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Mike Gordon takes a look at Hawaii Five-0′s fourth season

May 13th, 2014 by
Look out, McGarrett -- Season Five's heading your way! (Screencap courtesy of CBS)

Look out, McGarrett — Season Five’s heading your way!
(Screencap courtesy of CBS)

Summer hiatus always puts us in a reflective mood, and with Hawaii Five-0′s Season 4 finale behind us and the cast and crew on vacation until early July, it’s time for some of our favorite Star Advertiser and Honolulu Pulse writers to step in and open up new lines of discussion.

Mike Gordon’s Star Advertiser article takes a look at how the show’s fared in its Season 4 Friday night berth and chats with executive producer Peter Lenkov about the season’s high points, achievements, and character arcs.

Mike’s story, which is excerpted below, can be read at the Star Advertiser website. Remember, a subscription is needed to access the full article.


Oh, what a year!

Continued ratings success follows the show’s move to Fridays

By Mike Gordon
May 13, 2014

There were plenty of doubters when CBS announced it was moving “Hawaii Five-0″ from a highly competitive time slot on Mondays to Friday nights, which some critics called a graveyard for television.

But “Five-0″ executive producer Peter Lenkov never stopped believing in his show’s power to draw fans.

“I think the press started talking about shows going to the Friday night scrap heap,” he said. “For me that was never the case. But every time you make a move, you hope your audience follows you.”

And it did — or at least enough of it.

“Five-0″ finished its fourth season Friday by winning the hour with 9.21 million viewers, capping an unblemished run of ratings wins that started with the season four premiere Sept. 27.

According to Nielsen ratings released by CBS, the show averaged 9.71 million viewers, which is lower than the average for season one (11.24 million) and season two (10.66 million), but higher than the season three average of 9.02 million.

The steady ratings, along with the well-received casting additions of Chi Mc­Bride and Jorge Garcia, are what Lenkov called three proud moments of the season.

Topping that was the season’s tenth episode, “Ho‘o­nani Makua­kane,” which is Hawaiian for “Honor Thy Father.” The Dec. 13 episode explored the shameful World War II internment of more than 2,000 of Hawaii’s Japa­nese citizens.

Even as the plot held true to “Five-0″ constants — murder, crime, an investigation — it also featured flashback scenes of an internment camp built in Kunia during the war. The show built a replica of the camp for the episode using real blueprints and filled it with actors dressed in historically accurate military uniforms and internees who mirrored photographs taken of the real camp.

For many viewers it offered a chicken-skin moment rarely seen on network television.

“That wasn’t one we could do on any other show,” Lenkov said. “You have to be down the road in a series in order to do something special like that. I think we earned the audience’s respect if you can do something outside the box like that.”

The fourth season also saw the departure of series regular Michelle Borth, whose character, Catherine Rollins, was the longtime girlfriend of “Five-0″ leader Steve McGarrett. Lenkov said the farewell exchange between Rollins and McGarrett, played by Alex O’Loughlin, was the season’s most memorable scene.

“I think the moment McGarrett says goodbye to Catherine and finally says ‘I love you’ — you could see the sadness and the pain on his face,” Lenkov said. “And you really felt for Catherine. It was well acted all around. It really stands out as a really special moment.”

“I’d love for her (Borth) to come back,” Lenkov said. “That is the plan, one day, for her to come back.”

The “Five-0″ cast and crew have been on hiatus since March 21 and will return to the set July 7. Their fifth season will promise a lot of plot developments, Lenkov said, but nothing will top what happens when they start shooting the seventh episode in September.

That will be the show’s 100th episode, traditionally a milestone for any series. ”Those are always special,” he said. “I am looking forward to writing that one.”

As for whether fans can expect another Sunset on the Beach premiere in Waikiki in September, Lenkov said he already is talking to CBS about making it happen.

