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Hawaii Five-0 rolls out the guest cast heavy hitters (SPOILERS!)

April 3rd, 2013 by
Craig T. Nelson, Henry Rollins, Don Swayze, and Mare Winningham

Craig T. Nelson, Henry Rollins, Don Swayze, and Mare Winningham guest in heavy-hitting May episodes of Hawaii Five-0.
(Photos courtesy of ZAP2it.com and Getty Images)

ZAP2it.com revealed today in a casting exclusive that Craig T. Nelson of Parenthood will be joining Hawaii Five-0 for a late-season guest appearance. According to Rick Porter of ZAP2it, Nelson will play a “power hungry” ex-CIA operative.

“Nelson’s character is suspected of some shady dealings while with the CIA, and he has information that could harm both current and former operatives with the agency,” says Porter. Odds are good that Nelson’s erstwhile agent has ill intentions towards Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti), who recently lost her long-hidden CIA bargaining chip in a suspiciously specific home invasion.

Porter also revealed that Oscar nominee Mare Winningham, along with Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy) and Don Swayze (True Blood, Carnivale), will appear in an episode which centers around a string of child abductions. Rollins will play the man responsible for the abductions, while Winningham plays his wife. Swayze will play an early suspect.

An interesting aside — Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov worked on Craig T. Nelson’s old CBS series The District, writing 6 episodes and serving as both supervising producer and co-executive producer. Jean Smart, Five-0′s murdered Governor Pat Jameson, also appeared in the show, which ran from 2000-2004.

Porter’s article, which is excerpted below, can be read at ZAP2it.com’s blog.

‘Hawaii Five-0′: ‘Parenthood’s’ Craig T. Nelson stirs up trouble on the island
By Rick Porter
April 3, 2013 3:18 PM ET

“Hawaii Five-0″ has lined up a bunch of guest stars for May sweeps — including one that could make some trouble for the McGarrett family.

Zap2it has learned exclusively that “Parenthood” star Craig T. Nelson will play a “power-hungry” former CIA agent in an episode of the CBS series set to air in May. Separately, Oscar nominee Mare Winningham, Henry Rollins and Don Swayze will appear in an episode centered on a string of child abductions.


Hawaii Five-0 ratings for April 1st “Ohuna” repeat

April 3rd, 2013 by
McGarrett has some bad news for Doris

McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) has some disappointing news for his mother Doris (Christine Lahti) .
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

With the entire CBS Monday night lineup airing repeats, viewers across the board seem to have taken the opportunity to sample the competition’s wares. Monday night’s repeat of “Ohuna,” which first aired back in November, went up against the landmark 100th episode of ABC’s Castle, as well as a new episode of NBC’s Revolution.

With a 1.1/3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.32 million viewers, Hawaii Five-0 was off by a full ratings point and down by 2 demo points compared to last week’s “Hoa Pili,” which brought in a 2.1/5 rating in the demo and  8.61 million viewers. Of course, this is a repeat versus a new episode, and Five-0′s reduced figures were in line with the entire CBS lineup.  “Ohuna’s”  November 19th debut brought in a 2.2/6 rating in the demo with 8.80 million viewers.

Ratings table and figures courtesy of ZAP2it.com’s TV By The Numbers.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, April 1, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.6/13 13.06
ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10PM) 2.1/6 13.78
FOX Bones 2.0/6 6.92
CBS How I Met Your Mother – R 1.1/4 4.09
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4/1 0.97
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement – R 1.1/3 3.97
9:00 FOX The Following 2.2/6 6.53
CBS 2 Broke Girls – R 1.4/4 4.98
CW Hart Of Dixie – R 0.2/1 0.61
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly – R 1.4/4 5.12
10:00 NBC Revolution 2.3/6 6.66
ABC Castle 2.2/6 11.76
CBS Hawaii Five-0 – R 1.1/3 5.32

It’s a mother and child reunion tonight on Hawaii Five-0′s “Ohuna”

March 31st, 2013 by
Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin in "Ohuna"

Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin interrogate Russell Wong’s hacker ringleader.
(Screencap courtesy of CBS and mycoven.com)

Just a quick reminder — if you haven’t yet seen “Ohuna,” there be SPOILERS here in the extended promo and press release.

Tonight’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, “Ohuna,” originally aired on November 12th, 2012.  The episode’s A and B storylines find  Five-0 investigating the abduction and death of a teenage computer hacker while Steve tries to broker a reunion between his mother Doris (Christine Lahti) and sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning). The reunion proves only slightly less difficult to pull off than nuclear detente. Meanwhile, Kono makes a discovery that provides a vital clue to solving the case and puts herself in jeopardy in the process.

