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H50 Rewind: “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 2, Ohana

August 13th, 2013 by
Chin Ho, Danno and Steve sneak up on the bad guys

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), Danno (Scott Caan), and Steve (Alex O’Loughlin), ready to take down the bad guys.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 2, Ohana

(Originally posted September 28th, 2010 by )

McGarrett is one bad dude.  The same way Jack Bauer is a bad dude.  If Jack Bauer could do it his way, the show would be called 12, not 24.  If McGarrett could do it his way, Hawaii Five-0 would be a 30 minute show.  He’d probably have captured Bin Laden too.   Crime would be reduced in Hawaii, HPD would disband, and it would be nothing but sunshine and rainbows in the Aloha state.  Of course the court system would be backed up with police brutality cases.  Danno is turning out to be a big sissy pants wanting to do everything by the book which makes for good TV.  I’m expecting a slap fight to break out soon between the two.

Speaking of which, most people enjoy a good catfight, especially if Kono and a blond Russian are involved.  Their battle goes crashing from the kitchen, through the gate outside then to the pool outside.  But if they had fallen into, say a tub of jello, the scene may have played out a bit longer.  But alas, all good things must come to an end, and the bad guys show up, Russians this time.  Maybe it would have been better to skip work and go to the graduation after all.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 2, Ohana

1)  Hawaiians stay fit, trim an ready for the beach 365 days a year on a diet of shaved ice and malasadas.

2)  We mock Haoles who wear their Haole clothes.  Even with a tie, they just become professional looking Haoles.

3)  Since last week, Hawaii became an even worse hotbed of international terrorism, where shootouts can break out at any corner.

H50 Rewind: “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 1, Pilot

August 13th, 2013 by

With Hawaii Five-0 now airing in two-episode blocks every Thursday night on TNT (9:00 and 10:00pm ET), there’s no better time to reintroduce you to Officer 808′s “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ episode recaps! We’ll post the matching recaps as TNT airs the episodes. Bon apetit!

Remember, TNT’s Hawaii Five-0 homepage is the place for schedule information, episode synopses, interviews, publicity pictures, and more!



Hawaii Five-0 team all together for first time in S1

Five-0′s Fab Four meet for the first time in Season 1′s premiere episode, “Pilot” (L to R, Scott Caan as Danny Williams, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, and Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua)
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 1, Pilot”

(Originally posted September 21st, 2010 by )

So after all the hype it was finally time for the Hawaii Five-0 premiere.  From the first few minutes to the opening sequence.  I was floored.  I mean wow.  This is TV?  Either my expectations were low or this was some high production quality TV.  The title sequence, though updated, echoed the sequence of the original series, with the new McGarrett on the Ilikai, the shot of the Lady Columbia statue at Punchbowl, and the camera fixed to the police motorcycle zipping through Honolulu at dusk.

Right off the bat, the characters are engaging.  Alex O’Loughlin, as the new McGarrett with his military background goes for expediency, while Scott Caan’s Danny Williams tries to keep McGarrett within the lines of acceptable law enforcement.  The biggest difference between The New Series (TNS) and The Original Series (TOS) is the fact that both McGarrett and Danny are both Alpha males, each trying to assert themselves over the other…this is going to make for great TV.  This is a far call from James McCarthur’s Danno, who was definitely the subordinate.  Daniel Dae Kim, off of the sixth season of Lost plays Chin Ho Kelly, who shares a past history with the McGarrett family, but carries with him the reputation of being a crooked cop.  Grace Park returns to TV to play yet again, a former male character Kono Kalakaua (played by Zulu) reinvented as a female, like her role as Boomer in Battlestar Galactica.  She is a former pro surfer turned cop and is cousins with Chin Ho, learning the ropes and earning her keep.

The screenplay, chases and fighting sequences definitely play out like a movie, with very high production quality.  The episode ends leaving the overall season’s story arc a wide space to play out…what else is in the red toolbox?  Did Victor survive being shot and falling into Pearl Harbor…?  We’ll see!

This list evolved out of the smart (a$$) comments that came about from discussions with other locals…so some of this might fly over the heads of you Haoles, so just bear with us. :)    It goes without saying that Hawaii Five-0 is a TV show.  It’s not meant to be real.  Some of the portrayals of Hawaii, locals and Hawaiian life will definitely irk and offend some, but come on… if you wanted reality, watch Jersey Shore.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 1, Pilot

1)  Shave ice is a delectable desert for the most discriminating of palates.
2)  We talk the “bird” [pidgin English].  CA-CAW!  3)  Hawaii is a hotbed and hub for international terrorism and human trafficking.
4)  We don’t like Haoles.  I mean, we *really* don’t like Haoles.

