very proud to be both American and Korean, sometimes I feel like I’m neither. Koreans are very nationalistic and proud, especially when it comes to their entertainers. When I’m in South Korea it’s very apparent to me that I’m not a native Korean, but at the same time, I know they’re very proud of anyone who is Korean and is succeeding worldwide so it’s an interesting kind of counterbalance between the two things.
I was raised in America. I spent 99 per cent of my life there, but because of the way I look, there will always be Americans who think I’m not American. So it’s tricky but the good news is that we keep moving forward. The world becomes more open every day. So I’m hoping that the work I do helps that process a little bit..
June 29th, 2012 by Terry
If you run CBS, what do you do to keep viewers excited during the dry summer months of reruns? You send a colorful bus across the country to promote your shows and interact with fans. Take a look at the schedule to see if and when the CBS Buzz Tour will be in your town.
THE “CBS BUZZ TOUR” KICKS OFF IN BOSTON ON JULY 4
On Wednesday, July 4, the “CBS Buzz Tour” will officially burst onto the scene from Boston during CBS’s live broadcast of the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.” The CBS star-branded and mobile studio-equipped “CBS Buzz Tour” bus will bring network ambassadors, activities and giveaways to 60 markets in 60 days as a thank-you to the millions of loyal fans who continue to make CBS America’s Most-Watched Network. CBS reality star veterans Alex Boylan (“The Amazing Race”) and Burton Roberts (“Survivor: Pearl Islands”) will spearhead the on-the-road fan activities and will also engage viewers from anywhere in the U.S. throughout the tour with “Inside Buzz” CBS.com webisodes, blogs and social media contests and posts.
Covering 15,000 miles through Aug. 31, the “CBS Buzz Tour” (#cbsbuzz) will go straight to the fans, providing CBS experiences unique to each market. Alex Boylan and Burton Roberts will lead an array of in-person fan activities, including face-to-face encounters and video chats with new and returning CBS personalities, sneak peeks and screenings of CBS’s buzzed-about new fall series, as well as contests, giveaways and the opportunity to be digitally inserted into cast photos of several CBS series, which can be shared on social media sites. Among the contests are social challenges that will encourage local fans to interact with the Buzz Tour bus on its route across the U.S. through photo submissions, trivia contests and more. Additionally, several “CBS Buzz Tour” collaborations with local CBS stations will include community service projects.
Fans can also follow the fun from anywhere, thanks to companion on-the-road “Inside Buzz” webisodes, social media posts and contests produced by Boylan and Roberts. The “CBS Buzz Tour”-related schedules and content – including an interactive map with video and slide shows of each stop and links to corresponding social accounts – will be accessible via http://www.cbs.com/buzz.
“It is extremely exciting to be part of this ultimate road trip,” said Burton Roberts. “Not only will we be delivering content from the road – using all aspects of technology and social media – but we will also be face-to-face with countless CBS fans across the country.”
“It will be awesome to be on the front lines getting to interact with and say thanks to Americans all across this great country,” said Alex Boylan.“ The fact that CBS is making the effort to give back to its fans shows the passion and loyalty it has for them. I’m extremely proud to be part of this effort.”
Some pre-launch “CBS Buzz Tour” stops in the Boston area in association with CBS’s Boston station (WBZ) include a day at the CBS Scene restaurant at Patriot Place on Saturday, June 30, coinciding with a New England Revolution game and live concerts that evening. On Sunday, July 1, the Buzz bus moves to Boston’s well-trafficked Charles River Esplanade for several concert events, culminating with the official kickoff on Wednesday, July 4 during CBS’s live broadcast of the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” (10:00-11:00 PM, live, ET; delayed PT) hosted by Michael Chiklis, who stars in CBS’s upcoming new fall drama series VEGAS.
The first half of the “CBS Buzz Tour” schedule (the July cities, CBS stations and dates, including a several day stay in San Diego for Comic-Con® 2012) are as follows:
Thursday, July 5: Albany/Schenectady (WRGB), Rochester (WROC) and Buffalo (WIVB)
Friday, July 6: Erie (WSEE), Cleveland (WOIO)
Saturday, July 7: Omaha (KMTV).
Sunday, July 8: Cheyenne (KGWN).
Monday, July 9: Salt Lake City’s (KUTV), Las Vegas (KLAS)
Wednesday, July 11 – Saturday, July 14: San Diego (KFMB) during Comic-Con® 2012
Sunday, July 15 – Sunday, July 22: Los Angeles (KCBS).
