September 23rd, 2012 by Terry
Even though I’ve never set foot in Hawaii, this Sunday, September 23rd, I will watch my third Hawaii Five-0 Sunset on the Beach premiere in Honolulu. How can that be, you may ask? Being a generous sort, I’ll tell you. I’ll be using that modern-day miracle known as the Worldwide Internet Webs. Or some such technical thing that I don’t understand. Luckily for those of us who are stuck in less tropical locations, there will be live streaming of the event from a few sources, and we don’t need to be particularly tech-savvy in order to enjoy them.
While I’m watching from the comfort of my home, Officer 808 should be battling the hot sun, sand in his shoes, and throngs of crazed fans. Check back often for reports.
Hawaii News Now website: Hawaiinewsnow.com
Livestream LINK Scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Hawaii time
If the Blessing was any indicator, you will not be able to watch the this feed from your phone. Of course, it can’t hurt to try. NOTE: Please make sure you have the required software on your computer in advance, or you’ll find yourself unable to watch the festivities. You’ll need Adobe Flash and Silverlight. Both downloads are available from the HNN link. Also, when the station cuts away for a commercial break, the feed will go black. Don’t worry, that’s normal. If it seems that the feed has been gone awfully long, just “refresh.” Video should be available in the next few days.
Aloha Bruce Ustream LINK. In previous years, Bruce’s livefeed has been of better quality than that of Hawaii News Now, although he doesn’t have the red carpet access, and therefore no star interviews. I’ve found myself switching between HNN and Bruce’s feeds. You should sign up for a Ustream account prior to the event: Ustream LINK. Bruce’s broadcast will begin at 11 a.m. Hawaii time.
TC - I’m not familiar with this DJ, but he’ll be streaming live from the Red Carpet on Island 98.5, and also utilizing Ustream. Scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. but may start earlier.
Sunset on the Beach schedule. (All times are approximate.)
In order to calculate the times in your part of the world, Mizzoh of AOLRocks has provided this handy event table for our convenience:
4:30 PM - Live Entertainment
5:00 PM - The Stars walk the Red Carpet
- Scheduled to Appear:
- Alex O’Loughlin
- Scott Caan
- Daniel Dae Kim
- Grace Park
- Masi Oka
- Michelle Borth
- Taylor Wily
- Dennis Chun
- Teilor Grubbs
- Executive Producer, Peter Lenkov
- among others….
6:30 PM - The Red Carpet Ends
***Times above are approximate and subject to change***
7:00 PM The on-stage program begins:
- 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) will be shown to those in at the venue. At this point the live streams will end. We ask that anyone who is lucky enough to attend, not share any video or photos from the episode, thereby spoiling any surprises for the rest of the world.
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Hashtags to follow and use: #H50 #SOTBH503
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September 22nd, 2012 by Terry
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.
“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.”
September 20th, 2012 by Terry
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.
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
***TIMES ABOVE ARE APPROXIMATE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT ADVISEMENT***
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
#H50 #SOTBH503 – SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS FOR EVENT
Key #H50 twitter accounts to follow:
September 18th, 2012 by Terry
I think this is one of the better Alex O’Loughlin interviews I’ve read, and I’m not just saying that because it was conducted by home-boy Chuck Barney (@chuckbarney on twitter.) He managed to find out some things about Alex that I’d never heard before, and perhaps you hadn’t either.
Incidentally, regarding the contest that Mr. Barney refers to in the interview, when it looked like there were some glitches with the site, allowing competitors to continue voting after the deadline, Chuck himself followed up to make sure the final results were the legitimate votes. So please give the man a hand, and if you’re on twitter, a “follow.”
From The San Jose Mercury News
When TV viewers last visited the tropical shores of “Hawaii Five-0,” a shocked Steve McGarrett was coming face-to-face with his mother, a woman presumed dead for 20 years.
