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Hawaii Five-0 blends past and present in WWII-themed episode (SPOILERS)

December 9th, 2013 by

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), and Danno (Scott Caan) sift through WWII-era evidence to solve a decades-old murder case.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

This week’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, “Ho’onani Makuakane (Honor Thy Father),” gives us a present-day attempted murder case with roots in the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack and its profound effects on the people of Hawaii. Making an event as pivotal as the December 7th, 1941 attacks on Hawaii  a part of a modern-day TV show can be a tricky proposition, but no show is in a better position to make such a story work than O’ahu-based Hawaii Five-0. From the looks of the following promo video, Five-0 is going to give us a moving and thought-provoking experience.



CBS Press Release for 4.10, “Ho’onani Makuakane (Honor Thy Father)”


Scenes Filmed at the Historic Battleship Missouri Memorial and Outside the USS Arizona Memorial

Actual World War II Veterans Were Extras in the Filming of a Remembrance Ceremony at The Battleship Missouri Memorial

“*Ho’ onani Makuakane” – The attempted murder of a Pearl Harbor veteran leads Five-0 to use decades old evidence to investigate a deadly crime committed within the internment camps on Oahu during World War II, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Dec. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Actual World War II veterans were extras in the filming of a remembrance ceremony at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

(*Ho’ onani Makuakane is Hawaiian for “Honor Thy Father”)

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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)
Michelle Borth (Catherine Rollins)

Brian Yang (Charlie Fong)

Jack Axelrod (Ezra Clark)
James Saito (David Toriyama)
Hira Ambrosino (Martha Toriyama)
Arnold Chun (James Toriyama)
Joshua Macy (Soldier #1)
Donovan Smith (Soldier #2)
Jared Broxterman (Soldier #3)
Eric Manke (Thomas Archer)
Miki Asahi (Linda)
Jarod Einsohn (Young Ezra Clark)
Gaelen Lowers (Fed #1)
Jason New (Fed #2)
Chuck McCollum (Admiral)
Marshall Magnan (Soldier)
Mary Gutzi (Dawn Rigby Burnette)
Conrad Pratt (Kenji Toriyama)
Luke Hagi (Young David Toriyama)

WRITTEN BY: Peter Lenkov and Ken Solarz

Source: CBS

Five-0 premieres WWII-themed episode aboard USS Missouri (SPOILERS!)

December 6th, 2013 by

While Hawaii Five-0 has premiered each new season at Waikiki’s Sunset On The Beach, this is the first time CBS has previewed a first-run episode of the show mid-way through the season and almost a week in advance of its national airdate.

“Ho’onani Makuakane,” which will premiere nationally on Friday, December 13th, is being played aboard the USS Missouri from December 7th – 13th. The episode blends a present-day attempted murder with the ultimate cold case, featuring flashbacks to the December 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor and the experiences of Japanese-American internees at the Honouliuli internment camp.

Stephanie Silverstein of Pacific Business News details the week-long episode preview aboard the USS Missouri in the following article.



Actor Alex O’Loughlin, right, who plays Steve McGarrett on “Hawaii Five-0,” is seen with guest star James Saito in a scene from the Dec. 13 episode of the show filmed at the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
Courtesy Norman Shapiro/CBS

Dec 6, 2013, 11:00am HST

CBS to preview episode of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ aboard the Mighty Mo

Stephanie Silverstein — Reporter- Pacific Business News

Visitors to the Battleship Missouri Memorial will have the opportunity to see a sneak preview of next week’s “Hawaii Five-0” World War II remembrance episode when they visit the battleship any day starting Saturday, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, until the episode’s scheduled air date on Dec. 13.

The episode, titled “Hoonani Makuakane” and translated as “Honor Thy Father,” will be projected onto a large video screen in the Missouri’s educational classroom on board the battleship. Paid admission to the Battleship Missouri Memorial is required for access to the screening.

According to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, “the episode focuses on the attempted murder of a Pearl Harbor veteran that led Five-0 to use decades-old evidence to investigate a deadly crime committed within the internment camps holding Americans of Japanese ancestry on Oahu during World War II. A remembrance ceremony using actual World War II veterans was filmed at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.”

The screening at the Battleship Missouri Memorial marks the first time CBS has released a “Hawaii Five-0” episode six days in advance of the national air date; the season premiere has been screened the night before the air date for the past couple of years at “Sunset on the Beach” in Waikiki.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial was featured on another episode of “Hawaii Five-0” earlier this season, which filmed scenes on the deck of the “Mighty Mo.”

