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Chin fights for his life to a Jimi Hendrix beat

March 4th, 2013 by

Chin Ho behind bars with unexpected ally

Dumped in Halawa prison and left to die, Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) fights to survive with the help of an unexpected ally.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro / CBS)

Though this week’s episode of Hawaii Five-0 is a repeat, tomorrow will be its Monday night debut; “Olelo Ho’opa’i Make (Death Sentence)” premiered Sunday, January 20th after the AFC Championship game. The episode is very much Chin Ho’s, with his season-opener actions coming back to haunt him in the form of a vengeful Delano brother. A rude awakening at home quickly leads to an even worse one — Chin wakes up in a cell at Halawa Prison, where he’s at the mercy of every low-life he and Five-0 put away. Fortunately, he finds an unexpected ally as well as a sorta-maybe future love interest to help him stay out of the clutches of bloodthirsty inmates until help arrives.

The episode is also notable for its soundtrack of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix tracks — seven in all — which are being released on March 5th on a new album titled “People, Hell and Angels.”

A quick aside — 50undercover reader Ed Mattes reminded us that turning on your TV’s closed captioning for the early Kono and Adam scene will give you a translation of Adam’s phone conversation. Gotta love technology!

Youtube extended promo courtesy of CBS

Lou Grant and The Candyman hit Hawaii Five-0

March 1st, 2013 by
Steve and Danny discuss the finer points of surfing etiquette in "Kalele"

Steve and Danny discuss the finer points of surfing etiquette in “Kalele” (Screencap courtesy of CBS and Mycoven.com)

This weekend we get a bonus episode of Hawaii Five-0 when CBS airs Season 2′s “Kalele (Faith)” tomorrow night at 8:00pm ET.  Fans remember this episode for the melding of Five-0 past and present, with iconic actor Ed Asner reprising his original series role of ruthless smuggler August March. Last seen in 1975′s “Wooden Model of a Rat,” March is not long out of a thirty-plus year prison term when present-day Five-0 calls on his diamond-smuggling expertise to help with a high-stakes case.  Footage from the original episode fit perfectly well in Kalele.

We’re also treated to a “boardgument” as Steve and Danny bicker about surfing etiquette as they walk up out of the water onto Waikiki’s Queen’s Beach, where Steve’s sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) — all kitted out in her new flight attendant uniform — gleefully hugs the stuffing out of them both.

Of course, it doesn’t take hapless Mary Ann long to run afoul of Tony (Candyman) Todd’s menacing conflict diamond smuggler Jordan Nevins, who ropes her into his scheme when he claims to have kidnapped her friend Angela. Five-0 saves Mary Ann’s bacon and she joins the team for Steve’s surprise birthday party, complete with grenade-shaped cake.

“Kalele” saves the best for last, with Asner’s August March showing his true colors in a scene once again combining footage and dialogue from the 1975 episode with the current one. Turns out this grandfatherly old man is more grizzly than teddy bear, which ill-fated Angela learns far too late.

Youtube extended promo courtesy of CBS and H50Season2

Mark Dacascos to be Grand Marshal at NASCAR race

February 28th, 2013 by

Marc Dacascos as Wo Fat” (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro / CBS)

Mark Dacascos, Hawaii Five-0′s very own murderous man of mystery, Wo Fat, is getting something of a belated birthday present from NASCAR. Dacascos, who turned 49 on February 26th, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Dollar General 200 this coming Saturday, March 2nd. The Dollar General 200 is the second race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season and will take place at the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR).

Turns out it’s his other on-screen persona — The Chairman of “Iron Chef America” — that has the deeper ties to NASCAR; Dacascos has worked with PIR and NASCAR before.

“I get an adrenaline rush as The Chairman of Iron Chef America every time I should ‘Allez Cuisine!’ I can’t imagine how excited I will be as Grand Marshal when I say ‘Drivers, start your engines,” says Dacascos in Steven B. Wilson’s article for Speedway Digest.

