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October 1st, 2012 by Terry
Oh, boys and girls, this is going to be fun! Shark Week, indeed.
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September 28th, 2012 by Terry
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.)
September 26th, 2012 by Terry
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!
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September 24th, 2012 by Terry
Ed Asner – Kanalua
September 24th, 2012 by Terry
Season 3, here we come!
September 24th, 2012 by Terry
Ah, some more insight into Hawaii Five-0′s third season from executive producer, Peter Lenkov! Be sure to tune in to see resolution of last spring’s cliffhangers and to enjoy new carguments between our bromantic duo. It certainly sounds like the Five-0 show runner has a few surprises in store for us.
“Hawaii Five-0″ ended last season on a cliffhanger — a couple of them, in fact — and fans tuning into Monday’s (Sept. 24) Season 3 premiere won’t have to wait long at all to see how they play out.
“It’s got to” pick up where it left off, executive producer and showrunner Peter Lenkov tells Zap2it. “I always saw that episode as a two-parter, because of all those threads and everything that needs to be answered.”
Lenkov also talked with us about the casting of Christine Lahti as McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) mother, Doris, the resolution to last season’s other cliffhanger involving Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and some of what we can expect in Season 3 of “Five-0.”
Zap2it: Why did you want Christine Lahti for the role of McGarrett’s mom?
Peter Lenkov: An actress at some point is going to have to convey all this emotion, this regret, feel like she made this sacrifice to abandon her family to protect them. It needs an amazing actress to pull that off. It’s just words on paper unless it’s somebody who can really convey all those emotional levels. She’s just such a great actress. For me, to land somebody like that, even get her interested, is a big coup. That was the goal, just to get somebody who’s going to play a lot of layers. There is comedy in the show, so she can do that. But it’s really about playing the drama scenes — playing the emotion, the regret. Just playing a mother who’s got a lot to answer for. And also, play somebody strong enough that it’s believable when she pulls a gun and that she had this past, that she could have been somebody who was in the spy game years ago. I think Christine Lahti has all that.
How early last season did you hit on the idea of Steve’s mom as Shelburne?
That was always the case. We knew that always, writing it. But the hardest thing was trying to hide the ball for so long, because you do it over 22 episodes, 23 episodes, and after a while the audience is going to start to figure out. There was a time when the audience started making those guesses, thinking it was either dad or mom. I was like, “Oh my God, really? We’re only on episode 17.” We knew it, but it was about how could we cleverly try to hide it. That’s where Terry O’Quinn sort of took the bullet, saying he was Shelburne.
Can you talk about where Doris has been and …
What she’s been doing for 20 years? A lot of that is something we’re going to explain over the course of the season. But what she tells McGarrett is she’s been hiding, she’s been on the run. She’s been moving from safe house to safe house, that Wo Fat’s been looking for her. But we’re going to discover there’s a lot more to what she was doing the last 20 years.
What is Chin Ho’s emotional state after his Sophie’s choice at the end of last season?
I think he’s going to be out for blood. We were joking around, calling him “Man on Fire.” You try to drown his cousin, you shoot his wife, he’s going to be upset.
How are you expanding Michelle Borth‘s role now that she’s a regular?
It’s funny — I think most people thought she was going to be a member of Five-0. She’s a regular on the show, but she’s not a team member. … She answers the phone in episode 5 [and says] “Lt. Rollins, assistant to Steve McGarrett, how can I help you?,” because he seems to be tapping her for favors a lot. In the first few episodes, she really goes above and beyond [in] helping them. In the first episode, she’s brought to a safe house to protect Doris while McGarrett and the rest of the team sort of deal with the A-story. Then in the second episode she’s involved in a big way. She gets to exercise her action chops. You’ll see a lot of sides to Catherine you haven’t seen before.
But she’s somebody who is very self-aware — I don’t know if you ever watched “Magnum” when you were a kid, but Magnum would always ask favors of people. He always owed people. The best way to liken this is to that — she’s much more than a girlfriend. She’s somebody [McGarrett] can lean on, somebody she can go to if he needs help. She’s a confidant — she’s become sort of like a girl Friday who can kick some ass.
How do you balance the ongoing plot threads with your weekly crime stories?
