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A Peek Behind the Scenes with Peter Lenkov

January 23rd, 2014 by

Last week, TV critics were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Five-0 writers’ room by executive producer, Peter Lenkov. There they learned the process of building each episode which includes 8 days of preproduction prep, 8 days of filming followed by several days of post production. Over 200 people from Hawaii and Los Angeles are involved in the process.

“Shooting a show in Hawaii, you need a lot more lead time,” he says. “The resources aren’t the same as you would have here in Los Angeles, so some stuff has to be shipped over.” (from Courier-Islander)

 

Peter Lenkov giving a tour at the  Television Critics Association Studio Day

On this day, Australia-born actor Alex O’Loughlin — who plays Hawaiian special forces Lt.-Cmdr. Steve McGarrett — crashes the Skype call to wave and banter long distance with critics. Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Canadian-American actress Grace Park also star on the series.

For more on the behind the scenes tour check out Courier-Islander

Spoilers for Upcoming Hawaii Five-0 Episodes

January 23rd, 2014 by

 

Even though it is a repeat this Friday, the news out of the Hawaii Five-0 camp is coming fast and furious!

Fans have noticed this year that Danny (played by Scott Caan) has been missing from recent episodes. Don’t fret! Here’s what is coming up for one of television’s greatest bromances.

From TVLine

Anything good coming up with Danny and Steve on Hawaii Five-0? I need some bromance! –Sarah
And bromance you shall have. For one, EP Peter M. Lenkov teases a “really fun and suspenseful” episode airing Jan. 31, where an escaped convict (played by Michael Madsen) carjacks the boys “and takes them on a ride for most of the episode, to clear his name.” And later this season, in Episode 19, “Danny and McGarrett are in a perilous situation where they have to really rely on each other, and that’s a real ‘blood brother’ type of episode.”

TVLine also has a scoop for Cath fans.

I am a fan of Catherine and Steve on Hawaii Five-0. Can you please share some spoilers? –Carmen
And spoilers you shall have. Lenkov shares that this season’s second-to-last episode is a “big, dramatic” one for the lovebirds, featuring “some flashbacks to her stint in the military. You’ll get to know her as a soldier, when she was actually in the Navy.”

Have you been voting for the Fan Built episode? Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Rob Corddry (of Comedy Central’s Children’s Hospital fame) will appearing in the episode as a former classmate of Chin Ho’s. Corddry’s character will be a professional magician who becomes a murder suspect. The airdate for this episode has not been released.

Rob Corddry to appear on Hawaii Five-0

Is Kono losing a loved one? (spoiler)

January 21st, 2014 by

In case you missed the news when it came out last May, Ian Anthony Dale who plays Kono Kalakaua’s love interest on “Hawaii Five-0,” was cast in TNT’s new series, “Murder in the First.”   Created by Steven Bochco, the police drama starring Taye Diggs begins filming next month.

While this is good news for the talented Dale, it won’t be welcomed by fans of the passionate Five-0 couple who only recently were reunited on the series.

 

Adam Noshimuri reunites with love Kono Kalakaua on Hawaii Five-0

From Michael Ausiello

Question: Haven’t seen any AA scoop for Hawaii Five-0 in a while, and would love to get some! –Clarlee
Ausiello: Though Grace Park’s Kono is back in Hawaii (or Vancouver-as-Hawaii) and set to rejoin the team, Ian Anthony Dale’s days as Adam are likely numbered. “I love Adam and I love the actor, but he has a show [TNT's upcoming Murder in the First],” exec producer Peter M. Lenkov explains. “We’re trying to make arrangements for him to come back. We’re trying to get him back for an episode.”

You can see the entire column here at TV Line and if you’d like to learn more about Ian’s new show, you can check out Zap2it

Hawaii Five-0 maintains high numbers

January 18th, 2014 by

Chin Ho’s (Daniel Dae Kim) budding relationship with Malia Wainright (Reiko Aylesworth) may have compromised the investigation into his father’s murder during a convenience store heist gone awry.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Unadjusted overnight ratings figures for January 17th’s “Hana Lokomaika’i (The Favor)” show Hawaii Five-0 maintaining the ten million plus total viewership from the previous week’s season high — 10.42 million, off only slightly from January 10th’s 10.74 million.