Hawaii Five-0 Undercover Reveals New Agent

August 12th, 2013 by

Aloha Five-0 Undercover readers – it’s Mrs. Little here! I am very excited to be joining the Undercover agent team this season.

My journey to becoming a Hawaii Five-0 fan was quite by accident…

It all started in 2010 on a family vacation to Hawaii.

When I heard there was a cop show filmed in Hawaii debuting that fall, I thought “Even if the show is a bust, I am going to watch it for the beautiful Hawaiian scenery.” I was hoping the tropical scenes would make the cold Canadian winter much more bearable. To my surprise, I was hooked on Hawaii Five-0 with the awesomeness that was the pilot episode!

I have returned to Hawaii 5 times since then. During each visit I had the opportunity to watch filming of the series (I was even asked to be in the back ground on two occasions!).

See that blue blur to the left? That’s me!


I have met Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Hiro Noshimori) and the big man himself, Alex O’Loughlin!
Thanks to Hawaii Five-0, I have made many friends throughout the world who also enjoy the show.
I look forward to catching the wave and enjoying the ride with you!


Kono “not gone,” says Five-0′s Alex Kurtzman

August 9th, 2013 by
Adam and Kono in Season 3 finale

Adam and Kono get ready to face the music in Season 3′s finale episode
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Fans concerned about Kono’s future — and Grace Park’s apparent absence from season 4 filming thus far — got some reassuring news yesterday courtesy of TV|Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich and Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Alex Kurtzman.

Can we please have some Hawaii Five-0 scoop on Kono? Haven’t heard anything much about her this coming season. –clarlee901
Last week at TCA I was sure to ask exec producer Alex Kurtzman about the plan for Kono, who bid the team adieu at the end of last season, and he said, ‘I can’t reveal that yet, but she is not gone.’ And as for the timetable for her return, he deferred, ‘We’re actually in the middle of that conversation now.’”

CBS teases Five-0 guest stars and season premiere (Spoilers!)

August 6th, 2013 by
Steveconfronts Wo Fat in his ultra-max security cell

McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) confronts Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) in his ultra-max prison cell in the Season 3 finale, “Aloha. Malama Pono.”
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Twice a year, the Television Critics Association (TCA) holds a press event giving entertainment industry journalists what the TCA website describes as “an unparalleled opportunity to gain access to the people who make television.” That access has dividends that pay off throughout the year in the form of material for stories and one-on-one contact with execs, producers and cast.

The TCA summer press tour, which is held in July, allows networks and production companies to introduce and promote their shows, often with interviews, videos, and teasers — if not outright spoilers — for the upcoming Fall season. CBS day at the 2013 summer press tour took place on Monday, July 29th and, in addition to detailed information on new and returning shows, featured a talk with CEO Les Moonves.

As reported by craveonline.com, one of the topics Moonves covered was the decision to move Hawaii Five-0 from its Monday night berth to its new 9:00pm Friday time-slot.  “We didn’t have a lot of space for new 10 o’clock dramas,” said Moonves. “We fell in love with ‘Hostages’ and said it’s going to be very powerful. ‘Hawaii Five-O’ skews a little older, so with ‘Blue Bloods’ doing well, Friday has become more of a total demo night. It became pretty evident that putting ‘Hawaii Five-O’ there would be a good move.”

A CBS press release issued to coincide with the TCA press tour offered background on the end of the show’s third season as well as spoilers and casting teases for Five-0′s fourth season, which will premiere on Friday, September 27th.