Wilson’s article can be read at the Speedway Digest website.

Train’s new video for “Mermaid” gives Hawaii Five-0 a nod or three

February 28th, 2013 by
Train lead singer Pat Monahan and Daniel Dae Kim in Mermaid video

Train front-man Pat Monahan’s attention quickly strays from Daniel Dae Kim’s H50 script when his mystery mer-babe flits past. (Screencap courtesy of Train and VEVO)

I’m not generally one to rave about music videos; that said, have you seen the new Train video for “Mermaid” yet? If you haven’t, watch it below. If you have, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s everything you generally look for in a video — ridiculously catchy song, enough story to hold the video together, and lots and lots of eye-candy of every kind. Train’s “Mermaid” offers all of that, and more: hula, fire-dancing, Hawaii Five-0 cameos, beaches, bikini-clad mer-babes, Pro Bowl festivities, cheerleaders, famous football players, and lead singer Pat Monahan pursuing his elusive mermaid across Oahu.

A question for the local-kine Five-0 and football fans: the scenes of Train playing on stage, out on the field at Aloha Stadium, surrounded by exuberant fans, cheerleaders, hula dancers, and the stray mascot or two — were they shot during the Pro Bowl half-time show?

(Youtube video courtesy of Train and VEVO)

Kapi’o News lands Alex O’Loughlin interview, teases with excerpts on Kapi’o News website

February 28th, 2013 by

Remington Taum, Copy Editor for UH Kapiolani’s Kapi’o News, had the opportunity to sit down with Hawaii Five-0′s Alex O’Loughlin in December and conduct what promises to be a truly memorable interview. The Q&A-based interview excerpted on the Kapi’o News website will be published in its entirety in the upcoming Spring issue of the Kapi’o Magazine.

‘Hawaii Five-0′s O’Loughlin: I get to do fun ‘boy stuff’ and play with guns
Added by Remington Taum on February 27, 2013.

Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin in publicity shot from episode Ua Hala

Scott Caan, left, and Alex O’Loughlin, right, enjoy a break between scenes during the filming of the second season finale of “Hawaii Five-0.” Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS.

With its third season more than halfway in, “Hawaii Five-0″ could not be any hotter. CBS even reached out to fans of the show, allowing its viewers to pick the ending of an episode.

In December, I sat down with “Hawaiʻi Five-0″ star Alex O’Loughlin during his lunch break for a casual Q&A interview. After getting some food, we got comfortable inside and started chatting about his career, what’s next for the CBS drama and some quirky favorites of his that some of his fans may not know.

This guy is a character, and was welcoming to questions about how he got started in acting and the Hawai’i-based TV show.


RT: How is this season different from the last two? From your experience.

AO: I actually really like this season. It feels like a lot of things have smoothed out. I’ve relaxed a bit and I’m not taking risks. I’m not doing stunts like I used to. I just can sit back, do my work and be with my family. So actually, for me it’s fantastic. I feel like I’ve got a bit of job security now. Like (during) the first two years, (it was like) the rug could be pulled any minute.

RT: What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job?

AO: Well, I have a really great job. I have a lot of fun. I get to tell stories, which is what I love to do most, I get to work with a great group of guys, and I get to do fun “boy stuff” and play with guns. The most rewarding thing about my job, though, is being able to reach people in a way that’s outside of the industry. If I do a bunch of work and become a person of public interest on some level then I can hopefully use that to generate care in other areas that might be based in community service or philanthropy.

I think that’s the most important part of my job as an actor. It’s a way I get to give back.


Christine Lahti is not going to fall for the banana in the tailpipe

February 25th, 2013 by
Christine Lahti of Hawaii Five-0

Christine Lahti – Hawaii Five-0
Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

Ok, if you remember that hilarious line from the first  Beverly Hills Cop, you’ll laugh, and of course you’ll probably hint that you’re part of the older demographic.

