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Update: Hawaii Five-0 promos “Lana I Ka Moana ”

October 7th, 2012 by

After viewing this latest promo, I have one word – Eek!  I can’t wait for tomorrow’s Hawaii Five-0 episode, and I hope you’ll join in for the fun!

Alex O’Loughlin thanks the people of Hawaii

October 6th, 2012 by

Many of you may have seen part of Alex O’Loughlin’s speech from the recent Sunset on the Beach premiere, but thanks to Teddy “TC Hawaii” of Island 98.5, we have even more of it for you.  O’Loughlin who plays Steve McGarrett in the CBS show Hawaii Five-0, was alternately humorous and heartfelt as he spoke to the audience, and the residents of Hawaii.  The video quality isn’t the best, but it’s still enjoyable.

Mahalo, Teddy for the shout-out to 50undercover.com and thanks to “Kathy with a K” from 93.9 Jamz for getting Alex to stick his tongue out!

Taylor Wily, Alex O'Loughlin SOTB3

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0: “Lana I Ka Moana”

October 5th, 2012 by

This is an episode that I’ve really been looking forward to, and not only because we get to see hot men in shorts.  (Yeah, I’m shallow, so what?)  In spite of Danny’s fear of the sea, somehow Steve manages to get him out on the ocean blue, where they’re hijacked by pirates, including bad-guy extraordinaire, Todd Stashwick.  Not that the real Todd isn’t a good guy, he’s just usually cast as the villain, and yet still somehow manages to draw the viewer in.  With that talent, it’s no wonder he pops up everywhere on our TV screens.  You may also recognize Michael McGrady (Southland) as a not-so-nice Coast Guard captain.

We’ll also see another “Lost” alum in this episode:  Cynthia Watros who played the ill-fated Libby Smith.  Well, I guess pretty much everyone on “Lost” was ill-fated, weren’t they?  Libby’s sudden death came as a huge shock to viewers who had embraced her strength and compassion.  I wonder what the odds are that Cynthia’s character Katie, will survive Hawaii Five-0?

“Lana I Ka Moana” was written by Elwood Reid who left Five-0 recently, and I believe this is his parting gift to viewers. We wish him the best of luck in his new adventures.

Some of you may know that when I talk about my favorite Hawaii Five-0 directors, it’s always a toss-up between Larry Teng and co-executive producer, Steve Boyum.  Boyum is at the helm of this one, so it should be exciting.  Now, on to the “boatgument” please!


Scott Caan Alex O'Loughlin Lana I Ka Moana

“Lana I Ka Moana”


“Lana I Ka Moana*” – McGarrett and Danny’s relaxing day at sea takes a deadly turn when their boat is hijacked and they are left to die in the middle of the ocean, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, Oct. 8 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Lana I Ka Moana is Hawaiian for “Adrift”)


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)
Brian Yang     (Charlie Fong)


Todd Stashwick     (Gil Scates)
Michael McGrady     (Coast Guard Captain McIlvane)
Cynthia Watros     (Katie Burgess)
Julie McNiven     (Jenny Burgess)
Ekahi Lee     (Coast Guard Officer #1)

WRITTEN BY:     Elwood Reid

DIRECTED BY:     Steve Boyum

Tom Arnold takes a trip to Hawaii Five-0

October 4th, 2012 by

Executive producer Peter Lenkov sure knows how to tease the Hawaii Five-0 fans with promises of epicness.  Epicisity? Apparently neither of those are actual words, but I think you get my drift.  And I’m not talking about Tom Arnold appearing in this episode, but rather Danny and Steve teaming up with a Girl Scout troop.  Hopefully, before the villainous Arnold shows up, we’ll be treated to a few laughs.

From Keck’s Exclusives at TV Guide

Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold will appear on Hawaii Five-0

Mixing Tom Arnold and Girl Scouts can’t be a good thing, but CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 is still giving it a whirl.

Executive producer Peter Lenkov tells me exclusively that Roseanne’s ex will appear as the villain in this season’s ninth episode. “Danny and McGarrett go on a Girl Scout outing and come face to face with Tom,” teases Lenkov.

The big question of course is why the detectives are even on this Girl Scout trip. Per Lenkov, “Danny’s daughter is a Girl Scout and he invites McGarrett to come along to teach the girls survival skills out in the wild.”

But can any amount of skill training really ever prepare one for a wild Tom Arnold encounter?

Vanessa Marcil to appear on Hawaii Five-0

October 4th, 2012 by

Thanks to twitter, we just received word that soap star Vanessa Marcil in on Oahu filming Hawaii Five-0.  I believe the show is still shooting episode 3.08, which is titled “Wahine’inoloa.”  Marcil is an award winning actress, best known  for “General Hospital”  and “Las Vegas,” where she co-starred with Scott’s dad, James Caan.

