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Ride the Halloween party bus with Five-0! (Spoilers)

October 31st, 2013 by
Steve & Danny ride the party bus

Danny and Steve ride the Halloween party shuttle bus, which comes complete with loose liquor bottles and stray thong undies tucked between seat-cushions.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

If the misty and remote field of seemingly abandoned cars isn’t spooky enough, Steve and Danny only have to wait for the bass-thumping party shuttle bus to roll up and unload a gaggle of boozed-up Halloween partiers. Offered a ride to the party, our intrepid heroes are soon up to their ankles in empty liquor bottles and stray undies; odds are, they’re going to find a lot more waiting for them at the end of the trip!

Kupouli ‘la airs Friday, November 1st at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS. Five-0 and zombies! How can you resist?


Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Kupouli ‘la”

October 31st, 2013 by

If you think that you will still be hungry for the living dead after Halloween, then this weeks episode of Hawaii Five-0 has you covered.

Director Jon Terlesky is no stranger to scary Hollywood productions.  He appeared in the the B-movie horror flick Chopping Mall.  He has also acquired a pretty impressive resume as a director, having been the man calling the shots on recent hits Castle and Revenge. He even directed Terry O’Quinn in the short lived 666 Park Avenue.

Writer David Wolkove adds his touch to another spooky Halloween episode.  He also co-wrote the Halloween episode in Season 3 “Mohai”.

There are some notable actors returning to the Hawaii Five-0 cast. Rumer Willis reprises her roll as Max Bergman’s girlfriend, Sabrina. Interestingly, she is now listed as a recurring cast member.  Popular character actor DJ Qualls (Supernatural, Legit) visits the show, as does veteran actor Corbin Bersen.


Keo Woolford as Sgt. Chang in Hawaii Five-0 Photo credit imdb.com


Hawaii born and raised, Keo Woolford, returns as Sgt. James Chang. I remember when I first saw him in the Season 2 premiere.  His character was one that I would like to see more of – similar to Dennis Chun’s character, Duke. This will be Woolford’s third Hawaii Five-0 appearance.

From CBS


Rumer Willis Returns and Corbin Bernsen Guest Stars



“Kupouli ‘la*” – When Halloween comes to Hawaii and a zombie-like man is shot, Five-0 races to stop a madman who is conducting experiments on humans, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Rumer Willis returns as Max’s girlfriend and Corbin Bernsen guest stars.

(*Kupouli ‘la is Hawaiian for “Broken”)


Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)



Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Rumer Willis     (Sabrina Lane)



Keo Woolford     (Sgt. James Chang)

Corbin Bernsen     (Henry Upton)

DJ Qualls     (Marshall Demps)

Dixie Rose     (Lisa Mills)

Kenneth Matepi     (Dr. William Ellery)

Brian Tee     (Ryu Nabushi/Hideaki Kuroda)

Joseph Dubiel     (Moviegoer)

Masayo Terao     (Trauma Doctor)

Lance Teixeira     (Driver)

Kawika Smith     (Security Guard)

Wesley Busser     (Morgue Attendant)

Clint Howard      (Superintendant)

Steven Sung     (CSU Tech)

Yosef Kasnetzkov     (Brock Upton)

Scott Folsom      (Michael Besner)


WRITTEN BY:     Sue Palmer and David Wolkove

DIRECTED BY:     Jon Terlesky

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, October 28, 2013 for “Kupu’eu”

October 30th, 2013 by

Finally had time to get the podcast uploaded!  Mike Buck of AM 690 KHNR and I discussed “Kupu’eu”, talked about Billy’s departure, and Alex’s future after Hawaii Five-0.   Give it a listen:  Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, October 28, 2013 for “Kupu’eu”.

Alex O’Loughlin awarded the Breakthrough Award from AIF

October 25th, 2013 by

The Hollywood spotlight shone on Aussies last night, as Alex O’Loughlin was awarded one of three Breaktrough Awards during the second annual Australians in Film Awards dinner. Other recipients this year were Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) and Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back and 300: Rise of an Empire). Australians in Film is an industry guild for Australian filmmakers and performers in the United States.

Now in his fourth year with Hawaii Five-0, which airs in multiple countries around the world, we can most certainly say that Alex has broken through and made it.

