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Hawaii Five-0 helps repair the state’s aging film studio

July 28th, 2014 by

In 2012 when developer Marshal Hung purchased the Honolulu Advertiser building to turn it into luxury condos, the rebooted Hawaii Five-0 cast and crew found themselves booted right out of their home of three years.  CBS’ search for a new location revealed few properties offering the space needed to film a major network production on the island of Oahu.

When the show landed at the same soundstage where Jack Lord and the original Hawaii Five-O called home, it sounded like a nice bit of synchronicity, but few fans were aware of the state of disrepair of the property.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Mike Gordon reports on just what the network has done, not only for Hawaii Five-0, but for the state of Hawaii and any future residents of the studios at Diamond Head. Reading the story, it’s difficult to believe that employees of ABC’s Lost and Last Resort worked in these conditions.  We’re glad to see that CBS is willing to put out the money necessary to make the complex a better home for stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park, and Daniel Dae Kim, as well as the many behind-the-scenes employees who put their blood, sweat, and tears into making Hawaii Five-0 a success.

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Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head Photo: KITV

From Mike Gordon (@crankydad on Twitter)

When the state film office asked lawmakers in 2012 for money to repair the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, the request came with a stark admonishment: In its condition at the time, the facility was “an embarrassment to Hawaii’s film industry and a liability to the state.”

The air-conditioning system in the primary soundstage often stopped working, the large barn doors on a building that houses a tank for underwater filming were too dangerous to move, and several buildings needed to be removed because of termite damage, carpenter ants in electrical systems and rats.

But just as it does every Friday night in prime time, the CBS crime drama “Hawaii Five-0″ rescued the state once again.

Since moving into the facility in May 2013, “Five-0″ has spent more than $709,000 on repairs and improvements that the state applied toward the show’s monthly rent, said state film Commissioner Donne Dawson.  ”Five-0,” which just started shooting its fifth season, is charged $50,000 a month for use of the 7.5-acre complex on 18th Avenue below Kapiolani Community College, she said. Dawson called the show “a brilliant partner.”

“We’re making progress and we’re making good progress,” she said. “Considering the lack of resources to do everything we want to, we are making do with the resources we have.”

The film office estimated two years ago that the Diamond Head facility needed $10.4 million in renovations. Lawmakers gave film officials about half that, including money budgeted for planning and design, Dawson said.

“Five-0″ moved into the state facility during the hiatus between its third and fourth seasons because its original production headquarters — the old Hono­lulu Advertiser building — was sold to a developer.

The show paid $216,000 for new air-conditioning chillers on the Diamond Head studio’s 16,500-square-foot soundstage, replacing a system that was two decades old. It was a critical fix, Dawson said.  ”You need to have a strong, functioning, efficient air-conditioning system to keep your set cool,” she said. “Your set is going to be very hot with lights and equipment and lots of warm bodies.”

The show also spent $137,000 to air-condition a sweltering building once used as a stage by the original “Five-0,” then spent another $105,000 to insulate the 12,000-square-foot building, Dawson said. The stage, which still sports a “Hawaii Five-0″ sign from the original series, is now home to several permanent sets: the crime lab, Max’s morgue and Steve McGarrett’s home.

The series also was credited for the cost of insulating the water tank building — about $115,000. The building was built in 1999 by the producers of “Baywatch: Hawaii.” Other improvements included $103,000 for a new building for costumes and $33,000 worth of electrical upgrades.

For it’s part, the state replaced the barn doors with a safer alternative and completed some repaving. But its next big project — replacing the wood buildings that date back to 1976 — may have to wait until “Five-0″ calls it quits because there isn’t enough time between seasons to complete the project, Dawson said after meeting with “Five-0″ production members last week.

Dawson wants to see a second soundstage on the property, and her office might ask the Legislature for money when it meets next year. She wouldn’t discuss size, location or cost, but said a project like that would have to wait until the Diamond Head property was not in use.

CBS said in a statement that it was happy with the working relationship it has with state film officials. Filming in Hawaii is important to the authenticity and legacy of the series, the network said, noting that it was committed to future improvements. That’s good news for the Diamond Head facility, the only state-owned film studio in Hawaii.

“It is an aging facility that is under heavy use on a daily basis, and things break down unexpectedly and we have to address those things as they come,” Dawson said.

