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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

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

“*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”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

RECURRING CAST:

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)

GUEST CAST:

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

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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
Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS /©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

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

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

“*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”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

 

GUEST CAST:

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)

 

WRITTEN BY: John Dove

DIRECTED BY: Jeff Cadiente

Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 Finale Spoiler!

April 16th, 2014 by
Grover and McGarrett ep 416

Grover and McGarrett ep 416

 

It’s hard to believe that the end of Season 4 is only three episodes away and it looks like trouble for one of the newest cast additions.

TV Guide teases -

“I need some Hawaii Five-0 scoop! — Helen
The usually straight-laced Grover will steal from McGarrett’s playbook when his daughter is kidnapped in the season finale. “As renegade and out of control as [Grover] thought McGarrett was in the [season premiere], he goes even further in this one,” executive producer Peter Lenkov says. “He doesn’t have a free pass like Five-0 does, so there’s going to be consequences. [But] sometimes you have to turn the badge around to get the job done.” Fortunately, I hear the consequences have a silver lining that will play out next season.”

What do you think about the addition of Chi McBride’s “Lou Grover” character? Yea, Nay, or We’ll see?

 

Initial Friday ratings show overall Spring Fever slump

April 14th, 2014 by
Steve (Alex O'Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) share a harrowing experience when trapped in a collapsed building (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) share a harrowing experience when trapped in a collapsed building
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Apparently not even the prospect of Steve and Danny trapped together in a collapsed building, complete with bromantic banter and man-pain, was enough of an enticement to keep Hawaii Five-0 viewers at home and in front of their TVs for “Ku I Ka Pili Koko (Blood Brothers).” Ratings were down across all the major networks for most of the Friday night Primetime lineup, which is not unexpected at this time of year. Spring is most definitely here, bringing with it all sorts of outdoor diversions and temptations to DVR.

Five-o brought in a 1.3 rating and 4 share in the 18-49 demo, slipping by a tenth from the previous week. Total live and same-day viewership was 9.09 million. Five-0 held onto more ratings ground than the competition; NBC’s Grimm was off by two-tenths of a point, and  even ABC’s usual ratings power-house, Shark Tank, slipped by four-tenths compared to last week. Overall, CBS won the night in total viewers and tied with ABC for ratings and demo share.

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

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 11, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM FOX Kitchen Nightmares -P 1.2 5 3.02
ABC Last Man Standing 1.1 5 5.57
CBS Unforgettable 1.0 4 7.66
NBC 108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers 0.7 3 3.91
CW Whose Line is it Anyway 0.4 2 1.54
8:30 PM ABC The Neighbors 0.8 3 3.87
CW Whose Line Is it Anyway -R 0.5 2 1.49
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.6 6 6.49
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.3 4 9.09
NBC Grimm 1.2 4 4.84
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.1 4 2.84
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.3 1 1.08
10:00PM CBS Blue Bloods 1.5 5 10.97
ABC 20/ 20 1.4 5 5.66
NBC Hannibal 0.8 3 2.41

Hawaii Five-0′s “go-to” reporter

April 14th, 2014 by

If you’ve watched the new inception of Hawaii Five-0 from the start, during a scene near the end of Friday’s episode you may have found yourself thinking, “That reporter sure looks familiar.”  And you would be correct.  Local freelance reporter, writer, and public relations director, Diane Ako, has made a hobby of cameos on the Oahu-based show, with at least three appearances that I’m aware of.

Diane Ako in  “Ku I Ka Pili Koko.”

Diane Ako in “Ku I Ka Pili Koko.”

After Diane’s first experience in the show’s maiden season, she wrote a short blog post about the day in which she claimed that the show’s star, Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) was “every bit as hunky as all the gossip columns say.”  Of course, fans of the show will have no problem believing that.

Diane’s initial appearance was with Alex and Scott Caan, and she had nothing but compliments for both actors.  You can check out the original blog from 2010 here, to read Ms. Ako memories about her first day on the set in Season 1.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ku I Ka Pili Koko”

April 10th, 2014 by
Blood Brothers - McGarrett and Danno

Blood Brothers – McGarrett and Danno

 

Friday’s episode is one that fans having been looking forward to all season. Hawaii Five-0 has been lacking some of its epic bromance as Scott Caan has seen less screen time this season and his absence has left fans clamoring for more McGarrett-Danno time. Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, teased, “Prediction: Fan favorite. McDanno fans will be MORE than satisfied.” (via Twitter.)

I predict lots of heart to heart between the two friends as they face possible death. Get your tissues ready.