Congratulations on your award!

(Click on the image below to see the gallery of photos from the awards night).

Alex ponders life after Hawaii Five-0

October 25th, 2013 by

Check out this short interview given to AP writer Ryan Pearson last night in Los Angeles at the Australians in Film dinner.



Alex O’Loughlin Ponders Future on ‘Hawaii Five-0’

LOS ANGELES October 25, 2013 (AP)
By RYAN PEARSON AP Entertainment Writer
Alex O'Loughlin thanks the fans and the cast and crew. (Officer 808)

Alex O’Loughlin thanks the fans and the cast and crew at Sunset on the Beach, September 2103. (Officer 808)

Alex O’Loughlin says he’s signed up for two more seasons of “Hawaii Five-0” but is looking forward to a career beyond the hit TV series.

The 38-year-old actor plays policeman Steve McGarrett on the CBS series, now in its fourth season. He said the intense workload and shooting schedule had kept him out of other potential projects.

“Like I read Doug Liman’s script, ‘Everest,’ which he’s about to start directing — it’s amazing and it’s invigorating. But it’s also heartbreaking at the same time because it feels so far away from me at the moment,” O’Loughlin said at the Australians in Film awards dinner Thursday night. “I’ve never played one character for this long. And it’s network TV, too, so it comes with its own set of challenges from the artist’s perspective. But I’m very lucky. My kids will get to go to good schools, we all eat organic food, and I live in Hawaii.”

The actor noted that the show — a reimagining of the 1970s series starring Jack Lord — had overcome a number of hurdles to remain consistently highly rated.

“I mean, we’ve had cast troubles. I got really hurt and had to go and sort myself out in the second season. We’ve had injuries, we’ve had all sorts of things. It just keeps going,” he said. “We can’t seem to kill it. So I guess it’s going to stick around for a while.”

As for how long he’ll stick around: “At the moment I can’t imagine working any longer than tomorrow. Because there’s just so much work. But we’ll see, we’ll see. I want to do other things sooner rather than later.”

CBS riding the ratings wave with Five-0 Fridays

October 23rd, 2013 by

Scott Caan (Danny Williams) and Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) in the upcoming Halloween episode of Hawaii Five-0.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Looks like viewers still concerned about Hawaii Five-0’s move to Friday nights can rest a little easier. Based on the latest press release, CBS is pleased with the performance of its new Friday night lineup.



Both Series Notching Time Period Increases in Viewers and Key Demos

“Five-0” Also Up in Viewers Over its Year-Ago Monday Performance

CBS’s Friday lineup is posting across-the-board growth paced by its new 9:00-11:00 PM crime block of HAWAII FIVE-0 and BLUE BLOODS, according to Nielsen most current ratings through the first three weeks of the season.

At 9:00 PM, the newly relocated HAWAII FIVE-0 has boosted the year-ago time period by +27% in viewers (10.54 from 8.28m), +64% in adults 18-49 (1.8 from 1.1) and +63% in adults 25-54 (2.6 from 1.6). HAWAII FIVE-0 is also up +14% in viewers versus its year ago Monday average (from 9.25m).

At 10:00 PM, BLUE BLOODS is posting year-to-year growth of +8% in both viewers (12.40m from 11.44m) and adults 25-54 (2.6 from 2.4) and +13% in adults 18-49 (1.8 from 1.6).

At 8:00 PM, UNDERCOVER BOSS is winning its time period in viewers (8.24m) and adults 25-54 (2.1).

Compared to Friday last year, CBS is up +9% in viewers (10.39m from 9.57m), +21% in adults 18-49 (1.7 from 1.4) and +25% in adults 25-54 (2.5 from 2.0).

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 – “Kupu’eu”

October 23rd, 2013 by

Looks like we are in for a ride on the emotional roller coaster in this week’s episode.  If you haven’t seen the previews yet, there may be spoilers below.

Here is what we know about this episode so far:

  • the title of the episode loosely translates to “Fallen Hero”.
  • Peter Lenkov tweeted a teaser picture from the editing room of McGarrett and other Navy personnel in their dress white uniforms looking somber and saluting.
  • Terry O’Quinn also returns as Joe White.

