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Up Next On Hawaii Five-0; “Pale ‘la”

February 27th, 2014 by

It’s finally here – Friday, February 28th brings us a new episode of Hawaii Five-0! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, we get to meet Danny William’s mom, played by Melanie Griffith of “Working Girl” fame.  And if THAT wasn’t exciting enough, we get to watch as Danno explains why he doesn’t get to drive his own car!  OK, maybe that part will be more fun than exciting, but I’m still looking forward to it.

On the more serious side, we’ll find out what drove Lou Grover out of Chicago, and based on the promos, it was a traumatic event.  I’m betting McGarrett and the team will rally around their new found friend.

Side note – “Pale ‘la” is directed by Jerry Levine, husband of CBS Chairman (and longtime Alex O’Loughlin supporter,) Nina Tassler.

Scott Caan and Melanie Griffith as Danny and Clara Williams


 “*Pale ‘la” – While Five-0 investigates the murder of a real estate agent whose body was found in the walls of one of his listings, Danny is thrown when his mother comes to Oahu with shocking news, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Pale ‘la is Hawaiian for “Buried Secrets”)

CHEAT TWEET: #H50 fans, say ALOHA 2 @MelanieGriffith – she’s Danno’s mom and her news is going to blow his hair back! 2/28 9PM ET/PT http://bit.ly/M0sJkV


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)



Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Daryl Hannah     (Cherie Tranton)



Michael Green     (Gerard Burns)

Melanie Griffith     (Clara Williams)

Duke Kimhan     (Akoni Sakata)

Jennifer Say Gan     (Inoa Sakata)

Ethan Emby     (Sean Hutton)

Bayani Ison     (Jimmy Chan)

Eugene Cordero     (George Moku)

Benjamin Simpson     (Ethan)

David Simmons     (Paul Hartley)

Jamie Sheppard     (SWAT Member)

Troy Apostol     (Buyer #1)


WRITTEN BY:     Moira Kirkland

DIRECTED BY:      Jerry Levine

Danno’s mom rolls into town

February 26th, 2014 by

In June of 2012, Melanie Griffith played the mother of Scott Caan’s character in “No Way Around But Through,” a play penned by the Hawaii Five-0 actor.  Apparently the chemistry between the two was enough to impress executive producer Peter Lenkov, who subsequently cast the actress as the mother of Caan’s Five-0 character, Danny Williams.

Access Hollywood recently got the scoop from show-runner Lenkov, (below) and you can catch Griffith’s first appearance as Clara Williams, this Friday, February 28th on CBS 9/8C.


Melanie Griffith gives Scott Caan a kiss on the ‘Hawaii Five-0’ set

Hawaii Five-0” fans are about to understand a little more about Danny “Danno” Williams when they meet his mom, played by Melanie Griffith, this Friday night on the CBS drama.

“If you know Danny… yeah, he’s a little [tightly] wound… and I think you wanna believe that a lot of that could’ve come from her,” “H50” Executive Producer Peter Lenkov told AccessHollywood.com.

There wasn’t far to go to find the right actress to play Clara Williams. Lenkov said he realized how perfect Griffith would be after watching her act opposite “H50” star Scott Caan on the stage.

“Scott wrote a play where Melanie played his mom. I went to see them together. I thought the chemistry was amazing. I totally believed her as his mom and it was as easy as that,” he said. “I knew I was going to have to cast the mom and I just knew that she was gonna be it. The minute I saw them together I said, ‘I can’t have anybody else.’”

Clara will be flying into Honolulu, and Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) will be part of the welcoming party for Danny’s mom and her rather enormous pile of luggage.

 “I think he finds her very charming,” Lenkov said when Access asked about Steve’s reaction to Clara. “I think Danny was very suspicious of McGarrett’s mother, but I think [Steve] finds [Danny’s] mother very charming.”

As for what brings Clara to her son’s doorstep, it turns out to be romantic troubles with Danny’s dad, who is being played by Tom Berenger. It’ll be a shock for Danny, who will deal with his parents’ potential split over the course of Melanie’s three-episode arc, but Steve will be there to lend him some advice.

