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Hawaii Five-0: New blood and old predicaments (Spoilers)

September 22nd, 2012 by

This has been a great week for Hawaii Five-0 fans and we have another interview, this time from IGN, with the cast in this week leading up to the Season 3 premiere.  We get a few more tidbits of information, plus a glimpse of the more playful side of Grace Park.

Mahalo to Eric of IGN

Hawaii Five-0 ended its second season in a big way, with every character’s life in turmoil, either physically or mentally. With Season 3 set to debut this Monday, I recently visited the Oahu set of the series, and the first big example of this turmoil was standing in front of me, doing a a scene with Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett – Christine Lahti, playing Steve’s mom, Doris. This of course is oh-so notable because Doris was believed to be dead until the Season 2 finale.

Team Five-0

“We deal with that immediately,” O’Loughlin told me. “He sits down with his mom and says, ‘All right, please explain.’ There’s a lot that goes along with that, too. One would think after 20 years you’d be thrilled to know that your mother’s still alive, but there’s a lot more that needs to be processed before that luxury. Basically, the devastation that’s gone in the household and the family and his life is largely due to the decisions that she made. The murder of his father was the direct result of the constant pursuit of her killers and what happened to her. So that immediately drops Steve into a place of pretty deep resentment and confusion.”

When last we saw Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), he was given a horrible decision to make, with his wife, Mailia (Reiko Aylesworth) and his cousin, Kono (Grace Park) both in deadly scenarios in separate locations thanks to William Baldwin’s villainous Frank Delano – and Chin chose to go to his wife. The Season 3 premiere will find Chin facing even more crucial decisions and put through the wringer emotionally.

Said Daniel Dae Kim, “I think it’s really interesting stuff for an actor to play because we are in what essentially is a crime procedural. It’s a crime of the week, we all know the format, it’s all over the television. Generally, as an audience, you know what to expect. As an actor, when you get material like this that’s of a very personal nature and speaks to their character’s history and future, it’s very, very rare. So I appreciate it a great deal. It’s the kind of material that makes me feel like an actor, so it’s been really fun to play. It’s been great for Chin Ho to kind of reveal those sides of himself. That’s the one great thing about television: character can reveal itself week to week as opposed to over the course of two hours in a film. So yeah, I really appreciate the opportunity to get material like that, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the ramifications of it are.”

Going forward this season, Chin will have to deal all of his recent actions. Said Kim, “He’s had to make some choices that he might not be proud of, in more than one way. You’ll see residual effects of it in subsequent episodes. I like the fact that it’s not just a ‘one-episode and done’ thing. It affects him physically, psychologically, as the season progresses.”

Danny ‘Danno’ Williams (Scott Caan) may have had the least jaw-dropping plotline occurring in the season finale, but it certainly was still one of vast importance to his character – as his ex-wife and her husband are threatening to take Danny’s daughter away from Hawaii, leading to his decision to fight her legally.

Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0

Regarding this turn of events, Caan said, “It’s obviously something fun to play with and something I like to do. The more character stuff they give me, the better. The more stuff they give me with my daughter or my family members, the better. The deeper I can dig and the more honest I can be, the more fun I can have. Ultimately, doing procedural stuff is more the job of this. But when you get the other stuff, it’s when you kind of light up and have more fun and play around a little bit more. I obviously enjoy that stuff the most. Anything that pokes me or upsets me or gets me going is good for drama.”

As for Kono, well… That’s a tricky one. Last we saw her, she was bound and gagged on a boat and pushed overboard, sinking to her doom. But it’s not a secret that Grace Park is still a member of the Hawaii Five-0 cast this season, so it’s also not really a secret that Kono is going to make it out of the lethal scenario… you know, most likely.

When I noted to Park that, since she was sitting in front of me on the set, I assumed Kono was either alive or a zombie, she grinned and ran through the possibilities for how she might be appearing in Season 3. “Yeah, Zombie Kono! She comes back in flashbacks. I play the evil twin. That kind of thing. No one’s ever done it before. Groundbreaking!”

I asked if this evil twin might sport the classic go-to evil twin goatee and Park replied, “Yeah, evil fraternal twin boy. We’re gonna take it back to the masculine.” [Since much of my conversation with Park hinged on what occurs in the premiere, look for a separate interview with her later next week, after the premiere has aired].

Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0: Season 3 will also have a new series regular this year – Michelle Borth, who has had a recurring role as McGarrett’s love interest, Navy lieutenant Catherine Rollins. Said O’Loughlin, “Michelle is now a part of our full-time cast, which is terrific. From the beginning, McGarrett hasn’t had a steady girl, and you know, Michelle’s been in and out. But she’s the obvious one that he has love for and a potential future with. So that’s going to open up a side of McGarrett that we haven’t really seen. Hopefully, we’ll tap into a softness and an accessibility that we haven’t seen that much of with this military sort of guy.”

When I asked what it was like working with the acclaimed Lahti, who’s won everything from an Emmy to an Oscar (the latter for directing a short film!), O’Loughlin laughed and exclaimed, “Jesus, she’s like a general, she’s so heavily decorated!”