And if “Five-0″ doesn’t receive a sixth season?  ”If they leave, when they leave, we will have a much better, safer, more efficient and user-friendly facility for future productions,” Dawson said. “Given that, we owe a lot to ‘Five-0.’”

AND that’s a wrap …

Grace Park nerds out over Battlestar Galactica and Comic Con for THR Preview issue

July 26th, 2014 by

Hawaii Five-0 star (and possibly closet nerd) Grace Park hams it up with former Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff for a special The Hollywood Reporter preview issue.  But it’s no ordinary issue- they’re decked out in full Star Wars rebellion regalia in this awesome sci-fi mashup.  Are they being recognized for blowing up the Death Star or a Cylon Base Star?  We don’t know exactly, but this candid behind the scenes interview shows us a little more insight from a sci-fi actor’s point of view of the world of convention lurking.

Grace park and Katee Sackhoff credit THR

Grace park and Katee Sackhoff credit THR

Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Blessing video and recap

July 8th, 2014 by
Alex O'Loughliin Hawaii News Now

Alex O’Loughlin Photo credit Hawaii News Now

In what has become an annual tradition, a Hawaiian blessing was performed by Kahu Kauila Kawelo Barber, Hawaii Five-0′s Hawaiian Language and Protocol Advisor, to kick off Season 5 . Getting a show to a fifth season is difficult so perhaps the blessing is working. Present were Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Dennis Chun, Jorge Garcia, and Peter Lenkov, as well as extras and crew.

Grace Park had this to say about the blessing, “There’s a beauty to the commencement of something and to come together and to recognize not only that point, but to have a vision of the entire time. You don’t know what it will look like, but you feel there is a hope and some reflection.”

Grace Park with Tannya Joaquin. Photo:  Hawaii News Now

Grace Park with Tannya Joaquin. Photo: Hawaii News Now

Fans immediately noticed the substantial facial hair that adorned Alex O’Loughlin’s face at the ceremony. He said that many people have been offering their opinions on it – not all of them positive. Shortly after the blessing, O’Loughlin was seen sporting a mustache as he began his transformation into Steve McGarrett.

Alex discussing his beard with Tannya - Hawaii News Now

Alex discussing his beard with Tannya.
Photo: Hawaii News Now

Many hints were dropped about Season 5 including an extended 25 episode season!

Other spoilers include:

  • The island of Oahu will be  turning into a ghost town with the disappearance of a million people in the season premiere
  • The return of Carol Burnett, Larry Manetti and Frankie Valli in episode 8
  • A possible appearance of golfer Michelle Wie
  • A new female cast member joining the medical examiner’s office as an assist to the quirky Max Bergman
  • Jorge Garcia and Daniel Dae Kim ,  Photo:  Hawaii News Now

    Jorge Garcia and Daniel Dae Kim , Photo: Hawaii News Now

     

    Hawaii Five-0 returns to CBS on Sept. 26, 2014.

Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 DVD release date

June 23rd, 2014 by

Although you’ve been able to pre-order the Hawaii 5-0 Season 4 DVD on Amazon for awhile, we now have the release date for you!  Mark your calendars for September 16th and f you’d like to support this blog, you can order using one of our links here or by clicking the Amazon link on the right side of the blog.

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TVshowsonDVD.com has a few more details for you, but we’re hoping the Blu-ray is released on the same day.

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Many viewers thought that the fourth season of the CBS show was better than the previous two, so you’ll want to add this one to your collection.  In addition to behind the scenes features, the gag reel featuring a very funny Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park, Scott Caan, and Daniel Dae Kim, is always one of the high points of the set, and new cast member Chi McBride should add a few laughs.

Grace Park receives honor from Asian Hall of Fame

June 1st, 2014 by

On May 31, 2014, actress Grace Park was inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington.  Grace was in good company with fellow inductees including former Presidential Cabinet member Norm Mineta, Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian, and Manu Tuiasosopo of San Francisco 49ers fame.

Photo credit:  Reporter Janet Kim of KING-5 in Seattle

Photo credit: Reporter Janet Kim of KING-5 in Seattle

The Asian Hall of Fame “honors distinguished individuals of Asian Pacific descent whose personal achievements have contributed to the American experience.”  In the field of entertainment with its noticeable scarcity of Asians, Ms. Park’s 14 year career is quite an achievement.

