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May 15th, 2012 by Terry
If you haven’t had a chance to watch the Season 2 finale, you might want to avoid the below article from TVLine. It certainly sounds as though Peter Lenkov has already put plenty of thought into exactly how he’ll be torturing each member of the Hawaii Five-0 team in Season 3. Is it September yet?
The Season 2 finale of CBS’Hawaii Five-0 packed quite a Hawaiian punch on Monday night, killing off one recurring character, putting a bullet in another, leaving the lives of two women in jeopardy and bringing McGarrett face-to-face with the mysterious Shelburne – who is someone he knows, but surely never expected to see again.
Here is what executive producers Peter Lenkov and Elwood Reid shared about the shock and awe and aftermath, during a recent press gathering.
MAMMA, MIA! WAS THAT SHELBURNE? | Just to be clear, connect the dots and put to rest any worries about semantics, Joe did in fact lead McGarrett to the mysterious Shelburne – whom a shocked Steve greeted with a “Mom?” “The identity of Shelburne will be revealed [in the final five seconds],” Lenkov confirmed. And make no mistake, we’ll get to witness all of the most unexpected reunion. “[Next season] really picks up a second later,” says Lenkov.
WHO WILL CHIN HO LOSE? | Delano made Chin Ho choose between rushing to rescue wife Malia, who was being held at gunpoint at home, or cousin Kono, bound and about to be pitched over the side of a boat. Chin Ho ran to his missus, who nonetheless seemed very much worse for the wear, while Kono was last seen flailing and falling deeper and deeper into the Pacific. Without revealing either woman’s fate, Lenkov said that in Season 3, “We’re going to break [Chin Ho] and have him get rebuilt up again. When we found him he was already broken, but you never got to see him when he was a strong cop and got everything taken away from him. Now we want to see things taken away from him and see how he deals with it. We’re very deliberately altering his character.” And Daniel Dae Kim’s take on the sad Sophie’s Choice? “He loved the challenge, emotionally,” Lenvok shared, “with what he was going to do with his character.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DANNO? | Detective Williams got off easy compared to everyone else in the finale, save for some domestic strife between him and ex-wife Rachel, who is threatening to move Grace to Las Vegas. Nonetheless, “There’s a lot of wood on the fire in the finale [that's] going to give us a lot of stuff to play” in Season 3, said Reid. “There’s some stuff that played during the middle of the season, particularly with Danny, that’s going to come back next season too.”
HAVE WE – AND MCGARRETT – SEEN THE LAST OF JOE WHITE? | Though Joe vanished into thin air before taking McGarrett to Shelburne, and despite Terry O’Quinn’s 666 Park Avenue pilot landing on ABC’s fall schedule, the Five-0 bosses are hoping for the occasional encore. “[Terry] is open to it, which we were all very surprised and excited about,” said Lenkov. “We love him, and hopefully he’ll come back.” After all, as Reid noted, “Joe is integral to the McGarrett mythology.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)
May 14th, 2012 by Terry
Alex O’Loughlin and the rest of the cast share more tidbits about the season 2 finale of Hawaii Five-0. Enjoy the best looking cast in television:
May 14th, 2012 by Terry
Just in case you’re not excited enough for the Hawaii Five-0 season 2 finale, we’ve got a few things to whet your appetite. Many thanks to those friends who donated their behind the scenes photos, or shared their video discoveries with us. Check back with us, because we’ll have more!
May 14th, 2012 by Terry
A big “Thanks” back to CBS for this gift to Hawaii Five-0 fans!
FOR VIEWERS OUTSIDE THE U.S.: VIDEO
May 13th, 2012 by Terry
Mike Gordon of the Star Advertiser has interviewed Hawaii Five-0′s latest bad guy, Karl Herlinger. Will “Toothpick” be a character that we love to hate, or want to see come to an early demise? Tune in tomorrow for the Season 2 finale to find out.
Mahalo to Deb for providing this article to 50undercover.com
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
Even with a latte in hand, Karl Herlinger looks like a villain or, at the very least, someone capable of extreme road rage.
His eyes are set close together, his brow quick to furrow. The television actor from Kailua can wither with a glance.
“I get cast a lot as a bad guy,” he said recently at a Kaimuki coffee shop. “I think it’s the way I look. But I’ve also gravitated toward those roles because they are fun. And it’s interesting to find the humanity in the badness.”
Of course, that makes him perfect for a menacing role in Monday’s season finale of “Hawaii Five-0″ (9 p.m., KGMB). Herlinger is the second Hawaii-born actor in as many weeks to wear the bad-guy mantle on the CBS hit. (Last week it was Mark Dacascos, aka Wo Fat.)
Herlinger plays a character named “Toothpick.” He won’t elaborate on the part except to say he creates mayhem for the “Five-0″ team — and he hopes to stress out the show’s fans.
“If I have done my job right, they will either love hating me or there will be some kind of level of disgust,” Herlinger said.
Having a guest spot on a series shot in his hometown is a dream come true, said the 40-year-old Herlinger, who was born at Castle Hospital, grew up in Enchanted Lake and graduated from Kalaheo High School.
The actor, who now lives in Los Angeles, said the final episode will leave fans hungry for the season three premiere.
“This episode has a lot of action,” he said. “It has a great start and it doesn’t let up. It’s what you want a finale to be.”