Now, as Season 3 of the turbo-charged crime series gets set to launch (10 p.m. Sept. 24, CBS), Emmy winner Christine Lahti has come aboard to play Doris McGarrett in a recurring role. But don’t expect a joyous family reunion. These two have issues.
On the other hand, O’Loughlin’s personal life appears to be substantially brighter. The Aussie actor says he’s “doing great” following a brief rehab stint earlier this year for prescription pain medication — a problem stemming from a shoulder injury sustained while filming the show. Moreover, he and girlfriend, model Malia Jones, are expecting their first child together in a few weeks (He has a teen son, Saxon, from a previous relationship).
An amiable O’Loughlin, looking tan and fit, took time recently to field some questions during a break from production on the Honolulu sound stages of “Hawaii Five-0.”
Q: So give us the lay of the land. Where do McGarrett and his mother stand when the season launches?
A: Oh my God, it’s a pretty epic revelation that he has to process. The minute he starts to let himself feel the love and the emotion that comes from missing his mom for all those years, it’s kind of squashed by mistrust and resentment. Essentially, all the turmoil in McGarrett’s
life, including the murder of his father, is directly attributable to the decisions she’s made. It bring some more wrinkles to his already wrinkled personality.
Q: Do you love playing that?
A: Yeah, man, that’s the stuff. Anyone can do the cops-and-robbers stuff — “Put the gun down!” But this is the emotional tapestry that makes McGarrett who he is — the stuff that we’ve been weaving over the past few years.
Q: “Hawaii Five-0″ thrives on action, beautiful scenery and crime cases. Do you think your show has a healthy amount of that “character stuff”?
A: Yeah, if you look at our show compared to other procedurals on TV, we get to do a lot of that. Much of what we do is driven by arcing storylines that go over multiple episodes. … And I stipulated that coming in when I met with producers. I didn’t want to do the same things that other cop shows are doing on TV and neither did they. (Executive producer) Peter Lenkov is constantly coming up with new and exciting storylines.
Q: What’s it like working with Christine Lahti?
A: Oh, man, she’s more decorated than Patton. It’s really marvelous to work with her and she’s playing the role pitch-perfect, I think. … It’s really great for all four (main castmembers) to work with new people. Of course, we always try to keep things fresh, but it’s kind of like doing a play with the same people all the time. Christine and the other guest actors we have bring new flavors, a new flair and a new rhythm. We’re six episodes in (production) and I feel like this is our best season so far. It really feels silky smooth.
Q: How are you different from Steve McGarrett?
A: Well, I tend to move like him and look like him. And I can take a beating fairly well. (Laughs). But I’m much more sensitive than him. Some of the things he’s been through would have driven me to tears. … There’s a darkness that follows him that I don’t understand and I probably don’t want to.
Q: One of the great things that differentiates your version of “Hawaii Five-0″ from the original is the playful banter between your character and Danny Williams (Scott Caan). How did that chemistry develop?
A: It’s been there from the very beginning. We had to do a live feed (screen test) for network executives back in LA. We were basically just reading off a script and it was there. We get each other’s energy and we have a similar sense of humor. It’s like a good marriage.
Q: Do you ever hear from old-school locals in Hawaii telling you that your McGarrett, or your show, isn’t enough like the original?
A: Not so much anymore, but in the beginning I had some of that. I was in a store in the (North Shore town) Haleiwa and this little woman who was about 4-foot-2 came up to me. She got right up in my face and said, “Hey, haole, we don’t say ‘Bro’ here. We say, ‘Brah!’ You got that?” Man, I thought she was going to lay me out. I just said, “Yes, ma’am” and moved on.
Q: Living here can be a little different. Was it an easy transition?
A: No, not at first. When I got here to shoot the pilot, they put me up in the Hilton Hawaiian Village (near Waikiki). I’m not a totally shy guy, but I’m a little agoraphobic. I’m not a big fan of crowds. That place was teeming with people and it really freaked me out. I thought: “So this is what Hawaii is?”
