Check out my talk story session with radio talk show host Mike Buck from AM690 KHNR which aired yesterday morning. We discuss “Aloha kekahi i kekahi” and Sunset on the Beach! Unfortunately special guest Mark Dacascos was not able to call into the show, but promised to do so in the future.
Did you miss the premiere of Hawaii Five-0 at Sunset on the Beach? No worries; there are videos and photos galore, and we’ll be sharing some of the best with you. If you’re a fan of Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, you’ll enjoy these two.
Stars, studio executives and fans alike were smiling from ear to ear last night for the highly anticipated premiere of “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi”, the Sunset on the Beach Season 4 premiere of Hawaii Five-0. I was smiling ear to ear as well, given another privilege to cover the red carpet event for your favorite Hawaii Five-0 blog!
Executive producers Peter Lenkov and Alex Kurtzman were asked about what the new season would bring.
“We’ll have bigger stunts and expand the family,” Alex started.
Peter added that they’ll ”tell some good stories…and bring in some secret weapons like Chi McBride.”
I asked Peter what his proudest achievement was, three years since the premiere of season 1. He took a look at the crowd and said, “Seeing familiar faces, these are people that have been with us from the beginning!”
Having established the series into the fourth season, I was curious to know if die hard fans of the old series have warmed up to the new one. I asked Peter what kind of feedback his father gives him on episodes of the new series.
“I’m his son, he’s gonna love his son no matter what,” Peter said. “But he’s a critic also, he knows the original, so he’ll call me on stuff that he feels isn’t honest, and he’s really the guy I at the end of the day I want…, ’cause he’s the representative of the original fans, I want him to like it. So I keep him in mind when I work on a script because not only want to please him, but to honor the legacy, [creators] Leonard Freeman, Rose Freeman. We just really want to do a good show.”
I asked if they felt they shook off critical comparisons to the original series by this point, “We’ll never shake that off,” Alex said with a smile.
Another star that I had the opportunity to talk to was the gracious and gorgeous Michelle Borth. If you didn’t know, Michelle did 100% of her stunts…until recently. She hurt her neck pretty badly and said, “It comes with the territory, I call it an occupational hazard. I’ve been adamant about doing my own stunts, I do all of them. I don’t know if I’m going to do all of it anymore…I’m gonna let the professionals do it, but I’ll do as much as I can.”
Asked about how she stays in shape for the stunts, Michelle said, “They make me do these scenes that kick my ass! I don’t have a choice, I have to! If the show wasn’t so action packed, I wouldn’t be as regimented as I am. Because [the show] is, if I don’t workout, I’ll injure myself.”
After the red carpet, everyone settled in for the program, where city and state officials thanked the cast and crew for their contribution to Hawaii. CBS executives thanked the fans of Hawaii and at large for their continued support of the show, Peter and Alex introduced the cast. Finally the lights went out…
So what happened in the episode? Wait till tonight and you’ll see. You won’t be disappointed! If you were there, what was your favorite moment of the night? But remember don’t give away the episode!
I’ll jot some personal notes here…
Disappointment: Unfortunately, because of the timing and my position in the media line, I was not able to speak to Daniel Dae Kim or Alex O’Loughlin this year. That was disappointing since I had some great questions for Daniel about the Kelly family dynamic and his unluckiness in love. I wanted to ask Alex what kept him focused this year, in the wake of his personal troubles midway through season 2.
Fanboy moment: I did however, have the pleasure of meeting the lovely Brooke Anderson, who is as sweet and charming in person as she is on television. Brooke co-hosted the event along with Billy V.
“So this is what it’s like” moment: As I walked down the red carpet to set up my camera in the media line, I saw many familiar faces along the fence line, many of whom had been there since the wee hours of the morning. My extended “internet ohana” of show fans and blog followers welcomed me with cheers. Nowhere near as loud as cheers for Alex, and no one is going to scream for me to take my shirt off, but I’ll take it . I’ve gotten to know a lot of you over the past few years, and your excitement drives me even more. I thank you all for supporting this blog!
Undercover Special Agent Madjack caught the Hawaii Five-0 team in action near the airport the other week. Check out the pics!
CBS Home Entertainment has announced the release dates for DVD and BluRay versions of Hawaii Five-0′s Season 3 box sets.
As reported by David Lambert of tvshowsondvd.com, both DVD and BluRay sets will be released on September 24th.
“CBS Home Entertainment has today announced that Hawaii Five-0 – The 3rd Season is coming to DVD ($64.99 SRP) and high-def Blu-ray Disc ($72.99 SRP) on September 24th. Bonus material for these sets will consist of Audio Commentary Tracks on selected episodes (by the likes of Peter Weller, Glen Olson, Rod Baker, Joe Halpin, Peter Lenkov, Alex O’Loughlin, and Grace Park), Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, Alternate Endings for Kapu (Forbidden), and Featurettes called “Short Lines,” “Aloha Action!,” “Script to Screen” and “Hawaii Five-Over The Whole Wide World.” Additionally, the Blu-ray version will have some Easter Eggs hidden on it.”