Scott Caan says Aloha to friend Paul Walker

December 6th, 2013 by
Scott Caan and Paul Walker in Into The Blue

Scott Caan and Paul Walker on set in the Bahamas during filming of 2005′s “Into The Blue.”
Image Credit: John P. Johnson

If there’s one thing we can learn about Paul Walker after his untimely passing last weekend, it’s that he lived and loved well and was loved well in return. The outpouring of grief, love, and remembrance from those who knew him is a testament to the kind of man, friend, and brother he was.

Scott Caan’s friendship with Walker spanned fifteen years, starting with the movie “Varsity Blues.” It was a friendship he treasured, as he told Entertainment Weekly’s Lindsay Bahr in an interview for EW’s  Inside Movies column (excerpt below).

When Scott Caan was cast in Varsity Blues, he wondered whether or not he’d made a big mistake.

“I had never really been on location for a long amount of time. When you’re in your 20s and leaving all your friends and family, you have no idea what it’s going to be like,” Caan told EW. “I was complaining to my friends like, ‘I’m not going to like any of these guys.’ A bunch of actors, you know?”

Paul Walker was one of the first people he met. In another world, the handsome California native could have been one those awful actor-types that Caan feared he’d have to tolerate. But if you’ve read anything about Walker, that wasn’t the case. “[We] immediately started talking about surfing and jujitsu and got an apartment together that night,” he said. They settled on a two-bedroom outside of Austin, where they’d live and party and bond for the duration of the shoot. “It was like a frat house,” Caan laughed, remembering that there would regularly be up to seven people crashing on their floor and couches.

It was also the beginning of what would become a 15-year friendship.

Despite the intense, immediate connection between the competitive adventure lovers, being working actors meant that Paul and Scott spent more time apart than they did together, often going months and sometimes years between visits.

“I like to say, ‘Paul would do Paul sometimes,’” said Caan. ”He would be super connected, and then he would have a trip or a mission or something that he wanted to do, and you’d go, all right, Paul’s going to go do whatever Paul does, and then in six months he’ll tell you about it and you’ll pick up right where you left off.”

The next time they teamed up professionally was for 2005′s Into the Blue. ”It’s about these characters, these best friends who are constantly in competition with the diving stuff. I had that relationship with him,” said Caan, who jumped at the chance as soon as he heard that Walker was on board. Their first scene together found the friends play-wrestling — oddly appropriate for two men who bonded over an interest in jujitsu.

To read the full article, visit the Inside Movies column at EW.com


Hawaii Five-0 has much to be thankful for

November 28th, 2013 by

Although many viewers were sounding the death knell for Hawaii Five-0 after the CBS show was moved to Friday nights, it seems that move is paying off.  The Eye network has argued for a while now that it’s not only viewers in the 18-49 age group that should determine the success or failure of a show.  Putting their money where their mouth is, they’ve kept alive such series as  ”Blue Bloods,” and “The Good Wife,” which don’t score so high in the youth demo, but which have loyal viewerships.

After two seasons of declining ratings, and with two of the stars taking personal time off this season, Hawaii Five-0 fans have been understandably concerned about the relocation to Friday, since that night has the reputation for being the “death slot.”   Many believed the show starring Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, and Scott Caan, was being written off and that this would be the final season.  Personally, I thought the new time-slot might be a good strategy, since Five-0 would be paired with “Blue Bloods,” which is a numbers hit, but which scores lower in the industry-desired demographic. Although it’s too early to make a prediction for a fifth season, the show’s new berth combined with improved writing, and memorable guest stars is bringing in viewers.  And most importantly, CBS seems quite pleased with the continued climb in ratings.


Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett

Press release                                                                                               11.27.2013


This Just In…

 …From CBS Entertainment

 “Hawaii Five-0″ Also Notches Largest 3-Day Friday Lift in Viewers, Matches Highs in Adult 18-49 and Adults 25-4

             HAWAII FIVE-0 and BLUE BLOODS delivered their largest Friday live plus 3-day audiences while HAWAII FIVE-0 also posted its largest Friday viewer lift and matches highs in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, according to Nielsen ratings for Nov. 22.

 HAWAII FIVE-0 posted its largest Friday live plus 3-day viewer delivery (12.92m) and matched season highs in both adults 25-54 (3.3) and adults 18-49 (2.3).  HAWAII FIVE-0 also posted it largest Friday live plus three day lift in viewers (+3.00m) and matched Friday highs in both adults 25-54 (+1.1) and adults 18-49 (+0.8).

BLUE BLOODS posted its largest live plus three day audience (15.08m) of the season , best adults 25-54 delivery (3.2) since the September 27, 2013 season premiere and matched the season’s second best adults 18-49 (2.1)  live plus three day ratings.

It’s a boy for Autumn Reeser!

November 26th, 2013 by

A big congratulations to Autumn Resser (aka Danno’s former flame, Gabby) , her husband, Jesse Warren and big brother, Finneus (age 2), on the safe (and quick!) arrival of Dashiell Ford Warren.