Monday, July 23: Bakersfield (KBAK), Fresno (KGPE)
Tuesday, July 24: Sacramento (KOVR/KMAX)
Wednesday, July 25: San Francisco (KPIX)
Thursday, July 26: Monterey (KION)
Friday, July 27: Santa Maria (KCOY)
Saturday, July 28: Appearances in Los Angeles (KCBS)
Sunday, July 29: Presence/coverage from CBS’s Press Tour day at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles
Monday, July 30: Palm Springs (CBS Local 2), Phoenix (KPHO)
Tuesday, July 31: Albuquerque (KRQE)
The August locations and dates – which are scheduled to include appearances in Denver, Wichita, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Lexington, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Columbus, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, and many more – will be announced at a future date.
In 2006, Burton Roberts and Alex Boylan founded Around the World Productions, for which they have created, produced and, at times, hosted many award-winning web and multi-platform programs, such as CBS’s “Around the World for Free,” the Rachael Ray Show’s “Rach to the Rescue,” the Boy Scouts of America’s “Tales from the Trail,” the interactive series “Missions in Action” and hundreds of destination content web pieces for the Travel Channel and Lonely Planet.
In 2002, Alex Boylan was on the winning team on CBS’s hit reality television series, “The Amazing Race 2.” Since then, Boylan has hosted numerous television shows, including the popular PBS series “At the Chef’s Table,” the Health Corner DVD series “What’s Cooking with Alex” and the informative pet series “Animal Attractions.” Boylan has also created and produced the DVD surfing documentaries “Dropping In: Panama” and “Dropping In: El Salvador.”
In 2003, Burton Roberts was a contestant on CBS’s popular reality television series “Survivor: Pearl Islands,” the series’ seventh season, after which he created the cable series “Camp Reality.” Roberts also raced in “Eco-Challenge: Fiji,” competed on the cable show “Battle of the Network Reality Stars,” appears as himself in the motivational DVD “The Compass,” is featured in the book Spirit of Adventure: Eagle Scouts and the Making of America’s Future, and, through Around the World Productions, occasionally hosts for the Travel Channel and on “Tales from the Trail.”
June 28th, 2012 by Terry
Did you know that Daniel Dae Kim would love to star in a romantic comedy? That’s just one thing we learn about the Hawaii Five-0 star in his interview with Alvin Chong of Singapore’s “Today.”
June 26th, 2012 by Terry
If you’re a CBS executive and you want one of your Hawaii Five-0 stars to do a press junket across Asia, who do you chose? The handsome, well-spoken, ambassador Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly,) of course. The senior member of the team is making stops in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Seoul in a series of meet-and-greets with fans, and based on the feedback seen on social media, he’s winning hearts at every stop.
Daniel has shared a few photos during his journey:
June 25th, 2012 by Terry
Finally, some news!! It looks like Hawaii Five-0′s season 2 DVD and Blu-ray will be released around the same time of the year as the first season. According to the site TVshowsonDVD, our orders should ship on Tuesday, September 18th. If you haven’t already pre-ordered, head on over to Amazon!
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June 25th, 2012 by Terry
The conclusion seems pretty unanimous that Kono will survive the desperate situation we last saw her in, but what are the odds that Joe White will return to season 3 of Hawaii Five-0?
From Matt Roush at TV Guide. More television questions answered here.
Question: I am a devout follower of Hawaii Five-0. In the final episode, it looked like we may lose the character of Kono. Is this going to happen? I think a lot of viewers will be turned off by this decision. And will Terry O’Quinn be making special appearances on the show even though he has a new series coming on in the fall? — Jackie
Matt Roush: Now you know I don’t do plot spoilers. But even so, these kind of cliffhangers have been around since the silent-movie days of Flash Gordon and The Perils of Pauline, and surely you don’t think they’re going to let the show’s primary female character sink without a trace — or without a miraculous lifeline of some sort. (If they do, check back with me in the fall, because that would be pretty newsworthy.) Regarding Terry O’Quinn, the producers have said they’d like to bring the Joe White character back if and when the actor’s schedule permits, but unless 666 Park Avenue is a quick fade (hard to imagine it not going at least 13), I imagine you’ll see considerably less of him for a while.
June 22nd, 2012 by Terry
Entertainment Weekly has chosen Hawaii Five-0 as one of the “Best Reboots” on television. Fans of the new version of the show already knew this, but it’s good to get some recognition from the media.
The complete list of the best and worst reboots can be seen here on EW.com.
BEST: Hawaii Five-0 (1968-1980 and 2010-present)
Rarely have two shows with the same title been more different. The original Five-Ostarred Jack Lord — craggly-faced, dripping with gravitas — in a relatively straightforward, sober detective series. The new Five-O features a gorgeous, bantering ensemble cast with fantastic clothes investigating blockbuster-movie villains with iPads and explosions. The two shows do, however, share a fantastic tropical setting, which means that that both generations feel like vivid travelogues masquerading as procedurals. (And that theme song!)
June 22nd, 2012 by Terry
You’re not going to want to miss this interview in which Scott discusses whether or not his father, James is really a “tough guy.”