September 18th, 2012 by Terry
As soon as the news that executive producer Peter Lenkov had sold a new project hit twitter, fans immediately began asking if he would be leaving Hawaii Five-0. Although Peter isn’t the only person behind rebooting the old classic, it’s primarily been his baby. He (@Plenkov on twitter) quickly responded by tweeting “Staying!” although with this being the final year of Lenkov’s contract with Five-0, his future with the show could be up in the air. But the fact is that many producers aren’t always “hands-on” with the projects that their names are attached to, so he could remain with the island show for many years to come.
Some may wonder what the fuss is about since show-runners come and go all the time. The answer is that this producer does something a bit different than you normally see in your average CBS procedural. Lenkov successfully balances the personal lives of McGarrett, Danny, Kono, and Chin Ho, with the traditional police procedural aspect, and that’s something that resonates with the majority of the show’s fans. Ho’omaika’i, Peter!
EXCLUSIVE: What if Steve Jobs had built a cancer research center before his death… CBS has put in development an untitled medical drama from Hawaii Five-O executive producer/showrunner Peter Lenkov and feature scribe Jason Dean Hall (Spread). Written by Hall, the drama centers on an iconic tech billionaire who discovers he has terminal cancer and responds by building a hospital and recruiting a team of the world’s best doctors to take on his disease—but he soon comes to learn that his salvation lies in saving others. Lenkov will executive produce, with Hall serving as co-exec producer. CBS TV Studios, where Lenkov is under a three-year overall deal, will produce. Lenkov, who co-wrote CBS/CBS TV Studios’ Hawaii Five-0 reboot with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, is with CAA and Jeff Finkelstein. Hall, who recently wrote the upcoming Robert Luketic-directed thriller Paranoia, is with CAA, Management 360 and Darren Trattner.
September 18th, 2012 by Terry
I think this is one of the better Alex O’Loughlin interviews I’ve read, and I’m not just saying that because it was conducted by home-boy Chuck Barney (@chuckbarney on twitter.) He managed to find out some things about Alex that I’d never heard before, and perhaps you hadn’t either.
Incidentally, regarding the contest that Mr. Barney refers to in the interview, when it looked like there were some glitches with the site, allowing competitors to continue voting after the deadline, Chuck himself followed up to make sure the final results were the legitimate votes. So please give the man a hand, and if you’re on twitter, a “follow.”
From The San Jose Mercury News
When TV viewers last visited the tropical shores of “Hawaii Five-0,” a shocked Steve McGarrett was coming face-to-face with his mother, a woman presumed dead for 20 years.
Now, as Season 3 of the turbo-charged crime series gets set to launch (10 p.m. Sept. 24, CBS), Emmy winner Christine Lahti has come aboard to play Doris McGarrett in a recurring role. But don’t expect a joyous family reunion. These two have issues.
On the other hand, O’Loughlin’s personal life appears to be substantially brighter. The Aussie actor says he’s “doing great” following a brief rehab stint earlier this year for prescription pain medication — a problem stemming from a shoulder injury sustained while filming the show. Moreover, he and girlfriend, model Malia Jones, are expecting their first child together in a few weeks (He has a teen son, Saxon, from a previous relationship).
An amiable O’Loughlin, looking tan and fit, took time recently to field some questions during a break from production on the Honolulu sound stages of “Hawaii Five-0.”
Q: So give us the lay of the land. Where do McGarrett and his mother stand when the season launches?
A: Oh my God, it’s a pretty epic revelation that he has to process. The minute he starts to let himself feel the love and the emotion that comes from missing his mom for all those years, it’s kind of squashed by mistrust and resentment. Essentially, all the turmoil in McGarrett’s
life, including the murder of his father, is directly attributable to the decisions she’s made. It bring some more wrinkles to his already wrinkled personality.
Q: Do you love playing that?
A: Yeah, man, that’s the stuff. Anyone can do the cops-and-robbers stuff — “Put the gun down!” But this is the emotional tapestry that makes McGarrett who he is — the stuff that we’ve been weaving over the past few years.
Q: “Hawaii Five-0″ thrives on action, beautiful scenery and crime cases. Do you think your show has a healthy amount of that “character stuff”?
A: Yeah, if you look at our show compared to other procedurals on TV, we get to do a lot of that. Much of what we do is driven by arcing storylines that go over multiple episodes. … And I stipulated that coming in when I met with producers. I didn’t want to do the same things that other cop shows are doing on TV and neither did they. (Executive producer) Peter Lenkov is constantly coming up with new and exciting storylines.
Q: What’s it like working with Christine Lahti?
