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At least Hawaii Five-0′s Danno has a good job, right?

August 28th, 2013 by
Danny welcomes Gabrielle home

Better late than never. Dr. Gabrielle Asano (Autumn Reeser) gives Danny (Scott Caan) a welcome surprise in Season 3′s finale episode.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Will poor Danny ever catch a break with the ladies?  His love interest, Dr. Gabrielle Asano (Autumn Reeser) returns in the season’s fifth episode, “A ia la aku,” and TV Guide’s latest Mega Buzz teasers gives the impression that the reunion doesn’t go well. Peter Lenkov’s always said “a happy Danny is a boring Danny,” so look for Danny to be even more crabby than usual.



Anything else you can tell us about Danny’s relationship with Gabrielle on Hawaii Five-0? — Christine
Well, Melanie Griffith is coming to town, and I couldn’t imagine Danno’s mother not having an opinion on who her son is dating. But the couple will have bigger challenges than a nosy parent. Although executive producer Peter Lenkov previously teased that Danny’s daughter Grace could come between the pair, I’m hearing that Gabby will also be forced to choose between Danny and a job.

Pantsless Chi McBride causes spontaneous combustion in new Five-0 promo

August 26th, 2013 by
CBS Promo Banner

Here comes Season Four! Hawaii Five-0 brings the rain to Friday nights this Fall.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Move over Shirtless McGarrett, there’s new hotness in Honolulu.  As a matter of fact it’s so hot, it’s hawt.

Here’s the latest Hawaii Five-0 season 4 promo clip featuring Chi McBride as SWAT Captain Grover dropping his drawers and knocking on doors.  Captain is looking so good, Danny’s Camaro can’t handle the hawtness!  Check it out!



Sneak Peek: Chi McBride bedevils Five-0

August 25th, 2013 by
Chi McBride plays Captain Lou Grover

Hawaii Five-0 welcomes Chi McBride as SWAT Captain Lou Grover
(Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly)

Hawaii Five-0 has a new man on the job!  HPD SWAT Captain Lou Grover, played by Chi McBride, makes his debut in the September 27th season premiere.  He’s front and center in one of this season’s first promos, along with Sgt. Duke Lukela, played by fan favorite Dennis Chun.



The news broke in early July that Chi McBride would be joining Hawaii Five-0 as SWAT Captain Lou Grover.  Executive producer Peter Lenkov shared some details with Entertainment Weekly’s Sandra Gonzalez in a July 10th interview:

“It’s always fun to dig back into Five-0 mythology and resurrect a character — and in this case, Chi McBride plays SWAT Captain Lou Grover,” says executive producer Peter Lenkov. “Recently transferred to Hawaii from Chicago, Grover isn’t easily sold on Five-0′s tactics, referring to the task force as: ‘McGarrett and his merry band of do-whatever-the-hell-they-want.’ What Five-0 does conflicts with Grover’s own style of law enforcement. And that creates good conflict, so prepare for some combustive tension between the two this season.”

So, will Captain Lou Grover be a hard lining stickler to procedure, or be an ally in the making? Talk to us!


Hawaii Five-0′s strategic move to Friday

August 23rd, 2013 by
Five-0's Fab Four

Hawaii Five-0′s Fab Four at the show’s first Upfront Presentation (L to R: Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Alex O’Loughlin, and Scott Caan)
Photo courtesy of CBS

According to Variety’s Rick Kissell, moving “Hawaii Five-0″ to Friday nights may not be the harbinger of doom many fans have feared.

“Elsewhere, CBS smartly shifted ‘Person of Interest’ to Tuesday and ‘Hawaii Five-0′ to Friday, taking over in what have been troubled timeslots,” says Kissell. “’Person’ is a good fit with the ‘NCIS’ shows, and ‘Five-0′ is a clear alternative in its hour and should be a timeslot gainer.

The show had clearly hit the limit of its growth potential in the plum Monday 10 p.m. berth, but it has always generated a solid DVR lift in the L-7 ratings measure that will likely continue on Fridays.”

In other words, while the bloom may be off the Five-0 rose, CBS is simply moving the rosebush to a less showy corner of the garden where it can continue to blossom steadily, and giving its former spot to a potentially showier plant.

Unfortunately, CBS promotion of Five-0 isn’t likely to show a sudden up-tick after the schedule shake-up.