“[He] wants Danny to cut her a little slack. She’s an adult, she’s making a decision. You can’t decide for her how her life’s gonna go. And you’ll see a lot of that dynamic play between them in the three episodes,” Lenkov said.

Lenkov said to expect some emotional material when it comes to this mother and son pair.

“Her big thing is trying to get her son to understand — and Danny relates to it because he got divorced. He knows what his daughter went through. There’s going to be some emotional stuff. We like to wear our heart on our sleeve sometimes, and you’re gonna see a lot of that in [Danny] coming to terms with the fact that his parents may divorce,” Lenkov noted.

Chi McBride Gives Back

February 23rd, 2014 by


Chi McBride followed in the footsteps of co-stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim by taking time out of his busy filming schedule to give back to the community.

McBride gave up his Valentine’s Day to meet with the Airmen of the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. He spent time sharing Hollywood stories and life philosophies with the Airmen.

Master Sgt. Alfred Wells had this to say about meeting McBride, “I think it’s absolutely wonderful how passionate he is about the military. You can tell it’s genuine the way he feels, and it’s not just something he’s saying. The fact that he took time out of his schedule to come speak here says a lot about him and his character.”

Those involved with Hawaii Five-0 have always been candid about their support for the military. It’s nice to see the new cast members joining in that support.

You can more read about Chi McBride’s visit here.

Hawaii Five-0 teasers

February 20th, 2014 by

We haven’t had that many Hawaii Five-0 spoilers this year, so we were happy to see one coming out today.  That is, until we  actually read it.  Rumors have been flying this season as to whether some actors will be leaving the show, so could this mean curtains for one team member?  Nah, we don’t think so, but you just never know…


Can we get some spoiler-y hints for the 19th episode of Hawaii Five-0? I read somewhere that Danny gets hurt, and it’s killing me! –Sara
This won’t ease your anxiety much. Or at all. As the team investigates a tip about a guns deal going down inside a parking garage, a bomb implodes the entire structure – with some of Five-0 inside. One person is badly hurt, oxygen’s running low…. Yeah, it’s one of those situations.

You can read up on the other shows at TV Line.

Grace Park to be inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame

February 13th, 2014 by


Hawaii Five-0′s Grace Park is about to be honored by the Robert Chinn Foundation on May 31, 2014 in Seattle. The Asian Hall of Fame celebrates those of Asian Pacific descent whose achievements contribute to the American experience.

The Vancouver native shot to fame in 2003 when she played two leading roles on Sci Fi’s Battlestar Galactica (a reboot of the short lived 1970′s series). She earned a spot in the Top 100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History with her performance in the season 1 cliffhanger. Grace also earned a nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in Television at the AZN Asian Excellence Awards.

Here’s what she had to say on what it means to be honored in the 2014 Asian Hall of Fame

“It is both an honour and surprise to be inducted in to the 2014 Asian Hall of Fame. Since I work and live under the pretense that no one sees it, and I remain totally anonymous, I suppose I will have to reconsider that if I allow myself to accept this honour. Until recently I was not aware of the Asian Hall of Fame, so not only will I explore what it means, but I will surely be telling my family that I finally made it, and never have to get a real job after all.”

Grace on why the Asian Hall of Fame is important for Asian Pacific Americans -

“The Asian Hall of Fame is important because there are many outstanding achievements and endeavours by Asian Pacific Americans, and the Asian Hall of Fame highlights these successes and the people along with them. It helps us to recognize our unique place in this world, many of us straddling two cultures, and the adaptations and tools we learned and often take for granted as a result. It is the amalgam of cultures and these experiences, plus inspiration and striving, that forge our story, and ultimately the American story.”

“As a process, we explore where we came from, how we express ourselves in, and move through this world, and who we are as individuals. It allows us to further question what it means about us as a collective, and what we want to do with that influence, using it as an opportunity to experience, impact, and connect.”

Of Korean heritage, the Canadian native comments on the way that her heritage has had an impact on her life and achievements.