When I came back to shoot the series, I was actually dreading it. But then I got my own place and settled in. I started meeeting people and finding my favorite watering holes and I discovered the real Hawaii. … The people here are kind of like what you find back home in Australia. They’re very friendly. There’s a similar kind of ease to them.
Q: Have you taken up any of the local activities, say surfing? And what about the food?
A: I’ve always been a pretty strong swimmer, but when it came to surfing I was kind of a laughing stock in Australia. Now I have a vast collection of surfboards. I’m still not very good, but I’m improving. As for the food, I’ve tried most of the local delicacies. I’m still working on poi, but just can’t get into it. I love Kona coffee, though. It’s the best.
Q: So it sounds like you’re pretty immersed.
A: Absolutely. I have a house here. I’m having a little Hawaiian baby in about 4-5 weeks. I’ve been blessed by the kahunas here and was given a Hawaiian name. And my 15-year-old goes to school here. I feel blessed to be part of these islands and part of this culture. This is home now.
Q: With a baby on the way, do you feel like you need to be a little more careful with yourself? Like back off some dangerous stunt work?
A: Of course, when you become a parent, you try to be a little more sensible and a little less stupid. And even before, I was trying to exercise a certain sensibility just for my own self-preservation — especially after I got injured. I’ve always felt a little guilty about turning down stunt work, but less so now. It’s just the right thing to do. I’m not in my 20s anymore.
Q: A lot of fans of this show dig it when you shed your shirt and reveal that sculpted bod. Can you give us a feel for what your workouts entail?
A: I’ve always been pretty athletic. I run and bike a lot, do some occasional weight work. But for the past six months or so, my main thing has been jiu-jitsu. I love it so much and feel like I get a really good workout from it. I do it at least three times a week.
Q: You probably know nothing about this, but last spring, our publications put together a “TV Crush Tournament,” where we had readers vote for their dreamiest prime-time stars. You won the male side of the tourney with ease.
A: Really? That’s awesome. Wow, I feel humbled and validated. (Laughs). Who was my competition?
Q: Just about anyone you can think of. All the top stars. It came down between you and Jensen Ackles of “Supernatural.”
A: Wow. Pretty cool.
Q: Seriously, though, your fan base is incredibly passionate. How does that make you feel?
A: I’m continually amazed at the amount of support my fans show me. I recently wrote a blog post trying to express my appreciation. … I’m actually surprised (by the support) sometimes because I don’t feel like I’m a very good celebrity. I don’t have a Twitter account. I barely manage my Facebook page and I don’t get to my e-mail often enough.
Then I watch my own work and I’m not a fan of it. I don’t see it. (Laughs). … Frankly, I probably wouldn’t have this job without the fans.
September 11th, 2012 by officer808
This past weekend was Five-0 filled for the lucky fans who participated with Bruce Fisher (@alohabruce) and Hawaii Aloha Travel’s Hawaii Five-0 fan weekend.
Almost fifty people gathered at Tiki’s Bar and Grill at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel last Friday for the Hawaii Five-0 Kickoff, a social mixer, where fans from near and far met for the first time in person and had conversations without the need of a keyboard or PDA. Thanks to the Aston Hotel, we had a specially designated pool side seating section. I met fans from all over the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. It was some people’s first trip to Hawaii, and locals including blogger Wendie Joy Burbridge, Lisa Woo and Keith Sato were more than happy to share travel tips to the other fans.
Saturday’s event included a specially chartered catamaran cruise across the shores of Waikiki.
