The weather here is getting colder but the weather in Hawaii is hot hot hot! Season 5 of Hawaii Five-0 kicks off on Friday Sept. 26.
Executive Producer, Peter Lenkov, teased Entertainment Weekly with some tidbits about the upcoming season.
EW. Will there be more flashback episodes this season? PL. Yes. We’re doing a big Kono-centric episode that’s going to feature her connection with her mother, her love and affection for the ocean and where she learned to surf. There are a very Kono-centric story lines, but there’s one episode in particular that’s really Kono heavy. It’s a Kono origin story, in a way. There are also some unique flashbacks in the 100th episode, which tie into the current story.
EW. Any chance to see Tony Archer (James Caan) again? PL.We’ve been trying, how’s that?
EW. Is Danny’s brother Matt Williams (Dane Cook) still on the run from the FBI when he returns this season? PL. Yes. That’s a very complicated question, but yes.
There will be much conflict for members of the Five-0 team as the past comes back to haunt many of them. Not only will McGarrett have to answer for his run in with the CIA but he will struggle with Catherine’s departure and with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Exploring how PTSD effects McG is what I am most looking forward to this season. No doubt Alex O’Loughlin will bring his A-game for those scenes. I hope it is a continual arc that progresses throughout the year.
There is no new relationship for McGarrett in the near future but Danno may finally be getting some more female attention. Does this mean his current squeeze is on the way out?
Some past characters may be returning this season according to Lenkov. Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti), Joe White (Terry O’Quinn) and Danny’s brother (Dane Cook) and Chin Ho’s brother-in-law, Malia’s brother, Gabriel (Christopher Sean) will be continuing in story lines that were left open in past seasons.
Alex O’Loughlin at Sunset on the Beach Season 3 – Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS
It will be a double your pleasure celebration on Waikiki Beach this weekend. Sunset on the Beach has become an annual tradition to launch the season premiere of Hawaii Five-0. This year, the cast and crew will also be celebrating the 100th episode – an impressive milestone for any show. For the first time since Season 2, Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are all expected to be walking the red carpet! They will be joined by executive producers Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci as well as fellow cast mates Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia, Dennis Chun, Shawn Garnett, Teilor Grubbs, Al Harrington and William Sadler.
Itinerary (listed in Hawaii Standard Time)
6:00pm – Red Carpet on the Beach – Expect photo ops, press interviews and maybe, just maybe, a chance for a brief interaction with your favourite Hawaii Five-0 star.
7:00pm – Premiere Screening - Lucky attendees will get a the first look at the season 5 premiere – a whole two weeks before it airs on CBS!
Immediately following the Premiere – A live stage performance by Bush.
(You can use this time conversion toolto determine when the festivities begin in your local timezone)
For those not lucky enough to be able to attend in person, you can stream coverage of the Red Carpet courtesy of Honolulu Star Advertiser. We will provide a link when one becomes available. Note – the streaming will not be behind the Star Advertiser paywall – it will be provided for free.
Even at a young age, Scott Caan knew he would pursue his creative side. “I really, really, really, really, really did not like going to school, and I didn’t want to do anything that further schooling could lead me to. The idea of graduating and going to college – there wasn’t a future there for me. So, when I was 13, when I was in 9th grade, even 8th grade, I was sort of subconsciously getting my creative mind working,” Caan told The Hundreds during a recent interview.
He started writing rhymes (he avoids saying it was poetry) and mixing them with music from his mom’s karaoke machine. Being a B-boy was his obsession. “Graffiti, breakdancing, I liked everything to do with it,” he said.
It was his pursuit of rap music that eventually lead him to acting. A director saw him on tour with House of Pain and asked him to read for a part. Caan was reluctant at first but reconsidered when he read the script. He eventually got the part. “I pretty much from that point on left music. I felt like with music – I can say this now – I always felt, not that I was fronting, but I was always trying to do something that maybe wasn’t 100% natural for me.” From there, the young rapper joined Playhouse West as an actor and writer. He still returns there as his schedule allows.