Final Friday adjusted ratings could easily see the show making up the slight declines from the previous week’s figures.

Initial Friday Ratings table and analysis courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV By The Numbers.

 


 

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.6, up two tenths from its last original’s 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-0 earned a 1.5, down a tenth from last week’s 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods earned a 1.4, down a tenth from last week’s 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 17, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.6 6 9.00
NBC Dateline NBC 1.5 5 6.98
FOX Bones 1.5 5 6.81
ABC Last Man Standing 1.4 5 6.33
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4 1 0.90
8:30 PM ABC The Neighbors 0.9 3 3.78
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 2.1 6 7.39
NBC Grimm 1.5 5 5.69
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.5 5 10.42
FOX Raising Hope 0.7 2 2.51
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.71
9:30PM FOX Enlisted 0.6 2 2.02
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.7 5 6.34
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 5 12.47
NBC Dracula 0.9 3 2.86

Five-0 Scores Season High in Final Friday Ratings for January 10th

January 18th, 2014 by
McGarrett and Grover decide to play nice

McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Captain Grover (Chi McBride) form an uneasy partnership as they search for Grover’s missing barkeep friend.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Here’s another nail in the coffin of the Friday Night Nay-sayers — Hawaii Five-0 and Friday night stablemate Blue Bloods scored their highest audience numbers this season with their January 10th episodes.

For Five-0, this was “O Kela Me Keia Manawa (Now and Then),” which made uneasy partners out of McGarrett and Grover as they searched for Grover’s missing barkeep friend.  In addition to a season-high total viewer figure of 10.74 million, the episode brought in a 1.6 rating and 5 share in the 18-49 demo, matching the Season 4 premiere and the Nick Jonas-featuring “Akanahe.”

Final Friday Ratings table courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV By The Numbers.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 10, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Last Man Standing 1.5 5 7.18
FOX Bones 1.5 5 6.88
CBS Intelligence -R 0.9 3 4.94
NBC Going for the Gold 0.8 3 3.55
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.3 1 0.81
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.1 4 4.81
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 2.1 6 7.36
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.6 5 10.74
NBC Grimm 1.3 4 5.33
FOX Raising Hope 0.8 2 2.70
CW Supernatural -R 0.1 0 0.47
9:30PM FOX Enlisted -P 0.7 2 2.41
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.7 5 6.73
CBS Blue Bloods 1.5 5 12.68
NBC Dracula 0.7 2 2.47

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

via press note:

Hawaii Five-0 AND Blue Bloods DELIVER THEIR LARGEST AUDIENCES OF THE SEASON

At 9 PM, Hawaii Five-0 was first in viewers (10.44m) and second in A18-49 (1.5) and A25-54 (2.3).  This is H50’s largest audience of the season and matches its second highest A18-49 rating

At 10 PM, Blue Bloods  was first in viewers(12.49m) and A25-54 (2.5) and second in A18-49(1.5).  This is Blue Bloods largest audience of the season  and equals its second highest A18-49 rating

For the night, CBS was first in viewers (9.33m) and second in A18-49 (1.3) and A25-54 (2.0)

Alex O’Loughlin – “Without the fans, we are nothing”

January 17th, 2014 by

Interviews from a recent CBS press day are beginning to see the light of day, and we love this one with Alex O’Loughlin from the  Montreal Gazette.  If you’ve been a fan of the Hawaii Five-0 star’s for any length of time, you know that he loves what he does for a living, and appreciates the fans who make it a possibility.

Read on for more of O’Loughlin’s candid words.

 

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Alex O’Loughlin is recognized more often in public and occasionally stopped, even while shopping with his family. Other than that, “the Hawaii Five-0 effect,” as O’Loughlin calls it, has been like a day at the beach.

Hawaii Five-0, now in its fourth season and nearing 100 episodes, has cast the 1968 original series in the shade of late. Five-0 is not Emmy or Golden Globe material, but it is one of the most watched weekly dramas on television, particularly in Canada, where it draws nearly two million viewers each week and has firmly dispelled the notion of the so-called “Friday-night death slot” — the night where shows go to die.

O’Loughlin, a Canberra, Australia, native who appeared briefly in the short-lived CBS series Moonlight and Three Rivers before landing the role of Steve McGarrett in the newly minted Hawaii Five-0 in 2010, credits a passionate following that has helped make Five-0 destination television.