The announcement of the baby’s birth was made by Reeser on Twitter with the caption “After a swift home birth, Dashiell Ford Warren joined our family at 2:45am this morning. We are SO thrilled!!!”

What a beautiful baby!

Autumn Resser with new baby boy!

Hawaii Five-0 Final Friday ratings for November 22nd’s “Hau’oli La Ho’omaika’i”

November 25th, 2013 by
Steve catches up with Aunt Deb

Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) catches up with Aunt Deb McGarrett (Carol Burnett) before his Thanksgiving plans take a turn into the typical Five-0 danger zone.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Hawaii Five-0′s Thanksgiving-themed “Hau’oli La Ho’omaika’i” saw the show pull its highest Season 4 viewership figures to date — 9.92 million, up from the previous week’s 9.90 million. Only CBS stablemate Blue Bloods pulled higher total viewer figures — 11.90 million, which was also a season high for that show. Five-0′s demo rating and share, at 1.5/5, was only 1/10th of a point off the show’s season high of 1.6/5.

CBS was pleased enough with the viewership figures for Five-0 and Blue Bloods to issue a press release, which said:

“At 9:00 PM, HAWAII FIVE-0 delivered a season best 9.92 million viewers. Among adults 18-49, it averaged a 1.5/05, just -0.1 behind its season-best adults 18-49 performance.”

Beloved television legend Carol Burnett brought her A game to the episode, making Aunt Deb McGarrett a truly memorable addition to the Five-0 Ohana. Did her presence help bring new eyes to Five-0, or bring old eyes back? Tell us what you think!

Final Friday Ratings table for November 22nd courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers.



Final broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, November 22, 2013:

Time  Net Show 18-49 rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Bones 1.5/5 5.78
CBS Undercover Boss (clip show) 1.4/5 6.77
ABC Last Man Standing 1.2/4 6.21
NBC Dateline 1.1/4 5.46
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.3/1 0.71
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 0.9/3 3.93
9:00 ABC Shark Tank (9-10:01PM) 1.8/6 7.06
  CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.5/5 9.92
NBC Where Were You the Day JFK Died? (9-11PM) 1.0/3 5.79
FOX Raising Hope 0.8/3 2.45
CW Nikita (Season Premiere) 0.2/1 0.74
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 0.8/2 2.25
10:00 ABC 20/20 (10:01-11PM) 1.6/5 6.54
CBS Blue Bloods 1.5/5 11.90

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



CBS press release announcing the season-high viewership figures for Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods.


Press Release


This Just In…

…From CBS Entertainment

HAWAII FIVE-0 and BLUE BLOODS delivered their largest audiences of the season, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Friday, Nov. 22.

At 9:00 PM, HAWAII FIVE-0 delivered a season best 9.92 million viewers. Among adults 18-49, it averaged a 1.5/05, just -0.1 behind its season-best adults 18-49 performance.

At 10:00 PM, BLUE BLOODS delivered its season’s largest audience, with 11.90 million viewers. BLUE BLOODS posted its highest adults 18-49 (1.5/05) and adults 25-54 (2.3/07) ratings since its season premiere.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ha’uoli Lā Ho’omaika’i” with sneak peak clip!

November 21st, 2013 by

Hawaii Five-0 is pulling out the stops with guest stars this week in what is sure to be a ratings coup! The Grand Dame of television comedy, Carol Burnett, appears this week as McGarrett’s Aunt Deb.  The lovely Aunt Deb raised Mary on the mainland at John’s request, after the murder-but-not-a-murder of Doris McGarrett.

If you have never experienced the side splitting comedy of The Carol Burnett Show, I highly recommend checking out clips on YouTube.

Below is an interview that Burnett did on the CBS daytime show, The Talk about her Hawaii Five-0 experience.

Watch carefully during Aunt Deb’s singing performance for Burnett’s signature ear tug.  She’s said that it’s her way of sending a little hello to her now deceased grandmother and daughter.

Based on the short preview clip released by CBS, I already know that this is a character I want to see again and again.

From CBS


Carol Burnett Guest Stars as McGarrett’s Aunt Deb

“*Hau’oli Lā Ho’omaika’i” – As Thanksgiving approaches, Five -0 investigates the murder of a secret service agent just as the President travels to Oahu.  Also, McGarrett’s Aunt Deb visits, bringing with her a shocking secret, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Carol Burnett guest stars as McGarrett’s Aunt Deb.