Herlinger has been a working actor, on stage and television, since graduating with a degree in theater arts from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1994. His first TV role was on “Law & Order,” but his first appearance on a series was in 1979 as a background extra in the final season of the original “Five-0.”
He had never seen the old “Five-0″ episode until he found it on Netflix last week. His parents wouldn’t let him watch it — Herlinger was only 7 — because the plot involves a child who gets lured into a car by strangers.
“They were protective of certain types of influences at a young age,” he said. “I later watched the show, but I think at the time they just wanted to preserve as much innocence as possible.”
Herlinger and his wife, Malia Musick, have a 5-year-old daughter they protect just as much. (They’re expecting a baby boy in August.)
“She has never seen anything that I have done because everything I have done has pretty much been some kind of violence,” he said.
HIS acting roots are decidedly innocent, though. As a boy he tagged along with his older sister when she took dance and acting lessons, and wound up onstage. His résumé through high school included “The King and I,” “Music Man” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” But he also appeared in a stage drama for Honolulu Theatre for Youth and said the experience was powerful.
“It added a level of depth to the art that I had not thought was there before,” he said.
While he was in Hawaii shooting “Five-0,” Herlinger began sending Twitter messages from the set. He kept the plot secret but aroused fans by saying he was going to turn the Steve McGarrett character into mochiko chicken — and including a photo from lunch.
“I made a conscious decision to do that for this show,” Herlinger said. “Prior to this I didn’t tweet a lot. I thought it would be fun to tweet as the character and really engage the public.”
Herlinger got tremendous response and exchanged numerous messages. But he kept the plot secret, in part because the final scene of the finale wasn’t even printed on his version of the script; the ending consisted of blank pages with asterisks on them.
But the fans didn’t know that. He kept them hanging as only a villain could.
“It’s fun to have a secret and toy with people,” he said. “All of it feeds into this character.”
AND that’s a wrap …
May 12th, 2012 by Terry
I guess CBS doesn’t want to give away much more about the season 2 finale, since this latest promo only shows more of the massive explosion we saw in a prior teaser.
May 11th, 2012 by Terry
CBS posted some photos to whet our appetite for Monday’s second season finale, “Ua Hala.” Is their tactic working?
May 11th, 2012 by Terry
I’m not a fan of threatening to kill off characters in order to bring in viewers, but that technique has become the norm in television drama these days. The preview after Monday’s episode showed us sweet, dorky Max getting gunned down, and if that weren’t enough, there’s shocking footage of an unconscious up Kono going overboard. Did this make my heart skip a few beats? Yes! Was it factor in whether or not I’ll be watching the Season 2 finale? Absolutely not. I either like a show, or I don’t; threats of death don’t convince me to watch. But, if the “who’s going to die” manipulation lures in more viewers, I’ll grudgingly say, “more power to you, CBS.”
To throw a monkey wrench into fans’ speculation as to who might depart, the show has brought back many recurring characters, giving us a plethora of possible victims to choose from. Who do you think will be pushing up daisies? Or swimming with the fishes? Taking a short walk off a long pier?
It doesn’t quite seem right that Wo Fat isn’t making an appearance in the season ending episode, but we’re introduced to a new miscreant, with the frightening moniker of “Toothpick” (Unhand me, or I shall hor dourves you to the death!) OK, perhaps it isn’t that terrifying, but actor Karl Herlinger has promised that his character is bringing absolute mayhem to our team. Herlinger, is one of those actors whose face you’ve probably seen, but have never been able to put a name to. The Hawaii-born actor is also scheduled to appear in the opening episode of Season 3 to continue his harassment of Five-0. Although often playing a villain, Karl, (who’s tried to stay in character on Twitter) actually seems like a very nice guy. You can follow him on that medium at @regnilreh.
So, as I’ve said, although I’m not fond of doing away with characters in exchange for ratings, the networks seem to demand it. And after this past week’s electrifying episode, I’m going to trust Peter Lenkov and the gang to make this finale the best it can possibly be.
Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS
Ua Hala*” – Five-0 is in hot pursuit of a shooter who guns down one of their own, while another team member is forced to choose which of their kidnapped loved ones will live, on the second season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, May 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
(*Ua Hala is Hawaiian for “Death in the Family”)
Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny “Danno” Williams)
Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly)
Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua)
Masi Oka (Dr. Max Bergman)
Terry O’ Quinn (Joe White)
Tom Sizemore (Chief Vincent Fryer)
Taylor Wiley (Kamekona)
Teilor Grubbs (Grace Williams)
William Baldwin (Frank Delano)
Reiko Aylesworth (Malia Kelly)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Maeve Quinlan (Sandra Fryer)
Taylor Cole (Hilary Chaver)
Karl Herlinger (“Toothpick”)
David Lombard (Dr. Armstrong)
Spam Laupola (Guard)
WRITTEN BY: Peter M. Lenkov, Paul Zbyszewski and Elwood Reid
DIRECTED BY: Steve Boyum
May 9th, 2012 by Terry
Trust me, people – you’re not going to want to miss this one!
Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS
May 9th, 2012 by Terry
Undercover Special Agent Kelly was on hand as director Larry Teng transformed a street in downtown Honolulu into a busy alley in Osaka, Japan. Alex O’Loughlin as G.I. Joe, er, Steve McGarrett, suited up for an assault on arch-enemy, Wo Fat. Mahalo Agent Kelly!