“Without the fans, we are nothing,” a visibly relaxed O’Loughlin told a small group of international reporters, from countries as far flung as Turkey, Malaysia, Russia and his native Australia. “Without the fans, filmmaking is a redundant industry. We need people to come and see what we do. I love them and cherish them, because without them I would have to go and do something else. I’d be a carpenter or something, because otherwise I wouldn’t have a job. I’m proud of my show, man.”

Aside from being recognized at the market — “If you go to buy bananas with me on a Saturday at Whole Foods, it takes a really long time” — and wanting to shield his children from the public eye, O’Loughlin says his experience filming Five-0 in Hawaii with Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Vancouver native Grace Park has been swell.

O’Loughlin juggles work with his children and a household full of pets — a dog and two chameleons — and that keeps him grounded. Working in Hawaii has afforded him the opportunity to earn a living at what he does best, and live a proper, down-at-home life at the same time, without fear of being hounded by paparazzi or celebrity stalkers.

“It’s a funny business, this business that we’re in,” O’Loughlin said. “It’s a weird job that I have. I love it. I did my first play when I was eight-, nine-years-old. I loved it then, and I love it now. I’m not really good at anything else.

“There’s a lot of anxiety and a lot of stress and a lot of pressure, though. The hours are terrible. There are a lot of risks, physical risks (that go along with doing an action show). All that stuff goes away when I’m with my kids. Any parent will understand what I’m saying: When you look at your kids, nothing else matters. Everything you do is for your kids.”

O’Loughlin dispelled suggestions that he’s looking for a way to get out of Hawaii Five-0. He was misquoted in a recent media report, he said.

“I signed a contract for six or seven years, and that’s what I’m committed to. And if we do anything after that, we do something after that.

“Look, I love this show. This show is my job. This is my show. I like doing more work than anyone else connected to the show. I have from the beginning, and I will to the end. This is my life, and it’s all I have. I don’t have time to go do films. I don’t have the luxury of gaps in my schedule so I can go and do passion projects. I miss that, but I’m fully committed to Hawaii Five-0 and I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given. I get really mad when I’m misquoted. I try to be honest with the press. I don’t give one-word answers, and I like to say what I think. I’ve got a bit of a sense of humour. But when I’m misquoted and painted in a certain way, it makes me not want to do press. I’m ferociously protective of this show, so I would like to meet that journalist again on a carpet.”

Hawaii Five-0’s showrunner, head writer and executive producer Peter Lenkov hails originally from Montreal — a world away from Hawaii’s tropical breezes and trade winds.

“Peter’s the best,” O’Loughlin said. “It’s crazy. He’s from Montreal but he sounds like he’s from Long Island. He has a Long Island accent. It’s very strange. Look, Peter is the one guy that works harder than I do. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have the show. If it wasn’t for his advocacy and his championing of me, I wouldn’t be a part of this and you wouldn’t be talking to me today.

“He is the most committed, resourceful, vision-driven guy I think I’ve ever met. He’s the best writer with plot that I’ve ever met. The way he can solve problems on set, creatively in the script, within 30 minutes’ time, and have the pages ready for is … is incredible. He’s hands-on. He’s on-set regularly, and always available. I will email him at 4 a.m., and he’ll email me back in three minutes. He’s a huge reason we’re still on the air, why the show is the hit that it is, and why all the fans around the world get to have a show every week. I really think that with a different showrunner, it may have been a different story. We may not have stayed on the air.”

O’Loughlin is not about to trade in Hawaii for Hollywood any time soon, in any event.

“When I come back to Los Angeles, the first thing I notice is the pollution. Then I notice the billboards everywhere, for TV and movies. I’m, like, oh my God, he’s in a TV show? She’s doing TV now? There are no billboards in Hawaii, no posters or anything.

“There’s something refreshing about that. Hollywood is like another planet, in that sense. It’s refreshing to be away from that, because that side of things doesn’t inform my life on any level. It just distracts me from what’s important. And what’s important is my family and my health and my work.”  - Alex Strachan, Postmedia News

William Sadler reminisces on Death, alien kids, and John McGarrett

January 17th, 2014 by

November 23, 2013
Big City Diner, Aiea

William Sadler, Amy Bakari, Lisa Woo, Dennis Chun, Keith Sato at Big City Diner.

