Hawaii Five-0 star (and possibly closet nerd) Grace Park hams it up with former Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff for a special The Hollywood Reporter preview issue. But it’s no ordinary issue- they’re decked out in full Star Wars rebellion regalia in this awesome sci-fi mashup. Are they being recognized for blowing up the Death Star or a Cylon Base Star? We don’t know exactly, but this candid behind the scenes interview shows us a little more insight from a sci-fi actor’s point of view of the world of convention lurking.
In what has become an annual tradition, a Hawaiian blessing was performed by Kahu Kauila Kawelo Barber, Hawaii Five-0′s Hawaiian Language and Protocol Advisor, to kick off Season 5 . Getting a show to a fifth season is difficult so perhaps the blessing is working. Present were Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Dennis Chun, Jorge Garcia, and Peter Lenkov, as well as extras and crew.
Grace Park had this to say about the blessing, “There’s a beauty to the commencement of something and to come together and to recognize not only that point, but to have a vision of the entire time. You don’t know what it will look like, but you feel there is a hope and some reflection.”
Fans immediately noticed the substantial facial hair that adorned Alex O’Loughlin’s face at the ceremony. He said that many people have been offering their opinions on it – not all of them positive. Shortly after the blessing, O’Loughlin was seen sporting a mustache as he began his transformation into Steve McGarrett.
Many hints were dropped about Season 5 including an extended 25 episode season!
Other spoilers include:
- The island of Oahu will be turning into a ghost town with the disappearance of a million people in the season premiere
- The return of Carol Burnett, Larry Manetti and Frankie Valli in episode 8
- A possible appearance of golfer Michelle Wie
- A new female cast member joining the medical examiner’s office as an assist to the quirky Max Bergman
Hawaii Five-0 returns to CBS on Sept. 26, 2014.
Mark your calendars!
On June 24th, CBS announced the Fall schedule with Friday, September 26th, being the date for Hawaii Five-0′s fifth season to debut. The show is maintaining it’s Season 4 timeslot, 9pm/8c. The DVD set for last season goes on sale on September 16th.
But until then, it’s almost time for the filming of Season 5 to begin; July 8th to be exact. If we’re lucky, the show and local media will share the opening Hawaiian blessing ceremony with us via live video stream as they have in the past two years. And let’s hope for some good on-set photos this season, as cast and crew don’t seem to be sharing as many as they did in the first few years. Come on, CBS, give the fans some Season 5 love!
Recently Daniel Dae Kim was spotted in Atlanta where Insurgent (of the Divergent movie series) is filming. Daniel took advantage of his southern location to skip over to North Carolina and cheer on Hawaii native Michelle Wie, who went on to win the U.S. Women’s Open. Obviously enjoying the filming experience, Kim tweeted, “That was a good day. Really impressed by the talent and kindness of the people on this project. #Insurgent”
On Monday, June 23rd, students and staff at Hongwanji Mission School (the first Buddhist School established outside of Japan) were fortunate to host the Five-0 main-man himself, Alex O’Loughlin. O’Loughlin, a guest of the school’s Ohana Arts Program spoke about “about acting as a profession and his experiences.
He answered questions from the students and offered some sage advice regarding being true to oneself and treating others as you want to be treated,” according to a school representative. Apparently Scott Caan also phoned in to speak to the students as well.
Although you’ve been able to pre-order the Hawaii 5-0 Season 4 DVD on Amazon for awhile, we now have the release date for you! Mark your calendars for September 16th and f you’d like to support this blog, you can order using one of our links here or by clicking the Amazon link on the right side of the blog.
Many viewers thought that the fourth season of the CBS show was better than the previous two, so you’ll want to add this one to your collection. In addition to behind the scenes features, the gag reel featuring a very funny Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park, Scott Caan, and Daniel Dae Kim, is always one of the high points of the set, and new cast member Chi McBride should add a few laughs.
You can help help save one of Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin’s favorite pleasures this summer. I’ll bet you didn’t realize you had that much power.
As a long-time fan of FOX’s dance competition show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” I have to admit that I got a bit of a thrill upon hearing that the Aussie actor not only loves the show, but gets cranky if he misses an episode.
When CBS released a video of the man behind Steve McGarrett answering fan’s questions, one of the inquiries was, “What is your guilty pleasure?” I think most of us were surprised at Alex’s response.
“So You Think You Can Dance. I love it so much. I dream about it. Listen, I don’t care. I don’t care if the world knows. This is the thing – I DVR it. If I don’t get to watch it within 72 hours of the DVRing, I get extremely grumpy. I get short with the kids, I get short with the people at work. I have to watch it. I get very emotional when it’s on. When people get cut, or sometimes they get a little, they get a little upset…I have been known to get a little misty.”