Five-0 season finale up a tenth over previous week

May 11th, 2014 by
Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) in their most unlikely pursuit vehicle to date -- a tiny 3-wheeler (Photo courtesy of CBS)

Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) in their most unlikely pursuit vehicle to date.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Giant cliffhanger season finales have one serious shortfall — almost overwhelming pressure to make the stakes higher, and bigger, and more outrageous each successive season.  Hawaii Five-0 avoided the cliffhanger cliches by giving viewers a “best of” pupu platter for its Season 4 finale.

Arch-villain Wo Fat opens the episode with a daring escape from a SuperMax prison, where it turns out his only visitor has been Doris McGarrett. Steve and Danno give us a classic cargument while riding in their most unlikely pursuit vehicle to date — a tiny three-wheeler Danny describes as “a clown car.” Nick Jonas returns as sociopath hacker Ian Wright and kidnaps Grover’s daughter before getting his richly-deserved comeuppance at the hands of — plot twist! — Wo Fat, who frees the teen from her cage and gives her a message for McGarrett.  Like a good book, the finale episode gave us a satisfying place to come to rest at the end of the Season 4 chapter while setting up some intriguing situations to play out in the next.

Hawaii Five-0′s Season 4 finale episode, “‘O Ka Pili ‘Ohana Ka ‘Oi (Family Comes First),” gained a tenth on the previous week’s rankings, coming in with a 1.3/4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 9.09 million viewers, up from 8.77 million last week.

As is often the case, CBS’s Blue Bloods won the night with total viewers (11.50 million) and ABC’s Shark Tank took first place in the 18-49 demo with a 1.9/6. However, both shows were off their previous week’s ratings, while Five-0 gained compared to the previous week.

Overnight ratings table courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 9, 2014 (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM NBC Dateline 1.2 5 5.73
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 4 4.40
CBS Unforgettable 0.8 4 7.29
CW Whose Line is it Anyway 0.6 2 1.52
FOX 24:Live Another Day (8-10PM) -R 0.3 1 1.36
8:30 PM CW Whose Line Is it Anyway -R 0.5 2 1.27
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.9 6 7.20
NBC Grimm 1.3 4 4.83
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.3 4 9.09
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.3 1 0.85
10:00PM ABC 20/ 20 1.5 5 6.20
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 5 11.50
NBC Hannibal 0.8 3 2.12

Scott Caan and girlfriend expecting!

May 8th, 2014 by

For several weeks now, it’s been rumored that Hawaii Five-0 actor Scott Caan was going to be a dad after Caan and long-time girlfriend stylist Kacy Bixbee, were spotted out and about, with Kacy sporting an obvious baby-bump.

Although neither Caan nor Bixbee have made a comment confirming an upcoming bundle of joy, the grand-pop-to-be James Caan, has let the cat out of the bag.

Although he’s said he’ll never marry, fans have noticed that Scott does seem to have a way with the little ones, and no doubt he’ll be a great dad.  Kacy also works on the set of Hawaii Five-0, and star Alex O’Loughlin has a one year old, so perhaps Eye Studio should consider opening a nursery on the premises.


Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 Season Finale; “’O ka Pili ‘Ohana ka ‘Oi”

May 8th, 2014 by

From CBS

Can you believe it’s the season finale already? If it seems like the end has arrived faster than usual, you would be right. Season 4 featured only 22 episodes compared to 24 episodes in Seasons 1-3.

Nick Jonas reprises his role as the devilish computer hacker, Ian Wright. His performance in episode 4.08 was surprisingly dastardly. I’m looking forward to seeing what chaos Wright brings after kidnapping Grover’s daughter forcing, the SWAT leader to steal $100 million for ransom money.   This forces a face-off with Five-0 in a storyline reminiscent of the Season 1 finale when Five-0 stole evidence money to save Chin Ho from death at the hands of Victor Hesse.  It’s interesting to note that Jonas is mentioned as “recurring cast.” Will he be returning is Season 5?