William Sadler, Amy Bakari, Lisa Woo, Dennis Chun, Keith Sato at Big City Diner for the Hawaii Five-0 Tweet Up. (Photo: Kenny Kai; originally posted to Five-0 Redux/Wendie Burbridge)

“Wow!” says William Sadler.  He marvels at the Liliha Bakery coco puff that @monimoob puts in front of him.

“All I’ve done since I’ve got here to Hawaii is eat.  This can’t be good for my waistline!” he says while biting into it.  ”Can you imagine a scene in a future episode?”

He sticks his arms out to the side and puffs up his cheeks.

 

“Steve,” he drones in a ghostly voice.  ”I am your fah-ther!”

“Yeah,” I say, “John McGarrett’s been eating well in the afterlife!”

This night, local fans have the honor and pleasure of spending an evening with actor William Sadler at the fan event organized by Amy Bakari of Team H50.  He has an easy, affable, charm about him that makes everyone at ease. He talks about the restoration of vintage windows and doors in his country house and chatted with me on his past projects.  He mentions his role as Death on Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.  I totally forgot that he played Death in that movie (“You have sunk my Battleship!”) because his on-screen accent is such a departure from his normal speaking voice.  I tell him that he was brilliant in Die Had 2 and The Shawkshank Redemption.  Fortunately Agents, he graciously agrees to answer a few questions for 50undercover.com!

 


 

When you took the role of  John McGarrett, what did you expect?

I had a long conversation with Peter Lenkov before I took the role.  He described the character and the character’s importance of laying the foundation of what Steve goes through, where he comes from, as Steve launches into season 1.  He described John McGarrett’s part in the mythology and the back story. It sounded interesting to me, and I wanted to work with Peter and I loved the original show, so I went for it.

As John McGarrett’s character progressed, has the character gone on as planned or did you re-
interpret or re-analyze the way you’re playing him as more was revealed?

It’s a little bit like reading a novel. With each episode, a little more gets revealed about who he is, what he did, who he was married to.   It’s what I like about episodic television, it’s a script that keeps evolving, the characters and history get deeper and richer if it’s well written.  We keep learning, I keep learning, as the audience does, who these people are.

So is this a challenge to evolve your character as the show goes on, or is John a fairly
static character?  He’s dead, after all.

That’s the funny thing!  He’s dead so there’s no more evolving, but every time he comes back, like in “Hookman” we got to see what he meant to Steve.  And with the one that I’m filming right now, we get to see more of who this man is, what he cared about, and who he cared about when he walked the earth. It’s a funny way to tell a story to go backward and forward at the same time.  Hopefully it makes what you’re watching now richer.

Right now, what shows are you a fan of and what shows move you?

I’m a fan of Hawaii Five-0! [laughs]

Good answer!

I’m also doing Homeland. The the writing is good, each time I get the script, I’m like ”Wow, look at this!” Everybody grows, everybody changes, everybody takes the next step in their life, but it’s fascinating in “Homeland” because when things get thrown at the characters, it changes them forever.

Frankly, the best writing happening today is on television.  Period.  Every once in awhile there’s a wonderful, wonderful movie, but the majority of the really fine writing, acting, and directing seems to be happening on television.

I totally agree! So you’re one of the actors who jumps from the big screen to the small
screen, do you have a preference in which one you’d rather work?

I love being able to bounce between the two.  They offer something different for actors. Usually on big films, you have the luxury of time, which you never do on television, shooting something in 8 days. For a TV scene, we’re shooting it now, because ready or not, we’re shooting it this minute. It’s fun to shoot that way sometimes because you don’t have time to worry about anything, or going back and redoing it. You’re shooting fast, and always moving. I did three years on “Roswell”, and it’s the same …we have to shoot it and gotta get the scene before lunch or we’re not gonna get it at all.  Also for movies, the script has been worked on, played with, for years.

With that said, I like episodic television. I like getting each chapter, and the next script,and the next script.  I used to love that on “Roswell”.  I enjoyed it because I felt they used me well! For season 1, I was chasing the alien kids, I was their enemy.  For the whole second season I was protecting them, and then in the third I lost my job, I was lost. That sort of evolution is fun, when they let you change.