Hawaii Five-0 promo: “Lana I Ka Moana “

October 4th, 2012 by

Here’s hoping for an epic boatgument before these bad guys show up on Monday’s episode, “Lana I Ka Moana.”  And no doubt Danny’s reference to Hannukah will even further confuse those who have been speculating about his religious beliefs!

Hawaii 5-0 “Lana I Ka Moana”

“Lana I Ka Moana”


Announcing the winner for the SOTB question contest!

October 3rd, 2012 by
Hawaii Five-0 cast, Sunset on the Beach 2012, Photo Officer 808

Hawaii Five-0 cast, Sunset on the Beach 2012, Photo Officer 808

Terry and I went over the long list of questions written by you Undercover Special Agents, and there was lot of great material.  I was inspired to use a few of those questions on the red carpet, but unfortunately I didn’t have hour long sessions with each of the actors, so I couldn’t get into really detailed questions.

So our works was cut out for us.  There were many great questions, some were general, and some were specific.  What we were looking for was a brief question that could provoke an interesting or thoughtful response.  I didn’t get a chance to use this question, but Terry and I thought it was one of the best of the bunch:

kels says: For Alex or Michelle: What is the nature of Steve & Catherine’s relationship? Does he have actual feelings for her, or did he intentionally choose a woman who is never around because he cannot bring himself to be vulnerable with another person?

We thought it was an appropriate question for the new season, with Michelle Borth coming on board as a series regular.  Congratulations to Kels, we’ll be in touch with you soon to get your information so we can get the last of the Hawaii Five-0 season 2 badge to you!

Hawaii Five-0′s Lenkov a “Top Showrunner” again

October 3rd, 2012 by

For the second year in a row executive producer Peter Lenkov has landed on The Hollywood Reporters “Top 50 Showrunners” list.  The boss-man behind Hawaii Five-0 joins such heavy hitters  as Steve Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Shonda Rhimes, and Aaron Sorkin on a list of tinseltown’s powerful creative minds.

THR’s criteria:

1. Direct responsibility for the day-to-day creative output of a scripted TV show that has aired for at least one full season (unless he or she also had another show on the air).
2. How prolific the showrunner is: Those with more shows on the air were more likely to be included.
3. Nielsen ratings, especially relative to other shows on the same network.
4. Emmy attention and critical praise. 
 Professionalism and reputation among studio and network executives.

They probably should add “gracefully accepts criticism on social media” as the sixth factor.  Many the Five-0 fan, myself included, have not been shy in letting Peter know when we’d like the show to make adjustments.  He accepts that without attacking even his harshest critics, and deserves extra points for that.

You can check out the full list at The Hollywood Reporter.


Peter Lenkov

Peter Lenkov

Showrunners 2012: ‘Hawaii 5-0′s’ Peter Lenkov

The show that inspired me to write:
Lenkov: Magnum P.I. In fact, there was this incredibly cool episode entitled “Did You See the Sunrise” written by Don Bellisario that turned on the lightbulb. Got me dreaming, thinking I’d like to write something like that some day.

My big break:
Lenkov: Selling a spec called Demolition Man to Warner Bros.

My TV mentor:
Lenkov: Larry Hertzog, Joel Surnow, Pam Veasey… there’s been many amazing folks who’ve influenced me over the years.

My proudest accomplishment this year:
Lenkov: Work-wise: Getting a season three pick-up. Personal: Potty training my three-year-old.

My toughest scene to write this year:
Lenkov: McGarrett sitting down with his mom and asking her why she faked her own murder 20 years ago.

The most absurd note I’ve ever gotten:

Lenkov: Ask me when I’m retired.

The aspect of my job as showrunner that I’d rather delegate:
Lenkov: Where to hold the wrap party.

My preferred method for breaking through writer’s block:
Lenkov: Looking at a mortgage statement.

If I could add any one writer to my staff, it would be:
Lenkov: Shane Black.

The show I’m embarrassed to admit I watch:
Lenkov: Real Housewives of Orange County. 

The three things I need in order to write:
Lenkov: Coffee. Final Draft. A smile from my wife.

If I could scrub one credit from my resume, it would be:
Lenkov: Just one? Seriously? Can I have two or three?


Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 302, “Kanalua”

October 3rd, 2012 by

Getting into gear

Last week’s episode was a kickstart to the new season, with guns blazing and the Grappling Hook Helicopter in all its glory.  The season now shifts into regular gear with last night’s episode “Kanalua”, which featured the return of Hawaii Five-0 bad guy August March.

“Steve, only *now* you take your shirt off?!?” Photo CBS, Norman Shapiro

As a stand alone procedural episode, I thought it was great.  The chase scenes through downtown Honolulu were executed well, and there was great action with the shootout.  The bromance continued well, and I got a few laughs when Ed Asner and Masi Oka were thrown into the banter.  The only time when the story lost me a little was Catherine’s (Michelle Borth) ease of cracking the security password, but it went to show her ability in intelligence gathering.