We see Catherine in a gunfight and she takes a bullet.  Does the title refer to her?  Or could it be that our fallen hero is Joe White? Although, if you notice, there is another character listed with the last name of Harrington. Could that be Billy’s father? Was he in the Navy? Would a death in his family bring him and Cath closer together?

Regardless of who the fallen hero may be, you can be sure that Alex O’Loughlin will shine in this episode. He is outstanding in portraying McGarrett’s heartbreak and emotional turmoil.

From CBS


Terry O’Quinn Returns as Joe White

“Kupu’eu*” – As Catherine’s seemingly harmless surveillance job takes a deadly turn, Adam considers making the ultimate sacrifice to save Kono, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Terry O’Quinn returns as Joe White.

(*Kupu’eu is Hawaiian for “Fallen Hero”)


Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)



Terry O’Quinn  (Joe White)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Justin Bruening     (Lt. Commander Billy Harrington)



Monica Lacy    (Sandra Cutler)

Logan Fahey   (Andrew Burns)

Lacey Beeman  (Abby Maxwell)

Larry Poindexter (Lee Benner)

James Brennan   (Sam)

Thomas Allen   (Tom Harrington)

Chad Takesue   (Morgue Attendant)

Taylor King          (Teen Driver)

Paul Bauer            (John Cutler)

John Mark Harmon (Jason Kroll)

James Ireland          (Ed Doctor)


WRITTEN BY:     Moira Kirland and Eric Guggenheim

DIRECTED BY:     Jeffrey Hunt

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 – “A ia la aku”

October 16th, 2013 by

Looks like the theme for this week’s episode is relationships.

Autumn Reeser returns as Danny’s love interest Gabby. Will Danny finally say the “L” word to her? Based on the preview clip, we know that Danny does not have much good to say about marriage.

After last week’s episode, it was quite obvious that McGarrett is starting to have doubts about Cath working with her old flame, Billy. With both Michelle Borth (Cath) and Justin Bruening (Billy) in this episode, I suspect McGarrett will be feeling further insecurity. I kind of like this vulnerable side of him.

Interesting note – the actor that plays the best man in this episode, Raleigh Craighead, was also the stunt man for Robbie Amell who played Billy Keats in Season 3 Episode 4 “Popilikia”.

From CBS



Rebecca De Mornay Guest Stars

“A ia la aku*” – Five-0 investigates the murder of a wedding crasher, and their prime suspect is the runaway bride.  Meanwhile, Danny makes a big decision regarding his relationship with Gabby, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Rebecca De Mornay guest stars.

(*A ia la aku is Hawaiian for “From This Day Forward”)


Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)



Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Autumn Reeser     (Gabby Asano)

Justin Bruening     (Billy Harrington)



James Adam Lim     (Yori)

Briana Lane     (Dahlia Swain)

Alex Asbaugh     (Nathan Cotchin)

Rebecca De Mornay     (Barbara Cotchin)

Bruce Nozick     (Allen Kingston)

Greg Collins     (Victor Wyatt)

Lawrence Kao     (Ty Amano)

Shelbie Koch     (Maid of Honor)

Raleigh Craighead     (Best Man)

JT Netterville     (Security Guard)

Ray Oda     (Chaplain)

Manoa Strings     (Wedding Quartet)


WRITTEN BY:     Christina M. Kim and David Wolkove

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 403, “Ka ʻoia Iʻo Ma Loko”

October 14th, 2013 by

Two stories in one

If you haven’t realized it yet, Hawaii Five-0 is off to a different direction this season.  A look at the writer’s roster this season shows a list of different names.  I think the change up is paying off, as this weeks episode showed a significant twist compared to what we’ve been used to.  Yes, it’s still a crime procedural, but the murders were wrapped around another mystery, one shrouded by conspiracies and secret societies.  I think the fans greatly appreciate a story that not only takes them from one suspect to another, but engages curiosity.  And if we learn a history lesson along the way, even better.  This will definitely go down as one of the smarter episodes in the course of the series.

Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega, Hawaii Five-0 (Photo CBS)

Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega, Hawaii Five-0 (Photo CBS)

But planted cleverly in this episode is the beginning of season 4’s  strain between Steve and Catherine.  With his blessing, Catherine leaves the Navy to take a more fulfilling job with ex-beau Billy Harrington.  Although Steve claims all is rosy in paradise, the side glances he’s giving Billy in the closing scene belies a sneaking suspicion, that he may have rekindled emotions that everyone thinks is long past.  Because this is Hawaii Five-0, and no one can stay happy for an extended period of time, expect trouble in paradise.

Oh no they didn’t

While the concept of a secret society burying treasure in a hidden location has been the subject of other stories like the Da Vinci Code or National Treasure, I truly appreciated the amount of research that  writers Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt went to in order to craft this story.  Growing up here, I knew there were multiple statues of King Kamehameha, but I never understood why.  Alternatively, I may have learned it at one point, but that information may have been pushed out by memorizing  Super Mario Brothers game winning techniques.

Steve, Danny and Jerry at the Kamehameha statue/ (Photo CBS)

Steve, Danny and Jerry at the Kamehameha statue. (Photo CBS)

However, we locals hold many things sacred, including our history.  So I give credit to the story writers for touching on the subject of the desecration of a state monument, even for the sake of fiction.  But when taken at its artistic value- the statue being the center of a century old conspiracy- you still have to admire the story the writers told.  Granted, there is someone out there writing a strongly worded letter of how offended they are, or how dare Hawaii Five-0 write a story that defamed the people behind the statue, but come on.  This is fiction!


Ever since hearing Jorge Garcia (of “Lost” fame) was going to be on the show, I was counting down the days until the episode aired.  As most of you know, Daniel Dae Kim and Jorge were previously on Lost together and have a considerable amount of on screen history.  So much so that even CBS billed the episode as a Lost reunion.

The wait was well worth it.  Casting Jorge Garcia as Hawaii’s resident conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega was probably one of the best moves the show runners have made.  Jorge’s natural presence, style, and history with Daniel added immensely to the episode.  To a certain degree, some guest stars appearing on the show have either had too short an appearance, or lack of any depth, which led to a forgettable performance.  The writing and performance definitely left fans wanting more of Jerry Ortega.  Show runner Peter Lenkov left fans with great news on twitter, promising Jerry’s return in the future.

With a character as colorful as Jerry, the writers went crazy with the television references.  Chin recalled their band camp tent akin to being stuck on a “deserted island”.  Jerry made references to X-Files, stating in his narrative that the “Proof [Truth] is out there”, invoking Fox Mulder and declaring Danny as his “Scully”.

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 403, “Ka ʻoia Iʻo Ma Loko”

There was a mini debate going on during the live tweet of the show Friday night.  Jerry Ortega stated the statue was made out of brass.  One viewer stated it was made out of bronze.  I personally thought it was made of something even better.   Ultimately Jerry was correct!


Did you notice:

A lot of geeky references- Transformers, to Gremlins, to Lord of the Rings.

Max (TheRealJediMaxster) is the resident eBay expert – he sold his collection of action figures in order to buy his yellow Camaro.

First episode without Kono, though Peter promises her return in the next episode (via twitter).

Chin mentioned before that he’d rather be a jazz trumpet player (Season 3), and now we know he actually did play trumpet.

Loretta Ables Sayre payed Mrs. Ortega.  Although a small role, this accomplished singer and actress was a Tony Award nominee and  is prominent on the Broadway scene, and had a long run as Bloody Mary on the recent revival of “South Pacific”.

Steve bought Catherine “Chicago V” on vinyl LP, though I’m not sure what exactly made that print so valuuable.

Live+7 ratings bring big gain for Hawaii Five-0

October 13th, 2013 by
Henry Ian Cusick and Alex O'Loughlin

Terrorist Ernesto (Henry Ian Cusick) believes he’s outsmarted McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin). To steal a line from Bugs Bunny, he don’t know him very well, do he?
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Contrary to the expectations of the “glass half empty” contingent, Hawaii Five-0’s Season 4 premiere episode, “Aloha. Kekahi I Kekahi,” won its new timeslot in total viewers and took second place for the night behind CBS stablemate “Blue Bloods” with 9.46 million viewers.

