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Henry Ian Cusick gets LOST on Hawaii Five-0 (SPOILERS!!)

July 12th, 2013 by


CBS S4 LOST on H50 promo

Aloha, Henry Ian Cusick, Jorge Garcia, and Terry O’Quinn! CBS promotes both the move to Friday nights and the addition of more LOST alums to the growing Five-0 Ohana.
(Image courtesy of CBS – http://instagram.com/p/brVDaNxhwr/ )

Peter Lenkov hinted there would be more LOST reunions this season of Hawaii Five-0, and he wasn’t kidding! In addition to Jorge “Hurley” Garcia, who was announced earlier this summer, Henry Ian Cusick (LOST’s Desmond) will also “go back to the Island.”

Cusick’s appearance in the Season 4 premiere was first teased by Peter Lenkov in a July 11th twitter photo and confirmed by CBS through the new promotional photo shown above, and in an interview with TV|Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich, which is excerpted below.

“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?’”

Read the full Mitovich  article, complete with additional photos, at the TV|Line website.

Henry Ian Cusick on location with Five-0

Exec. producer Peter Lenkov shared this July 11th photo of LOST’s Henry Ian Cusick on location with Five-0. Cusick will appear in “Aloha. Kekahi i Kekahi,” the season premiere episode.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Lenkov – http://t.co/XVGpNjCXEl )

Chi McBride lands Hawaii Five-0 role (SPOILERS!)

July 10th, 2013 by
Chi McBride joins Hawaii Five-0 as new SWAT Captain Grover

Chi McBride joins Hawaii Five-0 this season as SWAT Captain Lou Grover.
(Image courtesy of Paul A. Hebert / Getty Images)

Hawaii Five-0 showrunner Peter Lenkov told C21Media in a recent interview that there would be new characters added to the Five-0 roster for Season 4. Lenkov named one of those new characters this afternoon at the Season 4 Blessing.

Chi McBride, most recently seen on CBS’s Golden Boy, will appear in the season premiere episode, “Aloha kekahi i kekahi.” McBride plays SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a recent Chicago transplant who takes a dim view of McGarrett’s trademark seat-of-the-pants approach to law enforcement. According to Lenkov, Grover views the Five-0 Task Force as “‘McGarrett and his merry band of do-whatever-the-hell-they-want,” an attitude which is sure to create story-driving conflict.

Entertainment Weekly’s website, EW.com, ran the story — excerpted below — on McBride’s addition to Five-0.

“Hawaii Five-0 historians will appreciate this.

The upcoming fourth season of CBS’s Five-0 will see the addition of SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a character that first appeared in an episode of the original series. And the cherry on top of the good news? He’ll be played by Chi McBride.

McBride will first appear in the season premiere, which airs Sept. 27 and starts shooting today in Hawaii.”

According to the EW.com story, McBride’s Captain Grover may prove to be a recurring character. Apparently incorporating some aspects of both Governor Sam Denning’s and Captain Vince Fryer’s initial misgivings about McGarrett’s task force, Grover’s attitude towards Five-0 should make for some great head-butting and tension whenever the two cross paths.

Hawaii Five-0′s Season 4 Blessing to be live-streamed by Hawaii News Now

July 9th, 2013 by
HNN to cover Season 4 Blessing

Hawaii News Now (HNN) will once again provide exclusive coverage of Five-0′s season-launching Blessing ceremony.
(Image courtesy of Hawaii News Now)

Hawaii News Now (HNN) will live-stream their exclusive coverage of Hawaii Five-0′s Season 4 Blessing ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, July 10th at the show’s new Diamond Head Studio home.

HNN announced the Blessing coverage through the website article excerpted below.

“HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
As the saying goes, lights camera action! It’s almost go time for Season 4 of Hawaii Five-0 and Hawaii News Now continues to be your “go to” station for complete coverage.

Wednesday, July 10 marks the start of production for Hawaii Five-0, Season 4 featuring Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Masi Oka, Michelle Borth, Taylor Wily, Christine Lahti, Mark Dacascos, Brian Yang and Teilor Grubbs, amongst many other talented actors.