A: Oh, man, she’s more decorated than Patton. It’s really marvelous to work with her and she’s playing the role pitch-perfect, I think. … It’s really great for all four (main castmembers) to work with new people. Of course, we always try to keep things fresh, but it’s kind of like doing a play with the same people all the time. Christine and the other guest actors we have bring new flavors, a new flair and a new rhythm. We’re six episodes in (production) and I feel like this is our best season so far. It really feels silky smooth.
Q: How are you different from Steve McGarrett?
A: Well, I tend to move like him and look like him. And I can take a beating fairly well. (Laughs). But I’m much more sensitive than him. Some of the things he’s been through would have driven me to tears. … There’s a darkness that follows him that I don’t understand and I probably don’t want to.
Q: One of the great things that differentiates your version of “Hawaii Five-0″ from the original is the playful banter between your character and Danny Williams (Scott Caan). How did that chemistry develop?
A: It’s been there from the very beginning. We had to do a live feed (screen test) for network executives back in LA. We were basically just reading off a script and it was there. We get each other’s energy and we have a similar sense of humor. It’s like a good marriage.
Q: Do you ever hear from old-school locals in Hawaii telling you that your McGarrett, or your show, isn’t enough like the original?
A: Not so much anymore, but in the beginning I had some of that. I was in a store in the (North Shore town) Haleiwa and this little woman who was about 4-foot-2 came up to me. She got right up in my face and said, “Hey, haole, we don’t say ‘Bro’ here. We say, ‘Brah!’ You got that?” Man, I thought she was going to lay me out. I just said, “Yes, ma’am” and moved on.
Q: Living here can be a little different. Was it an easy transition?
A: No, not at first. When I got here to shoot the pilot, they put me up in the Hilton Hawaiian Village (near Waikiki). I’m not a totally shy guy, but I’m a little agoraphobic. I’m not a big fan of crowds. That place was teeming with people and it really freaked me out. I thought: “So this is what Hawaii is?”
When I came back to shoot the series, I was actually dreading it. But then I got my own place and settled in. I started meeeting people and finding my favorite watering holes and I discovered the real Hawaii. … The people here are kind of like what you find back home in Australia. They’re very friendly. There’s a similar kind of ease to them.
Q: Have you taken up any of the local activities, say surfing? And what about the food?
A: I’ve always been a pretty strong swimmer, but when it came to surfing I was kind of a laughing stock in Australia. Now I have a vast collection of surfboards. I’m still not very good, but I’m improving. As for the food, I’ve tried most of the local delicacies. I’m still working on poi, but just can’t get into it. I love Kona coffee, though. It’s the best.
Q: So it sounds like you’re pretty immersed.
A: Absolutely. I have a house here. I’m having a little Hawaiian baby in about 4-5 weeks. I’ve been blessed by the kahunas here and was given a Hawaiian name. And my 15-year-old goes to school here. I feel blessed to be part of these islands and part of this culture. This is home now.
Q: With a baby on the way, do you feel like you need to be a little more careful with yourself? Like back off some dangerous stunt work?
A: Of course, when you become a parent, you try to be a little more sensible and a little less stupid. And even before, I was trying to exercise a certain sensibility just for my own self-preservation — especially after I got injured. I’ve always felt a little guilty about turning down stunt work, but less so now. It’s just the right thing to do. I’m not in my 20s anymore.
Q: A lot of fans of this show dig it when you shed your shirt and reveal that sculpted bod. Can you give us a feel for what your workouts entail?
A: I’ve always been pretty athletic. I run and bike a lot, do some occasional weight work. But for the past six months or so, my main thing has been jiu-jitsu. I love it so much and feel like I get a really good workout from it. I do it at least three times a week.
Q: You probably know nothing about this, but last spring, our publications put together a “TV Crush Tournament,” where we had readers vote for their dreamiest prime-time stars. You won the male side of the tourney with ease.
A: Really? That’s awesome. Wow, I feel humbled and validated. (Laughs). Who was my competition?
Q: Just about anyone you can think of. All the top stars. It came down between you and Jensen Ackles of “Supernatural.”
A: Wow. Pretty cool.
Q: Seriously, though, your fan base is incredibly passionate. How does that make you feel?
A: I’m continually amazed at the amount of support my fans show me. I recently wrote a blog post trying to express my appreciation. … I’m actually surprised (by the support) sometimes because I don’t feel like I’m a very good celebrity. I don’t have a Twitter account. I barely manage my Facebook page and I don’t get to my e-mail often enough.
Then I watch my own work and I’m not a fan of it. I don’t see it. (Laughs). … Frankly, I probably wouldn’t have this job without the fans.