Sunday was the highlight of the weekend, with the Hawaii Five-0 Fan Tour, a half day bus tour of Hawaii Five-0 filming locations which ended with a Hawaiian dinner at Kualoa ranch. This tour was conceived, conceptualized, produced and directed by yours truly, Officer 808. Fellow blogger of the Five-0 Redux Wendie Joy Burbridge co-piloted with me and gave us some excellent insight on Hawaiian culture and history. The tour started in Waikiki, passing by numerous filming locations, including the Hilton Hotel and Wailana Coffee House. We passed through the backstreets of Kakaako to see the locations of car crashes and peeked down the alley where Captain Fryer and Dr. Max were shot. The tour wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the Five-0 headquarters (Ali’iolani Hale), with a quick stop also at the scorched facade of the “Honolulu Police Department” (the CBS stage). Other stops included Punchbowl National Cemetery and Pearl Harbor.
The tour ended at Kualoa Ranch on the Windward side, where Kualoa drivers gave us a tour of all the filming sites in Ka’a'awa valley, including Godzilla, Jurassic Park and Lost. Of course we were there for Hawaii Five-0, so we got to see a part of the bunker where McGarrett was tortured in “North Korea”, and the strip of road where terrorists attempted to spring Anton Hess from McGarrett and the SEALs. We got special access to see the mock up of the heiau (temple) used in “Ka Iwi Kapu”.
By then, the sun was setting and we settled in for dinner in the luau area. But Wendie and I had a special surprise for the fans: actors Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela), Brian Yang (Charlie Fong) and Teilor Grubbs (Grace Williams) graciously joined us for a meet and greet with the fans! Fans spent a few minutes with the stars, asking questions and taking photos.
Wendie, along with fan Ellen Swedberg presented the quilt that Ellen had made and announced that they raised over $3000 for the Wounded Warrior Project in their fundraising efforts, which is a pretty impressive amount! After dinner, the fans settled in for an authentic Hawaiian show.
In all, it was a whirlwind Sunday. We all made new friends, and hope to see everyone again next year!
If you were on the tour, please share with us your comments!!!
See some of the video clips of the tour on Bruce’s Hawaii Aloha Travel Fan Tour Facebook page.
See tour photos compiled by Hawaii Five-0 Australia fanpage on Facebook.
August 24th, 2012 by Terry
I must admit I was a bit concerned after seeing that the details of the Australian release of Hawaii Five-0′s Season 2 DVD didn’t list a gag reel. I’m now relieved to see that the U.S. version does include it, because in my opinion, that was the best feature of of the first season set.
The current listed price on amazon.com (U.S.) is $43.48 for the DVD and $49.99 for Blu-ray
Highlighted by brand new behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with the cast and crew, Hawaii Five-0: The Second Season makes waves on Blu-ray Disc and DVD September 18, from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Masi Oka, the exciting second season of Hawaii Five-0arrives just in time for the third season broadcast premiere this fall.
One of the year’s top shows, rating #1 in its timeslot*, the five-disc Blu-ray Disc and six-disc DVDsets feature all 23 episodes of the second season and provide fans unprecedented access to the creation of the popular series through hours of bonus features. Special features include “Aloha Action! Take 2″ featurette highlighting the show’s dramatic stunts; an inside look at the creation of the second season called “Shore Lines: The Story Of Hawaii Five-0, Season 2;” a special interactive “Crime Scene Locator” map that offers fans an insider’s look at key filming locations; and the exciting Hawaii Five-0 - NCIS: Los Angeles crossover event which also starsLL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell.
Hawaii Five-0 is a contemporary reinvention of the classic crime drama about an elite task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches.Alex O’Loughlin stars as Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who heads up the new team. The series also stars Scott Caan as Detective Danny “Danno” Williams, an ex-New Jersey cop; Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, a former Honolulu Police Detective;Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua, a Hawaii native and the team’s most recent recruit; and Masi Oka, the quirky coroner. Together, this brash yet talented Five-0 unit is determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state.