Alex, I know exactly what you mean, because I have shed more than a few tears while watching the inspiring performances, gorgeous choreography, and heartbroken fellow contestants as their friends are sent home. One of the aspects that sets this competition apart from others on television, is that most of those who make it into the top 20 have devoted their lives to studying their passion, they haven’t just moonwalked in their bedroom and thought they were ready for prime time. Not all of the contestants have studied their art formally, some have learned their style on the streets. so there are opportunities for all. SYTYCD celebrates all genres of the art and I love watching as these performers learn styles that push them outside their comfort zone.
Now, you may ask why I said you can help save this show. Television is a cut-throat business and in recent years FOX has already dropped the separate elimination episode and SYTYCD has had to incorporate results into the competition episodes. It’s resulted in an awkward format, but executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has done the best he could with the time he’s been allotted. Like most shows on TV today, this one is on the edge, and last month Mr. Lythgoe tweeted his pleas to fans to watch the show, and to implore their friends to do so.
Alumni of the show have gone on to Broadway (Newsies, Wicked) movies (the Step Up series) and Hawaii native Mark Kanemura from the fourth season, became one of Lady Gaga’s primary dancers.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want a cranky Alex O’Loughlin taking his bad mood out on his kids and co-workers, so it you want to keep the man in a good mood, here’s your chance! We were fortunate enough to get a Season 11, but let’s see if we can get the gorgeous Aussie (and ourselves) a Season 12. You can see the entire interview below, or you can skip to the 7:54 mark to hear him talk about So You Think You Can Dance. But why wouldn’t you want to deprive yourself of more of that Australian accent?
If you’d like to check out the show, tune into to your local FOX station Wednesday, May 28th at 8/7c.
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.
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.
Hawaii Five-0 fans are known for having strong opinions on the direction they want their favourite show to go, often sharing those views on social media. In a ground breaking move, fans have spent most of this season crafting their very own episode by voting on various elements of the show. Check out our recap here.
How do you feel about this kind of interactive television? If CBS does something like this next year, what would you like to see them do?
Watch below as the cast talk about the making of this fan built episode.
Beach bums may recognize guest star Krista Allen from her role as Jenna Avid on Baywatch. Watch for her at Chin’s high school reunion – former flame, perhaps? Sorry folks, doesn’t look like she will be re-enacting running down the beach in slow motion while wearing a skimpy red Baywatch bathing suit.
Another Lost actor is back on the island. Mackenzie Astin appeared in only one episode as a pivotal character from Kate’s past. Seems like once an actor works in Hawaii, the island isn’t done with them!
YOU’VE WORKED ON THIS EPISODE ALL SEASON! NOW FAN-BUILT “FIVE-0” IS HERE! FIVE-0 INVESTIGATES WHEN THE DAUGHTER OF A MACADAMIA NUT TYCOON IS MURDERED WITH A STILETTO HEEL DURING CHIN’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, APRIL 4
“Hawaii Five-0” Viewers Chose From a Menu of Key Story and Production Elements for This Special Episode
Jorge Garcia Returns and Rob Corddry Guest Stars as the Fan-Voted Struggling Illusionist
“Ho’i Hou” – Five-0 investigates when the daughter of a macadamia nut tycoon is murdered with a stiletto heel during Chin’s high school reunion, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jorge Garcia returns and Rob Corddry guest stars as the fan-voted struggling illusionist.
HAWAII FIVE-0 viewers spent this season voting on key story and production elements for this special episode, including wardrobe, music and even the episode’s title.
(“Ho’i Hou” is Hawaiian for “Reunited”)
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)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Cecilia Brown (Amanda Santiago)
Rob Corddry (Tony Gibson)
Peter Shinkoda (Alan Kim)
Krista Allen (Nani Kahanu)
Mackenzie Astin (Bradley Richmond)
Samantha Sloyan (Sarah Richmond)
James Brennan (CIA Agent Sam Connors)
Mary Anne McGarry (Nina Johnson)
Bulldog (AV Club Buddy)
Benjamin C. Lloyd (HPD Uniformed Cop)
WRITTEN BY: Christina M. Kim
DIRECTED BY: Sylvain White
Last week, TV critics were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Five-0 writers’ room by executive producer, Peter Lenkov. There they learned the process of building each episode which includes 8 days of preproduction prep, 8 days of filming followed by several days of post production. Over 200 people from Hawaii and Los Angeles are involved in the process.
On this day, Australia-born actor Alex O’Loughlin — who plays Hawaiian special forces Lt.-Cmdr. Steve McGarrett — crashes the Skype call to wave and banter long distance with critics. Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Canadian-American actress Grace Park also star on the series.
For more on the behind the scenes tour check out Courier-Islander
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.