Hawaii Five-0′s Peter Lenkov was a featured speaker at the recent Banff World Media Festival. His fifty-minute Master Class session is presented below in the form of a Youtube video. Conducted by Michael Schneider of TV Guide, the interview-style session covers topics ranging from Lenkov’s formative years in Montreal, his early days in Hollywood, and his highly successful and popular reboot of CBS’s iconic Hawaii Five-0.
Lenkov largely attributes the show’s success to the cast and the job they’ve done with their characters, going on to say that viewers come back week after week because they like these characters. It is also interesting to note that Lenkov views the relationship and dynamic between McGarrett and Danno as “the engine” that drives the show, and that Scott Caan’s eleventh-hour casting as Danny Williams proved to be “lightning in a bottle.” Schneider adds that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park bring “geek cred” to the show thanks to their roles on LOST and Battlestar Galactica.
The official Festival introductory text for Lenkov’s session has this to say:
“Ho’olu komo la kaua (please join us) in welcoming Hawaii Five-0′s showrunner Peter Lenkov as he discusses his successful reboot of this iconic series that acts as an anchor to CBS’ Monday night line-up.
In this interview, he will take an in-depth look at what it takes to create a show with global appeal and to maintain its success in a very competitive television landscape.
He will also discuss how marketing a show and bringing the storytelling to the second screen is an important element in building awareness and engaging audiences. His vast producing career also includes executive producing another hugely popularly CBS global franchise series CSI: NY.”
Hawaii Five-0: Master Class with Peter Lenkov at BANFF 2013
(Duration: 50:51 minutes)
Published on Jun 15, 2013
As part of their season-end promotion, CBS asked Hawaii Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim to pick his three favorite scenes of the past season. Kim’s choices, and his thoughts on each, are linked below at the CBS website.
Telling Danno About the First Time He Met Malia
“This was a favorite because it was a totally unguarded moment between two characters. Most of the time, we see team members’ interactions centered around a case, but here Chin got a chance to open up to Danny about something deeply personal. It was nice to see his vulnerable side, as well as Danno’s.”
Final Fight With Kaleo
“This was a standout to me mainly because I so enjoy working with Jason and Will. They are both such talented, generous actors and there was such a natural rapport with both of them. It’s a very rare thing when Asian American actors are able to share the screen together in a non-stereotypical way, and I’m proud of 5-0 for creating those opportunities week after week.”
“These scenes were meaningful to me because they represented such deep, unmitigated loss. For an actor, they can be some of the most difficult, yet rewarding scenes to play. Taking something as intensely personal as the loss of a loved one and allowing it to be shared with millions of viewers is part of what makes TV so powerful as a storytelling medium.”
Hawaii Five-0 adds an Olympian to the Five-0 Ohana this week when bronze medalist and World champion women’s freestyle wrestler Clarissa Chun guests in “Ho’opio (To Take Captive).”
Chun’s scene takes place at one of Kamekona’s trademark promotional events — a lighter moment in what is sure to be a suspenseful episode and emotional roller-coater for both the parents of the abducted children and Danny Williams, for whom the case hits too close to home.
Chun shared details of her role in “Ho’opio” and her time with the cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0 with Craig Sesker and theMat.com in an online article published last week.
Olympic medalist Clarissa Chun to appear in episode of Hawaii Five-0
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
Clarissa Chun has been in her share of big wrestling matches.
But the Olympic bronze medalist and World champion women’s freestyle wrestler had never been in a bout quite like this.
On March 27, Chun was on a Honolulu beach dressed in a Sumo wrestling costume as she battled an opponent during filming for the popular CBS show, Hawaii Five-0.
That scene is scheduled to be shown on the next episode of Hawaii Five-0, set to air on Monday night at 10 p.m. Eastern Time/9 Central and Mountain.
“It was an awesome experience,” said Chun, who grew up in Hawaii. “I had so much fun. I loved it. Everybody was great to work with. It was pretty cool to be a part of it.”
Chun said Hawaii Five-0 producer Jeffrey Downer contacted her mother, Gail, shortly after Chun won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Downer invited Chun and her family to visit the set of the show. Chun said Downer is a former wrestler who has followed her career.
Chun met a number of cast members, including Hawaii Five-O co-star Scott Caan, during her initial visit to the show’s set.
Shortly after that, Chun received a phone call in February asking her if she would be interested in appearing in an episode of the show.
Chun then met the entire cast, including Grace Park and star Alex O’Loughlin, who plays Hawaii Five-0 commander Steve McGarrett. She also posed for photos with the cast members.
“They were really cool and a lot of fun to talk to,” Chun said. “Everyone was really nice. Alex and Scott said they wanted to train with me in Jiu-jitsu.”
Chun also had an interesting encounter with actress Michelle Borth, who plays O’Loughlin’s girlfriend on the show.
