June 11th, 2013 by bahamabert
As we mentioned back in March, Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov is a featured speaker at this year’s four-day Banff World Media Festival. In addition to delivering “master classes” at the Festival, Peter teased several Season 4 storylines in an interview carried by both the Calgary Herald and the Vancouver Sun.
The Calgary Herald article was posted by Eric Volmers on June 10th 2013.
Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) introduces Danny Williams (Scott Caan) and Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) to his cousin Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) in the series pilot.
(Photo courtesy of Mario Perez/CBS)
Banff World Media Festival: Hawaii Five-O creator Peter Lenkov says Season 4 will offer new villain and lots of answers
June 10, 2013. 3:39 pm — Posted by Eric Volmers
Peter Lenkov is fairly blunt when asked what fans of CBS hit police procedural, Hawaii Five-O, can expect when the show returns next fall for a fourth season.
Answers … and lots of them.
The Montreal native, who developed the reimagined drama based on the long-running series from the 1970s, reassures us that the dangling plot points left at the Season 3 finale will be tied up sooner rather than later.
“We left last season with a lot of big questions,” says Lenkov, giving interviews Monday afternoon after overseeing a master class at the Banff World Media Festival.
“People think that most shows string out the answers. I don’t think we’re going to do that.”
The biggest puzzle left for viewers after Season 3 was the mysterious relationship between long-serving villain Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) and Doris (Christine Lahti), the mother of hero Steve McGarrett. Doris, long thought to be dead, was eventually revealed to have a murky relationship with the criminal Wo Fat.
“What’s their connection?” says Lenkov, who oversees the writing room and producers for the show. “We’re going to have an answer to that question.”
For three seasons, Hawaii Five-O has followed the adventures of an elite task force in paradise. Headed by tough guys played by Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, it was set up to battle ugly crimes amid the gorgeous backdrop of Hawaii. Over three seasons, the show has offered more than one memorable villain, with scenery-chewing turns from an against-type Ed Asner (who originated the role of art smuggler August March in the original series) and James Marsters, who played the killer of McGarrett’s father, among others.
Without giving too many details, Lenkov says there will be a new baddie to contend with in Season 4.
“It’s a little early, but we’re hoping to have a character, very much like Wo Fat, who will arc out over the season,” Lenkov says. “And maybe come to us a little unconventionally. It will hopefully surprise us and be a twist in the storytelling. That’s one of the additions.”
Four years ago, Hawaii Five-O became a surprise hit, with more than one critic suggesting the new version improved on the old.
Lenkov says his connection to the old show was personal. As a boy, he would watch the original Jack Lord series with his father in Montreal.
So while the new Hawaii Five-O may be modernized, Lenkov admits there’s a retro feel to the series that was intentional, a throwback to shows he would watch with his parents, whether it be the original Five-O or Magnum P.I.
“He really loved (the original Hawaii Five-O), and it was on for 12 years,” Lenkov says. “You really get to gauge somebody’s interest in something when they watch it regularly for 12 years. And I think the fact that he was so passionate about it, in a way, was a barometer. I knew there were other people who like it. For me, when I was a kid, I sat and watched it with him and it was like family television. There’s not a lot of shows like that, that you can sit down with your family and watch and still can entertain your dad and your son. There’s something for everybody.”
Lenkov left Montreal more than 25 years ago for a career in Hollywood. He became a screenwriter, penning films such as Sylvester Stallone sci-fi hit Demolition Man before landing a job as writer and executive producer of the hit show 24.
His star continues to rise. He recently co-produced a major Hollywood adaptation of his own comic book, R.I.P.D. Starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, it tells the tale of a group of undead police officers as is set for a blockbuster summer release next month.
In the age of the Internet and fan forums, Lenkov admits it’s easier than ever to get immediate feedback on his work on Hawaii Five-O.
“I wish my career had ended before the Internet,” Lenkov says with a laugh.
Still, he is happy to report that his own father, a big fan of the original, has given the new version his thumbs up.
Most of the time.
“He watches the show,” Lenkov says. “I think he really likes it. When I don’t hear from him, I think he probably didn’t like that episode.”