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Chef Morimoto’s “Ma Ke Kahakai” viewing event

April 15th, 2011 by

Chef Morimoto held a special viewing event for Hawaii Five-0′s 20th episode, “Ma Ke Kahakai” at his Morimoto Waikiki restaurant this past Monday.  As you know the Chef had a cameo appearance in a scene filmed at the restaurant.  Unfortunately the Chef did not appear that night as he went back to Japan unexpectedly for a family emergency.  Several Five-0 cast were spotted, including Kelly Hu, Daniel Dae Kim, and executive producer Peter Lenkov.   Peter gave a quick interview to Hawaii News Now:

Some photos of the event:

Morimoto Waikiki, Hawaii Five-0

Morimoto Waikiki, Hawaii Five-0 Photo: Undercover Special Agent Juiced

Morimoto Waikiki, Hawaii Five-0

Morimoto Waikiki, Hawaii Five-0 Photo: Undercover Special Agent Juiced

Morimoto Waikiki, Hawaii Five-0 Photo: Undercover Special Agent Juiced

Hawaii Five-0 syndication rights sold to TNT

April 14th, 2011 by

From Broadcasting and Cable:

CBS Television Distribution has sold rookie drama Hawaii Five-0 to cable net TNT.

The market for the show was opened by a preemptive bid by an unidentified cable network, which immediately set prices at $2-plus million per episode. In the end, Hawaii Five-0 sold in the mid-$2 million range, on par with what two of the last big dramas – Warner Bros’ The Mentalist and CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles – each received.

The off-net deal begins on TNT in fall 2014. The deal also includes digital rights so that TNT can provide the show on demand and online to its subscribers via Time Warner’s TV Everywhere initiative.

What does this mean?  Hawaii Five-0 is not leaving CBS, and we’ll continue to see new episodes on that network.  TNT bought the syndication rights to show repeat episodes and have exclusive rights to show Five-0 on demand to cable subscribers.  The deal begins in 2014, because theoretically by that time, CBS will have produced a hundred episodes of the show.  That’s the magic number that networks look at before sending a show off to another network for syndication.

This however, does not automatically guarantee the show for another three seasons (as much as we want it to), but it would be in CBS’s best interest for the continued success of the show in order to cash in on TNT’s huge offer.

A big mahalo to all those on twitter who helped make sense of this news!

I <3 u

April 13th, 2011 by

Undercover Agents- Yesterday on the podcast, Mike Buck gave me a second to acknowledge the fact that my 50undercover.com blog has grown immensely over the past few weeks, and I just wanted to repeat what I said on the air, that you all are the greatest fans in the Hawaii Five-0 fandom, and this blog wouldn’t be what it is without your thoughtful comments and your incredible enthusiasm.  I couldn’t name you all, but thought about everyone of you. :)

Thanks also to Peter Lenkov, Paul Z, and Erika for taking the time to chat to the fans last week.  Also a big thanks to all the writers, actors and crew who take time out of their schedule to connect with the fans!

I <3 u

Talking Story with Mike Buck on AM 830 KHVH Honolulu Talk Radio (Hawaii Five-0 podcast Apr 12)

April 13th, 2011 by

Here’s audio of my Hawaii Five-0 talk story session with Mike Buck yesterday on AM 830 KHVH.  We gave a run down of the episode, talked about the scenery of the episode, ratings, Chin’s and Kono’s car scene, P. Diddy coming up next week, spoilery finale talk, and Daniel Dae Kim’s tweet up.

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, April 12, 2011, for “Ma Ke Kahakai” (25:06)

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 20, “Ma Ke Kahakai”

April 12th, 2011 by

Getting better with each episode

I was surprised the other day when I heard a nationally syndicated entertainment reporter say that he thought the writing for Hawaii Five-0 was getting worse.  I’m not sure if he’s watching the same program as the rest of us, but the Elwood Reid written episode “Ma Ke Kahakai” had it all…action, humor, emotion, and all the good stuff that goes along with it.

There were a couple of edge of the seat moments, and I’m sure a lot of people gasped when McG took a fall down the cliff, and also when Danny and Chin took a flying leap off the pier onto the boat pulling away.   The bantering was toned down but fit the scenes perfectly: “Eat another doughnut!”.

An underlying theme is the role of fathers in the show.  McG opened to Danny about John being a great father.  Compare that to victim Jack Leung (Joji Yoshida) who wanted to provide a better life for his son and grandson by taking on a second job, and resisting the temptation to make easy money running drugs.  This is a far contrast from the elder Rutherford who’s misguided love for his son drives him to murder himself.