We’re the only TV station in town invited on set for the blessing and start of filming. The blessing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. (Check back on Wednesday for the actual start time)

Click here to watch on a computer: http://hine.ws/live
Clicking this link will also take you to the mobile live stream: http://bit.ly/hnnlive2

Filming for every season of the show has started with a traditional Hawaiian blessing. Blessings mark the start of something new and are a show of respect for the host culture.

The series will be returning to its original Honolulu sound stage at Diamond Head, home of the original Hawaii Five-0. The series also features some of the original 5-0 cast, including Dennis Chun and Al Harrington who will take part in Wednesday blessing.

To watch the blessing, you can log on to HawaiiNewsNow.com or you can download the Hawaii News Now app for iOS or Android devices.”

The complete article can be read at the Hawaii News Now website.

Hawaii Five-0′s Peter Lenkov talks to C21Media

July 9th, 2013 by
Peter Lenkov chats with C21Media

Hawaii Five-0 showrunner Peter Lenkov chats with C21Media “the challenges of rebooting a classic title for modern audiences.”
(Image courtesy of C21Media)

Hawaii Five-0 Executive Producer Peter Lenkov sat down recently to talk with C21Media about “the challenges of rebooting a classic title for modern audiences.”

The six-minute interview includes scenes from the show inter-cut with Lenkov’s comments, and the comments themselves cover considerable ground. For instance, while some fans have been apprehensive about the move to Friday nights, Lenkov looks forward to the new night and time. He feels the earlier timeslot will allow families to watch the show together, as he and his father did, while the new night will introduce Five-0 to a new audience.

Lenkov also teases with some hints about Season 4, which goes into production on Wednesday, July 10th. Look for the addition of new characters and the growth of existing relationships. Also expect questions from last season to be answered early on rather than strung out across the season, with new questions taking their place in the storyline.

C21Media’s website gives the following title and description for the interview.

Re-book it, Danno

“THE C21 INTERVIEW: Hawaii Five-O’s showrunner Peter Lenkov talks to C21 about the challenges of rebooting a classic title for modern audiences.

CBS relaunched the show in 2010, 30 years after its initial 12-year run had come to an end. Lenkov says the production meant striking a delicate balance between not disappointing the previous generation of fans and attracting new audiences.”

View the six-minute interview at the C21Media website.

Five-0′s Taryn Manning talks new Netflix role with Huff Post Live

July 8th, 2013 by
Taryn Manning on HuffPo Live

Taryn Manning (Five-0′s Mary Ann McGarrett) talks with Huff Post Live about her new role in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.”
(Image courtesy of Huff Post Live)

Hawaii Five-0′s Taryn Manning sat down Monday night with Huff Post Live’s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to talk about her new Netflix series, “Orange Is the New Black.”

According to the HuffPo summary of the interview, the show “is based on Piper Kerman’s best-selling memoir and will debut on July 11th. Manning portrays a former meth addict who becomes an evangelist during her confinement.”

Manning’s character is not your garden variety evangelist; she’s got the fervor and the dedication while lacking much of the theological backbround, so her approach is definitely on the controversial and confrontational side.

In addition to discussing her new Netflix role, Manning also chats about her inspiration to pursue acting and some of her favorite charitable causes.

The series — which has already been renewed for a second season by Netflix — premieres on Thursday, July 11th.

Watch the nearly 20-minute interview at the Huff Post Live website.

Daniel Dae Kim joins NBC’s Hollywood Game Night

July 4th, 2013 by
Daniel Dae Kim joins celebrity cast of Hollywood Game Night

The Season One cast of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night includes Daniel Dae Kim, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Martin Short and Kristen Bell in “The One with The Friends.”
(Photo courtesy of Trae Patton/NBC)

Hawaii Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim will appear on the first episode of NBC’s new summer game show, Hollywood Game Night, which premieres on July 11th.  The show, which is hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch, will air Thursdays at 9:00pm ET for its initial eight-episode run.  The show’s celebrity cast includes Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim, Matthew Perry and  Lisa Kudrow of Friends, comedian Martin Short, Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars,  and Alyson Hannigan of How I Met Your Mother. Their episode is titled “The One with The Friends.”

