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Wo Fat’s back on Monday night’s Hawaii Five-0 (SPOILERS!!)

April 26th, 2013 by
Aisha Tyler chats with the Big Kahuna, Steve McGarrett

Talk-show host Savannah Walker (Aisha Tyler) chats with Five-0′s Big Kahuna, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) during a ride-along.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Aisha Tyler, co-host of CBS’s popular Daytime talk show The Talk, has never been afraid to let her fangirl flag fly when it comes to Hawaii Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim.  He’s visited — and charmed — the ladies of The Talk several times. When The Talk spoofed the more popular CBS Primetime shows, it was only natural that Tyler would take part in the Five-0 spot — a prelude of sorts to her actual guest role in Monday night’s “Imi loko ka ‘uhane (Seek Within One’s Soul).”

CBS’s official press release (which appears below the promo videos) gives the following description of the episode:

 “Imi loko ka ‘uhane” – Five-0 allows a talk show host and her crew to follow them for the day, but the investigation turns dangerous when they have a run-in with Wo Fat, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, April 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  THE TALK co-host Aisha Tyler guest stars as talk show host Savannah Walker.

A run-in with Wo Fat? Savannah’s show should score epic ratings with that kind of action!






“Imi loko ka ‘uhane” – Five-0 allows a talk show host and her crew to follow them for the day, but the investigation turns dangerous when they have a run-in with Wo Fat, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, April 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. THE TALK co-host Aisha Tyler guest stars as talk show host Savannah Walker.

(*Imi loko ka ‘uhane is Hawaiian for “Seek Within One’s Soul”)

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)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat)
Shawn Mokuahi Garnett (Flippa)

Aisha Tyler (Savannah Walker)
Lili Mirojnick (Kammie Leeds)
Noah Beggs (Agent Kershaw)
Craig Gellis (Tattoo Artist)

WRITTEN BY: Bill Haynes

DIRECTED BY: Bryan Spicer

Hawaii Five-0 season finale thrill ride (SPOILERS)

April 24th, 2013 by

Every season, Peter Lenkov and the Hawaii Five-0 writing team look for ways to keep us on the edge of our seats and biting our nails throughout the summer hiatus, and the end of Season 3 looks to be no different. One of the main things season finales are designed to do is keep viewers engaged, keep viewers discussing the show, and most importantly, keep them hungry for answers when the show returns in the Fall.

From the looks of the “Aloha. Malama Pono” spoilers revealed by TV Guide, we’re going to have some exciting things to discuss as we wait for Season 4!

McGarrett and Danno interrogate a suspect

“Aloha. Malama Pono” — When an unlisted plane lands on Oahu with four bodies on board and a missing terrorist detainee, the CIA tasks Five-0 (pictured: Alex O’™Loughlin, center and Scott Caan, right) with finding him before he carries out an attack on US soil, on the third season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, May 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS)


Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Monday, May 20 at 10/9c

The team must find a terrorist who landed his hijacked transport plane in Oahu before he is able to carry out his attack. All the while, Kono is on the run for a murder she didn’t commit and McGarrett learns some shocking news from Wo Fat. Could it have something to do with what happened between Wo Fat and McGarrett’s mother Doris in the safe house? And can McGarrett trust either of them? “We find our team risking it all by putting their trust in people or things that maybe they shouldn’t,” executive producer Peter Lenkov says. “We’ll see if their faith pays off.” As for whether Doris will stick around, Lenkov says, “We’ve only just begun to scratch the surface on Doris McGarrett. … Her story’s not quite done yet.” But someone will likely say goodbye. “The English translation of our finale title is ‘Farewell and take care,’ Lenkov says. “You can take want you want from that.”

Hawaii Five-0 wraps season 3

April 20th, 2013 by

With an extremely busy couple of months ahead of them — Hawaii Five-0′s local production crew will be working throughout the summer hiatus to pack up and move the show from their old home at 605 Kapiolani to their new digs at the Diamond Head Studio — cast an crew have been pulling out all the stops on the last handful of season three episodes. They have also, according to Mike Gordon of the Star Advertiser and Honolulu Pulse Outtakes Online, started work on the season four premiere.

Gordon chatted with show lead Alex O’Loughlin during the recent Kualoa Ranch shoot for the season’s 21st episode; the Outtakes Online article below is based on that interview.

Alex O’Loughlin. (Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)

Alex O’Loughlin. (Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)


Apr 20, 2013

Outtakes Online: ‘Five-0′ wraps third season

BY MIKE GORDON / mgordon@staradvertiser.com

“Hawaii Five-0” finished shooting its last episode of season three on Thursday, April 18, but that doesn’t mean everyone can go home. Work began right away on Friday, April 19, and will continue for a few days next week on season four. Just a few scenes, though.

It’s been a long season — 24 episodes that started last July. The daily production grind can start before sunrise and last for 12 to 14 hours.

The show’s leading man, Alex O’Loughlin, who stars as Steve McGarrett, called the pace exhausting a few weeks ago as he filmed an episode at Kualoa Ranch. The episodes were becoming a blur, he said.

“We’re on episode 21 now and personally, I think it’s way too much television,” he said between scenes. “Twenty-four episodes is overkill. I think that they got it right in cable, man. It’s like, 7 to 12 episodes and that’s it for the year. That’s perfect. But we’re doing it, man. It’s good.”

Cable does feature shorter seasons and some of the most acclaimed shows — “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “Southland” — air a baker’s dozen each year. Traditional television has long gone with 22 episodes but some shows, including “Five-0,” have shot 24.

On the upside, being tired means funny. If you watch the aptly dubbed “carguments” between O’Loughlin’s McGarrett and Scott Caan’s Danno, you know they can go at it like an old married couple.