The mysterious Wo Fat, returns after a nearly year long absence. I was disappointed that McGarrett’s arch-enemy wasn’t woven into more episodes throughout the season. One would think that his uber-evilness would have made an appearance in some form before now.

Friday’s season finale sees a new member join Five-0 (the obvious choice is Grover but could it be someone else?) and a car chase the likes you have never seen before!  You’ll probably recognize both Michelle Hurd (Law & Order: SVU) who will be playing Lou Grover’s wife, and perennial bad-guy Richard Burgi.  Michelle tweeted to a 50undercover.com teammate, that she hoped to make the her role a recurring one.  We hope so too. Michelle!

From CBS


Nick Jonas Returns as Ian Wright and Mark Dascascos Returns as Wo Fat

“*’O ka Pili ‘Ohana ka ‘Oi” – When Grover’s daughter is kidnapped by an old nemesis, he is forced to help steal $100 million in order to get her back.  Meanwhile, Wo Fat escapes prison and heads back to Oahu, on the fourth season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Nick Jonas returns as Ian Wright and Mark Dascascos returns as Wo Fat.

(*“’O ka Pili ‘Ohana ka ‘Oi” is Hawaiian for “Family Comes First”)


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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)



Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Mark Dacascos     (Wo Fat)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Nick Jonas     (Ian Wright)

Paige Hurd     (Samantha Grover)



Michelle Hurd     (Renee Grover)

Richard Burgi     (Curtis Novak)

David Fabrizio     (Jessup)

Eddie Rothman     (Inoke Makuakane)

Eme Ikwuakor     (Super Max Guard)

Nolan Hong     (State Sheriff)

Chad Burch     (Sheriff’s Sergeant)

Ma’a Tanuvasa     (Sheriff)

Keala Kahuanui-Paleka     (Soldier)

Jamison     (Henry Dunbar)


WRITTEN BY:   Peter M. Lenkov and Ken Solarz

DIRECTED BY:   Bryan Spicer

Hawaii Five-0′s Scott Caan visits the Queen

May 7th, 2014 by

The multi-talented Scott Caan recently spent a little time with the Queen.  Queen Latifah that is.  Caan seemed genuinely fond of the rap superstar, declaring that she was only the second person in his life who’d reduced him to a starstruck state.



Most viewers probably aren’t aware that before he decided to try his hand at acting, Scott gave the music industry a shot, performing as part of rap duo, The Whooliganz.  And in a striking coincidence, the group shared the same record label as Latifah.



Caan now appears as Danny “Danno” Williams on the CBS show “Hawaii Five-0″ and to see what he has to say about castmate, Alex O’Loughlin, his work with Surfers Healing, and more, be sure to check out all the clips on our Facebook page!



Two-hour Shark Tank nips at Five-0 ratings

May 4th, 2014 by
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McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) deals with the aftermath of his and Cath’s Afghanistan rescue mission gone awry.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…

ABC’s decision to run a second hour of Shark Tank last night appears to have nibbled at Hawaii Five-0′s initial Friday Live + Same Day ratings figures. It looks like some viewers who tuned into the reality show’s first hour didn’t switch over to CBS when the second rolled around, resulting in a slight dip for Five-0.

Last night’s “Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie (Fair Winds and Following Seas),” bid adieu to Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) love, Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) as she went off into the mountains of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in search of an abducted Pashtun boy. The episode also bid adieu to one tenth of a ratings point in the 18-49 demographic, dropping from last week’s 1.3/4 to 1.2/4, and 8.69 million viewers, down from last week’s 9.26 million. Both indicators will most likely rebound when seven-day DVR viewership figures are factored in.