“HAWAII FIVE-0 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) SEASON FINALE: The Five-0 team said goodbye for now to Kono as she and Adam fled Hawaii and went into hiding to save his life. Also, McGarrett was left to choose whether or not to help Wo Fat escape maximum security when his enemies broke in to kill him. NEW SEASON: In the season premiere episode, McGarrett and Wo Fat make a narrow escape from maximum security, gunman storm Five-0 headquarters and Catherine is taken hostage. Now, in McGarrett’s quest to save Catherine, he must break the rules and go head-to-head with new SWAT Commander Captain Grover (Chi McBride). Meanwhile, Kono and Adam’s secret location in Hong Kong is compromised. Rumer Willis and Terry O’Quinn return, and Carol Burnett, Jorge Garcia, Henry Ian Cusick, Tim Daly and Rebecca De Mornay guest star during the series’ fourth season. ”


Chi McBride courtesy of THR

Chi McBride plays SWAT Captain Lou Grover on Hawaii Five-0
(Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter)

Chi McBride

As per the CBS press release and TVLine.com, Chi McBride will appear in the Season 4 premiere episode, “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi,” which will air on Friday, September 27th. Seen most recently in CBS’s Golden Boy, McBride will be playing SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a potentially recurring character brought forward from the original series.

EW.com’s Sandra Gonzalez discussed McBride’s role with Peter Lenkov in early July.

“It’s always fun to dig back into Five-0 mythology and resurrect a character — and in this case, Chi McBride plays SWAT Captain Lou Grover,” says executive producer Peter Lenkov. “Recently transferred to Hawaii from Chicago, Grover isn’t easily sold on Five-0′s tactics, referring to the task force as: ‘McGarrett and his merry band of do-whatever-the-hell-they-want.’ What Five-0 does conflicts with Grover’s own style of law enforcement. And that creates good conflict, so prepare for some combustive tension between the two this season.”


Rumer Willis as Sabrina Lane

Rumer Willis plays bank teller Sabrina Lane on Hawaii Five-0
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Rumer Willis

Last seen in Season 3′s “Ha’awe Make Loa” on the wrong side of a bank robber’s gun,  Rumer Willis will once again play bank teller and Max (Masi Oka) Bergman’s love interest Sabrina Lane.

Based on local production-spotter reports, it is possible that Willis will appear in the third episode of the season, titled “Ka ‘oia’i'o ma loko.”




Terry O'Quinn as Joe White

Terry O’Quinn plays SEAL Lt. Commander Joe White (Retired) on Hawaii Five-0
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Terry O’Quinn

Probably most famous for his role as LOST’s John Locke, Terry O’Quinn has played now-retired SEAL Lt. Commander Joe White since Season 2′s premiere episode, “Ha’i'ole.” Originally introduced through a line of dialogue in Season 1′s “Ho’apono” as SEAL candidate Steve McGarrett’s training officer, “Uncle Joe” White served with Jack McGarrett and kept a watchful eye on his friend’s son throughout his SEAL training and service.

Though introduced as something of a knight in shining armor in McGarrett’s hour of need, O’Quinn’s Joe White proved to be painted in shades of gray, often hindering as much as helping with Steve’s quest to get to the bottom of his parents’ deaths and the part played by the elusive Shelburne.

Put out to pasture after joining Five-0 and a handful of SEALs in their “Ki’ilua” mission to rescue McGarrett from Wo Fat’s North Korean bunker, White has since retired to his ranch in Montana, where he was last seen in Season 3′s “Olelo Pa’a.”  While no details have been revealed thus far, White may play a part in Season 4′s continuing Doris McGarrett story arc.


Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett will play Steve McGarrett’s aunt in Hawaii Five-0′s Thanksgiving-themed storyline
(Photo courtesy of IMDb)

Carol Burnett

A grande dame of American television, Carol Burnett has excelled as an actress, comedienne, singer and writer. She is best known for her long-running variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran on CBS for eleven years and won her numerous Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

As per TV Guide’s Mega Buzz column, “Recently announced guest star Carol Burnett will play McGarrett’s aunt, who comes to Oahu with a secret plan to reunite the entire clan for Thanksgiving.”  As Steve, sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) and mother Doris (Christine Lahti) don’t really seem to constitute a “clan,” it seems likely that Burnett’s character will dredge up additional “family” members to take part in her Thanksgiving extravaganza. Odds are good that Steve’s adopted family — Danny, Grace, Chin, Kono, Catherine, Kamekona — will find places around that table.

The Thanksgiving theme most likely means the episode will air in November.


Jorge Garcia goes back to the island

The Island isn’t done with Jorge Garcia; he returns to Oahu to play a conspiracy theorist on Hawaii Five-0′s third episode
(Photo courtesy of ABC and Sitcoms Online)

Jorge Garcia

Best known as LOST’s Hugo “Hurley” Reyes, Jorge Garcia joins Hawaii Five-0′s growing roster of LOST alumni.  Garcia flew into Honolulu on July 30th to appear in the third episode of Season 4, which is titled “Ka ‘oia’i'o ma loko.”

