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Sizzling behind the scenes photos of Alex O’Loughlin; updated with more cast

February 3rd, 2012 by

A big “Thank you” to CBS, from all of the Alex O’Loughlin/Steve McGarrett fans everywhere. You do know how to make us happy!  Photos: CBS, EPR

Update: More BTS photos added…Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Teilor Grubbs!

More BTS pics on Facebook.

EXCLUSIVE photoshoot- Brian Yang heats up the beach

February 2nd, 2012 by

Here are the rest of the photos of this EXCLUSIVE shoot with Hawaii Five-0’s  Brian Yang!  He had a scorching session with model Kaitlyn Metcalf, shot by the best glamour photographer on the island, Robert Tolentino.  For a good laugh, read the little short story following the photos that I was inspired to write after seeing the photos.




Charlie goes hiking
A small apartment in downtown Honolulu, August, 2011.

The smart phone in Charlie’s hand was warm.   Not so much because he’d been playing Angry Birds, but because he’d been holding it for an hour.  “The decision making process takes time,” he assured himself.  He looked down at the phone, then at his watch, then at the phone again.  He clicked it on.

“Let’s do this,” he said to no one in particular as his thumb slid over the phone’s screen.  “A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J…K.  K is for…” he muttered.

The name KONO jumped out from the screen.  He hit TALK, and in that pause before the ringing started, he simultaneously heard himself suck in a breath, heard his heart pumping, and heard the wooshing sound of his veins pumping blood through his racing mind.  He put two fingers of his free hand up to the wrist of the other.

“Sixty beats per minute.  You’re all G, Fonger, be cool,” he thought.  Then, the phone clicked alive.

“Hello?” said the young female voice on the other end.

“Hey, Kono, it’s me Charlie!  Charlie Fong, from the lab.”

He slapped his head with his free hand with a loud smack.  “Of course she knows it’s you!” his inside voice screamed.

“What was that?” Kono asked.

“Um…nothing, I wasn’t watching where I was going and walked into a wall,” were the words that came out of his mouth.  He rolled up his eyes in disbelief.  “Oh sweet Lord, did you just say that?” his inside voice asked.

“Oh well, you’d better take care of that then.  So what’s up?” Kono said.  But something was different in her voice, she sounded…distant.

“Well, I’ve been exercising a lot, working out, running and I found this trail.  I wanted to know if you wanted to go hiking up Tantalus drive, skirt around the old shack where we used to play in when we were kids, and make it all the way to the top and watch the sunset and then after we can get some dim sum dumplings for dinner, and I’ll drop you off at home.” Charlie sputtered.  “Pace yourself, Champ” warned his inside voice.

There was a long pause.  Was she thinking?  Did his breath smell bad?  “No, you idiot, she can’t smell your breath over the phone!” his inside voice screamed.  He looked down at his phone and saw four bars of reception, then none, then four bars again.

“Hello?” Charlie said.

“I’m here Charlie…you were breaking up.  Let me get this right.  You want to go up to Tantalus drive with me, hike up my skirt in the old shack we used to play in as kids, make it with me all the way, and then you’re doing to dump me off at home while you get dinner?”

“What?!? No, that’s not what I said!  I asked if you wanted to go hiking up Tantalus drive…”

“Well at least we’ll get to see the sunset…” Kono trailed off.

“Yes!” Charlie said excitedly.

“ …while you have your way with me,” Kono said wryly.  “That’s romantic.”  Charlie could tell by the way her sentence trailed off that she was smiling.  But her tone changed.  “I wish I could Fong, but I got a lot of things going on…” Kono said flatly.

“Well how about tomorrow?” Charlie asked hopefully.

“I gotta wash my hair,” came Kono’s response.

“All day?!?!” Charlie said in disbelief.

“It’s a lot of hair, Fong,” Kono said.

“Well how about next week?” Charlie’s hopes were fading.

“No, there’ll be a Great Disturbance in the Force,” Kono said patiently.

“Really?”  Charlie was at a loss.  “No, you numbskull, she’s blowing you off!” screamed his inside voice.

“Um, well no, but I thought you’d appreciate that,” Kono said.  Even at the attempt at humor, Charlie knew something was off.

“Well, I…” Charlie couldn’t even think of anything else to say.

“Kono.  Time to go,” a gravelly male voice said from beyond the receiver’s normal range.

The phone rustled and he knew Kono moved to put her hand over the receiver.  Despite that he made out a name.

“Who’s Frank, Kono?”

“No one, Charlie.  Listen I’m sorry, I really, really am, but I gotta go, one day maybe-“

The phone clicked, and went dead.  He looked down at the screen.


“Well at least you got to make out with her in the closet back in the 8th grade,” his inside voice said halfheartedly.

“Yeah, at least I got that,” Charlie said aloud.  He stopped and looked around.  Who was he talking to?




Probably the awesomest Hawaii Five-0 promo ad I have ever seen. EV-AH!

February 2nd, 2012 by

Undercover Special Agent Kelly tipped me off to adsoftheworld.com, where I found some cool promotional photos for Hawaii Five-0.  From what I can tell, the site is a showcase for advertisers and artists to show current campaigns they are working on.  Bleublancrouge, an ad agency in Montreal came up with these two gems below to promote Hawaii Five-0 on SERIES+ in Canada.

Hawaii Five-0 promotional photo for SERIES+, by Bleublancrouge agency.

I like this photo with a creative take on the Aloha print for the Kevlar vest.  I know right now people outside of Hawaii may think how ridiculous the filial flower pattern looks, but hey, that’s how we roll in Hawaii.  It’s a nice pattern that most locals would consider masculine, worthy of Reyn’s or Hilo Hatties (high end Hawaiian shirt makers), and not like bargain $5 gaudy shirts from the ABC store or Walmart.