As writers it’s fun to do a procedural where you get to go home with the characters. Most of these types of shows are very light on character and very heavy on plot. I think for our audience, they really want to get to know our characters. They really want to spend more time with the characters and probably less on the plot. We just figure out a way to balance it out. The best thing is, we know at the beginning of the year where we’re going to go. So we know how to parcel out these little character stories. They somehow all get neatly put into this script that fits into 42 minutes. Usually we’re long and we put those extra scenes on the DVD, but we’re very character-heavy, especially this year. There’s so much to do because of McGarrett’s mother now, because of Michelle coming in. So there’s not only more characters to service, but also more relationships to service.
Do you earn the right to go home with the characters more after a couple of successful seasons?
Our engine is still a crime procedural show. We try really hard to tell a compelling case every week. But the network has a lot of faith in us that we’ll be able to do those stories as well as service our characters. And I think for actors, to keep them interested especially going into the later years — even though we’re still in our infancy — they want their characters to evolve. So we’re trying to keep them motivated, keep them engaged, by giving them really interesting stuff to do.
What are some of the stories you’ve got lined up for Season 3?
Ed Asner‘s coming back — we’re going to wrap up his story. He got away with murder last year, amongst other things, so we’re going to wrap up that story. There’s a really fun episode where McGarrett and Danny [Scott Caan] are just out fishing — they end up getting boat-jacked and in a dinghy for two acts. It’s like taking a car-gument to another level, putting that on the ocean.
I’d be curious just to see how Steve gets Danny to go fishing.
That’s part of the story. They get involved in a crime out there on the water. That’s a fun story. We’re exploring — Kono [Grace Park] had relationship with Adam [Ian Anthony Dale] last year. So now that Adam’s in our world, how is Adam going to play and affect Five-0. Some of the stuff we’re excited about is plot, but some of it is character. … Kamekona [Taylor Wily] is expanding his brand. He’s going into the tourism business, learning to fly a helicopter so he can do charter tours of the island. So you can imagine that’s funny. We’re going to see Max [Masi Oka] in a relationship with a woman he’s had a crush on for a long time.
September 22nd, 2012 by Terry
This has been a great week for Hawaii Five-0 fans and we have another interview, this time from IGN, with the cast in this week leading up to the Season 3 premiere. We get a few more tidbits of information, plus a glimpse of the more playful side of Grace Park.
Mahalo to Eric of IGN
Hawaii Five-0 ended its second season in a big way, with every character’s life in turmoil, either physically or mentally. With Season 3 set to debut this Monday, I recently visited the Oahu set of the series, and the first big example of this turmoil was standing in front of me, doing a a scene with Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett – Christine Lahti, playing Steve’s mom, Doris. This of course is oh-so notable because Doris was believed to be dead until the Season 2 finale.
“We deal with that immediately,” O’Loughlin told me. “He sits down with his mom and says, ‘All right, please explain.’ There’s a lot that goes along with that, too. One would think after 20 years you’d be thrilled to know that your mother’s still alive, but there’s a lot more that needs to be processed before that luxury. Basically, the devastation that’s gone in the household and the family and his life is largely due to the decisions that she made. The murder of his father was the direct result of the constant pursuit of her killers and what happened to her. So that immediately drops Steve into a place of pretty deep resentment and confusion.”
When last we saw Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), he was given a horrible decision to make, with his wife, Mailia (Reiko Aylesworth) and his cousin, Kono (Grace Park) both in deadly scenarios in separate locations thanks to William Baldwin’s villainous Frank Delano – and Chin chose to go to his wife. The Season 3 premiere will find Chin facing even more crucial decisions and put through the wringer emotionally.
Said Daniel Dae Kim, “I think it’s really interesting stuff for an actor to play because we are in what essentially is a crime procedural. It’s a crime of the week, we all know the format, it’s all over the television. Generally, as an audience, you know what to expect. As an actor, when you get material like this that’s of a very personal nature and speaks to their character’s history and future, it’s very, very rare. So I appreciate it a great deal. It’s the kind of material that makes me feel like an actor, so it’s been really fun to play. It’s been great for Chin Ho to kind of reveal those sides of himself. That’s the one great thing about television: character can reveal itself week to week as opposed to over the course of two hours in a film. So yeah, I really appreciate the opportunity to get material like that, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the ramifications of it are.”