According to a June  14th article by Entertainment Weekly’s Sandra Gonzalez, Garcia “will play a brilliant conspiracy theorist and reportedly share scenes with former Lost co-star Kim.” Behind-the-scenes location photos have shown Garcia and the Five-0 production team working at the feet of at least two King Kamehameha statues: the larger one in front of the iconic Ali’iolani Hale, and a smaller one in Windward Oahu.

What kind of conspiracy theory leads Garcia’s character to the feet of King Kamehameha? Tune in on Friday, October 11th to find out!


Henry Ian Cusick appears in the season premiere

Henry Ian Cusick plays terrorist leader Ernesto in Hawaii Five-0′s Season 4 premiere, “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi”
(Photo courtesy of TV Line)

Henry Ian Cusick

LOST fans will recognize Henry Ian Cusick as that show’s button-pushing hatch-dweller Desmond Hume. Cusick has the honor of being Season 4′s first LOST alum by virtue of appearing in the season premiere, which is titled “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi.”.

TV Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich talked with Peter Lenkov about Cusick’s role in a July 12th article and had this to say:

“Lost alum Henry Ian Cusick is heading back to Hawaii, with a plum role on Hawaii Five-0.

The dashing Scotsman will guest-star in the Season 4 premiere as Ernesto, a tough, fearless and ruthless member of a terrorist group called the National Liberation Movement. Provided he makes it out of the mayhem he makes alive, he possibly could reappear like a bad penny.

Asked to comment on Cusick’s character, show boss Peter Lenkov — who teased the Lost alum’s arrival with the photo below — said, “Well, he’s got the balls to take over the palace, Five-0′s HQ — so what more is there to say?”

Tim Daly plays Texas Ranger on Five-0

Tim Daly will play a Texas Ranger searching for his missing daughter in Hawaii Five-0′s second episode of Season 4
(Photo courtesy of TV Line)

Tim Daly

Seen most recently on ABC’s Private Practice,  Tim Daly will play a potentially recurring Texas Ranger in Season 4′s second episode, which is titled “A’ale Ma’a Wau.” As described by TV Line’s Vlada Gelman, Daly’s character is “a Texas Ranger looking for his missing daughter in one installment,  with the potential to recur.”

TV Guide’s July 9th Mega Buzz column, written before Daly’s casting was announced, teased with some interesting comparisons:

“Have you seen Taken? Imagine Liam Neeson in a cowboy hat and snakeskin boots and you’ve got the tough customer who McGarrett and Danny will tumble with in an early episode, in which a trigger-happy Texan is trying to locate his kidnapped daughter. Bonus: The episode’s father-daughter theme will also feature Danny and Steve playing coach to little Grace on the baseball diamond. “

TNT’s Hawaii Five-0 home-page goes live

July 30th, 2013 by
TNT's Hawaii Five-0 homepage at TNT website

With TNT’s syndication launch of Hawaii Five-0 just over a week away, TNT’s Five-0 home-page has gone live at the TNT website. ( http://www.tntdrama.com/series/hawaii-five-o/ )
(Image courtesy of TNT and CBS)

With the launch of Hawaii Five-0 on the TNT cable network just a week away — Season 1 premieres at 9:00pm ET/PT Thursday, August 8th with a two-episode block of “Pilot” and “Ohana” –  TNT’s Five-0 home-page has gone live at the TNT website. Thus far, the site includes an Season 1 episode guide, a gallery of publicity photos, an “about” description of the show, cast biographies, Q&A interviews with series stars Grace Park and Scott Caan, and a press release which includes a listing of August episodes.

The Q&A-style text interviews with Grace Park and Scott Caan both appear to date back to Season 1, which is in keeping with the TNT broadcast timeline.

An excerpt from Scott’s interview — “Caan Man Is On The Scene”:

“Q: How do you prepare yourself to play the role of Danny Williams?

SC: Well, the good news is that this role comes easy to me. I feel that there’s a lot of me in the part, so I feel like for the most part with this role I just kind of memorize my lines and hit my marks and have fun, you know… You know the only way to do a show like this is to figure out a way to have fun. Alex O’Loughlin has a really tough job, a really tough job, because his role is not the most fun role to do, and he has to come back and do it everyday. Me, there’s a lot of scenes where I just show up and have fun.