The official NBC show homepage has this to say of the new show:

“It’s a cool summer’s night, and you’re at a fantastic party in the Hollywood Hills. As the house band rocks, you mingle with some of today’s biggest names in entertainment, including “Hollywood Game Night’s” host with the most, Jane Lynch! So what could make this night even better? How about a chance to walk out with a mountain of cash? One-hour alternative series.It could happen to you on “Hollywood Game Night.” Every week, ordinary people and celebrities gather for a great party. Then two teams made up of a civilian and celebrities compete in a series of outrageous games. Are you a walking encyclopedia of celebrity trivia? An expert on all things pop culture? If so, you just might have a chance to take home up to $25,000. Not bad for a night’s work!

From co-creators and producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner comes the ultimate game night with all-star players, host Jane Lynch, a rockin’ house band and plenty of surprise guests. Let the games begin! One-hour alternative series.”

Hollywood Game Night seems to be close kin to games like Trivial Pursuit, with the two teams matching wits on a wide range of pop culture and celebrity trivia.  Will Daniel hold his own in the fast-paced and irreverent scramble for the winning answers? Visit the show’s homepage at NBC for a sneak peek of Daniel in action.


Daniel Dae Kim, Matthew Perry, and Kristen Bell appear on Hollwyood Game Night

Daniel Dae Kim, Matthew Perry, and Kristen Bell appear in NBC’s new Hollywood Game Night.
(Image courtesy of NBC)


NBC’s  homepage for Hollywood Game Night offers a selection of sneak-peek videos and previews in addition to further details on the show and cast.

Sunset on the Beach is a go for Hawaii Five-0

June 25th, 2013 by
Tucker, Lenkov, O'Loughlin, Orci, and Joachin at SOTB3

Hawaii News Now’s  Keahi Tucker and Tannya Boyd Joachin chat with Five-0′s Peter Lenkov, Alex O’Loughlin, and Bob Orci at last year’s Sunset on the Beach.
(Photo courtesy of Hawaii News Now)

According to Hawaii News Now’s Ian Scheuring, CBS announced today that Hawaii Five-0 would indeed continue its tradition of premiering each new season with a Sunset on the Beach red carpet extravaganza.  SOTB4 will be held on Thursday, September 26th on Queen’s Beach, with the season 4 premiere airing nationally the following night in Five-0′s new 9:00pm Friday berth.


Hawaii Five-0 returns with “Sunset on the Beach” premiere in September
Posted: Jun 25, 2013 4:05 PM  EST 
By Ian Scheuring, Digital Content Producer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan and the rest of the cast of Hawaii Five-0 will again descend upon Waikiki in September for the Sunset on the Beach premiere of the show’s fourth season, CBS announced on Tuesday.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Sunset on the Beach scene on Queen’s Beach.

Last September, thousands of fans gathered for an evening of entertainment that featured reggae band Natural Vibrations and red carpet appearances by the stars of the show.

“Sunset On The Beach is one of those awesome perks of this job that I never take for granted,” said executive producer Peter Lenkov. “For three seasons now we’ve been blessed with incredible support from not just local fans, but fans from all over the globe who come to Hawaii to attend the event.”

The show, which is moving to Friday nights this fall, premieres on television on September 27, 2013.

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

View Hawaii News Now’s article and gallery of photos at the HNN website.

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 DVD and BluRay release dates announced

June 25th, 2013 by
H50 Season 3 DVD box art

Catch the Season 3 DVD wave on September 24th!
(DVD set cover art courtesy of CBS Home Entertainment)

CBS Home Entertainment has announced the release dates for DVD and BluRay versions of Hawaii Five-0′s Season 3 box sets.

As reported by David Lambert of tvshowsondvd.com, both DVD and BluRay sets will be released on September 24th.

“CBS Home Entertainment has today announced that Hawaii Five-0 – The 3rd Season is coming to DVD ($64.99 SRP) and high-def Blu-ray Disc ($72.99 SRP) on September 24th. Bonus material for these sets will consist of Audio Commentary Tracks on selected episodes (by the likes of Peter Weller, Glen Olson, Rod Baker, Joe Halpin, Peter Lenkov, Alex O’Loughlin, and Grace Park), Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, Alternate Endings for Kapu (Forbidden), and Featurettes called “Short Lines,” “Aloha Action!,” “Script to Screen” and “Hawaii Five-Over The Whole Wide World.” Additionally, the Blu-ray version will have some Easter Eggs hidden on it.”