Going forward this season, Chin will have to deal all of his recent actions. Said Kim, “He’s had to make some choices that he might not be proud of, in more than one way. You’ll see residual effects of it in subsequent episodes. I like the fact that it’s not just a ‘one-episode and done’ thing. It affects him physically, psychologically, as the season progresses.”
Danny ‘Danno’ Williams (Scott Caan) may have had the least jaw-dropping plotline occurring in the season finale, but it certainly was still one of vast importance to his character – as his ex-wife and her husband are threatening to take Danny’s daughter away from Hawaii, leading to his decision to fight her legally.
Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0
Regarding this turn of events, Caan said, “It’s obviously something fun to play with and something I like to do. The more character stuff they give me, the better. The more stuff they give me with my daughter or my family members, the better. The deeper I can dig and the more honest I can be, the more fun I can have. Ultimately, doing procedural stuff is more the job of this. But when you get the other stuff, it’s when you kind of light up and have more fun and play around a little bit more. I obviously enjoy that stuff the most. Anything that pokes me or upsets me or gets me going is good for drama.”
As for Kono, well… That’s a tricky one. Last we saw her, she was bound and gagged on a boat and pushed overboard, sinking to her doom. But it’s not a secret that Grace Park is still a member of the Hawaii Five-0 cast this season, so it’s also not really a secret that Kono is going to make it out of the lethal scenario… you know, most likely.
When I noted to Park that, since she was sitting in front of me on the set, I assumed Kono was either alive or a zombie, she grinned and ran through the possibilities for how she might be appearing in Season 3. “Yeah, Zombie Kono! She comes back in flashbacks. I play the evil twin. That kind of thing. No one’s ever done it before. Groundbreaking!”
I asked if this evil twin might sport the classic go-to evil twin goatee and Park replied, “Yeah, evil fraternal twin boy. We’re gonna take it back to the masculine.” [Since much of my conversation with Park hinged on what occurs in the premiere, look for a separate interview with her later next week, after the premiere has aired].
Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0: Season 3 will also have a new series regular this year – Michelle Borth, who has had a recurring role as McGarrett’s love interest, Navy lieutenant Catherine Rollins. Said O’Loughlin, “Michelle is now a part of our full-time cast, which is terrific. From the beginning, McGarrett hasn’t had a steady girl, and you know, Michelle’s been in and out. But she’s the obvious one that he has love for and a potential future with. So that’s going to open up a side of McGarrett that we haven’t really seen. Hopefully, we’ll tap into a softness and an accessibility that we haven’t seen that much of with this military sort of guy.”
When I asked what it was like working with the acclaimed Lahti, who’s won everything from an Emmy to an Oscar (the latter for directing a short film!), O’Loughlin laughed and exclaimed, “Jesus, she’s like a general, she’s so heavily decorated!”
He added that his TV mom is “Amazing. I love Christine very much. The first scene we ever did together, immediately after we met, was where they’re reunited at the beginning of [episode] 301. It’s a heavy scene, and we really had to be connected as people and as actors. So that was a wonderful way to start our friendship, and she’s a terrific person to have around. She’s very, very funny. She has a great sense of humor. She’s deeply humble and a lovely woman.”
Lahti recalled being pitched the character by Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov and how she had to work to get Lenkov to give her any details about the mysterious character. Recalled Lahti, “He said she was a CIA operative, an assassin, who had to fake her own death to protect her family 20 years ago. That’s basically it, so I filled in a lot of the blanks. But then he told me a few other things because I insisted. He answered some questions about the first episode. So I know some things that even Alex doesn’t know. Clearly, I’m not going to tell you about it, but you’ll find out. Stay tuned!”
Michelle Borth, Alex O’Loughlin and Christine Lahti in Hawaii Five-0
When I asked Lahti, best known for roles in dramas like Chicago Hope, what it was like to enter the action-filled world of Hawaii Five-0, she described it as “Totally fun. You know, I’ve always hated guns, and I deplore violence. I’m really an advocate for gun control, and here I am, holding a gun and shooting. It’s really fun, though. Her CIA training and her life as a CIA operative was so long ago — and I don’t really know how much she’s involved — but there must be something because she’s pretty handy with a gun!”