It’s interesting to note that Xzbit is listed as recurring cast, reprising his role as Jason (JC) Dekker. He originally appeared in the adorable “3 Men and a Baby” episode 4.07. His character is now in jail and has information for the Five-0 team.

From CBS

FIVE-0 IS SET UP WHEN A BAD TIP LEADS THEM TO AN ABANDONED BUILDING THAT IS RIGGED TO EXPLODE WITH MCGARRETT AND DANNY TRAPPED INSIDE, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, APRIL 11

Xzibit Guest Stars as a Prison Informant

“*Ku I Ka Pili Koko” – Five-0 is set up when a bad tip leads them to an abandoned building that is rigged to explode with McGarrett and Danny trapped inside, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Xzibit guest stars as a prison informant.

(*“Ku I Ka Pili Koko” is Hawaiian for “Blood Brothers”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Lili Simmons     (Amber Vitale)

Xzibit     (JC Dekker)

 

GUEST CAST:

Byron Mann     (Fire Captain Hank Iona)

Terry Chin     (Kekoa Hale)

David Gautreaux     (James Cobb)

Joseph Kingsley     (Marcus Dekker)

Diane Ako     (News Reporter)

 

STORY BY: David Wolkove

TELEPLAY BY: Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY: Maja Vrvilo

Hawaii Five-0 leaves door open for Michelle Borth’s return

April 8th, 2014 by

Hot off the press – some possible good news for fans of Steve McGarrett’s love interest, Lt. Catherine Rollins comes to us from TV Guide.  In times when death seems to be the only way out for television characters, we find out that not only does the character (played by Michelle Borth) not die, we may see her return.  Borth stepped up her role in Season 4 when Grace Park (Kono) took some time off from the series.  Die-hard fans of the McGarrett-Rollins couple nicknamed “McRoll,” now have some hope that the characters may reunite at a later date.

Michelle Borth and Alex O'Loughlin - credit: Peter Lenkov

Michelle Borth and Alex O’Loughlin – credit: Peter Lenkov

 

From TV Guide Mega Buzz

Is Catherine going to die on Hawaii Five-0— Justin
The fact that Michelle Borth’s exit from the show coincides with Steve and Catherine’s dangerous mission in the Middle East does seem ominous, right? Fortunately, I have good news! “She doesn’t die,” executive producer Peter Lenkov tells us exclusively. “She goes out spectacularly. She goes out a hero, and the door’s open for her to come back. Hopefully we’ll see her again at some point.” Relieved?

You can find more buzz about other shows here.

 

Initial overnight ratings for Fan-built Five-0

April 7th, 2014 by
Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) brings Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) up to speed. (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) brings Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) up to speed.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Hawaii Five-0 fans got to see the fruits of their viewer-participation labors when the “Fan-built Five-0″ episode, “Ho’i Hou (Reunited),” aired this past Friday. In addition to the story elements voted on by viewers — Chin Ho’s High School Reunion as scene of the crime;  a macadamia nut tycoon as victim; a stiletto-heeled shoe as murder weapon; a struggling illusionist as suspect; a model rocket as evidence; a take-down in a giant maze — the writers treated us to a new chapter in the Champ Box Mystery when Steve and Danny flew to Cambodia to check out the coded  grave-site coordinates Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia) found on John McGarrett’s battered old toolbox.

“Ho’i Hou” brought in a 1.3 rating and 5 share in the 18-49 demo, and won the hour in viewership — 9.52 million.  The slight drop in both total viewers and ratings compared to the last original episode, which aired on March 14th, is in all likelihood the result of the two-week “March Madness” hiatus combined with good old Spring fever; with warmer weather and more hours of evening sunlight, some viewers are probably enjoying themselves outdoors while their DVRs catch Five-0 for them.  Five-0′s biggest competitors were also down from previous weeks.

Ratings tables courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 4, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Last Man Standing 1.3/5 6.17
NBC Dateline 1.2/4 6.15
CBS Unforgettable – Season Premiere 1.0/4 7.50
FOX Kitchen Nightmares – R 0.7/3 1.93
CW Whose Line is it Anyway 0.4/2 1.46
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 0.9/3 3.94
CW Whose Line is it Anyway – R 0.4/1 1.37
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.9/6 7.19
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.3/5 9.52
NBC Grimm 1.3/5 4.88
FOX Raising Hope 0.6/2 1.61
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.3/1 0.77
9:30 FOX Raising Hope – Series Finale 0.6/2 1.55
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.5/5 11.40
ABC 20/20 1.5/5 6.33
NBC Hannibal 0.8/3 2.32