“It is hard to know how my Korean heritage has impacted my life and achievements without thinking about my parents. To be honest I don’t know where the heritage ends and my parents begin. To me my parents represent Korea. A Korea trapped in the 1970’s,but Korea nonetheless. The tireless work ethic, community mindedness, striving ambition, restrained expression, and societal hierarchy and pressures, are not unique just to the Korean heritage. They did however, shape me.”

“There is a liberty that exists with the ability to float between two cultural worlds. It allows one to be more aware of oneself, as apart from society, as well as feeling one can choose which rules to play by. Perhaps this influenced me to strive for what I wanted, and even if I were to obtain it, I always had the other society’s perspective to bring it into balance.”

Grace joins fellow Hawaii Five-0 alum Apolo Ono who was inducted in 2007.

Hawaii Five-0 ends January on a high note

February 1st, 2014 by

 The final night of January brought season high ratings for CBS and the cast of Hawaii Five-0.  Continuing it’s upward trajectory, “Nā hala a ka makua,”  (Sins of the Father) guest-starring Michael Madsen, boasted same-day numbers of  11.13 million total viewers, second only to Blue Bloods.

Michael Madsen as Roy Parrish

While ABC’s “Shark Tank” maintained it’s high ranking in the 18-49 demographic, Five-0, with it’s trademark combination of humor, sentiment, and sun-drenched action, edged up two tenths in that category as well.   Overall, this is just one more piece of postive news for fans of the show who are hoping for a fifth season.

It turns out the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

 Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 31, 2014

From TVbythenumbers

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.7 6 9.23
FOX Bones 1.6 6 6.81
ABC Last Man Standing 1.5 5 6.87
NBC Hollywood Game Night -R 0.9 3 3.38
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4 1 0.92
9:30 PM ABC The Neighbors 1.1 4 4.33
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 2.1 7 7.36
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.7 5 11.13
NBC Dateline NBC (9-11PM) 1.2 4 6.00
FOX Enlisted 0.8 3 2.79
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.77
9:30PM FOX Raising Hope 0.6 2 1.90
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.7 5 5.45
CBS Blue Bloods 1.6 5 12.79


Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Nā hala a ka makua”

January 30th, 2014 by

The makings of a memorable cargument

The McGarrett – Danno bromance is back this week in a big way!

Fan have noticed that the dynamic duo have had fewer “bromantic” moments in Season 4, mostly due to the seemingly diminished screen time of Scott Caan. Tonight, however, we can look forward to some epic cargument moments as Steve and Danny spend much of the episode handcuffed together. They are forced to drive around the island by an escaped convict played by Michael Madsen of Reservoir Dogs fame. Madsen’s character threatens little Gracie, which is sure to get Danny’s hackles up.

Grace gets herself into some trouble as she punches out  another student. Remember when Danny punched out McGarrett in the pilot? Apparently the Williams apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Peter Weller is back behind the camera. He has quickly become one of my favourite directors this season.

Watch a new preview clip HERE

From CBS


         “*Nā hala a ka makua” – McGarrett and Danny are kidnapped by an escaped convict who wants Five-0 to prove his innocence.  Meanwhile, Danny must deal with Grace after she punches someone at school, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 31 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Nā hala a ka makua is Hawaiian for “Sins of the Father”)


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)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)



Michael Madsen     (Roy Parrish)

Keiko Elizabeth      (Principal Ann Fiske)

Matthew Glave      (Lead FBI Agent Kohl/Julian Lynch)

Lyndon Smith      (Lauren Parrish)

Geoff Heise     (Judge)

Alan Y. Okamoto      (Defense Attorney)

Jackie Tufa-Marques      (School Secretary)

Chris Gritti     (Impala Driver)


WRITTEN BY:     David Wolkove

DIRECTED BY:    Peter Weller

Hawaii Five-0 “Hana lokomaika’i” swims past CSI

January 25th, 2014 by

Hawaii Five-0 may not be scoring high in the youth demographic but it’s consistently landing among the top 20 most viewed prime-time shows, and the recent Chin Ho-heavy episode was no exception.  The episode featuring Robert Knepper at his sleazy best, brought in a larger audience than CBS powerhouse, CSI, landing the show at #11 for the week ending January 19th.