When asked about his new book of photography titled Vanity, Caan says, “A lot of these photos [from Vanity] are from a road trip. I drove across country and did a big triple W, and would stop somewhere for only two days and would just shoot what I saw and mess around. And I think in my photographs you can see that it is scattered, it is all over the place.”
Read more on why Caan chose to title his book Vanity and why he loves photography in the full The Hundreds article.
The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that Anthony Ruivivar will be filming an multiple episode arc to kick off Season 5 of Hawaii Five-0. The Honolulu born actor worked with Scott Caan on the film Speed of Life in the 1990s and the two have remained friends. No word on if the two friends will be on screen together as friends or foes. Ruivivar is best known for his recent roles in Beauty and the Beast, Revolution, Banshee and Southland.
TVGuide is reporting an interesting teaser. As the new season begins, expect to get answers to the questions surrounding WoFat with the story arc coming to head in the 100th episode of the series.
The Summer scanner has been full of Ian Anthony Dale news this year and now we have some exclusive photos to share with you! This pictures were taking when Dale attended the ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards, hosted by ESPN, in July.
It’s a Hawaii Five-0 double header repeat weekend!
In Friday night’s episode titled “Ma lalo o ka ‘ili”, fans relive Danno fussing over his parents’ break up. Melanie Griffith (as Clara Williams) and Scott Caan work well together playing mother and son, ending the three part story arc in this episode. Conspiracy theorist Jerry, helps decode more of the Champ box for McGarrett, leading Steve into a deeper mystery about his mother. Not wanting all the attention going to Jerry, McGarrett rips his shirt off when confronting a CIA operative. OK, so it doesn’t happen exactly like that, but you ladies deserve a heads up.
Does Jerry have a ‘Beautiful Mind’?
On Saturday, fan’s heart strings will be tugged in “Kupu’eu” as a guest star is killed off , and a little too early, in my opinion. I was hoping for this character to be around much longer to give McGarrett a run for his money since his story had a lot of potential. No spoilers here, though! You will have to tune in to see who it is, if you missed it the first time. One of my favourite characters, Joe White also returns. You know that his appearance only means more angst for McGarrett.
Autumn Reeser as Gabby
As a side note, former Hawaii Five-0 guest star, Autumn Reeser (Danno’s love interest, Gabby) will appearing on the Thrilling Adventure Hour panel at San Diego Comic Con in July. Reeser has been part of the stage show and podcast team for the last 6 years. If you will be in San Diego on Comic Con weekend (July -24-27, 2014), Reeser will be appearing in the old time radio stage performance on July 26th, 2014. No Comic Con badge needed! Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
From our good friend, Wendie Burbridge (of the Hawaii Five-0 Redux), in a special to the Honolulu Advertiser-
If there is a phrase to describe season four of “Hawaii Five-0,” it would be “to change is to mature.”
A more grown-up version of the CBS series debuted on a new night and time — Fridays at 8 p.m. — bringing in two new characters while saying aloha to another. And while the show kept its action-filled story line moving along at a smart and stronger pace, changes helped “Five-0″ ramp up the quality without losing its focus.
» Change is good. Many fans thought the move to Friday would kill the show, but “Five-0 Friday” seemed to be what the series needed to regain its season one audience numbers. The earlier time slot as well as being the lead-in for Tom Selleck’s cop family drama “Blue Bloods” also seemed to help propel the Hawaii-based series onto the list of the top 20 shows of the TV season.
» Change can be difficult. The season started with “Aloha ke Kahi i ke Kahi” (“Love One Another”), where McGarrett (series star Alex O’Loughlin) broke every law to save his kidnapped girlfriend, Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth), who had been taken by drug lords. Over the course of season four, we got to know more about McG and Cath’s love for each other and how their careers have intersected.