“Ohuna” also sees the long-awaited return of Danny’s pot-head hacker confidential informant, “Toast” (Martin Starr). Other guest stars of note include Carlo Rota (24, La Femme Nikita)  as the ruthless Sean Winston, Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as Brian Slater, father of the murdered teen, and Russell Wong (Vanishing Son) as crime lord Kong Liang.

YouTube promo courtesy of CBS

Press Release courtesy of CBS.


Actresses Christine Lahti and Taryn Manning Return to the Series

“Ohuna*” – While the team investigates the murder of a young computer hacker, McGarrett tries to stage a long-needed reunion between his mother and his sister, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, Nov. 12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

*Ohuna is Hawaiian for “The Secret”


Alex O’Loughlin … Steve McGarrett
Scott Caan … Danny “Danno” Williams
Daniel Dae Kim … Chin Ho Kelly
Grace Park … Kono Kalakaua
Masi Oka … Dr. Max Bergman
Michelle Borth … Catherine Rollins


Brian Yang … Charlie Fong
Dennis Chun … Sgt. Duke Lukela
Taryn Manning … Mary Ann McGarrett
Christine Lahti … Doris McGarrett
Martin Starr … Adam ‘Toast’ Charles


Matt Bush … Zack Slater
Shannon Williams … Guard Aonani
Alan Ruck … Brian Slater
Melinda McGraw … Patricia Slater
Gregory Kasyan … James Slater
Shelley Berman … Morty Sapperstein
Russell Wong … Kong Liang
Chris Moss … Healy
Carlo Rota … Sean Winston
Rick Agan … Officer Manuwai
Eric Holt … Beckett
Wil Kahele … Discharge Officer
Mark Ganialongo … HPD Impound Officer


WRITTEN BY: Mike Schaub

Final Monday night ratings for Hawaii Five-0′s “Hoa Pili”

March 31st, 2013 by
Five-0 gets their man

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin nab their ne’er-do-well.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

While ZAP2it’s TV By The Numbers will not post the Live + 7 Days final adjusted ratings for Monday, March 25th until tomorrow, the final adjusted Live + SD ratings for last Monday show Hawaii Five-0 adding a tenth while Revolution lost a tenth.

The preliminary figures gave Hawaii Five-0′s “Hoa Pili”  a  2.0/5 rating in the 18-49 demo with 8.16 million viewers — a slip compared to the figures for March 18th’s “Na Ki’i”, which saw Five-0 bring in a 2.1/6 rating in the demo with  8.99 million viewers. However, the final adjusted overnight ratings for “Hoa Pili” brought Five-0 back up into approximate “Na Ki’i” territory with a 2.1/5 rating in the demo and 8.61 million viewers.

In all likelihood the figures for “Hoa Pili” will be boosted further once the 7 Day DVR figures have been tallied and added to the totals.

Ratings table excerpted from ZAP2it’s TV By The Numbers

Final Monday broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, March 25, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.8 13 13.64
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.7 8 6.99
ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10PM) 2.4 6 14.47
FOX Bones 1.9 5 6.96
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4 1 0.83
8:30 PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.2 6 6.30
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.0 8 8.76
FOX The Following 2.3 6 6.66
CW Hart Of Dixie -R 0.1 0 0.42
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 2.6 6 8.99
10:00PM NBC Revolution 2.6 7 7.03
ABC Castle 2.1 6 10.57
CBS Hawaii Five-O 2.1 5 8.61

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Daddy duty grounds Hawaii Five-0′s Alex O’Loughlin (SPOILERS!!)

March 28th, 2013 by

Diaper duty isn’t something you’d generally equate with calming and centering, yet for Hawaii Five-0′s Alex O’Loughlin, it’s an aspect of parenthood that does just that after a long day at work. Diaper as grounding device was but one of the topics Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joachin discussed with Five-0′s Steve McGarrett while spending time with the cast on a March 7th location shoot at Kualoa Ranch.

Alex O'Loughlin interviewed by HNN's Tannya Joachin

Alex o’loughlin muses on the grounding qualities of diaper duty with HNN’s Tannya Joachin.
(Image courtesy of Hawaii News Now and CBS)

“For Alex O’Loughlin, it’s a balancing act, juggling the demands of the job with the demands of being a new dad. He put it this way, ‘As soon as I go home, I forget about the business,’” said Joachin, setting up the video segment. When asked if his family grounds him, O’Loughlin had this to say:

“Hell yeah! I walk in the door and I get handed a baby, which is what I want, but essentially within in 17 minutes, I’m pretty much guaranteed to be covered in urine, feces, or both. If that doesn’t ground you, what will?”