September 17th, 2012 by Terry
A new season of Hawaii Five-0 is coming our way, and one reporter was lucky enough to talk to stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan about carguments, and what else is in store for the team.
From USA Today
Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS
Scott Caan, left, and Alex O’Loughlin return for a third season on ‘Hawaii Five-0′ on Monday facing new challenges but relying on the same personal chemistry.
Over the first two seasons, the lead characters, played by Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan respectively, have developed a strong friendship firmly based in disagreement. The frequent ones that take place while driving have become known as “carguments.”
“In the first season, I feel we sort of ran on getting to know each other as characters. You have a lot more to argue about when you’re trying to decide whether you like somebody or not,” says Caan, as O’Loughlin laughs. “Now, the arguments have turned more into brothers that argue, which is great, too, as long as there’s something to disagree on.”
“And if there’s not, we’ll often create things,” says O’Loughlin, in a dual interview with Caan during a visit to the mainland. “I think we’ve done that a fair bit, where the scene seems too sort of smooth and we’ll choose a part of dialogue (and make it) more argumentative than it’s actually written.”
They will have to stow their disputes as Season 3 (Monday, 10 ET/PT) opens with the characters far-flung and in crisis. McGarrett, in Japan, must get reacquainted with his mother, Doris, who he thought died 20 years earlier; Danny will grapple with the possibility of being separated from his young daughter, Grace (Teilor Grubbs), if she and his ex-wife move away from Hawaii; and Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) faces the possibility of losing his wife, Malia (Reiko Aylesworth), or his cousin, Kono (Grace Park) — or both.Five-0 averaged 12 million viewers in Season 2.
“There’s going to be emotional fallout from the decisions that (they) make, like McGarrett reconnecting with his mother. What’s that relationship going to be like with somebody who abandoned you for 20 years?” executive producer Peter Lenkov says. “And Chin’s decision to go to Malia’s side and leave Kono hanging, all that is going to have to play out.”
Bad cop Frank Delano (William Baldwin) will be back, Lenkov says, and don’t count out McGarrett’s nemesis Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), even though he’s behind bars.
Christine Lahti will play McGarrett’s mother. “She’s a fantastic actor and I’m glad to work with her,” O’Loughlin says. “She brings a new dynamic to the show.
McGarrett also will have a girlfriend, Catherine (Michelle Borth, who has appeared in earlier episodes), but he’s reluctant to admit it, O’Loughlin says. “He’s got issues, man. And the funny thing is the person who stirs him up most about those issues is Danny Williams, who isn’t exactly the relationship guru.”
O’Loughlin, who missed an episode of Season 2 to undergo supervised treatment after taking prescription pain medication for a shoulder injury, says he’s fully recovered. “I got hurt a number of times on the show, and I took a break, and it was the best thing for my physical recovery,” he says. “A lot of people were talking about it because they didn’t have anything else to talk about. Everything’s good now.”
The friendship of O’Loughlin and Caan, born a day apart in 1976, is key to making the on-camera “bromance” work, Lenkov says.
Caan says he and O’Loughlin have a lot in common, including surfing, jiu jitsu and “a nicotine addiction,” and that the buddy element of Five-0 works because they are friends. “It’s hard to go against what really exists,” he says. “If you have a rapport with somebody, that’s going to come out.”
September 16th, 2012 by Terry
Hawaii Five-0 fans in Australia and New Zealand have been frustrated for months after Channel 10 took the the series off the air before the second season was complete. The more vocal among them have been repeatedly asking the network when the show would return, only to be met with vague answers of “Soon!” Well, the viewers are finally being rewarded with the last two episodes (beginning Monday 9/17) but the big question remains, will Alex O’Loughlin and company’s Aussie fans be able to watch the third season of the hit CBS show? I suggest fans let Channel 10 know their thoughts on the matter.
From The Sydney Morning Herald
Monday, 8.30pm, Channel Ten ★★★☆
Five-O is back, as slick, handsome and drenched in colour as ever. And, typically, we leap straight into the action, much of it worthy of a Bond blockbuster. The roll call of characters is pretty standard: the geek, the kick-arse hot chick, the sturdy straight man and, of course, our odd-couple leads, McGarrett and Danno. But each inhabits their role with enthusiasm, and the rapport between Alex O’Loughlin’s McGarrett and Scott Caan’s Danno has always been a fine thing. Everything that happens is highly improbable, of course. Not just the international espionage, but McGarrett’s Jason Bourne-like skills, many of which are called upon tonight. I almost expected to see “Blam!” and “Kapow!” explode across the screen in cartoonish graphics. Yet it still manages to create real tension as the team battles the forces of evil, accompanied by soaring strings and pounding timpanis. Great fun.