Yet even their sweet on-screen relationship did not help to save Rollins from being written off the show in episode 21, “Makani ʻOlu a Holo Malie” (“Fair Winds and Following Seas”). It went down like this: Catherine and McGarrett take off to Afghanistan to find the son of a Pashtun man who once saved her life. During their search, McG is kidnapped by the Taliban and is forced to leave Catherine behind in Kabul. She is last seen on a black motorcycle, riding off into the Afghan sunset, determined to continue looking for the lost little boy. Fans hope to see Cath come back to McG, but Borth is not returning for season five.
» Change can be encouraging. Chi McBride guest-starred in the season opener and joined the cast as a series regular by November. McBride’s character, SWAT Capt. Lou Grover, moved his family to Hawaii to start a new life, away from a tragic mistake he made as a cop in Chicago.
It was Grover’s episode in the season finale, “ʻO ka Pili ʻOhana ka ʻOi” (“Family Comes First”) as Grover pulls a McG — breaking all the rules — to rescue his daughter Samantha (Paige Hurd) after she is kidnapped by evil computer hacker Ian Wright (returning guest star Nick Jonas). McGarrett offers Grover a spot on the Five-0 task force after he is forced to retire. Next season should be interesting, with the captain (Grover) and the commander (McGarrett) trying to work together without killing each other.
Jorge Garcia also joined the cast this season after he guest-starred as conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega, Chin Ho Kelly’s (Daniel Dae Kim) old pal from Kukui High, in “Ka ʻOiaʻiʻo Maloko” (“The Truth Within”). His character quickly became a fan favorite, and Ortega’s love of secret government plots seems to have helped McGarrett solve more of the Shelburne mystery surrounding his mother, Doris (Christine Lahti), and her connection to Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos). Ortega found a cypher on the bottom of the Champ box left behind by McGarrett’s father, leading the Five-0 leader to a grave in Cambodia that once held villain Wo Fat’s mother.
Perhaps next season Ortega will help McGarrett finally solve the mystery surrounding his mother and her connection to Wo Fat. If nothing else, he will add a bit of quirky comic relief.
» Change happens. There were many changes for the core four this season. Whether they were good or bad, we know what the team is facing in season five.
Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) spent half the season “on the run” from the Yakuza with her lover, Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale). This was in part because Park was on maternity leave. While we saw Kono and Adam in several episodes, those scenes were filmed in Vancouver where Park gave birth to a baby boy. It was a happy day when Kono and Adam returned to Hawaii in “O Kela Me Keia Manawa” (“Now and Then”). In the season closer, Kono mentions that Adam has brought up the “M” word — perhaps there’s a wedding on the season five horizon?
Chin seems to have made peace with the loss of his wife, Malia (Reiko Aylesworth), who was killed at the end of season two by bad cop Frank Delano (William Baldwin). In the intense episode “Hana Lokomaikaʻi” (“Favor”), he said a final aloha to her at the beach where they first met. Chin’s new girlfriend, Leilani (Lindsay Price), seemed to have a presence this season, but with the news that Price is expecting her second child, Chin may be in for more heartbreak.
Danno Williams (Scott Caan) dealt with his parents’ divorce (Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger played Mom and Pops Williams) as well as the obvious growing pains of having a near-teenage daughter (Teilor Grubbs). His new love interest, Amber (Lili Simmons), seems to be making him a bit happier, but with Danno we never really know. Caan was sporadically present during the season — in one episode and hardly in the next — but with the news of his impending fatherhood in real life, fans can only hope we see Danno in season five.
McGarrett’s ohana has grown, as his sister, Mary Ann (Taryn Manning), returned home after adopting a little girl. Unfortunately, he seems to have lost not only his girlfriend, but his Aunt Deb (played to perfection by Carol Burnett), who came for Thanksgiving to tell him she was dying of cancer.
McGarrett spent a lot of season four trying to find out why his mother seems to have such a soft spot for Wo Fat. At one point he thought Wo Fat was his half-brother, even having Max (Masi Oka) test the bad man’s blood to see if they were a DNA match.