With the show’s renewal for a fourth season all but assured at the time and confirmed by the time the interviews and article were published, Joachin chatted briefly with O’Loughlin about the show’s prospects for a long run.

“I signed on for 7,” said O’Loughlin. “I’ve done 3 so that’s at least another 4. I mean, I can’t see us going anywhere, can you?”

HNN’s Joachin caught up with the cast on a rainy Thursday during location shooting on episode 3.21, “Imi loko ka ‘uhane.” While the actual interviews only featured Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim, video coverage included scenes with fellow Five-0 castmembers Scott Caan and Grace Park, as well as scenes from last Monday’s “Hoa Pili” featuring Masi Oka and Taylor Wily. Aisha Tyler, co-host of CBS’s Daytime show The Talk, is also shown briefly in a scene with O’Loughlin; she plays a talk show host whose ride-along puts her inconveniently in the middle of Five-0′s case du jour.

Tannya Joachin’s article, which is quoted above and excerpted below, can be read in its entirety at the Hawaii News Now website.

Daniel Dae Kim chats with Hawaii News Now

Daniel Dae Kim says Kualoa Ranch is his favorite place on Oahu.
(Image courtesy of Hawaii News Now and CBS)

Hawaii Five-O stars dish on the future, fatigue, and family
Posted: Mar 28, 2013 1:02 AM EDT Updated: Mar 28, 2013 7:31 PM EDT
By Tannya Joaquin

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Locked and loaded, CBS has pulled the trigger on another season of Hawaii Five-O.

Leading man Alex O’Loughlin couldn’t be happier to keep playing Steve McGarrett. “I love my job. Look at where I live, you know” he said when Hawaii News Now visited the stars recently on location at Kualoa Ranch.

It’s Daniel Dae Kim’s favorite place on Oahu. “Anytime I have a chance to shoot here, I love it” he explained.

He didn’t mind racing the rain to shoot scenes that day. “This is nothing” says Kim. “I did 6 years on Lost. This is nothing.”

Hawaii Five-O has a grueling 24 show season schedule, and physical 12 hour days.

It’s part of the territory for Kim. He told us, “This is now my 9th year in a row on television and I would say I’m learning stamina in a way that I haven’t before.”

Youtube video courtesy of Hawaii News Now and CBS.

Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 renewal announced by CBS

March 28th, 2013 by

Yesterday CBS made the announcement Hawaii Five-0 fans have been eagerly, if not anxiously, awaiting — Five-0 has been renewed for a fourth season! Hawaii Five-0 and seventeen other shows were included in today’s list of shows returning for the Fall 2013 season.

“The mass renewals showcase the strength and stability of television’s leading network among viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54,” said CBS.

Hawaii Five-0's Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan, Alex O'Loughlin and Grace Park

Hawaii Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan, Alex O’Loughlin and Grace Park.
(Season 2 cast photo courtesy of CBS)

While Five-0 will be temporarily ceding its Monday night berth to the 13-episode “Under the Dome” and taking up summer residence in the 9:00pm Friday slot as of June 24th, McGarrett and Company are expected to return to their traditional 10:00pm Monday night spot in time for the season premiere. TV Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich described “Under the Dome” as “an ambitious take on a Stephen King novel,” adding that the “13-episode, yet-to-be-cast drama based on King’s 1,000-plus-page best-seller and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, will kick off CBS’ summer slate on Monday, June 24, at 10/9c.”

Now that the renewal announcement has been taken care of, next item on the fandom wishlist would be news of a long-awaited cast publicity photo shoot. With no group or solo pictures done since Season 2, and two series regulars added to the cast, Five-0 is long overdue for some publicity photo love. When your cast is this photogenic, this kind of omission is almost criminal!

Of equal, if not greater, interest would be news on the likelihood of a Sunset on the Beach Season 4 premiere. Held for the past three seasons and conceived as a thankyou to the people of Hawaii, the red carpet extravaganza and night-time, open-air premiere of the season’s first episode have drawn excited visitors from all over the world, filling the screening area on Waikiki’s waterfront to standing room only capacity. Given that the logistics of shooting Hawaii Five-0 in Hawaii often prevent the cast from attending mainland conventions and publicity events, Sunset on the Beach has become the year’s one big chance for fans and press alike to gather together with cast and crew to express their appreciation and love of the show; in that sense, its value is immense.