Q: What has been the most rewarding thing about taking on this role?

SC: Well, I’ve been in the business for a long time and I haven’t really gotten the roles that I want to get. I played in Ocean’s Eleven, I was the tenth guy in that movie. You know, Casey [Affleck] for example he went on and got some good parts and got offered good movies, and I didn’t. You know, I wasted a lot–I didn’t waste time, but I went off and made my own movies and I spent a lot of my own money on movies and I wanted to be John Cassavetes. I didn’t want to be Tom Cruise, you know, and so you pay the price. And for whatever reason my brand didn’t get me to a point where I could do exactly what I wanted to do. And there are things that I really want to do and I have to take opportunities like this. This is a wave, you know, and you really have to take those moments in life when you say no to them you look back and go, ‘God I wonder where I would be if I did do that.’ Because look, ultimately, I’m in my thirties and the things that I want to do are ahead of me.”

An excerpt from Grace’s interview — “Get to Know Grace Park”:

“Q: You are no stranger to acting in a television series. What makes this role different than any you’ve played before?

GP: It seems like with Hawaii Five-0 I can feel the formula a little bit more. I mean working on The Cleaner that was still somewhat of a procedural and it turned more into it in the second season, but it feels like you can see the beats a little bit more like, ‘Oh, here is the funny bit between McGarrett and Danno,’ and, ‘Oh, cool, we have the action part,’ which kicks ass–I love it. And then here, okay, we’re solving the case. You know, so I feel like I see those pieces a little bit more in the story. It’s almost like The Matrix, not as green letters coming down, but you can start to see like pictures within that, so I don’t know if this is because I have a little more experience or if it’s because of the way the–or talking to the writers and then reading the episodes or getting a different eye for seeing those types of things and obviously this is a much bigger machine. I haven’t been on a network like this ever and also to be one of like the most highly touted shows on a huge network, it’s like you’re riding a massive wave.

Q: What has been the most rewarding thing about taking on this role?

GP: I would say, it took me a while to notice but I feel like I have been really like the silliest I have been on any set that I have been on. And usually it’s because I was working with someone who would bring that out, you know, great sense of humor and would get everybody laughing or some of the relationships I made. But on this show absolutely, I love the people on it, but it’s like I realize that this is the first time I feel so free and just so loose and silly and strange and get to kind of just bop around and do whatever and I realize I hadn’t been like that before. And then I thought this is what, one of the things I am going to get to come away with, you know, which is like it’s more of a personal thing has nothing to do with work.”



TNT Press Release — http://tntnewsroom.com/hawaii-five-0-tnt-premiere/

Action-Packed Hit “Hawaii Five-0″ to Join TNT Lineup Thursday, Aug. 8
July 30, 2013 Kevin Little 11:12 am ET

H50 Cast - Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan, Grace Park and Alex O'Loughlin

The cast of Hawaii Five-0: Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan, Grace Park, and Alex O’Loughlin
(Photo courtesy of TNT and CBS)

TNT is hitting the beach this summer as the network adds the action-packed drama series Hawaii Five-0 to the primetime lineup. The People’s Choice Award-winning series, which stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, is set to air on TNT Thursdays at 9 and 10 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning Aug. 8. A complete schedule of episodes running in August is included below.Hawaii Five-0, which is preparing to launch its fourth season on CBS, comes to TNT from CBS Television Distribution. The series is a contemporary take on the classic show about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches.

At the center of Hawaii Five-0 is Detective Steve McGarrett (O’Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder. He then stays after Hawaii’s Governor (Jean Smart) persuades him to head up the new team with his rules, her backing, no red tape and blanket authority to hunt down the biggest “game” in town. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop. He’s a working man in paradise who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but is committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter.

The Five-0 unit also includes Chin Ho Kelly (Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective and former protégé of McGarrett’s father who was wrongly accused of corruption. Chin’s cousin Kono (Park) is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the police academy and eager to establish herself among the department’s elite.

Hawaii Five-0 was named Favorite New Drama by fans voting on the 37th Annual People’s Choice Awards. The show’s other accolades include a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe® nomination for Scott Caan, Emmy® nominations for stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente and a BMI TV Music Award for Keith Power and Brian Tyler. The show is executive-produced by Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for CBS Television Studios.