According to THR, Hawaii Five-0′s Christine Lahti (Doris McGarrett) landed the role of “Helen, the captain of the Beverly Hills Police Department.   She’s described as wise, political, maternal, nostalgic and selfless who is dignified and respected by her detectives.”

The pilot, expected to be picked up by CBS later in the year follows the exploits Aaron Foley (Brandon T. Jackson) who plays the son of Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) and is a continuation of the movie storyline.

Smallville’s Alan Ritchson lands role of McGarrett’s BFF (SPOILERS!)

February 24th, 2013 by
Alan Ritchson and Alex O'Loughlin aboard C17 Globemaster III

“Hawaii Five-0” actors Alan Ritchson and Alex O’Loughlin (right) go over their lines during.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

ZAP2it’s Carina MacKenzie gave us the name to go with the face in behind-the-scenes set photos posted by Exec. Producer Peter Lenkov. MacKenzie revealed that Smallville’s Aquaman, Alan Ritchson, will play the SEAL-era best friend of HAWAII FIVE-0′s resident “Aquaman” Steve McGarrett in the much-anticipated SEAL flashback episode “Olelo Pa’a” (S03E20). Behind-the-scenes photos released Thursday by Lenkov and by the 15th Wingat Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam showed Ritchson and Alex O’Loughlin together on location in the cargo hold of a C17 Globemaster III in appropriate SEAL gear.

In addition to being helmed by veteran Hollywood director Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling, Innerspace, The ‘Burbs, and H50′s S2 episode “Ka Iwi Kapu”), “Olelo Pa’a” will also see the return of Terry O’Quinn as McGarrett’s former Commanding Officer, Lt. Commander Joe White, and White’s Vietnam veteran Huey pilot turned barkeep, Joe Bama (Jimmy Buffett).

‘Hawaii Five-0′ casts Alan Ritchman of ‘Smallville’ and ‘Blue Mountain State’ as McGarrett’s brother-in-arms
By Carina Adly MacKenzie / February 22, 2013

Alan Ritchson

Alan Ritchson plays Freddie, McGarrett’s SEAL best buddy. (Photo courtesy of ZAP2it / Getty Images

“Blue Mountain State” star Alan Ritchson spent some time in Hawaii last year, filming scenes for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — and now he’s returning to the Aloha State for some time with Danny and McGarrett.

Ritchson has nabbed a guest-starring role on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” and Zap2it has your exclusive details. He plays Freddie, described as a sweet guy who is built like a fullback. Freddie is a Navy SEAL — and he was McGarrett’s best buddy during his years in the military.

We’ll see them in flashbacks to their time training, when they supported each other through some extremely difficult conditions, and later, in battle together, when they had to make some painful choices together.

Ritchson is best known for his work as Thad Castle on “Blue Mountain State” and as “Smallville’s” Aquaman. He’ll appear this fall in “Catching Fire” as Gloss, one of the career tributes in the Quarter Quell Hunger Games.

Article at ZAP2it.com

Daniel Dae Kim and Joel de la Fuente talk “Hold These Truths” with Tannya Joaquin

February 22nd, 2013 by
Daniel Dae Kim and Joel de la Fuente on HNN Sunrise, 22 Feb 2013

Daniel Dae Kim and Joel de la Fuente talk “Hold These Truths” with HNN’s Tannya Boyd Joachin (Image courtesy of Hawaii News Now)

Daniel Dae Kim and Joel de la Fuente joined the Hawaii News Now Sunrise show’s Tannya Boyd Joachin this morning to talk about their production of playwright Jeanne Sakata’s one-man play, HOLD THESE TRUTHS.

HNN gives the following description of the play itself and of Kim and de la Fuente’s parts in bringing the acclaimed production to Hawaii.

(Hawaii News Now) – Acclaimed Off Broadway drama Hold These Truths, Jeanne Sakata’s one-man show inspired by the true story of second generation Japanese-American Gordon Hirabayashi, travels to Hawaii for a limited engagement of six performances at Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre February 21 – March 2, 2013.