Official CBS renewal press release

Returning Series Showcase the Ratings Success and Programming Depth of Television’s #1 Network in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

CBS announced today it has renewed 18 returning series from television’s top-rated lineup for the 2013-2014 broadcast season.

The mass renewals showcase the strength and stability of television’s leading network among viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. This season, CBS is home to the #1 program/drama (NCIS), the #1 comedy (THE BIG BANG THEORY), the #1 new series (ELEMENTARY) and the #1 newsmagazine (60 MINUTES).

The renewals, comprising 16 hours of its primetime schedule, include four comedies, nine dramas, three reality series and two newsmagazines. The returning shows encompass every night of the week and every hour, many of which rank #1 in their time period and some which rank #1 for the entire night.

The renewed comedies include the previously announced THE BIG BANG THEORY, the final season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER as well as 2 BROKE GIRLS and MIKE & MOLLY.

Among the returning dramas are the previously announced NCIS, television’s #1 program and top drama for the fourth consecutive year, and the time period-winning CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION.

Other dramas renewed include NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the #2 drama for the third straight year; PERSON OF INTEREST, the fastest-growing show on network television; ELEMENTARY, the season’s most-watched new program; as well as HAWAII FIVE-0, THE MENTALIST, BLUE BLOODS and THE GOOD WIFE.

The Network’s three Emmy Award-winning reality series — THE AMAZING RACE, SURVIVOR and UNDERCOVER BOSS — also return with new editions.

60 MINUTES, television’s #1 newsmagazine, and 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #1 non-sports program, will return in the fall.

In addition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television are in discussions regarding another season for TWO AND A HALF MEN.

Season-to-date, CBS is first in viewers (12.22m), adults 18-49 (3.0/08) and adults 25-54 (3.9/10).

Peter Lenkov represents CBS and Hawaii Five-0 at Banff World Media Festival

March 27th, 2013 by

Photo: Officer 808

According to an article published yesterday on the website of The Hollywood Reporter, Hawaii Five-0′s Peter Lenkov will join NCIS Executive Producer Gary Glasberg and House of Lies creator Matthew Carnahan at the Banff World Media Festival this June.

The three CBS execs are to “deliver master classes” at the Festival and will also represent CBS when the network is awarded the Festival’s inaugural company of distinction tribute.

The Hollywood Reporter also mentioned the four-day Festival in an online article published last December. While the list of CBS master class keynote speakers had not yet been announced, the organizers were confident of their positive impact on their audience.

“We know the delegates will benefit greatly by hearing directly from top CBS executives, producers and talent, and will really get to know the overall CBS brand,” said Ferne Cohen, executive director of the Banff World Media Festival.

Top CBS Execs to Deliver Master Classes at Banff World Media Festival
8:39 AM PDT 3/26/2013 by Etan Vlessing

NCIS’ Gary Glasberg, “House of Lies” creator Matthew Carnahan and Peter Lenkov, executive producer of “Hawaii Five-0,” will attend the Canadian Rockies conference.

TORONTO – Top executives from hit CBS shows are to deliver master classes at the Banff World Media Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Gary Glasberg, executive producer of NCIS, House of Lies creator Matthew Carnahan, and Peter Lenkov, executive producer of Hawaii Five-0 will be on hand in Banff as CBS receives an inaugural company of distinction tribute.

“Banff has a reputation for the high caliber of presenters in our master classes, and this year we are delighted to have top executives from some of the most successful shows in the industry share their insights with us,” said Banff executive director Ferne Cohen in a statement.

Read the complete article at The Hollywood Reporter

Initial Monday night Hawaii Five-0 ratings for “Hoa Pili”

March 26th, 2013 by

As has probably become clear, analysis of ratings is not my strong suit. There’s more than a little of the mysterious, esoteric and arcane to the whole business from where I’m standing, so I will leave any in-depth analysis and rumination to heads wiser than mine. (As the old saying goes, better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt).

The early Monday overnights saw Hawaii Five-0′s “Hoa Pili (Close Friend)” bring in a 2.0/5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, with a live + same day DVR viewer total of 8.16 million.  This was an overall drop from the previous week, when Five-0′s “Na Ki’i” earned a 2.1/6 rating in the 18-49 demo with 8.99 million viewers.

NBC’s Revolution returned with a new episode last night after a long hiatus, which gave NBC a boost over last week and quite possibly pulled some viewers away from Five-0.