“I think the more tired we get, the funnier it becomes,” O’Loughlin said.

He’s not really sure why, but who cares? It’s fun to watch. O’Loughlin called the ongoing chemistry between the two characters “a big part of the glue that holds the whole thing together.”

“I think the longer we go into a season, the more difficult it gets to get up at 4:30 in the morning and to do all the action stuff,” he said. “Perhaps you are seeing some fatigue and some stuff come through that kind of gives it a different flavor and maybe makes it more realistic.”
Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at mgordon@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.

Can’t beat the bromance on Hawaii Five-0

April 17th, 2013 by

Hawaii Five-0′s Steve and Danny claimed the prize for Fan Favorite Bromance at TV Guide! (Look for the late April edition, on newsstands now).


Steve and Danny win TV Guide's Fan Favorite Bromance poll

FAVORITE BROMANCE Caan (left) and O’Loughlin have become as close off screen as their characters are on screen
(Photo courtesy of TV Guide and CBS)


Hawaii Five-0′s Steve and Danny
Mondays,10/9c, CBS; cbs.com, iTunes; Twitter: @HawaiiFive0CBS

They routinely bicker like an old married couple, but there’s no denying that Hawaii Five-0′s island-bound agents Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan) care about each other like brothers. As with typical bros, the actors accept their Fan Favorite Bromance honor with tongue-in-cheek machismo.

“Three years, and we’ve still only gone to second base,” cracks O’Loughlin, to which Caan replies, “No comment.”

Fortunately, the man who writes much of their dialogue, executive producer Peter Lenkov, proved more talkative, describing the show’s all-important bromance as “our comic relief. It provides insight into our characters’ personal lives and gives them a human dimension.”

It is also, he says, Hawaii Five-0′s “secret sauce. If there weren’t genuine affection between between Alex and Scott, there would be no man-chemistry. There’s no way to fake it, which is the reason it’s so much fun for the actors and the audience.” — William Keck

Rocky ratings for Hawaii Five-0′s “Olelo Pa’a”

April 16th, 2013 by
Steve McGarrett keeps his promise

Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) keeps his promise to his fallen friend Freddie Hart (Alan Ritchson), telling his little girl that her daddy loved her very much.
(Screencap courtesy of CBS and H50 fan And-Ed)

Given the shocking and horrific nature of Monday’s bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon, it is no surprise that an NBC news special won the hour in ratings. Unfortunately it does seem to be the case that Hawaii Five-0 lost more viewers to the NBC special than did Castle. It may be the case that CBS viewers were unaware a new episode would be airing last night; it is certainly unfortunate that so many did not tune in, as they missed what was arguably one of the best episodes of the season.

The early overnight ratings listed below do not yet include time-shifted DVR viewings, which will bolster the ratings for “Olelo Pa’a.”

Ratings table courtesy of Sara Bibel’s April 16th article at ZAP2it’s Television by the Numbers.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, April 15, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 5.1/14 14.29
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.6/8 6.58
ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10PM) 2.2/6 13.41
FOX Bones 1.9/5 6.41
CW Oh Sit! – Season Premiere 0.4/1 1.09
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.0/5 6.07
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 2.3/6 7.48
FOX The Following 2.1/5 6.41
CW 90210 0.2/1 0.56
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 2.2/5 7.65
10:00 NBC Terror In Boston 3.1/8 8.856
ABC Castle 2.1/5 10.41
  CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.8/5 7.65


Kono’s on the run in Hawaii Five-0 season finale! (SPOILERS)

April 13th, 2013 by

Michael Ausiello of TV Line revealed some season finale tidbits to whet our appetites for Hawaii Five-0′s season finale, “Aloha. Malama Pono,” which will air on May 20th.

Said Ausiello in his April 12th TV Line column:

“When a plane lands on Oahu with four bodies on board and a missing terrorist detainee, the CIA tasks Five-0 with finding him before he carries out an attack on U.S. soil. Meanwhile, Kono is on the run from the police for a murder she did not commit, and McGarrett’s prison visit to Wo Fat ends with a shocking discovery. Christine Lahti, Ian Anthony Dale, Daniel Henney and Autumn Reeser guest star.”

Based on the guest cast list, we will once again have high-stakes issues facing our stalwart heroes — Christine Lahti’s ex-CIA operative Doris McGarrett tying son Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) up in knots, Autumn Reeser’s Dr. Gabrielle Asano making things interesting for Danno (Scott Caan), and the Noshimuri brothers (Ian Anthony Dale and Daniel Henney) putting Kono (Grace Park) in hot water with the HPD. It’s safe to assume that Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) will be embroiled in the mess ensnaring Kono, as he was when he found Steve practically standing over the body of murdered Governor Jameson.

Michael Noshimuri (Daniel Henney) up to no good

Fresh off the plane, and already Michael Noshimuri (Daniel Henney) is causing trouble for Kono (Grace Park) and boyfriend Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale)
(Screencap courtesy of CBS and mycoven.de)

We’ve been wondering when we would learn what jailbird brother Michael Noshimuri (Daniel Henney) did with Kono’s service handgun back in December 10th’s “Huaka’i kula (Field Trip),” and judging from Ausiello’s spoiler, the answer is extremely bad news for Officer Kalakaua. “Meanwhile, Kono is on the run from the police for a murder she did not commit,” says Ausiello — a scenario that harkens back to the Season 1 finale when McGarrett was on the run after being accused of murdering both Governor Pat Jameson (Jean Smart) and her aide,  Laura Hills (Kelly Hu).

Will love conquer all? Will Kono take the fall? Will Steve hit the wall? We’ll find out in a little over a month, but in the meantime, what do you think?

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.


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

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