“CBS is largely keeping its other five nights intact, merely changing timeslots for two dramas, and can pour nearly all of its promotional budget onto top priorities on Monday and Thursday.”

Read the whole Kissell article at the Variety website.

Daniel Dae Kim’s Risky Business

August 22nd, 2013 by
Chin Ho rolls up on his Harley

Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) rolls up on his Harley in Season 1′s “Ohana.”
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Hawaii Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim talked recently with Greg David of TV Guide Canada’s The Loop, sharing his story of  obsession… with fast motorbikes. Kim credits Hawaii Five-0 for introducing him to the admittedly risky joys of motorcycling in Hawaii. He also shared his thoughts on the show moving to Friday nights, on ways he’d like to see Chin Ho develop this season, on the value of Twitter as a means of communicating with fans, and on letting his Star Trek geek flag fly.  (If  J.J. Abrams wants him for a Trek reboot  role, he’s there, baby!)

The complete TV Guide Canada article can be read at the TV Guide Canada website.



Daniel Dae Kim’s addicted to ‘Hawaii Five-0′ ride
Greg David, August 20, 2013 12:00:03 AM

Hawaii Five-0‘s producers created a monster when they asked Daniel Dae Kim to ride a motorcycle during an episode. Though he’d never been on one, he jumped at the chance to do it.

Now he’s addicted.

“It’s incredibly unsafe to ride on a regular basis and there are no helmet laws in Hawaii,” Det. Chin Ho Kelly portrayer told TV Guide Canada recently. “You see guys riding around in t-shirts and flip-flops. It’s very dangerous, but there is no sports car on the planet that compares to a fast motorcycle in terms of exhilaration. It is so much fun to just get out there and see the world around you without windshields and doors. I love it.”

The South Korea-born actor has had a beautiful world to look [at] for a decade. Kim’s been calling Oahu home since 2004, when Lost began its six-season run, and Season 4 of Hawaii Five-0 is set to bow next month.

The affable 45-year-old chuckled when he recalled he still hasn’t unpacked boxes he shipped to the island when Lost began, and surmised they may be his good luck charm to long-term primetime TV success. The husband and father of two boys is hoping his luck holds. The Eye has uprooted his cop drama from its comfy — and popular — Monday timeslot to Fridays, where there are decidedly less viewers.

“I have mixed feelings to be completely candid,” he admitted. “I would like as many people to see the show as possible and Friday nights tend to be a night of lower viewership, traditionally. That said, I know our core audience will follow us and I think it gives our show a chance at greater longevity.”

Even with three seasons of Five-0 under his belt, Kim has things he’d like to see his character do. Chief among them is getting “more down and dirty,” when it comes to gathering information for the team, comprised of Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), “Kono” Kalakaua (Grace Park) and Dr. Max Bergman (Masi Oka).

A prolific Twitterer, Kim loves socializing with his over 120,000 followers. He views Twitter as a direct conduit to fans of his and Five-0 in an honest way (“You can be who you want to be, as opposed to be who your handlers tell you you need to be.”), and thank them for being supportive.

It can also be used to chat about important things like a Star Trek movie marathon he watched earlier this spring. His favourite? Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Least favourite? Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (whose isn’t?). He also has high regard for J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the franchise and has a message for his former Lost boss.

“I’d love to be in one of J.J. Abrams’ new Trek movies,” he said. “Not to get too geeky, but I’ve seen every episode of the original series and that’s the one I’m a big fan of. I was lucky enough to be on Voyager and Enterprise. If they asked me, absolutely.”

Season 4 of Hawaii Five-0 returns Friday, Sept. 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global/CBS.

Thoughts? Comments? Hit us up below!

Hawaii Five-0, a favorite guilty pleasure

August 21st, 2013 by

Entertainment recap and commentary website Television Without Pity, whose catchphrase is “Spare the snark, spoil the networks,” has given Five-0 a “Watch” ratiing in its “Watch, DVR, Skip” ranking of the Fall 2013 schedule.

While we’ll take issue with the contention that a Friday night berth is a death sentence for our show, we’ll happily cheer their decision to give Hawaii Five-0 their highest timeslot ranking!

After reading the post, show-runner Peter Lenkov tweeted, “Honored!”

