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Matt Roush answers Hawaii Five-0 inquiries

October 1st, 2012 by

Many Hawaii Five-0 fans have been speculating along the sames lines as the first viewer below.  As to the second comment, I have seen a couple of complaints about the volume of the background music on the show, but personally, have never noticed it being overly loud.  What about you?

Mark Dacascos as Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-0

Mark Dacascos as Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-0

Full article can be viewed at TV Guide

Question: After watching the season opener of Hawaii Five-0 last week, I am going out on a limb here with some wild speculation that Doris [Mommy McGarrett] let Wo Fat go because she couldn’t shoot her “other” son! What a wild plot twist that would be: Steve has been chasing his brother all along. Reel me back to sanity or say it’s so. — BR

Matt Roush: I wouldn’t put anything past this show when it comes to ludicrous plot twists, but that would be quite the stretch. Doris shows up again in the Oct. 15 episode, so maybe you’ll get another piece to your puzzle then — or maybe it will fan the flames of some more wacky theories. Isn’t TV fun?

Question: Maybe it doesn’t matter to most people, but I recently discovered when mentioning how annoying the loud background music was on Hawaii Five-0, that others agreed. We were all at a dinner party and I was complaining that CBS shows in particular must have teenaged executives that want to “pump up that music” when previewing their shows. When the dialogue is smothered by the music, I wonder if they feel the dialogue is so bad we don’t really need to hear it. I watchedHawaii Five-0 last week and it will be the last time. Is this something that you or anyone else out there has noticed, in particular the shows on CBS? — Dorothy

Matt Roush: Believe me, this matters to a lot of people. I could probably print a complaint a week on this issue. So let me get this particular gripe out of the way while the new season is still young. Because while it may be the case that drowning out dialogue can be a blessing in disguise for some shows, CBS is far from the only offender; in my home, it tends to be ABC which most noticeably overdoes it with the underscoring, especially on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, where the jaunty pop score can obliterate whole stretches of dialogue (and when they turn up the volume while the doctors are wearing masks over their mouths, it’s especially ludicrous). Again, I’m not sure if this is a loss or a gain depending on who’s talking, but there’s no question this is one of the most pervasive pet peeves, and has been for some time.

Hawaii Five-0′s Grace Park on water sports and what’s ahead

September 29th, 2012 by

In complete honesty, even reading about Grace Park’s experience shooting last season’s finale, had me holding my breath.   But like Kono, Grace is a trooper and trusted herself and the crew of Hawaii Five-0 to keep her safe.  Ms. Park also talks about how she’s happy to have more girl power on the testosterone-heavy set this year.

From IGN

It’s an understatement to say Kono (Grace Park) went through a lot on Hawaii Five-0recently, as the Season 2 cliffhanger had her at death’s door – pushed into the ocean, bound and gagged, and sinking to her doom. Fortunately, she was saved by Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) in the Season 3 premiere, though not everyone was so lucky in that episode.
During my recent visit to the set of Hawaii Five-0, I spoke to Park about what the experience of being thrown in that scary, underwater situation was like – both for Kono and for the actress playing her. We also discussed Kono and Adam’s turbulent relationship and the addition of more women to Hawaii Five-0 this season.

Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0

IGN TV: Suffice to say, Kono just went through a traumatic experience. How does she come out of it?

Grace Park: That’s what’s really interesting, because when a situation like that comes about, you think, “How does this impact the character?” It is part of the job, but that doesn’t mean she’s Teflon and unflinching. At the same time, I think the bigger thing is Chin Ho losing his wife. That seems like it overshadows my situation, where I managed to live. If anything, it’s probably going to be one of those incidents that contribute to Kono’s overall character as a cop and her experience being a police officer. It’s those layers and layers of experiences that kind of embed themselves into someone’s psyche that eventually, 20 years down the line when you meet someone, they have the essence of cop.

IGN: What was it like shooting those sequences where she’s underwater? I’d assume that wasn’t very fun…

Park: Kono’s a surfer, so she’s great in the water – she’s grown up in the water. If you’re surfing some big waves, you will have been caught underneath, sometimes for a few sets, right? So what I’ve learned — and I don’t even surf – is that the longer you can stay underwater, the more comfortable you are. Talking to some of the water men, like Brian Keaulana, he’ll tell you one of the first things you can do is learn to stay underwater for a long time. That way, you won’t panic when you’re underwater and the waves are coming and you are not going to get up there. I thought, “I can’t do that for very long.” But prepping for the underwater scene… I mean, I was so uncomfortable every time I read the script, because I would hold my breath as I was reading the script! I was so uncomfortable because I didn’t realize I’d stopped breathing, as I’m reading my character and she’s bound and gagged in the water.