(Ratings table courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers)

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 2, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks 1.5/6 5.84
NBC Dateline 1.2/5 6.42
CBS Unforgettable 1.1/4 7.58
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 0.8/3 2.49
CW Whose Line is it Anyway 0.4/2 1.19
8:30 CW Whose Line is it Anyway – R 0.3/1 1.01
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.2/8 8.08
NBC Grimm 1.4/5 5.20
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.2/4 8.69
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.2/1 0.67
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.7/5 6.98
CBS Blue Bloods 1.5/5 11.38
NBC Hannibal 1.1/4 2.76

Networks need not fear Friday night

May 2nd, 2014 by
Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) sets aside his reservations about McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) methods in the season finale. (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) sets aside his reservations about McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) not quite regulation methods in the season finale.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

According to USA Today’s Bill Keveny, commenting in a May 1st online article, networks are finally realizing that Friday nights are no longer bad news for prime time shows. The CBS lineup, and Hawaii Five-0 in particular, feature prominently in Keveny’s article.

“CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, now paired with the night’s most-watched series, Blue Bloods, has increased its audience 11% despite moving from Mondays to the second-least-watched night of the week,” says Keveny, going on to quote CBS exec Glenn Geller on the successful pairing of Five-0 and Blue Bloods.

“We’ve had tremendous success this year “with the Five-0/Blue Bloods combo, says Glenn Geller, who oversees CBS’ returning programs. “Every network has a little something to crow about, and it’s great for network television. Audiences show up for good TV, and there’s a lot to choose from on Friday night.”

Keveny also chatted with Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov, who is understandably delighted with the show’s performance on what was seen by the hand-wringing contingent as a death-sentence timeslot.

“Five-0, averaging 11.6 million viewers, is trying to tap into a family audience, and executive producer Peter Lenkov says it makes a good fit with Blue Bloods, another fourth-year police drama, and a top-15 show (13.7 million) that this season had its most-watched episode since its premiere in 2010,” says Keveny.

“For Lenkov, the move to an earlier time slot (9 p.m. ET/PT) may be at least as important as the switch in nights,” Keveny added, before further quoting Lenkov.

“I always thought we were better suited for a 9 o’clock show no matter what night we we were on,” he says. “I think we’re lighter in terms of our procedural stories and character interactions. We like to think there’s a lot of humor in the show. I always felt like the 10 o’clock shows always seemed a little edgier and darker,” while competition on Mondays was “like a street fight.”

Keveny goes on to reveal some promotional teases for tonight’s high-stakes episode, as well as for next week’s season finale.

“Lenkov hopes to end Five-0‘s first Friday season in style. This week’s episode will feature Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) traveling to Afghanistan to help a family, while the May 9 season finale will continue the story of Captain Lou Grover (Chi McBride) and feature an appearance by archvillain Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos).”

Read Keveny’s full article at the USA Today website.







Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie”

May 1st, 2014 by

Look down… Look up… McGarrett is on a horse!


Finally!!! The tables are turned when Catherine asks McGarrett to do her a favour. Unlike the usual Navy intelligence information that Steve asks Catherine to get for him, her favour involves bullets, bad guys and a bloody McGarrett. Some of the promo photos remind me of his capture and torture at the hands of Wo Fat. Who is going to be saving who by the end? To find out that and more, don’t miss this lead-up to the final episode of Season 4!

Bollywood beauty, Mallika Sherawat, has been cast as Farah Khan, a character from Catherine’s military past. Khan’s son is kidnapped and it’s up to Cath and McGarrett to try and save him in Afghanistan. For those who missed it, this will be Michelle Borth’s last episode. SPOILER!!! Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, assures fans that Cath does not die. Borth even teased (on Twitter) that the door may be open for her character to return.

Keep your eyes peeled for Gary Fritts, a real life SEAL (retired), who has been a military advisory on Hawaii Five-0 for the last three years. Tough guy, Kala Alexander reprises his roll as Kawika (surprisingly not listed a recurring) while Duane “Dog” Chapman appears for the second time.