ZAP2it.com’s TV By The Numbers posted the following early overnight ratings for Monday, March 25th. As always, there is likely to be some adjustment to the early figures, with 3- and 5-day DVR viewing yet to be added to the tally.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, March 25, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.7 12 13.36
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.7 8 6.85
ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10PM) 2.3 6 14.08
FOX Bones 1.9 5 6.75
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4 1 0.94
8:30 PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.1 6 6.18
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 2.9 7 8.55
FOX The Following 2.3 6 6.63
CW Hart Of Dixie -R 0.1 0 0.42
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 2.6 6 8.64
10:00PM NBC Revolution 2.7 7 7.25
ABC Castle 2.1 6 10.69
CBS Hawaii Five-O 2.0 5 8.16

Hawaii Five-0 does Magnum, P.I. (SPOILERS!)

March 24th, 2013 by

Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan and Taylor Wily in "Hoa Pili"

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Taylor Wily, and Masi Oka (behind Wily) take to the skies for a Magnum moment in Monday’s “Hoa Pili.”
(Screencap courtesy of CBS)

Heads up, folks — if you don’t want to be spoiled, now’s your chance to back away.

Regardless of whatever else is going on, tomorrow night’s “Hoa Pili (Close Friend)” is likely to be best remembered as “the Magnum episode” thanks to the scene highlighted in our first Five-0 promo. While Kamekona’s (Taylor Wily) chopper flying along the Waikiki waterfront sets the stage visually, it’s Max’s (Masi Oka) rousing rendition of a certain iconic theme that gets the ball rolling. Even Danno (Scott Caan) finds it irresistible!

Youtube promo courtesy of CBS

Our second promo changes gears, shifting back to the ongoing shark-diving investigation. Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno get to have a bit of a “King of the world!” moment standing at the bow-rail of a fast-moving Coast Guard Response Boat Medium.

Youtube promo courtesy of CBS

Coming up on Hawaii Five-0: “Hoa Pili (Close Friend)” (SPOILERS!)

March 21st, 2013 by

Heads up, folks — between the press release for “Hoa Pili” and the extended promo video beneath it, it’s safe to say there be SPOILERS here!

Steve McGarrett kangaroo kicks a bad guy into next month

McGarrett’s well-practiced kangaroo kick in action
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS and H50Fans)

With dead bodies turning up in shark cages and random body parts turning up in dead sharks, it seems Danny has reason to be rationally concerned about becoming man-sushi — something Steve hasn’t forgotten about after his run-in with a tiger shark on their fishing trip gone awry (episode 3.03, “Lana I Ka Moana”).

“Hoa Pili” also features the much-anticipated return of everyone’s favorite Kapu kahuna, Kawika (Kala Alexander), last seen in Season 2 on the receiving end of HPD Chief of Detectives Vince Fryer’s (Tom Sizemore) “arrest ‘em now, ask questions later” approach to investigating the case du jour.

As for the epic game of tag between the freight containers — we’ll have to wait ’til Monday to figure that one out; whatever’s going on, Five-0 looks to be in fine butt-kickin’ form!

CBS Press Release for “Hoa Pili”


“Hoa Pili” – When threats turn deadly against a tour company that endangers the local shark population, Five-0 faces the difficult task of narrowing down the suspect list. Meanwhile, the team debates whether or not Kamekona will earn his helicopter license, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, March 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Hoa Pili is Hawaiian for “Close Friend”)

CHEAT TWEET: #H50 fans, which is scarier: #sharkattack or #Kamekonafliescopter 3/25 10PM ET/PT

Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny “Danno” Williams)
Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly)
Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua)
Masi Oka (Dr. Max Bergman)
Michelle Borth (Catherine Rollins)

Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Brian Yang (Charlie Fong)

Mac Brandt (Craig Brant)
James C. Victor (Jay Lappert)
Bruce Locke (Tsai)
Brendan Ford (Ryan)
Tanoai Reed (Levi)
Kala Alexander (Kawika)
Tara Platt (Allie)
Yuri Lowenthal (Liam)
Thomas Henderson (FBI Agent #1)
Jonathan Shaul (FBI Agent #2)
Dennis Lee (Jimmy Amana)
Kelsey Chock (Bruce Kaneshiro)

TELEPLAY BY: Kyle Harimoto

STORY BY: Richard Arthur and Kyle Harimoto

DIRECTED BY: Jeff Cadiente

Youtube promo courtesy of CBS