Read the complete Fall 2013 lineup rankings at the Television Without Pity website



Five-0 cast in scene from Hookman

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park, and Daniel Dae Kim in scene from Season 3′s “Hookman.”
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Fall TV 2013: Watch, DVR, Skip

Friday at 9 PM

Watch: Hawaii Five-0
Moving it to Friday seems like the kiss of death, and that’s a shame since this show is one of our favorite guilty pleasures. But we’ll happily wind down the week with pretty people and lovely scenery and some ass-kicking thrown in for good measure.

DVR: America’s Next Top Model
Because the boy twist is fun, but you want to skip anything to do with Bryanboy and/or mute Tyra most of the time.

Skip: Shark Tank and Enlisted
Shark Tank is best in clip form and the existence of Enlisted is best forgotten.

Watch It Online (or On Demand): Grimm and Raising Hope
Grimm is good weekend watching and Raising Hope has its moments, so get out the iPad and enjoy.

Hawaii Five-0 officially welcomes Melanie Griffith (SPOILERS!)

August 20th, 2013 by
Tweets announcing Melanie Griffith casting

Five-0 exec producer Peter Lenkov, CBS Studios, and TV|Line officially announce Melanie Griffith’s addition to Season 4 cast via Twitter.

Hawaii Five-0 exec producer Peter Lenkov and CBS Studios officially welcomed actor Melanie Griffith to the Five-0 Ohana today via twitter, with TV|Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich running a story on Griffith’s casting as Danny’s mother.

As such announcements often immediately precede or coincide with an actor’s appearance on set in Hawaii, it is possible that Griffith will make her debut as Danny’s mother in episode 4.05, titled “A ia la aku.”



Scott Caan and Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith and Scott Caan will play mother and son on Hawaii Five-0.
(Photo courtesy of TV|Line)

August 20, 2013 11:19 AM PDT
Hawaii Five-0: Melanie Griffith Is Danny’s Mom
Matt Webb Mitovich

Danny Williams’ mom is a Working Girl — of sorts, in that she will be played by film vet Melanie Griffith.

CBS announced the Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 casting on Tuesday, via their network Twitter feed. Could Mom be in town to check out her little boy’s new doctor-honey, Gabrielle (played by Autumn Reeser)?

(Excerpted article can be read in full at the TV|Line website).

H50 Rewind: Ep 1.04, “Lanakila”

August 16th, 2013 by

“Lanakila” introduces us to Steve’s firecracker sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning), and also to Steve’s sorta-kinda girlfriend with Naval Intel benefits, Lt. Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth). Danny’s bum knee also makes its first appearance; we see Danny giving his doctor an exasperated description of life with McGarrett, describing him as an “animal.” We also see the birth of the “how long you two been married?” theme as Halawa inmates react to Steve and Danno’s bromantic banter during a quick basketball one-on-one.

So, viewers! What did you think of the two women in McGarrett’s life? Did your first impressions of Cath and Mary Ann hold up as the show progressed and we saw more of them?



Steve and Mary Ann McGarrett

Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) McGarrett visit their father’s grave at Punchbowl.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 4, Lanakila
October 12th, 2010 by

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 4, Lanakila

1) Halawa Correctional Facility houses the greatest criminal minds and escape artists of Hawaii.

2) The north shore of Molokai looks suspiciously like Kualoa Beach/Kaneohe.

3) braddahs still don’t like Haoles. But they like the Haole’s sister.

4) So, you want to watch a live feed from a highly classified Navy spy satellite? There’s an app for that.

H50 Rewind: Ep 1.03, “Malama Ka Aina”

August 16th, 2013 by

Hawaii Five-0 entered its second week as part of TNT’s Thursday night lineup with “Malama Ka Aina” airing at 9:00pm, followed by “Lanakila” at 10:00pm. “Malama Ka Aina” gave us the first of many Five-0 moments that would become characteristic of the show’s far-reaching appeal, starting with McGarrett’s introduction to young Grace (Teilor Grubbs), and continuing with the “You look like James Bond, and I look like a waiter” scene in the underground gambling den.

So! What moments in this episode would you pick as favorites? Which scenes stick with you as characteristic aspects of the show’s breakout bromance and overall vibe?