Hawaii Five-0: The Second Season five-disc Blu-ray set will be available for the suggested retail price of $72.99 US and $76.99 CAN, while the six-disc DVD set will be available nationwide in the US and Canada for the suggested retail price of $64.99 US and $68.99 CAN. The Blu-ray Disc is presented in 16×9 Full Frame with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian subtitles. The DVD is presented in 16×9 full frame with English 5.1, English Stereo and English SDH, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. It is not rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada. The total running time is approximately 985 minutes. Episodes and special features are as follows:
- Ha’i'ole (Unbreakable)
- Ua Lawe Wale (Taken)
- Kame’e (The Hero)
- Mea Makamae (Treasure)
- Ma’ema’e (Clean)
- Ka Hakaka Maika’i (The Good Fight)
- Ka Iwi Kapu (Sacred Bones)
- Lapa’au (Healing)
- Ike Maka (Identity)
- Ki’ilua (Deceiver)
- Pahele (Trapped)
- Alaheo Pau’ole (Gone Forever)
- Ka Ho’oponopono (The Fix)
- Pu’olo (The Package)
- Mai Ka Wa Kahiko (Out of the Past)
- I Helu Pu (The Reckoning)
- Kupale (Defender)
- Lekio (Radio)
- Kalele (Faith)
- Ha’alele (Abandoned)
- Pa Make Loa (Touch of Death) - NCIS: Los Angeles Cross-Over}
- Ua Hopu (Caught)
- Ua Hala (Death in the Family)
Special Features on Blu-ray and DVD:
- Shore Lines: The Story of Hawaii Five-0 Season 2
- Aloha Action! Season 2
- Hawaii Five-0′Ahu: An Interactive Guide to Season 2 Locations
- Touch of Death: NCIS: Los Angeles Episode
- Gag Reel
- Becoming a SEAL: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Toughest Training
- Deleted Scenes
August 23rd, 2012 by Terry
We have more exclusive behind the scenes pictures from Undercover Special Agent Juliette! On August 23rd our trusty emissary was able to watch Alex O’Loughlin (as Steve McGarrett) filming Hawaii Five-0 episode 3.05 in Honolulu. And thanks to her, we get an up-close peek at the new wardrobe choice. Mahalo, Juliette; we hope you had a great time!
More behind the scenes photos and everything else Hawaii Five-0, can be found on our Facebook page!
August 10th, 2012 by Terry
Surf’s up! Hot new pics featuring the most gorgeous cast on television. A huge thank you to Hawaii-Five-0-Fans!
Episode 302, “Kanalua.” Photos: Norman Shapiro/CBS
You can find more Hawaii Five-0 photos and news on our Facebook page!
August 9th, 2012 by officer808
More of Michelle Borth’s Q&A from last weeks tweetup!
Are we going to see a back story of how Steve and Cat got together this season? (@WendieJoy)
Good question! I don’t know…
Do you have back story that you created for that? (@WendieJoy)
I have lots of different stories for that, but what I’ve learned is that I try not to get stuck into one because the writers will write something outside of my idea…I’d say that I had a mother, but they’ll say, “Oh no, your mother died five years ago”. So you don’t get stuck into one back story that you created, and you have to be flexible for TV, because they’re constantly rewriting you. You kind of have to go where the writers guide you. Sometimes you’re on the same page and often times, you’re not.
Michelle Borth in "Combat Hospital" (ABC)
Can you tell us a little bit about the difference between your characters in “Combat Hospital” and “Hawaii Five-0″, and the preparation for the two? (@WendieJoy)
It’s completely different, like apples and oranges. In “Combat Hospital”, I put a lot of hard work and my heart and soul into that because it was my first swing at bat with my own show. So that was weeks and weeks of preparation, sitting with the writers, and really being on the same page…making [Major Rebecca Gordon] vulnerable but not too girly, but still making her feminine. Not really like Catherine who’s a little more tough, but making her have thin skin where she’s sensitive, but still be tough when she’s there in the operating room.
To be honest, my story [in Hawaii Five-0] is never going to be as important or developed as that. This is more McGarrett’s story, more Danno’s story, it’s the four. So for me, I’m happy to come on board and join on it. Where I’m going to go and where they’re going to take me with the four I could not tell you right now. I only hope it turns into something much bigger.