So when Wo Fat returned in Friday’s season finale, we did get a bit of a cliffhanger. Not a huge hang-onto-the-edge-of-your-seat ending, but one that gave us something to think about for season five.
In the season finale, Wo Fat breaks out of a Colorado supermax prison after it seems Doris aided his escape. He shows up in Hawaii, only to kill Ian Wright and free Samantha Grover. While he’s still in the wind, the message he has Samantha deliver to McG is that they need to talk. That’s a meeting fans can’t wait to see in season five.
So perhaps one of the biggest “Five-0″ changes will come next season: Wo Fat turns out to be a good guy?
What fun would that be?
Read Wendie Burbridge’s “Five-0 Redux” blog with episode recaps, interviews and cultural insight into the popular CBS series at honolulupulse.com.
Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) in their most unlikely pursuit vehicle to date. (Photo courtesy of CBS)
Giant cliffhanger season finales have one serious shortfall — almost overwhelming pressure to make the stakes higher, and bigger, and more outrageous each successive season. Hawaii Five-0 avoided the cliffhanger cliches by giving viewers a “best of” pupu platter for its Season 4 finale.
Arch-villain Wo Fat opens the episode with a daring escape from a SuperMax prison, where it turns out his only visitor has been Doris McGarrett. Steve and Danno give us a classic cargument while riding in their most unlikely pursuit vehicle to date — a tiny three-wheeler Danny describes as “a clown car.” Nick Jonas returns as sociopath hacker Ian Wright and kidnaps Grover’s daughter before getting his richly-deserved comeuppance at the hands of — plot twist! — Wo Fat, who frees the teen from her cage and gives her a message for McGarrett. Like a good book, the finale episode gave us a satisfying place to come to rest at the end of the Season 4 chapter while setting up some intriguing situations to play out in the next.
Hawaii Five-0′s Season 4 finale episode, “‘O Ka Pili ‘Ohana Ka ‘Oi (Family Comes First),” gained a tenth on the previous week’s rankings, coming in with a 1.3/4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 9.09 million viewers, up from 8.77 million last week.
As is often the case, CBS’s Blue Bloods won the night with total viewers (11.50 million) and ABC’s Shark Tank took first place in the 18-49 demo with a 1.9/6. However, both shows were off their previous week’s ratings, while Five-0 gained compared to the previous week.
For several weeks now, it’s been rumored that Hawaii Five-0 actor Scott Caan was going to be a dad after Caan and long-time girlfriend stylist Kacy Bixbee, were spotted out and about, with Kacy sporting an obvious baby-bump.
Although neither Caan nor Bixbee have made a comment confirming an upcoming bundle of joy, the grand-pop-to-be James Caan, has let the cat out of the bag.
Although he’s said he’ll never marry, fans have noticed that Scott does seem to have a way with the little ones, and no doubt he’ll be a great dad. Kacy also works on the set of Hawaii Five-0, and star Alex O’Loughlin has a one year old, so perhaps Eye Studio should consider opening a nursery on the premises.
McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) deals with the aftermath of his and Cath’s Afghanistan rescue mission gone awry. (Image courtesy of CBS)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…
ABC’s decision to run a second hour of Shark Tank last night appears to have nibbled at Hawaii Five-0′s initial Friday Live + Same Day ratings figures. It looks like some viewers who tuned into the reality show’s first hour didn’t switch over to CBS when the second rolled around, resulting in a slight dip for Five-0.
Last night’s “Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie (Fair Winds and Following Seas),” bid adieu to Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) love, Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) as she went off into the mountains of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in search of an abducted Pashtun boy. The episode also bid adieu to one tenth of a ratings point in the 18-49 demographic, dropping from last week’s 1.3/4 to 1.2/4, and 8.69 million viewers, down from last week’s 9.26 million. Both indicators will most likely rebound when seven-day DVR viewership figures are factored in.