Amazon.com is currently listing the DVD set at a pre-order price of $45.49, with the BluRay set available for pre-order at $65.69.

H50 Season 3 BluRay cover art

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 BluRay set surfs into your living room on September 24th.
(BluRay cover art courtesy of CBS Home Entertainment)

Peter Lenkov holds Master Class at Banff World Media Festival

June 25th, 2013 by
Peter Lenkov chats with Michael Schneider of TV Guide

Hawaii Five-0′s Peter Lenkov chats with TV Guide’s Michael Schneider during his Master Session at the Banff World Media Festival.
(Photo courtesy of CBS and the Banff World Media Festival)

Hawaii Five-0′s Peter Lenkov was a featured speaker at the recent Banff World Media Festival. His fifty-minute Master Class session is presented below in the form of a  Youtube video. Conducted by Michael Schneider of TV Guide, the interview-style session covers topics ranging from Lenkov’s formative years in Montreal, his early days in Hollywood, and his highly successful and popular reboot of CBS’s iconic Hawaii Five-0.

Lenkov largely attributes the show’s success to the cast and the job they’ve done with their characters, going on to say that viewers come back week after week because they like these characters.  It is also interesting to note that Lenkov views the relationship and dynamic between McGarrett and Danno as “the engine” that drives the show, and that Scott Caan’s eleventh-hour casting as Danny Williams proved to be “lightning in a bottle.” Schneider adds that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park bring “geek cred” to the show thanks to their roles on LOST and Battlestar Galactica.

The official Festival introductory text for Lenkov’s session has this to say:

“Ho’olu komo la kaua (please join us) in welcoming Hawaii Five-0′s showrunner Peter Lenkov as he discusses his successful reboot of this iconic series that acts as an anchor to CBS’ Monday night line-up.

In this interview, he will take an in-depth look at what it takes to create a show with global appeal and to maintain its success in a very competitive television landscape.

He will also discuss how marketing a show and bringing the storytelling to the second screen is an important element in building awareness and engaging audiences. His vast producing career also includes executive producing another hugely popularly CBS global franchise series CSI: NY.”

Hawaii Five-0: Master Class with Peter Lenkov at BANFF 2013
(Duration: 50:51 minutes)
Published on Jun 15, 2013

Hawaii Five-0 Season Four Premieres Friday, September 27th

June 17th, 2013 by
Donnie Wahlberg and Alex O'Loughlin at June 2012 HFPA event

Donnie Wahlberg of BLUE BLOODS and Alex O’Loughlin of HAWAII FIVE-0 stop for a photo op at the June 2012 HFPA brunch for the two CBS shows
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

CBS announced the premiere dates for its Fall 2013 lineup in a June 17th press release. The official CBS premiere week will span September 23rd – 29th, with the fourth season of Hawaii Five-0 premiering at 9:00pm ET Friday, September 27th. Five-0 will follow Undercover Boss and lead into Blue Bloods.

Viewers watching tonight’s broadcast of Hawaii Five-0 saw the first of the new H50 generic “moving to Fridays” promos in the end credits. This week’s episode was the last Five-0 broadcast in the show’s original 10:00pm Monday night timeslot; from now on, the show will air in its new Friday 9:00pm berth. This is also the third and final week of a three-week transition period which saw Five-0 airing twice a week in both old and new timeslots.

The CBS press release excerpted below can be read in its entirety at the CBS Press Express site.



June 17, 2013



America‘s #1 Network Will Premiere Nearly All of its New and Returning Series During Official Premiere Week (Sept. 23-29)

 CBS, America’s #1 network, will premiere nearly all of its new and returning series during official premiere week (Sept. 23-29), following the Network’s Sept. 22 broadcast of THE 65TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, which will air live, 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/5:00-8:00 PM, PT.  …

Friday, Sept. 27

8:00-9:00 PM              UNDERCOVER BOSS (5th season premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            HAWAII FIVE-0 (4th season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS (4th season premiere)