“Michelle said, ‘You’re kind of a big deal aren’t you?’” Chun said with a laugh.
Chun said she was in one scene on the show that took several hours to shoot. She had one line that was two words long.
“The scene is probably less than a minute,” she said. “We did several takes because they wanted to get different camera angles and everything. I was wrestling in a Sumo costume, which was heavy and difficult to move in. My scene doesn’t really have anything to do with the storyline or the case they are working on. It’s just something they wanted to put in as part of the show.”
Chun was paid for her appearance and she can earn royalties if the episode is shown in syndication or in other countries.
Chun said she’s anxious to watch the episode on Monday night.
“I’m just curious to see how it turned out,” she said. “I’m really excited to see it.”
So who won the wrestling match Chun was in?
“You will have to tune in and watch,” she said, “to see who won.”
Tonight’s brand-new episode of Hawaii Five-0 sees The Talk’s Aisha Tyler playing daytime talk-show host Savannah Walker in “Imi loko ka ‘uhane (Seek Within One’s Soul).” Savannah scores a ride-along for herself and her camera crew after Governor Denning’s office green-lights her project; predictably, McGarrett and his team are less than enthused with the idea.
Jim Halterman of TV Fanatic caught up with The Talk’s Aisha Tyler and talked story with her about working on tonight’s episode of Hawaii Five-0. (Excerpts below; read the complete article at tvfanatic.com)
Aisha Tyler Talks The Talk, “Fun and Crazy” Episode of Hawaii Five-0
April 29th, 2013 8:15 AM by Jim Halterman
While Hawaii Five-0 Fanatics love seeing McGarrett and Danny banter and work each other’s nerves, imagine what their annoyance levels would be if a TV talk show host was suddenly allowed to follow their every move with a camera crew in town.
That’s exactly what goes down on tonight’s installment of the CBS hit, as Aisha Tyler – who knows a thing or two about hosting a show as part of the crew on The Talk – stops by the big island.
I checked in with the busy comedian/host/actress to find out what the experience was like shooting in Hawaii, while also touching on her myriad of other projects…
TV Fanatic: Tell me who Savannah Walker is. She looks like maybe a send-up of a little of everybody that we see on these on talk shows.
Aisha Tyler: She’s not really based on anyone. She’s a talk show host, kind of charismatic and the idea is that she has this kind of light conversational show and decides to do this in-depth piece on Hawaii Five-0. With an eye towards not an exposé but towards creating something more exciting and more visceral than what she normally does and she end us in the middle of the action and that’s kind of more than she bargained for.
TVF: How does she actually get in with the guys because they’re so protective, but they obviously let her and her crew follow them.
AT: They’re forced to by their bosses. And they don’t really make it easy on her at all.
TVF: Are most of your scenes with Alex and Scott?
AT: No. I have scenes with everyone. They wrote it so I have scene with every single member of the cast. I do spend a bunch of time with Alex and Scott, but also with the entire team as a group, which was really amazing.
TVF: Having talked to the cast, I know they’re all pretty fun and crazy and you can be fun and crazy. How did the shoot go?
AT: It was fun and crazy, absolutely. You know, I’ve been doing this for a long time and it was just nice to be back on a drama set…the role is really substantial. A main concern is that this person doesn’t come in and interrupt your flow or not be prepared. So my main goal was just to know my lines and hit my marks and people will see the way that they shot the [episode], because is was like a documentary style piece, is very different from the way the show normally looks. So it was much more aggressive and it was just really important that everybody had it together, but it was great. I love working that way. A bunch of the producers on this show, I worked with them when I was on 24 and that’s how they worked on that show as well.
TVF: How involved in the action do you get? Do you get to hold a gun?
AT: I got to do lots of stuff. I don’t want to give it all away.
TVF: And how hard was it to be in Hawaii with all those pretty people?
AT: Well, I’ll tell you, it didn’t suck! But it wasn’t as glamorous as you would think because quite a bit of it was just getting up before the sun came out, working all day and then going back to my room after the sun went down. So there was not the kind of like ‘I’m in Hawaii’ feeling that you would have had because I was really working 14-hour days.
(Read the complete article at tvfanatic.com)
Hawaii Five-0 Stunt Coordinator Jeff Cadiente and his insanely talented stunt team jumped in the pool to film a Season 3 wrap video of their own! Let’s hope this one stays up longer than the crew video did.
Here’s Jeff Cadiente’s description of the video:
HAWAII FIVE-0 STUNT TEAM SEASON 3 WRAP VIDEO
Published on Apr 27, 2013
This video was originally made for Kim Choi and the accounting department’s season 3 wrap video. There was only 16 seconds needed from the stunt team, but we ended up shooting so much footage in the 1 hour we shot this, that we decided to make our own video for fun. Thanks for inspiring this Kim. This is for the amazing stunt team of H50 and the fans that support us. Enjoy