From CBS


“*Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie” – McGarrett and Catherine travel to Afghanistan to stop the Taliban from harming a young boy whose family saved Catherine’s life years ago, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*“Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie” is Hawaiian for “Fair Winds and Following Seas”)


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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)


Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

Larry Manetti     (Nicky “The Kid” Demarco)

Al Harrington     (Mamo Kahike)

Duane “Dog’ Chapman     (Himself)


William C. Mitchell     (Joel Bratton)

Angelica Quinn     (Alicia Helani)

Mido Hamada     (Amir Khan)

Mallika Sherawat     (Farah Khan)

David Landry     (Leon Chase)

Farshad Farahat     (Umar Hassan)

Michael Hollick     (Naval Intel Officer Lt. Granger)

Josh Clark     (Naval Captain Stan Norell)

Jordan Salud     (Jamie Kamaka)

Maz Siam     (Interrogator)

Gary Fritts     (Seal)

Timothy Brennen     (CIA Man)

John A. Weaver     (Suit)

Kala Alexander     (Kawika)

Christianno De Lugo     (Najib Khan)

Ran Yatim     (Leader)

Daniel Gilad     (Taliban Fighter #3)

Mehdi Mdouari     (Taliban Fighter #7)

STORY BY: Peter M. Lenkov, Ken Solarz and Eric Guggenheim

TELEPLAY BY: Eric Guggenheim

DIRECTED BY: Jeffrey Hunt

Hawaii Five-0 Says Aloha to a Series Regular

April 28th, 2014 by


Love her or hate her, Michelle Borth’s character, Catherine Rollins, has grown from McGarrett’s favourite favour-provider in Season 1, to providing some much needed female balance on the male dominated Five-0 team in Season 4.  This turned out to be particularly valuable when series regular Grace Park took some time off earlier this year.

Friday’s episode will be Rollins’ swan song as we learn more back-story of her time in the military. It’s unfortunate that this character development didn’t occur earlier, which seems to be a common shortcoming with featured female roles such as Jenna Kaye (Season 1 & 2 played by Larisa Oleynik) and Lori Weston (Season 2 played by Lauren German). All three started with much promise only to see their story lines fizzle before leaving the island. Hopefully, the introduction of female regular characters in the future will be met with more balanced presentation.

As of yet we haven’t heard any word on Michelle Borth’s upcoming projects, but we will keep you up to date as details are released.

We at Hawaii Five-0 Undercover wish Michelle all the best on her new path!


Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Pe’epe’e Kānaka”

April 24th, 2014 by
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Photo: CBS

This week’s Hawaii Five-0 raises an interesting question – “How well do you know your neighbours?”

Think about it- whenever an unimaginable tragedy strikes, the media is quick to interview those in close proximity to the perpetrator. Those interviews usually reveal a common theme about an unassuming suspect – a nice quiet neighbour who never made a fuss.

In today’s world of gated communities, six foot high privacy fences, and a societal “fear of strangers”, could you, with any kind of certainty, say that those who live close to you aren’t up to something untoward?

On a more fun note, this is Hawaii Five-0 stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente’s (“The Crow, “24″) second outing as a director.  That’s sure to mean some fun action sequences!

From CBS


“*Pe’epe’e Kānaka” – The investigation of a murdered pool cleaner leads Five-0 to uncover a possible terrorist cell of radicalized students who are plotting an attack on U.S. soil, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*“Pe’epe’e Kānaka” is Hawaiian for “Those Among Us”)


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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)



Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)



Shawn Thomsen     (Officer Pua Kai)

Sam Upton     (Nico Kane)

Sasha Pieterse      (Sawn Hatfield)

Salman Bokhari     (Muhammed Nazaria)

Eden Riegel     (FBI Analyst Katie Halinan)

Jorge Alfredo Martinez     (Uday Jahani)

Ahmad Tadjvar     (Rahim Ahad)

Bryan Anderson     (Kirk Emerson)



DIRECTED BY: Jeff Cadiente