Letting the Cat out of the bag

The show writers once again have the challenge of working in a strong female character to the show.   I think they’ve learned from miscues and the vocal criticisms of season 2 and are working hard to break Catherine Rollins  into the mix at a nice, easy pace.  Michelle stated at her tweetup here in Honolulu a few months ago that Cat would be there to help the team, without an overbearing presence, and I think the writers have successfully accomplished that so far.  She’s helped protect Doris while the rest of the team tracked down Wo Fat last week.

You’re a heart breaker, dream maker, love taker, ball breaker, don’t you mess around, no no no! Photo CBS

This past week, she did her own intelligence recon with the agent.  So she’s there to support the team, much like Jenna Kaye was there to support the team, but her transitions into the case are seamless and I hope Cat continues to develop.

A kinder, gentler Hawaii Five-0

A noticeable difference that I appreciated was the time with character development and interaction spent with the team.  A good amount of time was spent with Chin’s scattering of Malia’s ashes, and individual scenes of the team members consoling Chin.  As expected, Chin’s cousin Kono picked up a lot of that duty, but what was pleasantly surprising  to me was Danny making a gesture to bring Chin back to the group outside of Tropics bar.

Grace Park, Scott Caan, Alex O'Loughlin, Michelle Borth

Kanalua, CBS

Daniel Dae Kim once again nailed the scene perfectly, telling Danny the story of how he and Malia met.  I hope this is a trend that we see a lot of this season, with more interpersonal development amongst the team members.  Peter Lenkov and especially Bob Orci promised a lot more character development, and I believe it is definitely headed that way.

The return and departure of August March

One gripe I’ve slowly come to grips with is the short shelf life of many of the supporting characters of the show.  Big name actors have brilliantly played characters that unfortunately meet their end much sooner than I’d like to see.  I absolutely loved Tom Sizemore as the hard nosed Captain Fryer.  I loved to hate William Baldwin as Frank Delano.  Even Karl Herlinger’s quietly menacing “Toothpick” had just enough substance for me to want to see more.  Last, August March (played by Ed Asner) entered the Hawaii Five-0 Hall of Fame of the Faithfully Departed.  Not remembering much about him from the classic series,  Ed played the deceptively sly but malicious August March in season 2, who seemingly got away with murder and grand larceny.   March returned in Monday’s episode as the mastermind of the lithograph heist,  despite his schemes, he leaves a trail of evidence the Five-0 team picks up on.  Alas, March decides he can’t go back to jail, and checks out permanently, thanks to the help of a semi truck.  I understand that in the Five-0 universe, most characters have an expiration date, but some like Fryer and March you’d like to see from time to time.  So Mr. Asner, we bid you a fond “Aloha” and thanks for the memories of August March from the old series to the new.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 302, “Kanalua”

1)  Chin floated a lantern at the end of the episode, which takes from a Buddhist tradition that honors the dead.  Each May, the Lantern Floating Hawaii group organizes a huge event on O’ahu’s south shore where volunteers launch thousands of floating lanterns, some of them intricately decorated, oftentimes with a note honoring a loved one who’s passed away.

Large lantern at Hawaiian boat style with many prayers

Courtesy Lantern Floating Hawaii

2)  Kamekona (Taylor Wily) blew a conch shell at the beginning of the episode.  It usually was used to announce the arrival of royalty or to mark the start of an event.

Monday’s final Five-0 “live” ratings

October 2nd, 2012 by

While not excellent news, (and we knew it wouldn’t be) Hawaii Five-0 did in fact wring out a few more viewers now that the “Live + Same Day” DVR numbers have been released.    The final ratings have the CBS show scraping ahead of “Castle” in the all-important demo, and adding a few more viewers that were previously attributed to “Revolution.”   But here’s the good news for the Five-0 faithful: the ratings for the J.J. Abrams sci-fi show have been declining each week.  Although, I’ve heard some positive reviews of “Revolution,” people are saying that will require patience and a weekly commitment in order to stick with it.  If that’s the case, I think we’ll see even more viewers returning to watch McGarrett and team, as the MTV generation rebels against another Abrams show that strings you along for years before providing answers to it’s many mysteries.


Grace Park, Scott Caan, Alex O'Loughlin, Michelle Borth

Kanalua (Doubt)

From TVbythenumbers

Final Monday broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, October 1, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.6/12 12.55
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.3/9 8.17
ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10PM) 2.1/5 12.38
FOX Bones 2.1/6 6.99
CW IHeartRadio Music Festival (8-10PM) Special 0.6/1 1.21
8:30 CBS Partners 2.1/5 5.76
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.5/8 9.22
FOX The Mob Doctor 1.0/2 3.46
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 2.9/7 8.52
10:00 NBC Revolution 3.2/8 8.32  
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.0/5 7.95           
ABC Castle 1.9/5 10.35