IGN: Would that qualify as the toughest thing you’ve had to do on the show?

Park: Funnily enough, I was more comfortable doing that, the idea of being bound and gagged underwater, versus having to be in a shore break again.

[Editor’s Note: During the filming of the Hawaii Five-0 pilot, Park learned firsthand just how much ocean water can pummel you in a shore break - where a wave breaks directly on, or very close to, the shore]

[Hawaii Five-0 showrunner/executive producer] Peter Lenkov asked, “Grace, how are you with this whole underwater thing?” I’m like, “Am I in a shore break?” He’s goes, “No.” I’m like, “You sure I’m not in a shore break?” “No you’re bound and gagged, and you’re sinking on the bottom of the ocean.” I’m like, “But I’m not in a shore break?” “No.” “That’s fine, that’s totally fine.” “You’re sure?” “Yes!” It was just so traumatizing in the pilot! [Laughs] Other than that, I was researching and prepping on that. I started learning how to hold my breath underwater and the breathing technique that you do to be able to be underwater for minutes at a time. I got up to, like, a minute, but I wasn’t practicing for that long. But that was more than we needed. The thing I was thinking was, “Well, of course she’s going to know how to do this.” So when you do go underwater — and she knowsshe’s going to be tipped overboard — when she goes under, you don’t sink to the bottom of the ocean. We had to try to get me to sink. They put lots of weights on me and we had to have someone underwater dragging me down and all this kind of stuff.

Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park

Park: Right? Actually the trauma could have been during one take where I wasn’t ready, but I didn’t just say no. They’re like, “Are you ready?” I’m like, “Well, actually…” [Splash noise] They pulled me under, and I was kicking so hard to try to get out. I was supposed to have breakaway wrists and breakaway ankles, but they didn’t break away. So when I came back up, they were like, “That was really, really great, except we didn’t have your face on camera.” And I was just like, “I was trying to get out of the restraints!” But the weirdest thing was, I was kicking super hard underwater, and I didn’t have enough breath to stay under very long, but I was, like, zero panic. It was really weird because I had practiced already, so my body already knew, “Oh, you’re fine.” So that was really trippy, even though I had a lot of water and was coughing. So that’s the kind of stuff I knew about her character. She was already thinking when she was on the boat, and when I did the research diving with Ocean Ramsey, I kind of caught her out of the corner of my eye, and she wasn’t using her arms and legs to kick. She just did this kind of dolphin gliding thing in the water. So I tried it, too. I was like, “Oh my gosh!” You can move really fast doing that. It seems kind of like how fish move because fish don’t have arms — their fins are kind of small — but they move so fast. I figured that’s what she’s doing. Of course, it’s not on the screen because that’s not going to sell very well, but I figured that’s probably why she’s not as traumatized. There’s also always so much action, she kind of just rolls back into it.IGN: Wow, that has to add to the trauma!

IGN: I was initially going to ask you, “Is Kono’s relationship with Adam going to continue this season?”, but the premiere answered that question in a big way. Those two began as almost a Romeo & Juliet thing, with her a cop and him as the son of a mobster. Is it going to be a little smoother now?

Park: I think that relationship — just with the setup, like you said — the setup is such that it’s never going to be easy or smooth. I think that their relationship is good. There’s a real attraction… They actually like each other. There’s a lot of possibility and potential there, but with the situation, you know… How clean is he? How good is he going to be at managing his father’s alliances and the rest of the business, because they’re not all gonna want to switch their ways? They have a good life, and they have it working pretty smoothly. So things could always change. I think as it unravels, we’ll see how it goes. Peter [Lenkov] has a few things up his sleeve, which I’m really excited about. I mean, it’s fine that it’s smooth, but they’re certainly not the type to just stay at home and watch movies and just eat pizza.

Ian Anthony Dale and Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0

IGN: That’d be an interesting episode though.

Park: [Laughs] For sure! People would be like, “What’s going on with that relationship? Shouldn’t they have guns and be kicking people?” [Laughs]

IGN: They’re watching Real Housewives or something.