Final 7-day DVR uplift figures for the week of  the September 27th premiere are now available at Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers. Hawaii Five-0 gained just shy of a full ratings point — 0.9, up from 1.6 to 2.4 — for a 56% increase in the 18-49 demo.  While not tracked in 7-day figures, the Live + 3-day DVR stats showed a substantial gain in the 25-54 demo, adding 1.1 ratings points for a 50% increase — up from 2.2 to 3.3. The total viewer count saw a similar boost from 7-day DVR figures, increasing by 33% from 9.46 to 12.625 million.


Largest 18-49 Percentage Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Programs Net 18-49 Live+SD (rating) 18-49 Live+7 (rating) Post Airdate 18-49 Rating Absolute Increase From DVR Viewing Post Airdate 18-49 Rating % Increase from DVR Viewing
1 SLEEPY HOLLOW FOX 3.1 5.3 2.2 70%
2 PARENTHOOD NBC 1.6 2.7 1.1 67%
3 Elementary CBS 2.1 3.5 1.4 66%
4 New Girl FOX 2.1 3.4 1.3 65%
5 HOSTAGES CBS 1.8 3.0 1.2 65%
6 Glee FOX 2.0 3.2 1.2 62%
7 REVOLUTION NBC 1.8 2.9 1.1 59%
8 PARKS AND RECREATION NBC 1.3 2.0 0.7 57%
9 Nashville ABC 2.0 3.2 1.1 57%
10 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 1.6 2.4 0.9 56%
11 Mentalist, THE CBS 1.6 2.5 0.9 56%
12 MASTERCHEF JUNIOR FOX 1.6 2.5 0.9 55%
13 MINDY PROJECT FOX 1.5 2.2 0.8 53%
14 Castle ABC 2.2 3.4 1.2 53%
15 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 1.8 2.8 1.0 53%
16 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 3.4 5.1 1.7 51%
17 CSI CBS 2.0 3.1 1.0 51%
18 Modern Family ABC 4.1 6.2 2.1 50%
19 MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D ABC 4.7 7.0 2.3 49%
20 REVENGE ABC 2.3 3.5 1.1 47%
21 Criminal Minds CBS 2.8 4.1 1.3 47%
22 Last Man Standing ABC 1.2 1.8 0.6 46%
23 MICHAEL J FOX SHOW NBC 2.2 3.1 1.0 45%
24 Person Of Interest CBS 2.3 3.3 1.0 45%
25 Once Upon A Time ABC 2.6 3.8 1.2 45%

Largest Viewership Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Program Net Viewership Live+SD (000) Viewership Live+7 (000) Post Airdate Absolute Viewership Increase From DVR Viewing (000) Post Airdate % Viewership Increase from DVR Viewing
1 BLACKLIST NBC 12583 18279 5696 45%
2 Big Bang Theory, THE CBS 18994 24158 5164 27%
3 SLEEPY HOLLOW FOX 8586 13543 4957 58%
4 Elementary CBS 10183 15101 4918 48%
5 MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D ABC 12121 17011 4890 40%
6 NCIS CBS 20020 24667 4647 23%
7 Castle ABC 11459 15916 4457 39%
8 Person Of Interest CBS 12436 16762 4326 35%
9 Modern Family ABC 11655 15936 4281 37%
10 CRAZY ONES, THE CBS 15515 19733 4218 27%
11 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 9275 13162 3887 42%
12 Criminal Minds CBS 11265 14865 3600 32%
13 Blue Bloods CBS 11695 15269 3574 31%
14 HOSTAGES CBS 7410 10971 3561 48%
15 Chicago Fire NBC 8899 12420 3521 40%
16 CSI CBS 9118 12498 3380 37%
17 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 9461 12625 3164 33%
18 Mentalist, THE CBS 9697 12854 3157 33%
19 REVENGE ABC 8106 11045 2939 36%
20 MICHAEL J FOX SHOW NBC 7503 10398 2895 39%
21 Nashville ABC 6499 9350 2851 44%
22 Law And Order:SVU NBC 9584 12433 2849 30%
23 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 16353 19170 2817 17%
24 REVOLUTION NBC 6807 9603 2796 41%
25 Two and a Half Men CBS 11594 14361 2767 24%