Born in Los Angeles, but raised in Vancouver, Canada, Ms. Park first became known to many Americans when she played two lead roles on Battlestar Galactica.  Her beauty and talent caught the eyes of the right people when it was time to cast the CBS reimagining of Hawaii Five-0, where she’s still going strong as team member Kono Kalakaua.

To read Grace’s  previous comments on her Korean heritage and receiving this honor, you can check out our previous blog. http://www.50undercover.com/2014/02/13/grace-park-to-be-inducted-into-the-asian-hall-of-fame/

Nathan Adrian tweeted "Straight cheesin' with Grace Park from Hawaii 5-0."

Nathan Adrian tweeted “Straight cheesin’ with Grace Park from Hawaii 5-0.”

 

 

H50 Summer Scanner – May 21, 2014

May 21st, 2014 by

We’re introducing a new feature to help Hawaii Five-0 fans get through the summer months, and here’s our first edition of the H50 Summer Scanner.  Our aim is to give you recaps of Five-0 related happenings, and we hope you enjoy it.

Will yun Lee with Ian Anthony Dale at the Season 3 Hawaii Five-0 wrap party. Photo credit Will Yun Lee via Twitter

Will Yun Lee with Ian Anthony Dale at the Season 3 Hawaii Five-0 wrap party.
Photo credit Will Yun Lee via Twitter

Two Hawaii Five-0 favourites have moved on from the island (for the time being).

Will Yun Lee (Hawaii Five-0‘s bad guy with a heart, Sang Min) found success as bodyguard Harada in last summer’s action blockbuster The Wolverine (starring Hugh Jackman). He also appeared in the recently cancelled Intelligence starring Lost alum Josh Holloway. But never fear because you can catch him this summer in HBO’s True Blood. Lee will have a recurring role as an urban cowboy bent on revenge. You can bet that this role will see Lee kicking some undead butt when True Blood‘s final season  airs on June 22nd, 2014.

Kono’s true love Adam was only seen for a short time this season but actor Ian Anthony Dale is not taking a break. He plays series regular Lieutenant Jim Koto in TNT’s Murder in the First from NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco. The series will give viewers an inside look at the workings of the justice system. Taye Tiggs (of Private Practice) also stars. Murder in the First premiers June 9th, 2014 at 10/9C. Check out the trailer below.

 

Wendie Burbridge Recaps Hawaii Five-0 Season 4

May 15th, 2014 by

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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.

Networks need not fear Friday night

May 2nd, 2014 by
Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) sets aside his reservations about McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) methods in the season finale. (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) sets aside his reservations about McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) not quite regulation methods in the season finale.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

According to USA Today’s Bill Keveny, commenting in a May 1st online article, networks are finally realizing that Friday nights are no longer bad news for prime time shows. The CBS lineup, and Hawaii Five-0 in particular, feature prominently in Keveny’s article.

“CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, now paired with the night’s most-watched series, Blue Bloods, has increased its audience 11% despite moving from Mondays to the second-least-watched night of the week,” says Keveny, going on to quote CBS exec Glenn Geller on the successful pairing of Five-0 and Blue Bloods.

“We’ve had tremendous success this year “with the Five-0/Blue Bloods combo, says Glenn Geller, who oversees CBS’ returning programs. “Every network has a little something to crow about, and it’s great for network television. Audiences show up for good TV, and there’s a lot to choose from on Friday night.”

Keveny also chatted with Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov, who is understandably delighted with the show’s performance on what was seen by the hand-wringing contingent as a death-sentence timeslot.

“Five-0, averaging 11.6 million viewers, is trying to tap into a family audience, and executive producer Peter Lenkov says it makes a good fit with Blue Bloods, another fourth-year police drama, and a top-15 show (13.7 million) that this season had its most-watched episode since its premiere in 2010,” says Keveny.

“For Lenkov, the move to an earlier time slot (9 p.m. ET/PT) may be at least as important as the switch in nights,” Keveny added, before further quoting Lenkov.

“I always thought we were better suited for a 9 o’clock show no matter what night we we were on,” he says. “I think we’re lighter in terms of our procedural stories and character interactions. We like to think there’s a lot of humor in the show. I always felt like the 10 o’clock shows always seemed a little edgier and darker,” while competition on Mondays was “like a street fight.”