The following photo also caught my eye.

Hawaii Five-0 promotional photo for SERIES+, by Bleublancrouge agency.

Click on the photo for a JUMBACO sized version!

Let me deconstruct this one for you for those who might not understand the photo.   I think I can safely assume this is intended to show Kono after a hard day of surfing…mmm, yes, Kono.  She’s so well prepared for action, she keeps her sidearm tucked in the back of her bikini, which hugs her ever so gently and delicately, like the way a mother tenderly cradles her newborn babe.  After all, she never knows when some terrorist might try to jack her wave.  The bikini magically clings to her despite being weighed down by two pounds of hard steel pressed up firmly against her soft skin; her skin so radiant and textured by goosebumps from the cold surf of Waikiki beach early in the morning.  She spends so much time in the sun that the golden rays bronze her skin around her pistol, leaving a reminder to other surfers not to drop in on her…like a subtle reminder “Hey, if you drop in on me, I’m gonna punch or shoot you, but if you can survive that, call me!”

Oh, sorry, I think my mind went elsewhere for a second.  What I’m really trying to say is that as a life long resident of the beautiful Hawaiian islands, I truly appreciate this advertising agency’s attempt to promote and showcase Hawaiian culture, such as Aloha prints and surfing.   And bikinis.

Promo photos for Hawaii Five-0, “I Helu Pu”

February 2nd, 2012 by

Our friends at Hawaii-Five-0-Fans.com got a hold of these promo shots for “I Helu Pu” (episode 16).   Looks like it’s Valentine’s Day and Catherine is back in town!  What’s the big event where everyone’s dressed up?  (Photos by Norman Shapiro, CBS)

Alex O’Loughlin behind the scenes of “I Helu Pu”

February 1st, 2012 by

Who’s looking forward to seeing McGarrett in a tux?  Our Undercover Special Agent Kuini was able to see just that, while watching the filming of episode 216 erecently.  If you recall, CBS casting was looking for extras in formal wear for this scene a few weeks back.


New Hawaii Five-0 promo for “Mai Ka Wā Kahiko”

January 31st, 2012 by

Prepare for unbearable tension in next week’s episode of Hawaii Five-0.  One of my favorite director’s, Larry Teng, is at the helm for this one, and I can’t wait!

Update: Extended promo!

Talking Story with Mike Buck and Peter Lenkov on AM 690 KHNR (Hawaii Five-0 podcast)

January 27th, 2012 by

Mike Buck hosted Hawaii Five-0’s executive producer Peter Lenkov for the first time at his new home at AM 690 KHNR.  Peter discussed Jenna Kaye, upcoming appearances of Michelle Borth, the retutn of Shelburne in the finale, Will Yun Lee as Sang Min, creating the NCIS:LA/Hawaii Five-0 crossover, his chances of doing a cameo on his own show, and gave me an exclusive teaser on James Caan’s upcoming role. I got a kick out of Peter’s story of James Caan’s interest in the show and how he pitched his character to Peter and Paul Z.  Peter also re-confirmed that there will be 24 episodes.  Peter closed by saying that this has been the best crew that he’s worked with.  Friends of the blog@TereseaLea, @fiveophans, @Pinkiepie230, and @Fitgirl called in and asked their own questions to Peter as well.  It was a fun interview, and a big mahalo goes to Mike Buck and Peter Lenkov!

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show,  Mike interviews Peter Lenkov, January 26, 2012 (1:00)

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EXCLUSIVE SPOILERY NEWS from Peter Lenkov on the Mike Buck Show

January 26th, 2012 by

AVERT your eyes if you don’t want to be spoiled with James Caan news.


Just got off the phone with my mini-interview with Peter Lenkov, via Mike Buck and his Mike Buck show:

James Caan approached Peter about Scott Caan’s character, wanting to know if Rachel and Danny get back together, and even pitched a character idea to Peter and Paul Z.  Peter and Paul loved the character and that’s how James’ character came into being.  But the big shocker is that James will not be playing Scott’s father!  Shocking and intriguing!

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America

Honolulu talk show host Mike Buck to interview Peter Lenkov

January 25th, 2012 by

He has climbed highest mountains, he has run through the fields, only to be back with us!  After a brief time off-air, Mike Buck found what he was looking for: a new home for his  radio show at AM 690 KHNR.  As you recall Mike and I first talked story about Lost on his radio show and dissected the show with our theories.  When Hawaii Five-0 started, we started our talk story sessions back up again to talk about the episode, the story, the action and all the wonderful “local-isms” of the show.  A few of our discussions are in the “Podcasts” section of the blog.    Sometimes producers Peter Lenkov and Paul Zbyszewski were in-studio guests and shed more insight on our favorite show.

Mike has been on air for a week now, and he’s secured executive producer Peter Lenkov to chat about Hawaii Five-0!  Follow the the KHNR link to the webpage and click the “Listen Live” button between 8-9 AM Hawaii Standard Time tomorrow morning, Thursday the 26th.

What are your questions for Peter?  I may have an opportunity to ask a few!

Paul Z, Mike and Peter (Photo: Mike Buck)

Apolo Ohno scores a trip to Hawaii Five-0

January 24th, 2012 by

Apolo Ohno’s fans have been lobbying Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov for months in hopes of landing the Olympic Gold Medal winner a role on the CBS show.  It appears their efforts have paid off; earlier today Ono tweeted: “@King5TracyT  I will be going to hawaii! Filming hawaii five-o!”

CBS Tweets confirmed the news with an announcement of their own, “Exclusive Casting Alert! Olympic speedskating medalist @ApoloOhno to guest star on #H50. Are there ice rinks in Hawaii?”   We knew the man can skate and dance, but can he act?

So which celebrity should be the next beneficiary of such a twitter campaign?