Park: Yeah! [Laughs] I’m making a phone call. “Oh… be right there!”

IGN: Yeah. “Gotta do some cop stuff.” “Gotta do some mob stuff.”

Park: Yeah, that would be hilarious, actually. I did tell the other actor, Ian [Anthony Dale], “Yeah, Peter wants us to reflect on the nature of real relationships, and so he wants you to gain 25 pounds. He says I’m fine.”

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0

Park: And Taryn [Manning] is coming back! Yeah, the thing is, it’s such a male-dominated show, on screen and on set as well. So it’s not a show where the women really bond with each other. I even think that has something to do with Lauren German’s character, Lori Weston, leaving, because they didn’t establish the females with each other. Not that we didn’t want it. I even asked for it right off the top. And by the end, we were having this great rapport, and I think they’ve learned now how important that is. To be able to have more of a female presence adds a duality and a complexity. That doesn’t mean we need to have them equal number, but that always changes things up. That’s why I think they didn’t keep Kono a dude. That’s why we didn’t just have five dudes. That would be a totally different show. Then we would have The Hangover… But I haven’t seen The Hangover, so I don’t even know if that’s accurate. [Laughs]

IGN: [Laughs] You’ve been the constant female presence on this show, but this season you’ve got Christine Lahti recurring and now Michelle Borth as a regular.

I think it’s just going to keep allowing every character like McGarrett or Danny to show other facets of their personality and their characters. People want to know more about the story, but they also want to know more about the characters they’ve been following for <years.

Five-0 team says “aloha” to Chin Ho’s wife

September 28th, 2012 by

In season 1 of Hawaii Five-0, we had a glimpse of a “paddle-out” funeral for a surfer, and fans worldwide were impressed with the beauty of the ceremony. We’ll see another on Monday, in “Kᾱnalua,” but this time emotions will run high as we say goodbye to Chin Ho’s wife, Malia, who fell victim to Frank Delano (William Baldwin.)

Scott Caan Alex O'Loughlin Grace Park Michelle Both

Video: Alex O’Loughlin as stand-up comic?

September 28th, 2012 by

Hawaii Five-0 fans who were unable to make it to Honolulu this past weekend, missed out on the premiere festivities at Sunset on the Beach, including a little speech by our favorite Aussie.  After you watch it, I’m sure you’ll agree that Alex O’Loughlin owes us a choreographed dance. Shoot, I don’t know about you, but I’ll take an impromptu dance.  

A huge “Thank you” to Kathy with a K for letting us use her video.

On set photos from Daniel Dae Kim

September 27th, 2012 by

Perhaps sensing that Hawaii Five-0 fans were beginning to suffer from withdrawals after all the Sunset on the Beach images from earlier in the week, Daniel Dae Kim generously tweeted some photos of the cast today.  He calls this vignette, “Artist at Rest.”   You can follow Daniel on Twitter; @Danieldaekim.

Mahalo, Daniel!

You can find more behind the scenes photos on Facebook.

Photos: McGarrett and Danno adrift

September 26th, 2012 by

We don’t often post the Hawaii Five-0 promotional photos this far in advance, but sometimes it just needs to be done.  Like when they’re particularly sexy and/or adorable as in the case of the images provided by CBS Press Express for the third episode of Season 3, “Lana I Ka Moana.”   Take a scroll through them and enjoy!

For more Hawaii Five-0 photos, visit us on Facebook.

ET Canada teases with the hot boys of Hawaii Five-0

September 25th, 2012 by

That Erin has the best job, doesn’t she?

New Hawaii Five-0 behind the scenes peek

September 24th, 2012 by

 Season 3, here we come!

Photos: Alex O’Loughlin at Sunset on the Beach

September 24th, 2012 by

We owe a big thanks to Ernest Sanada for allowing us to post his photos from Sunday’s Hawaii Five-0 premiere event, “Sunset on the Beach.”  Ernest knows just what the we like, so there are plenty of shots of star Alex O’Loughlin to enjoy!

Photos can also be found on Facebook!

Your guide to Sunset on the Beach

September 23rd, 2012 by

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.

If you’re on Twitter:

Hashtags to follow and use: #H50 #SOTBH503

Key #H50 twitter accounts to follow:

  • @PLenkov
  • @danieldaekim
  • @michelleborth
  • @masioka