Steve and Danny -- James Bond and the waiter

Steve and Danny infiltrate a gambling operation to take down a mob boss who is trying to buy into the Hawaiian criminal underworld.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)


“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 3, Malama Ka Aina
October 5th, 2010 by

Culture Crash

I love the fact that the writers try really hard to show Hawaii’s unique cultural aspects…but this time they may have gone too far…  Case in point: the opening of the episode begins at a high school football game, where the tribal warrior mascot leads the team in a menacing chant.

This chant is called a “haka”, a war chant that was used by the Maori warriors of New Zealand before engaging the enemy in battle and was adopted by local high schools and the University of Hawaii.  The mascot of the Kukui Kings is actually the mascot of UH, Vili the Warrior.  Viliami Fekolo is actually a very nice Tongan gentleman when he doesn’t have his war face on.  So a Tongan is leading a Hawaii team in a Maori chant.  To me that’s like ordering sushi at a Chinese restaurant owned by Koreans.  You get me?

One thing I *know* locals cringed at was with McGarrett’s mispronunciation of “ow-ah”makua ['aumakua, a guardian spirit].  Again, I’m glad to see that the writers are striving hard to integrate Hawaiian culture into the series.

I stay at home and bolt the doors

With all the bullets flying around Honolulu, I’m afraid to leave my house.  I mean seriously, nowhere is safe…shopping in Waikiki, or even going to  a high school football game.  Hell, I can’t even feel safe in a illegal gambling den in a million dollar neighborhood without the fear of cops coming crashing through the door.  Is this the price of paradise?!?

“Ohana means family” -Lilo

The one thing we do learn is how tight family is in Hawaii.  The fact that Kono, Chin Ho and Sid were all related is no big surprise to locals, Hawaii is so small and some families are so big, it’s inevitable to run into your family members everywhere.  Chin Ho introduces himself as Uncle Chin to Danno’s daughter, Grace.  It’s a common practice to call older family friends Uncle and Aunty, rather than Ma’am, Sir, Mr, or Mrs.  This creates a sense of ohana [family] and helps to make Hawaii a tight community.

McGarrett mentions that when he was a kid, his door could be left unlocked and kids settled disagreements with fists, not guns. I don’t think our generation could really swear by that, but our parent’s generation could, and McGarrett is definitely right in saying that Hawaii is not the same as when we were kids.  And that is the tragedy of becoming a modern city.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 3, Malama Ka Aina:

1) When not the hub for international terrorism, Hawaii is a hub for interracial gang wars.  But they’re all kewl, until the Haole gangsters start moving in from the mainland.
2) If you’re looking for high stakes gambling look for any McMansion up at Hawaii Loa Ridge, but watch out because…
3) We have an out of control gun problem with shoot outs at high schools and in multimillion dollar neighborhoods everyday.
4) Better than Tivo, we have Sharks On Demand, but don’t worry, they’re totally safe.

Did you notice…

Undercover police officer Sid is played by Sid Liufau, a mixed martial artist, polynesian entertainer and current actor with a long list of television and movie appearances.

You can actually go on shark tours (tour 1, tour 2) on the north shore of Oahu where you can swim with sharks in a cage.  Voluntarily of course.

I couldn’t find a reference to “Ailani’s Pizza”, but Danno got it wrong…pineapple and ham can definitely share the same airspace.

Hawaii Five-0 snags heartthrob Nick Jonas (SPOILERS!)

August 13th, 2013 by

As announced by TV|Line’s Rebecca Iannucci and confirmed by Hawaii Five-0′s exec. producer Peter Lenkov, pop star Nick Jonas will join the ranks of the Season 4 guest cast!


August 13, 2013 01:02 PM PDT
Hawaii Five-0 Books Nick Jonas for Season 4
by Rebecca Iannucci

Nick Jonas lands H50 guest role

Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers has landed a guest role on Hawaii Five-0
(Photo courtesy of TV|Line)

Life’s about to be a beach for Nick Jonas.The Jonas Brothers band member will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Hawaii Five-0, CBS announced Tuesday. Jonas will play a computer hacker with questionable motives involved in a case that the Five-0 team is investigating.

His appearance on the CBS drama won’t mark Jonas’ first visit to the small screen. He’s also had brief stints on Smash, Last Man Standing and the short-lived Matthew Perry sitcom, Mr. Sunshine.

Jonas will join a number of previously announced upcoming Five-0 guest stars, including Private Practice‘s Tim Daly and Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn, who will reprise his role as Joe White.

Season 4 of Hawaii Five-0 premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c.