Directed by Lisa Rothe and starring actor Joel de la Fuente (the principal talent behind the original Epic Theatre Ensemble New York production in October 2012), the show is presented by producer/actor Daniel Dae Kim and Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY). The production is dedicated to the memory of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, an American hero who was directly involved by the themes of the play. Proceeds will support the non-profit theatre and drama education programs of HTY.

The complete article and a video clip of the Kim and de la Fuente segment is available at the HNN website.

Daniel Dae Kim’s “Hold These Truths” Off-Broadway play opens tonight in Honolulu

February 21st, 2013 by

Hold These Truths produced by Daniel Dae KimDaniel Dae Kim’s production of HOLD THESE TRUTHS, opens tonight!  The play is billed as “incredible night of theatre, and more importantly, the telling of an inspiring and courageous American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi as performed by New York’s celebrated…Joel de la Fuente.”  Here’s the press release if you’d like to see the play.

HOLD THESE TRUTHS is an acclaimed Off-Broadway production that actor Daniel Dae Kim is producing at the Honolulu Threatre for Youth featuring actor, Joel de la Fuente. The show, opening Thursday, February 21, is inspired by the true story of second generation Japanese-American internment activist, Gordon Hirabayashi. The celebrated production is dedicated to the memory of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, an American hero.

HOLD THESE TRUTHS is set in Seattle during World War II, where Hirabayashi, a University of Washington student, is agonizing over U.S. government orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he fights to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Hirabayashi journeys toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures.

President Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Hirabayashi (1918-2012), the nation’s highest civilian honor, in April 2012.

HOLD THESE TRUTHS will be in Hawaii for a limited engagement of six performances at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre February 21 – March 2, 2013. General admission is only $20 for adults; $15 for students/seniors; and limited premium seating available for $30. Tickets may be ordered online at www.htyweb.org or by calling HTY at (808) 839-9885. Proceeds will support the non-profit theatre and drama education programs of HTY.

The community support and anticipation of this production has been truly wonderful – tickets are going fast!

Enjoy this in-depth cover story about HOLD THESE TRUTHS as featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser / TGIF.

Castle edges Hawaii Five-0 out in Monday viewing

February 21st, 2013 by

ABC’s Castle outpaced H50 this week compared to last, possibly due to Castle launching into a high-stakes 2-parter with the Feb 18th installment. Castle and H50 swapped 18-49 share figures week to week, with H50 earning a 5 and Castle 6. H50 dropped slightly from a 2.1 to a 2.0 in the 18-49 rating, with Castle nudging upwards slightly from a 2.0 to a 2.3. Total viewers were also down somewhat,  with 9.11 million watching live. Seven-day viewing figures will most likely bring the Feb 18th Live+SD totals closer to last week’s 9.64 Live+SD viewership.

Here’s the ratings for February 18th’s episode 3.17, “Pa’ani.”  Figures do not yet include the seven-day (SD) DVR, on-demand, and download  information.

Courtesy of TV by the Numbers

Final Monday broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, February 18, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.4/10 8.86
ABC The Bachelor  (8-10:01PM) 3.0/8 9.26
FOX Bones 2.2/6 8.47
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10:01PM) 2.1/5 5.65
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4/1 1.08
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.9/7 8.19
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls (9-9:31PM) 3.5/9 10.25
FOX The Following 2.9/7 8.39
CW 90210 0.2/1 0.55
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly (9:31-10PM) 3.2/8 10.33
10:00 ABC Castle (10:01-11PM) 2.3/6 9.85
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.0/5 9.11
NBC Deception 1.2/3 3.13


Last week’s (Feb 11th) final ratings for comparison — episode 3.16, “Ke Koa”

Time Net Show 18-49 rtg 18-49 shr Viewers
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-O 2.1 6 9.64
ABC Castle 2.0 5 8.97
NBC Deception 1.2 3 3.23

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