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Is Hawaii Five-0 gaining a new member? (Spoiler alert)

September 2nd, 2013 by

SPOILER WARNING!  William Keck at TV Guide managed to wrangle some interesting teasers from Hawaii Five-0′s executive producer, Peter Lenkov.  Could Jorge Garcia be the newest member of the Five-0 team?  And how will Danno and McGarrett react to a grown man still living in his mom’s basement?

Photo credit: Daniel Dae Kim

Hawaii Five-0 is beefing up Chin Ho’s (Daniel Dae Kim) presence in Season 4. One upcoming episode will flash back to his first meeting with his late wife, the circumstances surrounding the loss of his badge and his time under the mentorship of McGarrett’s father, John. But first, the season kicks off with a pair of episodes that welcome two of Kim’s former Lost costars.

Henry Ian Cusick (the time-jumping Desmond) guest stars in the Sept. 27 premiere as the villainous Ernesto, who holds the team hostage. “He’s tied in to some baddies we introduced last season,” says exec producer Peter Lenkov.  

Then, in Episode 3, Jorge Garcia (Lost’s lovable Hurley) begins a potentially recurring role as Jerry, a conspiracy theorist whom the team consults. “He’s going to be sort of the fifth member of Five-0,” says Lenkov. “Jerry still lives in his mom’s basement. He’s the boy who cried wolf whom nobody ever believed, but he finally gets validated.” (Kim advises Lost fans to listen for an in-joke regarding island life.)

“Ian still lives here in Hawaii, and we have dinner regularly,” Kim says. “I was aware of his casting, but I learned about Jorge via Twitter.” 

With Terry O’Quinn also returning this season as Joe White, Kim’s Lost-alum wish list is almost complete. “I would love to welcome Harold Perrineau [Michael] and Josh Holloway [Sawyer],” he says, “but now that Josh is doing another CBS show [Intelligence], we might have to do anIntelligence/Hawaii Five-0 crossover.”

If Garcia’s character does return for more than one episode, this could be bring added humor to the team dynamic, which I myself, would welcome.  How about you?

Danno’s Big Bang (EXCLUSIVE PICS!)

August 30th, 2013 by
Danno's Camaro in Mana'o

Danno tries out a new shrieking hoodlum hood ornament in “Mana’o.”
(Image courtesy of CBS)


Now that CBS has released a Season 4 sneak-peek promo showing a well-loved member of the Five-0 team going up in flames, we’re pleased to present a set of exclusive photos shared with us by Special Agent Madjack! Madjack had a ringside seat as the special effects crew set up and triggered the pyrotechnics that torched Danno’s beloved Camaro. You can watch the conflagration from the comfort of your living room when the fourth season of Hawaii Five-0 premieres on September 27th.



With the Camaro gone kablooey, Steve and Danno need wheels. In a move almost guaranteed to put Danny in a particularly rant-y mood, Steve rolls out Jack McGarrett’s old pride and joy, the Mercury Marquis.  If that doesn’t drive Danno to the nearest Chevy dealership, nothing will!

McGarrett Marquis at studio by Masi Oka

McGarrett’s Marquis gets gussied up for her close-up.
(Photo courtesy of Masi Oka)


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.