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Daniel Dae Kim on the good and the bad of living in Hawaii

July 1st, 2012 by

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.. 

Look out for the CBS Buzz Tour bus in your town

June 29th, 2012 by

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.

From CBS.com


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.”

Singapore’s “Today” talks to Daniel Dae Kim

June 28th, 2012 by

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.”


Daniel Dae Kim tours Asia

June 26th, 2012 by

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:

Release date for Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 DVD

June 25th, 2012 by

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!


For more television show release dates, you can check out TVshowsonDVD

Who will return to Hawaii Five-0?

June 25th, 2012 by

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.

Hawaii Five-0 is one of EW’s “Best Reboots”

June 22nd, 2012 by

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-O starred Jack Lord — craggly-faced,…

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!)

Scott Caan on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

June 22nd, 2012 by

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.”


Teasers from McGarrett’s friend with benefits

June 21st, 2012 by

Those of us who follow Hawaii Five-0 on social media, are aware of the furor that arose over the addition of Lauren German as “Lori” in season two of the CBS drama.  Since many fans had already grown to like the character of Catherine Rollins as McGarrett’s love interest, we didn’t see the same uproar when it was announced that Michelle Borth would become a show regular next season.  Although, Hawaii Five-0 does have a very vocal fandom, and not everyone agrees with the promotion of the “Cath” character , I’m hoping for a much better reception for Ms. Borth.  But it is dramatic television, so can we really expect smooth sailing ahead for the gorgeous couple?

From E!Online

Hawaii Five-0

Jess: You’ve been holding out on Hawaii Five-0 fans on the scoop front! Care to make it up to us now?

Fans biting their nails over Michelle Borth being upped to series regular can chillax. (Are the kids still saying that these days?) “I think there are some fans who don’t want a new member and they don’t want to disrupt the entirety of the four, and I do kind of agree,” she told us at the Monte Carlo TV Festival. “I don’t want to come in and be disruptive either. I want it to be a gradual easing in for sure.” As for Steve and Catherine’s romance? “I think it will be a rocky road,” Michelle teases.

What’s coming up on Hawaii Five-0 (Spoiler!)

June 20th, 2012 by

Do you want to know what’s in store for Hawaii Five-0′s Kono?  Well, read on!  (Spoiler alert)

More spoilers from TV Guide

I know everyone is excited aboutMcGarrett’s mom on Hawaii Five-0, but what about Kono!? She was drowning! — Kim
Relax, Kim. Kono’s not going to become a floater. Once she’s back on dry land, she and the rest of Five-0 will go hard after Wo Fat and Delano. But the near-death experience will change Kono: During an interrogation, look for her to use some of the more, ahem, physical tactics usually employed by McGarrett to extract information.