Keveny goes on to reveal some promotional teases for tonight’s high-stakes episode, as well as for next week’s season finale.

“Lenkov hopes to end Five-0‘s first Friday season in style. This week’s episode will feature Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) traveling to Afghanistan to help a family, while the May 9 season finale will continue the story of Captain Lou Grover (Chi McBride) and feature an appearance by archvillain Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos).”

Read Keveny’s full article at the USA Today website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie”

May 1st, 2014 by

Look down… Look up… McGarrett is on a horse!

 

Finally!!! The tables are turned when Catherine asks McGarrett to do her a favour. Unlike the usual Navy intelligence information that Steve asks Catherine to get for him, her favour involves bullets, bad guys and a bloody McGarrett. Some of the promo photos remind me of his capture and torture at the hands of Wo Fat. Who is going to be saving who by the end? To find out that and more, don’t miss this lead-up to the final episode of Season 4!

Bollywood beauty, Mallika Sherawat, has been cast as Farah Khan, a character from Catherine’s military past. Khan’s son is kidnapped and it’s up to Cath and McGarrett to try and save him in Afghanistan. For those who missed it, this will be Michelle Borth’s last episode. SPOILER!!! Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, assures fans that Cath does not die. Borth even teased (on Twitter) that the door may be open for her character to return.

Keep your eyes peeled for Gary Fritts, a real life SEAL (retired), who has been a military advisory on Hawaii Five-0 for the last three years. Tough guy, Kala Alexander reprises his roll as Kawika (surprisingly not listed a recurring) while Duane “Dog” Chapman appears for the second time.

From CBS

McGARRETT AND CATHERINE TRAVEL TO AFGHANISTAN TO STOP THE TALIBAN FROM HARMING A YOUNG BOY WHOSE FAMILY SAVED CATHERINE’S LIFE YEARS AGO, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, MAY 2

“*Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie” – McGarrett and Catherine travel to Afghanistan to stop the Taliban from harming a young boy whose family saved Catherine’s life years ago, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*“Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie” is Hawaiian for “Fair Winds and Following Seas”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

Larry Manetti     (Nicky “The Kid” Demarco)

Al Harrington     (Mamo Kahike)

Duane “Dog’ Chapman     (Himself)

GUEST CAST:

William C. Mitchell     (Joel Bratton)

Angelica Quinn     (Alicia Helani)

Mido Hamada     (Amir Khan)

Mallika Sherawat     (Farah Khan)

David Landry     (Leon Chase)

Farshad Farahat     (Umar Hassan)

Michael Hollick     (Naval Intel Officer Lt. Granger)

Josh Clark     (Naval Captain Stan Norell)

Jordan Salud     (Jamie Kamaka)

Maz Siam     (Interrogator)

Gary Fritts     (Seal)

Timothy Brennen     (CIA Man)

John A. Weaver     (Suit)

Kala Alexander     (Kawika)

Christianno De Lugo     (Najib Khan)

Ran Yatim     (Leader)

Daniel Gilad     (Taliban Fighter #3)

Mehdi Mdouari     (Taliban Fighter #7)

STORY BY: Peter M. Lenkov, Ken Solarz and Eric Guggenheim

TELEPLAY BY: Eric Guggenheim

DIRECTED BY: Jeffrey Hunt

Hawaii Five-0 Says Aloha to a Series Regular

April 28th, 2014 by

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Love her or hate her, Michelle Borth’s character, Catherine Rollins, has grown from McGarrett’s favourite favour-provider in Season 1, to providing some much needed female balance on the male dominated Five-0 team in Season 4.  This turned out to be particularly valuable when series regular Grace Park took some time off earlier this year.

Friday’s episode will be Rollins’ swan song as we learn more back-story of her time in the military. It’s unfortunate that this character development didn’t occur earlier, which seems to be a common shortcoming with featured female roles such as Jenna Kaye (Season 1 & 2 played by Larisa Oleynik) and Lori Weston (Season 2 played by Lauren German). All three started with much promise only to see their story lines fizzle before leaving the island. Hopefully, the introduction of female regular characters in the future will be met with more balanced presentation.

As of yet we haven’t heard any word on Michelle Borth’s upcoming projects, but we will keep you up to date as details are released.

We at Hawaii Five-0 Undercover wish Michelle all the best on her new path!