Hawaii Five-0 on TNT – August 2013 Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 8
9 p.m. – “Pilot” – TV-14-LV

Steve McGarrett is summoned home to Honolulu to bury his father after he is murdered by a madman. Governor Jameson wants Steve to head up a new elite police unit, and she will give him full authority to get the job done. Initially he turns down the job, but when he meets the man charged with investigating his father’s murder, he changes his mind so he can find the killer himself.

10 p.m. – Ohana – TV-14-LV
When a former cyber-terrorism expert is kidnapped, McGarrett and his team are assigned to find the missing expert in order to protect national security.

Thursday, Aug. 15
9 p.m. – “Malama Ka Aina” – TV-14-LV

Five-0 discovers a connection between Samoan gangs and a mainland mob after an escalating gang war wreaks havoc during a local high school football game.

10 p.m. – “Lanakila” – TV-14-V
Five-0 is called on to locate a dangerous escaped prisoner, but to find him, they need to determine his reasons for escaping. Steve’s sister, Mary Ann, arrives from the mainland for a visit and brings trouble of her own.

Thursday, Aug. 22
9 p.m. – “Nalowale” – TV-14-V

When a teenage girl’s body is found near Waikiki, Steve and the team are assigned to finding her missing sister. The case is further complicated by the fact that their father is Michael Reeves, ambassador assigned to the Philippines and friends with the Governor.

10 p.m. – “Ko’olauloa” – TV-PG-V
Five-0 delves into the world of North Shore surfing when the CEO of a successful surf company is murdered.

Thursday, Aug. 29
9 p.m. – “Ho’apono” – TV-14-V

McGarrett must rely on his SEAL skills to diffuse a hostage situation when a Navy SEAL on the run for murder takes hostages aboard the U.S.S. Missouri Memorial Battleship.

10 p.m. – “Mana’o” – TV-14-LV
The team is up against Internal Affairs, dirty cops and a powerful cocaine cartel when they investigate the murder of Danny’s ex-partner, who is found dead at a Hawaiian luau with his badge in his mouth.




Hawaii Five-0 premieres on TNT in August

July 26th, 2013 by
Hawaii Five-0 cast in Season 1 publicity photo

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan in an early Season One publicity photo
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

As confirmed today on twitter by executive producer Peter Lenkov, Hawaii Five-0 will premiere in syndication on the TNT cable network on Thursday, August 8th. Five-0 will launch with two back-to-back episodes — “Pilot” at 9:00pm ET/PT and “Ohana” at 10:00pm ET/PT — following back-to-back episodes of long-time rival, Castle.

TNT is adding the show to their Primetime schedule a year earlier than originally anticipated when the syndication deal was inked in 2011. The earlier TNT premiere will introduce McGarrett and his team to a whole new audience while adding Five-0 to TNT’s stable of highly popular dramas.

Quick-thinking fans who’ve turned to TNT have already spotted promo spots advertising the addition of Five-0 to the cable network’s lineup.

As mentioned earlier, Peter Lenkov confirmed the news of the TNT launch with a screengrab of the August 8th TNT website schedule page showing Hawaii Five-0′s two premiere episodes.

Hawaii Five-0 in the TNT schedule for August 8th

The TNT schedule for Thursday, August 8th shows Hawaii Five-0 premiering at 9:00pm ET/PT with back-to-back episodes — “Pilot” and “Ohana.”
(Screengrab courtesy of TNT and Peter Lenkov)

Lucky fan catches live Hawaii Five-0 filming near airport

July 22nd, 2013 by

Undercover Special Agent Madjack caught the Hawaii Five-0 team in action near the airport the other week.  Check out the pics!

Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 available for pre-order!

July 17th, 2013 by
Temporary box art for Season 4 DVD and BluRay sets

Ready to pre-order your Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 DVD and BluRay sets? Amazon is! Follow the links below for ordering specifics.
(Image courtesy of Amazon and CBS/Paramount)

Ready to pre-order your Season 4 DVD and BluRay sets? Amazon is! The online retailer recently put up pre-order information for the Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 DVD and BluRay sets, which are both currently listing at a discounted pre-order price of $58.49.

The Season 4 DVD and BluRay ordering details can be found at the Amazon.com website.

Remember, when placing your orders, use the 50Undercover Amazon gateway! (the link graphic can be found in the right-hand border of our pages).