But I think the episode struck a perfect balance of advancing the story line with the procedural aspect of the episode.  Their aunt in failing health, Chin and Kono go to an impromptu family reunion.  There Kono finally finds out that her sick aunt might have something to do with the money disappearing from the evidence room and Chin’s dismissal from the HPD.  In the corner of her eye she sees Chin in a heated confrontation with her uncle about money.  As they drive back to HQ, Kono pulls over and finally confronts Chin about the money.  While the scene completely revolves around Chin, Grace Park totally made the scene happen.   Grace had a lot of range to work with in that scene, and hands down, this in my opinion was the strongest scene in the series so far.  It captures the cousins wrestling with another moral dilemma…does one choose family over duty…or duty over family?  Chin believes in loyalty to family which is why he took the fall for his uncle, to save his aunty from the pain and humiliation.  Kono chooses duty, and insists that Chin comes clean after their aunty passes.  I would imagine that they would be on the same page, and that the two of them would protect their family first.  But in “Kai E’e”, Kono tells Chin that taking responsibility for the missing $10 million was “the right thing to do”.  Little nuances like this show Kono to be the moral compass of the group, reflecting her idealistic youth, fresh from the police academy.  What would you choose?  The end was especially bittersweet, with the friends joking at the Tropic’s bar, but Chin and Kono finding out their aunty has passed away.  Ultimately, Kono laid it down to Chin to come clean after their aunt passes…will he do so?  And how does his fiancée Malia fit into this?

Lost, Hawaii Five-0 and location

Kaaawa Valley, Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii Five-0

Kaaawa Valley, Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii Five-0. Photo: vidcap from CBS

Steve and Danny are not Sawyer and Jack.  They are not running from the Others, or a Smoke Monster.  But they’re hiking through beautiful Ka’a’awa Valley, home of Kualoa Ranch, which also served as Oceanic 815 survivor’s golf course and frequent stomping ground.  I’ve talked about how gorgeous the show makes Hawaii look, and the cinematography hasn’t been this great since “Palekaiko” with both episodes framing our Five-0 heroes within the immensity of Hawaii’s outdoors.  If you haven’t booked a flight here yet, you really ought to.  CBS.com is currently featuring a websiode series called “Hawaii Undiscovered” which tracks Hawaiian adventures featured in the series.

Hawaiian music

The episode showcased two local groups, “Ho’onu’a” and “Hapa”.  Ho’onu’a’s “Feel Good Island Music” played in the background when Kamekona picked up McG at the hospital.  Hapa got some airtime at the end of the episode, playing their popular song “Olinda Road”.  Go check out these local groups, and I’m hoping we hear a lot more Hawaiian music in upcoming episodes.

Hiking with Steve, (not) brought to you by Mastercard

Roll of duct tape…$4.99

50 feet of rope…$99

Extra tight butt harness…$49.99

Slim fit Combat Cargo Capri Hiking Pants from Old Navy…$9.99

Red checkered picnic blanket (not shown on camera)…$9.99


Getting bro love? …Priceless

I <3 you, Steve.

Photos: CBS, vidcaps from CBS and Sewn Natural.

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 20, “Ma Ke Kahakai”

1)       “Ki’i pohaku” (“images in stone”, or petroglyphs), are rock images carved into stone by the ancient Hawaiians during the pre-Western contact times.  They were not a written language, but pictographs of daily life.  The petroglyphs shown in last night’s episode I believe was a mock up, but it showed a turtle (“honu”), warriors, and an image which has been interpreted as a mother birthing a child (below the turtle).

Petroglyphs, Hawaii Five-0

Danny and Steve at the petroglyphs, Hawaii Five-0. Photo: CBS

2)      Chin says to the drug dealer, “The dealer comes after you, chops you into little poke and feeds you to the sand sharks.”  Poke (pronounced poh-keh) is cubed raw fish (tuna, “ahi” in Hawaiian) that can be served in a variety of ways.  Don’t let the fact that it’s raw detract you…it’s ono [delicious]!  At Foodland supermarket, they prepare and season it in a variety of different ways, they’ll let you sample anything they have.

Foodland's poke bowls. Photo: Foodland.com

And on another culinary note, Chin asks Kono if she wants go for a loco moco at Ono Laulau.  While I don’t think there’s an Ono Laulau restaurant, I can tell you that a loco moco is the most epic of breakfast meals…two scoops of rice topped with a hamburger patty, an egg, and gravy all over everything.  It truly is the breakfast of Hawaiian champions.

Loco moco. Someone get me a defibrillator, I'm going in! Photo: su-lin

3)      We have no professional teams, hence McG has never been to a professional baseball game.  That being said, we have a God given right to cheer for any team that happens to be popular at the time.  There’s a period when everyone was a Dallas Comboy fan, everyone was a Chicago Bulls fan…you get the idea.

Did you notice…?

I loved Chef Morimoto…he played it perfectly.  Regarding Danny holding the fish:  “Yes.  Good size.”

“Ma Ke Kahakai” means “shore”.

Renee Nobriga (Sandrine the waitress) was Miss Hawaii 2010.

Keck’s Exclusives: Who’s Going Down on Five-0? (spoiler)

April 11th, 2011 by

From TVGuide.com:

Keck’s Exclusives: Who’s Going Down on Five-0?