He added that his TV mom is “Amazing. I love Christine very much. The first scene we ever did together, immediately after we met, was where they’re reunited at the beginning of [episode] 301. It’s a heavy scene, and we really had to be connected as people and as actors. So that was a wonderful way to start our friendship, and she’s a terrific person to have around. She’s very, very funny. She has a great sense of humor. She’s deeply humble and a lovely woman.”

Lahti recalled being pitched the character by Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov and how she had to work to get Lenkov to give her any details about the mysterious character. Recalled Lahti, “He said she was a CIA operative, an assassin, who had to fake her own death to protect her family 20 years ago. That’s basically it, so I filled in a lot of the blanks. But then he told me a few other things because I insisted. He answered some questions about the first episode. So I know some things that even Alex doesn’t know. Clearly, I’m not going to tell you about it, but you’ll find out. Stay tuned!”

Michelle Borth, Alex O’Loughlin and Christine Lahti in Hawaii Five-0

When I asked Lahti, best known for roles in dramas like Chicago Hope, what it was like to enter the action-filled world of Hawaii Five-0, she described it as “Totally fun. You know, I’ve always hated guns, and I deplore violence. I’m really an advocate for gun control, and here I am, holding a gun and shooting. It’s really fun, though. Her CIA training and her life as a CIA operative was so long ago — and I don’t really know how much she’s involved — but there must be something because she’s pretty handy with a gun!”

As for portraying the mother/son dynamic with O’Loughlin, Lahti remarked, “it’s really complex, which was what was really appealing about the role to me. She has no regret — she did what she had to do to protect her family — but is filled with guilt. Think of all the pain she’s caused to her kids and her husband, and ultimately the murder of her husband. There’s so much love and so much loss and humor — she’s also really funny. One of the most appealing things about taking this job was for her humor. She’s really funny. In addition to everything else, she was that. It’s been a great ride.”

Lahti has initially signed on for four episodes, and isn’t sure if she’ll be doing more beyond that. In the meantime, she noted, “There was a lot of build-up for this character, for two years, so I felt like there was a lot of responsibility for me to live up to that. That’s a good challenge.”

Video Recap: Five-0 Season 2 Review

September 21st, 2012 by

Just in case you’ve forgotten any important plot points from last season, CBS has issued a new video recap to prepare you for Monday.  Please pay close attention – there will be a quiz afterward.



Up Next on Hawaii Five-0: “Lā O Nā Mākuahine”

September 21st, 2012 by

It’s that time of year again, kids! We have new Hawaii Five-0 episodes to look forward to, and I’ve got to tell you, I’m more than a tad excited. We’ll pick up where we left off – McGarrett discovering that his mother is very much alive.

Episode 301 is titled “Lā O Nā Mākuahine,” which I believe is Hawaiian for “Three Bad Men and a Mommy.”  Besides to our introduction to Steve and Mary’s mother, Doris McGarrett, we’ll have a villainous triumvirate in Wo Fat, Frank Delano, and “Toothpick”. And if that isn’t enough to draw you in, we’ll see the outcome of last season’s cliffhanger that had both Kono and Malia Kelly facing death in the aftermath of Chin Ho’s impossible choice.

Michelle Borth, Alex O' Loughlin and Christine Lahti

Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

“Lā O Nā Mākuahine *” – Following McGarrett’s mother’s (guest star Christine Lahti) surprise return and Chin’s gut-wrenching decision in last season’s finale cliffhanger, the team is determined to track down Wo Fat and Delano for killing an important member of their family, on the third season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, Sept. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*“Lā O Nā Mākuahine” is Hawaiian for “Mother’s Day”)

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)
Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat)
Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri)
Reiko Aylesworth (Malia Kelly)
William Baldwin (Frank Delano)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Karl Herlinger (Toothpick/Devon Akina)

Christine Lahti (Doris McGarrett)
Kimo Moore (Sergeant Kane)
Danielle Delauney (Maria Gold)
Ryan Moniz (Paramedic #1)
Jo-Jo Abuan (Paramedic #2)

WRITTEN BY: Peter Lenkov

DIRECTED BY: Bryan Spicer

Mama McGarrett meets the Five-0 family (Spoilers)

September 21st, 2012 by

The new season of Hawaii Five-0 arrives with a bang on Monday, September 24th, and with it comes our introduction to Doris McGarrett.  The Emmy and Golden Globe award winning actor Christine Lahti, brings a wealth of experience to the CBS drama.  As a long-time fan of hers, I’m really looking forward to her addition to the show.

Christine Lahti of Hawaii Five-0

Christine Lahti – Hawaii Five-0   Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

From TV Line

I finally got around to screening the season premiere (airing Monday at 10/9c), and while I know a few of you are less-than-enthused about meeting Mama Garrett (played by Christine Lahti), I must say, for a woman of a certain age she’s quite impressive, especially in her confidence and her attitude. (For one, her own nickname for Danno is “Smart-ass.” There’s also the nature of the question she lobs at Steve’s crush Catherine the instant they sit down for small-talk.) A few other quick notes on the alternately grim, intense and light hour: You’ll learn what the exploding of the HPD was really about; there’s a shoot-out that probably expends the most bullet casings ever in a TV show; Catherine proves herself to be rather kick-ass in her own right; and you’ll get a kick out of the new ringtone associated with Danny’s ex.