As for portraying the mother/son dynamic with O’Loughlin, Lahti remarked, “it’s really complex, which was what was really appealing about the role to me. She has no regret — she did what she had to do to protect her family — but is filled with guilt. Think of all the pain she’s caused to her kids and her husband, and ultimately the murder of her husband. There’s so much love and so much loss and humor — she’s also really funny. One of the most appealing things about taking this job was for her humor. She’s really funny. In addition to everything else, she was that. It’s been a great ride.”
Lahti has initially signed on for four episodes, and isn’t sure if she’ll be doing more beyond that. In the meantime, she noted, “There was a lot of build-up for this character, for two years, so I felt like there was a lot of responsibility for me to live up to that. That’s a good challenge.”
September 21st, 2012 by Terry
Just in case you’ve forgotten any important plot points from last season, CBS has issued a new video recap to prepare you for Monday. Please pay close attention – there will be a quiz afterward.
September 21st, 2012 by Terry
It’s that time of year again, kids! We have new Hawaii Five-0 episodes to look forward to, and I’ve got to tell you, I’m more than a tad excited. We’ll pick up where we left off – McGarrett discovering that his mother is very much alive.
Episode 301 is titled “Lā O Nā Mākuahine,” which I believe is Hawaiian for “Three Bad Men and a Mommy.” Besides to our introduction to Steve and Mary’s mother, Doris McGarrett, we’ll have a villainous triumvirate in Wo Fat, Frank Delano, and “Toothpick”. And if that isn’t enough to draw you in, we’ll see the outcome of last season’s cliffhanger that had both Kono and Malia Kelly facing death in the aftermath of Chin Ho’s impossible choice.
Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS
“Lā O Nā Mākuahine *” – Following McGarrett’s mother’s (guest star Christine Lahti) surprise return and Chin’s gut-wrenching decision in last season’s finale cliffhanger, the team is determined to track down Wo Fat and Delano for killing an important member of their family, on the third season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, Sept. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(*“Lā O Nā Mākuahine” is Hawaiian for “Mother’s Day”)
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)
Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat)
Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri)
Reiko Aylesworth (Malia Kelly)
William Baldwin (Frank Delano)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Karl Herlinger (Toothpick/Devon Akina)
Christine Lahti (Doris McGarrett)
Kimo Moore (Sergeant Kane)
Danielle Delauney (Maria Gold)
Ryan Moniz (Paramedic #1)
Jo-Jo Abuan (Paramedic #2)
WRITTEN BY: Peter Lenkov
DIRECTED BY: Bryan Spicer
September 21st, 2012 by Terry
The new season of Hawaii Five-0 arrives with a bang on Monday, September 24th, and with it comes our introduction to Doris McGarrett. The Emmy and Golden Globe award winning actor Christine Lahti, brings a wealth of experience to the CBS drama. As a long-time fan of hers, I’m really looking forward to her addition to the show.
Christine Lahti – Hawaii Five-0 Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS
From TV Line
I finally got around to screening the season premiere (airing Monday at 10/9c), and while I know a few of you are less-than-enthused about meeting Mama Garrett (played by Christine Lahti), I must say, for a woman of a certain age she’s quite impressive, especially in her confidence and her attitude. (For one, her own nickname for Danno is “Smart-ass.” There’s also the nature of the question she lobs at Steve’s crush Catherine the instant they sit down for small-talk.) A few other quick notes on the alternately grim, intense and light hour: You’ll learn what the exploding of the HPD was really about; there’s a shoot-out that probably expends the most bullet casings ever in a TV show; Catherine proves herself to be rather kick-ass in her own right; and you’ll get a kick out of the new ringtone associated with Danny’s ex.
From HuffPo TV
Christine Lahti: Doris McGarrett on “Hawaii Five-0″
On Doris’ new relationship with son Steve, after she faked her death 20 years prior: “Steve should be [mistrustful] and my character knows that, and would be surprised if he wasn’t, because he thought I was dead and she caused a lot of hurt. I think my character has a lot of guilt but no regrets because she did what she had to do — from her point of view — to protect her family. If given another chance, she would do the same thing. I guess you don’t quit the CIA once you’re in it — you’re a lifer. She has a lot of guilt about how much hurt she caused her children and her husband, so her job is really to get [Steve] to understand and hopefully someday, forgive and to make up for lost time. There’s a lot of stuff she needs to do and from his point of view, I think there’s so much hurt and anger and distrust and rage and love. It’s so complicated for him and Alex is such a good actor that he’s covering all those bases.”