(*Ha’uoli Lā Ho’omaika’i is Hawaiian for “Happy Thanksgiving”)


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)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)



Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

Taryn Manning     (Mary Ann McGarrett)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

Larry Manetti     (Nicky “The Kid” Demarco)

Al Harrington     (Mamo Kahike)



Carol Burnett     (Deb McGarrett)

Paul Ben-Victor     (Agent Devin Campbell)

Marcia Zina Mager     (Sheila Hicks)

Alexandra Curran     (Andrea Hicks)

Brian Kamei     (Rafael Moreno)

Tom Hintnaus     (Dante Barkov)

Sam Choy     (Butcher)


WRITTEN BY:     Eric Guggenheim and Moira Kirland

DIRECTED BY:     Allison Liddi-Brown

Chi McBride joins Hawaii Five-0 as series regular!

November 21st, 2013 by

This will probably not bode well for Steve if he has Captain Grover in one ear and Danny in the other!  But Chi will add a distinct physical presence with a slight dash of charm to the show.  Read CBS’ press release below.


Chi McBride as Captain Lou Grover, Hawaii Five-0 (Photo CBS)

Chi McBride as Captain Lou Grover, Hawaii Five-0 (Photo CBS)

POSTED ON NOV 21, 2013 10:05AM

Chi McBride Upped to Series Regular on Hawaii Five-0
CBS announced today that Chi McBride has been upped to series regular on the Friday night series, HAWAII FIVE-0. His character, Captain Lou Grover, was first seen in the fourth season premiere this past September, and is based on a character of the same name from the original “Hawaii Five-0” series. Captain Grover, who recently moved his family from Chicago to Oahu, heads the SWAT unit on the Island.

“Well, I know this sounds corny but the only thing I ever wanted in my career was to be on CBS, the home of my idol Jackie Gleason,” said McBride. “I finally made it to the Tiffany network on “Golden Boy,” shooting scenes on the same stage where “The Honeymooners” was filmed. CBS graciously invited me to be a member of the cast of HAWAII FIVE-0, and it’s been wonderful. The cast, crew and production have been so welcoming to me, and so my love affair with CBS continues.”

“After his first guest spot, we knew we had something special here with Chi playing Captain Lou Grover,” says Peter Lenkov, Executive Producer. “He just fit seamlessly into the fabric of HAWAII FIVE-0 and viewers are enjoying the spirited, if sometimes antagonistic, interaction between him and McGarrett. We are so thrilled to welcome Chi into our Ohana.”

Now in its fourth season, HAWAII FIVE-0 is broadcast Fridays, (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. It is a production of CBS Television Studios. Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the executive producers.

Hawaii Five-0 – Behind the Scenes of a Shoot Out

November 20th, 2013 by

If you have never had the chance to catch the filming of a television action show, this behind the scenes clip will give you a taste on what it is like to be there in person.

Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park exchange fire with a yet to be identified co-star before taking cover behind parked car. Watch for a bit of horse play between Alex and Daniel on the left hand side of the screen before the shooting (with both camera and guns) begins.

Filmed on Nov. 19th, 2013 at the Dole Cannery Building, just outside downtown Honolulu.
Posted on Youtube by chesterelli.

Hawaii Five-0 final Friday ratings for November 15th’s “Akanahe”

November 19th, 2013 by
Alex O'Loughlin & Chi McBride are reluctant partners

Episode 4.08′s title, “Akanahe (Reluctant Partners),” refers to Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett and Chi McBride’s Capt. Lou Grover, who are forced to work together and play nice by Governor Denning. Hilarity — and trademark Five-0 chaos — ensue as the pair chase pop heartthrob Nick Jonas across the island.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)


Final Friday ratings for November 15th show CBS once again winning the night in total viewers, with Blue Bloods (11.79mil, 1.4/4), Hawaii Five-0 (9.90mil, 1.6/5), and Undercover Boss (8.60mil, 1.7/6) claiming the top three positions in the rankings.

Five-0 has maintained a 5 share seven of the past eight weeks and this episode’s 1.6 rating brings the show back up to its season premiere high. A total Live + Same Day viewer count of 9.90 million is the highest for the season thus far.

Was the presence of pop heartthrob Nick Jonas a factor in the viewership and demo bump for Akanahe? Time will tell. What do you  think?

Ratings figures courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, November 15, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.7 6 8.60
FOX Bones 1.2 4 5.18
ABC Last Man Standing 1.2 5 6.15
NBC Dateline 1.1 4 5.89
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.3 1 0.78
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 0.8 3 3.95
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.7 5 6.48
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.6 5 9.90
NBC Grimm 1.6 5 5.81
FOX Raising Hope 0.8 3 2.38
CW America’s Next Top Model 0.5 2 1.29
9:30PM FOX Raising Hope 0.7 2 2.03
10:00 PM CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 4 11.79
ABC 20/20 1.3 4 6.41
NBC Dracula 0.9 3 2.99

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.