From HuffPo TV

Christine Lahti: Doris McGarrett on “Hawaii Five-0″
On Doris’ new relationship with son Steve, after she faked her death 20 years prior: “Steve should be [mistrustful] and my character knows that, and would be surprised if he wasn’t, because he thought I was dead and she caused a lot of hurt. I think my character has a lot of guilt but no regrets because she did what she had to do — from her point of view — to protect her family. If given another chance, she would do the same thing. I guess you don’t quit the CIA once you’re in it — you’re a lifer. She has a lot of guilt about how much hurt she caused her children and her husband, so her job is really to get [Steve] to understand and hopefully someday, forgive and to make up for lost time. There’s a lot of stuff she needs to do and from his point of view, I think there’s so much hurt and anger and distrust and rage and love. It’s so complicated for him and Alex is such a good actor that he’s covering all those bases.”

Exclusive Alex O’Loughlin photos!

September 21st, 2012 by

We cannot thank our friend and very special agent, DWalst, enough for these uber-hot photos of Alex O’Loughlin.  The handsome actor plays Steve McGarrett on the rebooted CBS show Hawaii Five-0, and as befitting a surfer, Alex looks quite nice in a swimsuit.   By a a show of hands, who wishes they could take that model’s place?


Alex O’Loughlin on babies, moms, and devoted fans

September 20th, 2012 by

Tannya Joaquin from Hawaii News Now had a chance to sit down with Alex O’Loughlin on the set of Hawaii Five-0, for a great interview.  Enjoy!

Link is HERE!

Alex O’Loughlin and Tannya Joaquin



Hawaii Five-0 Premiere on the Beach

September 20th, 2012 by

Although it looked like it might not come to pass, the fans let CBS know that they wanted Hawaii Five-0 to continue the tradition of Sunset on the Beach, and we made it happen!  This Sunday, September 23rd, thousands of fans will stake out a spot on the sand in Waikiki, hoping to get a glimpse and a photo of the show’s cast.  Stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim, and Masi Oka, are scheduled to appear, in addition to some of the series regulars.  We don’t know all of the recurring actors who will attend, but I hope that Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat) is among them. Last year he made an indelible impression on fans with his generous and genuine spirit. After the Red Carpet walk, the audience will be the first in the nation to view the Season 3 premiere episode.  If you’re one of the lucky ones who will be attending, remember to take your sunscreen, plenty of water, and have fun!

Here is a handy breakdown of the schedule from show publicist, Erika Kauffman of E-PR, as well as some other helpful tips.  Remember, all times are approximate.

Hawaii Reporter

On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012, Chevy Dealers of Hawaii will present Hawaii Five-0, Season 3′s World-Premiere at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki.

The schedule is as follows:

4:00 PM - Red Carpet Opens for Confirmed Press Placement

4:30 PM - Live Entertainment

5:00 PM - Red Carpet Opens

6:30 PM - Red Carpet Ends


7:00 PM Premiere Entertainment by:

  • The Honolulu Boy Choir
  • Aidan James
  • Halau Hula `Olana
  • Kenny Endo Taiko Drums

Mayors Program with Emcee Billy V:

  • Prayer by Blaine Kia Ohana
  • Proclamations by the City & State
  • Remarks from CBS Entertainment President, Nina Tassler
  • Remarks from Executive Producers, Peter Lenkov and Roberto Orci
  • Introduction of attending cast with remarks by Alex O’Loughlin

Premiere of Hawaii Five-0 Season Three, Episode One (301)

  • Special SURPRISE Guest Performer for Post-Premiere Beach Concert
  • 10p is the beach curfew : )

The Hawaii Five-0 Season 3, Sunset on the Beach will feature:

  • Public beach seating
  • Food for purchase by
    • Giovanis Shrimp Truck
    • Rainbow Drive In

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, towels, and umbrella for daylight hours, sunscreen, water and attendees are encouraged to bring Hawaii Five-0 FAN SIGNS



Key #H50 twitter accounts to follow:

  • @PLenkov
  • @danieldaekim
  • @michelleborth
  • @masioka

Sneak peek from Steve McGarrett’s mom (Spoilers!)

September 19th, 2012 by

Award winning actress Christine Lahti will be portraying Steve McGarrett’s mother in the upcoming season (beginning September 24th) and she spoke with Access Hollywood at the CBS Premiere Party last night.

Warning – Major spoilers!


A new project for Hawaii Five-0′s Lenkov

September 18th, 2012 by

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!

From Deadline.com


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.

Danno travels back in time

September 18th, 2012 by

Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov promises a “very powerful episode for Scott” when we flashback to Danny Williams’ New Jersey roots in Season 3.  Oh, and a love interest for Max?  Count me in!

From TV Guide