At the end of last season, many were concerned that the show wouldn’t live to see a fifth season, but the move to Friday nights, combined with the addition of Chi McBride, could just mean another year on the island for stars Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, and Scott Caan.

Chin Ho confronts brother-in-law Gabriel Wainright


From the San Jose Mercury News

1. Football: San Francisco vs. Seattle, Fox, 55.9 million

2. NFC Championship: “The OT,” Fox, 30.3

3. “NCIS,” CBS, 19.7

4. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 15.8

5. “American Idol,” Wednesday, Fox, 15.1

6. “American Idol,” Thursday, Fox, 13.3

7. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 12.6

8. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 12.5

9. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 20

10. “The Following,” Fox, 11.1

11. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 10.6

12. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 10.3

13. “CSI,” CBS, 10

14. “Mike & Molly,” CBS, 9.8

15. “The Blacklist,” NBC, 9.3

16. “Modern Family,” ABC, 9.1

17. “Castle,” ABC, 9

18. “Undercover Boss,” CBS, 8.9

18. “2 Broke Girls,” CBS, 8.9

20. “How I Met Your Mother,” CBS, 8.5

Hawaii Five- Rebroadcasts Season Three’s “Ho’opio”

January 24th, 2014 by

With bahamabert

Friday’s replay of Season Three’s “Ho’opio (To Take Captive),” sees Danny pushed to the edge by a serial child abduction suspect, played by the creepily convincing Henry Rollins.   Will Steve have to take his partner off the case? Tune in tonight to find out!

As the press release (below) tells us, “When the body of a young girl who was kidnapped 10 years earlier is discovered, Five-0 must hunt down the kidnappers who have now taken their next victim.” It’s easy to see how this case would hit close to home for Danny.



Mare Winningham and Henry Rollins (“Sons of Anarchy”) Guest Star

“Ho’ opio” – When the body of a young girl who was kidnapped 10 years earlier is discovered, Five-0 must hunt down the kidnappers who have now taken their next victim.  Meanwhile, Kono asks Catherine for a favor that could damage her relationship with Adam, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, May 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Mare Winnigham and Henry Rollins (“Sons of Anarchy”) guest star.

(*Ho’ opio is Hawaiian for “To Take Captive”)

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)
Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)
Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Shawn Garnett     (Flippa)

Kanani Rogers     (Amanda Morris)
Mykayla Sohn     (Ella Bishop)
Adam Lieberman     (Henry Morris)
Mia Adams     (Tess Morris)
Jodie Jarvis     (Joyce Bishop)
Brent Dupuis     (Don Bishop)
Don Swayze     (Lloyd Grimes)
Kevin Doyle     (Dave Parsons)
Henry Rollins     (Ray Beckett)
Mare Winningham     (Terry Beckett)
Adam Wang     (Yakuza Soldier #1)
Tip Gilbert     (Himself)
Diane Ako     (Newscaster)
Leslie Wilcox     (Newscaster)

STORY BY:     Peter M. Lenkov
TELEPLAY BY:     Noah Nelson
DIRECTED BY:     Steve Boyum

A Peek Behind the Scenes with Peter Lenkov

January 23rd, 2014 by

Last week, TV critics were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Five-0 writers’ room by executive producer, Peter Lenkov. There they learned the process of building each episode which includes 8 days of preproduction prep, 8 days of filming followed by several days of post production. Over 200 people from Hawaii and Los Angeles are involved in the process.

“Shooting a show in Hawaii, you need a lot more lead time,” he says. “The resources aren’t the same as you would have here in Los Angeles, so some stuff has to be shipped over.” (from Courier-Islander)


Peter Lenkov giving a tour at the  Television Critics Association Studio Day

On this day, Australia-born actor Alex O’Loughlin — who plays Hawaiian special forces Lt.-Cmdr. Steve McGarrett — crashes the Skype call to wave and banter long distance with critics. Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Canadian-American actress Grace Park also star on the series.

For more on the behind the scenes tour check out Courier-Islander