Apr 11, 2011 10:24 AM ET
by William Keck

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Reiko Aylesworth

CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 will say a final aloha to a familiar face in the May 16 season closer. “It’s sort of our all-star episode,” teases exec producer Peter Lenkov. “Jean Smart [Governor Jameson], Kelly Hu [Laura Hills] and Will Yun Lee [Sang Min] are all coming back.” But one star will not return next season. “There will be a murder,” confirms Lenkov.

On the possible hit list: Grace Park (Kono), who may have tired of living in Hawaii, plus Jean and Kelly, both of whom have new NBC pilots. Stressing that “pilots may not get picked up,” Lenkov confirms that his cliff-hanger will be a “Holy crap! I-can’t-believe-they-did-that whodunit!”

Peter Lenkov tweets more teasers from the finale

April 10th, 2011 by

Check out the semi-spoilery video, and more photos from the finale on Facebook.

KOKUA FOR JAPAN benefit fundraiser going on right now

April 10th, 2011 by

Jumping back in today to let you know there’s about another hour and a half of awesome local entertainment, all to benefit tsunami relief in Japan.  A lot of big names in Hawaiian music are on the lineup- Cecilio and Kapono, Kalapana, Manoa DNA, and Robi Kahakalau to name a few.  Numerous media outlets have come together to make the concert happen.

The concert is happening on the great lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  Hawaii Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim is also working the phone banks!

So far over $1.1 million have been raised, with donations coming from locals, local businesses and mainland donors.

Go to http://kokuaforjapan.com/ for the streaming feed and information on how to donate.

Sunday’s news: Local actor Joji Yoshida hopes to make an impression in new Five-0 episode; catch Daniel Dae Kim’s live tweet up; Chef Morimoto to host Five-0 party

April 10th, 2011 by

Mike Gordon’s entertainment report

From today’s Star Advertiser, reporter Mike Gordon got the scoop on local actor Joji Yoshida:

LOCAL ACTOR Joji Yoshida will be holding his breath when the curtain rises on tomorrow’s new episode of “Hawaii Five-0″ at 9 p.m. on KGMB. He’s hoping his guest spot as fisherman Jack Leung won’t be cut from the episode, but he’s also pretty optimistic it will remain intact.

“Jack’s part is a very integral part of the story,” Yoshida said. “He’s the gist of the episode.”

Yoshida’s pretty excited these days. Even though he’s been in the business since the late 1990s, this is only his third speaking part, and it follows a major breakthrough: a large role on “Battleship,” a $200 million feature film that shot in Hawaii and Louisiana last year.

The actor is convinced “Five-0″ will help in a big way, taking him “from being a completely unknown local actor to possibly being a working actor.”

Joji Yoshida, Daniel Dae Kim. Photo: Honolulu Star Advertiser

“It’s a hit TV show,” he said, “and a lot of people on the mainland will see it and it will be really good for this resurgence of my career.”

Mike also mentioned:

IF YOU’RE part of the Twitter universe, you will want to be sure and follow “Five-0″ series regular Daniel Dae Kim (@DanielDaeKim), who will be tweeting live commentary and answering questions during tomorrow’s episode. He’ll start when the show airs on the East Coast, which is 4 p.m. Hawaii time.

Chef Morimoto to host episode viewing party at Morimoto’s Waikiki

Mike Gordon also wrote on Friday:

International restaurateur and karaoke fancier Masaharu Morimoto plays a guest role in the latest episode of “Hawaii Five-0,” and he’ll celebrate his appearance with a viewing party Monday at his restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki.

Morimoto, who plays himself in the episode, plans to prepare dishes, mingle and sing during the party. The chef, who lives in New York, will return to Hawaii for the event.

The new episode of “Five-0″ follows its lead characters, McGarrett and Danno, as they hike into a remote jungle to look at petroglyphs. But they find a homicide victim instead.

McGarrett and Danno visit Morimoto’s restaurant to search for a clue that might have been transported there.

During the scene with Morimoto, the Five-0 guys come upon the chef as he’s testing out some new karaoke gear; Morimoto is singing “Wonderful World.”

The chef is definitely not shy about singing. During a Sony Open gala dinner here in January (at which “Hawaii Five-0″ was also in the house), Morimoto prepared dishes, then took the microphone for a solo before Earth, Wind & Fire took the stage.

On Monday the restaurant in the Waikiki Edition will place several large TV screens to encourage viewing. Dinner seating will be at 8:30 p.m. — the episode starts at 9 p.m. on KGMB — and the chef will turn the lanai into a karaoke party after the credits roll.

To make reservations, call 943-5900.

Chef Morimoto, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0

"ALLEZ CUISINE!!!" -Chef Morimoto, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0. Photo: CBS

5 seconds of fame on Hawaii News Now

April 8th, 2011 by

The following conversation happened on twitter last night…

Party time, excellent!

And found its way here…

Steph, I love ya, but you gotta work on your delivery! ;)