Is there a role that you turned down, that you saw later and thought “I could have done
that”!

[pauses to think and laughs] You know, I can’t think of anything.

Wow, that’s pretty good! It must mean everything you’ve done is memorable!

[laughs] It’s a long and checkered career…there’s Shawshank Redemption at one end, and
cheesy horror movies on the other!


Catch William Sadler reprising his role as John McGarrett in tonight’s Hawaii Five-0, “hana lokomaika”!

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Hana lokomaika’” with preview clip

January 16th, 2014 by

It’s reunion week on Hawaii Five-0 as one of the notable guest stars has worked with members of the cast before.

 

 

Robert Knepper (seen questioning Chin in the above clip) also appeared as Stanley Nawalicki in last summer’s movie R.I.P.D. which was based on a comic by none other that Hawaii Five-0 Executive Director, Peter Lenkov. Lenkov also co-wrote Friday’s episode. He also had a recurring role on the scf-fi hit Heroes along side Masi Oka (aka Dr. Max Bergman). Knepper is probably best known for his role as bad guy Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell from Prison Break.

Papa McGarrett (William Sadler) is back this week. Watch for him in the flashback clips with Chin Ho as we learn more about Chin’s past.

From CBS

INTERNAL AFFAIRS QUESTIONS CHIN ABOUT HIS FATHER’S MURDER 15 YEARS EARLIER AND HOW HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH MALIA AND HER FAMILY MIGHT HAVE HURT THE INVESTIGATION, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, JAN. 17

         “*Hana lokomaika’i” – Internal Affairs questions Chin about his father’s murder 15 years earlier and how his then-new relationship with Malia and her family might have hurt the investigation, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Hana lokomaika’i is Hawaiian for “The Favor”)

 

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Reiko Aylesworth     (Malia Waincroft)

William Sadler     (John McGarrett)

 

GUEST CAST:

Robert Knepper     (IA Detective Rex Coughlin)

Brian Thompson     (IA Detective Nicholas Cruz)

Christopher Sean    (Gabriel Waincroft)

Kelly R. Thomas     (DEA Agent Branch)

Danny Akau     (Ronald Palau)

Jae Je     (Teddy Luna)

Una Wilding     (Hanna Koi)

Gary Ala     (Kam Tong Kelly)

Michael Hasegawa     (Store Owner)

Kyler Sakamoto     (Son)

David Asing     (Gangbanger #1)

Neil Andres     (Gangbanger #2)

Sumitoshi Sakamoto     (Buddhist Monk)

 

STORY BY:     Peter M. Tassler

TELEPLAY BY:     Peter M. Lenkov and Ken Solarz

DIRECTED BY:     Sylvain White

Daniel Dae Kim teases a favorite Five-0 storyline *updated*

January 15th, 2014 by

“413 Playback” from Peter Lenkov via Twitter

 

Get ready Chin Ho fans!

Friday’s Hawaii Five-0 episode will be Chin-centrique as we learn more about his back story, his father’s murder and about his early relationship with Malia. While Chin is being questioned by Internal Affairs, we will get to see a flashback which will include a teenage Kono. I wonder if the ageless Grace Park will be playing the young Kono.

Daniel Dae Kim will be tweeting about why this episode is one of his favourites.

 

 

He will also be appearing on CBS This Morning and Live with Kelly and Michael on Friday. Check your local listings for specific times.

*Update*

As promised, Daniel Dae Kim tweeted his first and second reason why tomorrow Hawaii Five-0 episode is one of his favourites.

 

Daniel Dae Kim with Robert Knepper and Brian Thompson
Photo courtesy of Daniel Dae kim via Twitter

 

You can follow  Daniel on Twitter at twitter.com/danieldaekim.

Here is a sneak peek of Friday’s episode.

Highest Ratings for Hawaii Five-0 This Season!

January 12th, 2014 by

Kono is reunited with Adam.

 

The Friday night one-two punch of Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods continues to pay off for CBS.

Five-0 increased from 1.3 to 1.5 in the 18-49 demographic and brought in it’s largest audience of the season by topping the 10 million mark with 10.44 million viewers.

You can check out the entire Friday night line up ratings results at Zap 2 It.