Have they ever asked you for feedback or what you want to see in your character? (@WendieJoy)
Peter is fantastic like that. We sat down and talked about doing this. I was actually a little hesitant because I kind of considered Catherine similar to a long distance relationship. The audience loves her because they never see her, and when they do it’s like a honeymoon. I didn’t want to ruin that by having her around all the time. But the way that we’re doing it and the way that we’re going about it is really smart so we’re not going to shove her down your throat. She’s gonna be around but not gonna be around all the time…it’s not gonna be lovey-dovey between them all the time. The integrity of the show will still be what it is, which is a cop procedural, but it will have a little bit more of character development, with me coming in.
How much freedom do you have with ad-libbing and expression? (@RobChiong)
I’ve been on certain sets where anything goes and you can kind of make it up as you go, and I’ve been on other sets where I’ve had to sign releases where I have to go word for word. I’d say this is down the middle…they enjoy our creativity and input, but they also would like it by the book. So we’ll do a shot where it’s word for word, and then they’ll say to do a shot that feels more natural to you. Alex is really good at that, doing one for the team, then doing one for himself.
Do you watch the final product when it’s done? (@RobChiong)
I actually do. I know a lot of actors don’t watch their stuff cause it makes them puke, but I don’t feel that way! I like to watch them, and I enjoy it, and I watch them on purpose to catch myself doing habits. I like to correct myself…I’m my own worst critic.
Did you audition or were you offered this part? (@LisaLisa98)
Read more of Michelle’s Q&A coming up!
August 6th, 2012 by officer808
It was like prom night, circa 1992
I knew it was going to be a big night, so I had to be ready. I drove down to Celebrity Tuxedos, and picked out the nicest double breasted one, making sure I got the $49 Weekday Rental Special. Then stopped by Longs Drugs to pick up the nicest plumeria corsage that $1.99 can buy. Popped in my mixtape with Glenn Medeiros (“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”) in the player to get in the mood, and made the drive over to Big City Diner. It was a big night, because I was going to meet Hawaii Five-0 star Michelle Borth.
Well, me and fifty other fans.
The talented and gorgeous Michelle Borth generously spent time at a fan organized tweetup at Big City Diner in Pearlridge last Thursday. Amy Bakari of @TeamH50 and @LisaLisa98 of @H50Hana rallied up local fans to meet and greet Michelle Borth, whose credits include “Tell Me You Love Me”, “Combat Hospital”, and currently “Hawaii Five-0″.
Michelle arrived early in the evening, with local Hawaii Five-0 publicist Erika Kauffman and was immediately greeted with warm aloha from the fans. She spent a few minutes with everyone there, taking photos and talking to the fans. @LisaLisa98 presented Michelle with a cake that she made, depicting the memorable bedroom scene from season one- which Michelle loved. I suppose that could have very well been a “Tell Me You Love Me Cake (rated Pg-13)” but since this was a Hawaii Five-0 party, I’m pretty sure that was Cat and Steve depicted in the bed.
The gracious Dennis Chun also stopped by to meet and greet fans as well (more on Dennis in an upcoming post).
After meeting everyone present, Michelle took a seat and fielded questions from the fans for a very informal “talk story” session. Over the next few days, I’ll be transcribing the conversation, so enjoy!
What was the most challenging role that you’ve had so far?
The most challenging role…if any of you have seen it before, was way back in 2007, a show called “Tell Me You Love Me”. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you’re going to get a shock when you look it up. It dealt with stuff of a… graphic nature. As an actress and as a young one and a green one, it was difficult to overcome. But I’m so grateful because it was one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had on the set, and the most creative and liberating one. My hardest role was one of my favorite ones, and that was playing Jaime on “Tell Me You Love Me”.
Do you deliberately mess love scenes up so that you can do it over again with Alex?
The lack of TicTacs on the set made this scene work.