Hawaii Five-0 scores a touchdown at Aloha Stadium (SPOILERS!)

July 14th, 2013 by
Makani Kai chopper over Ala Moana Beach

One of Makani Kai’s helicopters, temporarily rebranded as Kamekona’s pride and joy, flies along the Waikiki shoreline in a “Magnum. PI” homage from Season 3′s “Hoa Pili.”
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Hawaii Five-0′s production team is pulling out all the stops to make the Season 4 premiere episode a high-octane thrill-ride. In addition to fan-favorite guest stars Henry Ian Cusick (LOST) and Chi McBride (Human Target, Golden Boy), we can also look forward to an eye-catching helicopter stunt or two courtesy of Makani Kai Helicopters.

As Mike Gordon of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser learned, Five-0 has negotiated with the University of Hawaii to film one of Makani Kai’s familiar black helicopters touching down in and presumably taking off from the Aloha Stadium field.



Copter landing in stadium touch and go for ’5-0′ filming

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2013

Landing inside Aloha Stadium isn’t included in Makani Kai Helicopters tours, so don’t go reaching for your cellphone to book a flight if you to see one of the company’s EurocopterAstars disappearing behind the north end zone this week.

A touchdown such as that would mark a historic moment for both the Halawa stadium and the CBS cop drama “Hawaii Five-0,” which included the scenario in the script of its Season 4 premiere, airing Sept. 27.

When edited into the episode, it will likely look more awesome than it actually was. That’s because the maneuver, even in tight surroundings, is more routine than stunt, according to Richard Schuman, the 55-year-old owner of Makani Kai Helicopters and the pilot who will do the flying.

“The landing is like we do every day, several times a day,” he told the Star-Advertiser. “The only difference is, now you are surrounded by a stadium.”

The stunt has been in the works for weeks, and at a July 5 public meeting, Stadium Authority board members appeared to favor the request. But the elephant in the room was bigger than a University of Southern California lineman: What would happen if there was an accident and the field could not be repaired in time for the University of Hawaii football team’s season opener with the USC Trojans on Aug. 29?

“This would be a huge loss,” stadium manager Scott Chan told the board. “It would not be good for anyone if this game did not take place.”

Stadium officials, using 2010 data, estimated the university would be out $2.3 million if that happens. But UH is comfortable with the stunt as proposed, said John McNamara, associate athletic director.

Board members noted at the meeting that “Five-0″ was agreeing to cover any damages and would conduct tests before and after the filming to measure the 3,500-pound helicopter’s impact — if any — on the turf’s bounce.

Schuman, whose helicopters have flown “Five-0″ episodes for the past three seasons, did his best to reassure stadium officials.

During the filming, he’ll probably hover about 50 feet above Aloha Stadium’s synthetic turf before the show’s director tells him to land, he said. If his engine suddenly stalls, Schuman doesn’t anticipate a problem landing safely. He would “float down like a kite,” he said.

“If done properly, it would come down no harder than you jumping off a table,” Schuman told stadium officials. “We train for that. But a worst-case scenario where the engine suddenly quits is extremely rare.”

The worst-case scenario, though, would be worse for Schuman, who has flown helicopters for 18 years, the pilot told the board.

“If I was to die of a heart attack coming over the stadium and the helicopter nosed down and crashed into the 50-yard-line, that would probably put a big dent in the field,” he said. “And I’m not sure how you would repair the field if that was the case.”

Under the plan discussed, the field’s 45-square-foot centerpiece, which has the University of Hawaii logo woven into the synthetic material, would be removed for the scene. “Five-0″ would have to restore infill material — the rubberized granules between the blades of artificial grass — blown away by wash from the helicopter rotors.

The board agreed to a $2,000-per-day fee for “Five-0″ to use the stadium and its parking lot from today through Wednesday. At last word, the agreement had not been finalized but the Stadium Authority board did not anticipate a problem closing the deal.

Schuman, who has done most of the flying in “Five-0″ episodes, doesn’t feel he’ll contribute anything unexpected to the episode when he lands.

“It’s not difficult,” he said after the meeting. “It’s like driving your car into your garage.”

AND that’s a wrap …

Mike Gordon is the Star-Advertiser’s film and television writer. Read his Outtakes Online blog at honolulupulse.com. Reach him at 529-4803 or email mgordon@staradvertiser.com.