[Laughs] Unfortunately, no. We’re so time crunched shooting in a day. Alex and I [had to] make things not so serious, because we had just met each other, and we were half naked…it was awkward! When you first meet someone, it’s like “Hi, I’m Michelle”, “Hi, I’m Alex” …and then “Let’s make out”. It’s really like that! It’s no secret, we meet and then we had to make out. He ate a tuna fish sandwich, and I smoked a cigarette, because I hate tuna and he hates the smell of smoke. So it was an awesome combination when we then made out, ’cause it had made everything funny and very light and we could do it over and over again, and it wasn’t weird, or awkward, at all! I’m sorry it’s always weird and awkward, but we have a lot of fun doing it. We genuinely do have that connection that people see that Alex and I we really do work like that , we get along really well, we have a kindred spirit. I’m grateful for that, and I think it shows when we work together.
So that’s your favorite scene then?
Oh God, yes! Coming up we have a lot more, but I really haven’t done that much. I think I’ve only done six episodes. The scenes where I work with Alex are my favorite because he’s a really funny Australian man, and it’s much more fun than the scenes where I’m by myself. That racy one? That was probably the most fun ’cause they let us ad-lib…the scene where the phone is vibrating? That was all ad-lib. It was a little more sexual than I thought it was going to be. But it’s all fun cause we work on the fly.
Tell us about shooting that scene on the beach, with the sunset. (@WendieJoy)
Oh by the way, that scene on the beach started at 4 AM. It was not sunset, it was sunrise, it was freezing. Oh my God it was so early, we had to get it right when the sun’s touching the ocean, the steaks had to be on the grill, and everything had to be just right. And every plane that was flying to Hawaii was flying into the island at that moment. It was one of those things where it was “rush, rush, rush, hurry up, shoot!” because you have a window of only ten minutes to get it all in. It looks super romantic and glamorous when you see it, but it wasn’t at the time…it wasn’t as romantic as you think.
Can you guys tell when we shoot a sunset and it’s not a sunset? [The fans chimed in that they could] Interesting…
That’s good to know. I’m gonna tell them that! It’s not worth the 4 AM call!
You play a lieutenant on screen. How do you prep for that? (@NeilYamamoto)
Thankfully the way that the show aligned for me, I was shooting another show called “Combat Hospital” where I played a major in the Canadian army, so I had a one on one crash course about being in the military. And what we also do on Five-0 is have military experts. We have a couple of ex-Navy SEALS on set. We try, but we’ve been told there are certain things that are not so accurate, but we do make a valiant effort in trying. So to answer your question, we just have a conversation with someone who actually was a navy SEAL, about certain protocols and procedures about how you would speak to someone higher, or lower…everything from how you would wear your uniform properly to how I would wear my hair, because it’s really specific.
I think both you and Alex pull it off very well. (@NeilYamamoto)
Thank you very much, we do want to pay homage and respect. It means a lot to us when we get it right, and when we do get it wrong, tell us, because I want to be as respectful as possible and I do want to get it right.
So along those lines what skill set does LT Rollins bring to the show? (Officer 808)
[I have to pause right here to let you know that my inner voice man-squeed when she said that.]
Well, she has the background of intelligence, so when it comes to digging up information, or getting some undercover scoop other than means that McGarrett can use, that’s where I come into play, ’cause I have all the fancy ways of getting information. So I can help him out with my spy intelligence.
So, basically she’s good at google searches? (Officer 808)
I can google really well! She does bring a certain spy intelligence that he doesn’t have access to. I think also you’re going to see a physical side of her. You’ve never really seen her in combat or in action, there’s going to be another badass side of her that you’re going to see. So you’ll see she’s tough in action. You’re going to see a side of her you haven’t seen yet, that is kind of comparable to a female McGarrett, which is why you can kind of see why they’re together, that they’re similar.
Are we going to see their back story, about how they got together, this season…? (@WendieJoy)
See Michelle’s answer in tomorrow’s post!