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Hawaii Five-0 premier party September 13, 2014

July 3rd, 2014 by

As we mentioned in May, executive producer Peter Lenkov promised fans that there would be a “Sunset On the Beach” celebration to kick off the fifth season of Hawaii Five-0.  A man of his word, today the date of September 13th was announced and now fans can begin making travel plans.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the phenomenon, the Hawaii Five-0 “SOTB,” as it is referred to, is the combination season premier, star-studded red carpet walk, and general party thrown by CBS to show appreciation to the Oahu locals.

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Well, that’s how it began.  For the first Five-0 SOTB, some groups of dedicated Alex O’Loughlin fans flew to Honolulu for a chance to glimpse their favorite star. Those who couldn’t make the trip were able to watch a portion of the event via live feeds being broadcast online.  As photos, video, and word of  that first exciting event spread around the world, more travelers descended onto the Waikiki beach each subsequent year.

Unfortunately, not all of the main cast have attended each season, but Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim, who both live in Hawaii, have not missed a chance to show their love to the throngs of vocal fans.  Other frequenet attendees are Taylor Wily (Kamekona,) Teilor Grubbs (Grace Williams) and Wo Fat actor, Mark Dacascos. Hopefully fans will Grace Park and Scott Caan this year!

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Alex O’Loughlin from SOTB4 Photo: Agent Madjack

This year’s Sunset On the Beach will be even more special to the cast and crew than in past years.  The show will be filming it’s 100th episode that week; a  major milestone in this day and age of disposable television shows.  As Lenkov told the Star Advertiser’s Mike Gordon, ”It allows me the privilege of sharing our premiere episode with our extended family on the most beautiful beach in the world,” Lenkov said. “So if you ask if I am excited — I am. More than words can describe.”

Daniel Dae Kim at SOTB 4 Photo: Agent Madjack

Daniel Dae Kim at SOTB 4
Photo: Agent Madjack

Last year as the sun set over the ocean, Alex O’Loughlin proclaimed that there should be a Sunset On the Beach every year, even after the show goes off the air.  Well, we don’t want to look that far ahead, but we’re grateful that the stars, Peter Lenkov, and CBS are so invested in showing the fans some aloha.  Let’s hope this party continues for many years to come.

Chi McBride's first Sunset On the Beach Photo: Agent Madjack

Chi McBride’s first Sunset On the Beach
Photo: Agent Madjack

Because those attending the beach-side premiere see the season debut before the rest of the world, one drawback has always been keeping spoilers from leaking out.  This year will be even more of a challenge as SOTB occurs almost two weeks before CBS rolls out its Fall shows.  Hawaii’s Aloha Festival will be taking place on September 20th, which would have been the prime date for the CBS fete.

Check back at 50undercover.com for more updates.  If you’re going to be there, we’d love for you to tell our readers about your experience. And if you get some great photos that wouldn’t mind sharing with us exclusively, we’d love you forever!  Let us know here on the blog, or message us on Facebook.   Mahalo!

H50 Summer Scanner – July 1, 2014

July 1st, 2014 by

There is some big news coming from the Hawaii Five-0 camp as the cast and crew get ready to start filming Season 5 next week!

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Steve finds out that Catherine is staying in Afghanistan.

TV Guide is reporting that Steve McGarrett will  be getting a new love interest this year. His former flame, Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth,) was last seen riding off into the Afgan sunset leaving a big hole in McGarrett’s heart. The new lady is somehow connected to the senior McGarrett and when she visits his gravesite on the anniversary of his death, she’ll meet our favourite Navy SEAL. Will sparks fly?  Judging from reaction on social media, not all fans like the idea of the Five-0 leader rebounding from heartbreak so quickly.  What do you think? Yea or Nay?

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See that guy the second from the left? Recognize him? That’s Victor Hesse, the man who killed Steve McGarrett’s father. Hesse went on to meet an untimely end at the hands of Wo Fat in Season 2. Or did he? Executive Producer, Peter Lenkov, released the following teaser tweet.

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@Jm_Live is the Twitter handle of Buffy the Vampire Slayer veteran, James Marsters, the actor who played Hesse. Although he killed McGarrett’s father, he later saved Steve’s life. Looks like the complicated character is coming back to the island! It is not clear if he survived his jail house shanking at the hands of Wo Fat or if he will appear in flashbacks. As the kind of villain you love to hate, we’re hoping Hesse has lived to see another day.

Teilor Grubbs with Ian Anthony Dale

Teilor Grubbs with Ian Anthony Dale

In other news, Ian Anthony Dale is keeping himself busy this summer. He will be joining the Hart of Dixie Season 4 cast as a rich, charming doctor that men would like to be and women would like to be with (not too much of a stretch for Dale.) This casting could mean he will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 in the near future. Sorry, Adam fans, he may be scarce in Season 5. The Heart of Dixie can be seen on the CW network.

Hawaii Five-0 Double Header Weekend

June 27th, 2014 by

 

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'?

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

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.

 

H50 Summer Scanner – June 25, 2014

June 25th, 2014 by

Mark your calendars!

On June 24th, CBS announced the Fall schedule with Friday, September 26th, being the date for Hawaii Five-0′s fifth season to debut.  The show is maintaining it’s Season 4 timeslot, 9pm/8c.  The DVD set for last season goes on sale on September 16th.

Season 5 premiere date.

Season 5 premiere date.

But until then, it’s almost time for the filming of Season 5 to begin; July 8th to be exact. If we’re lucky, the show and local media will share the opening Hawaiian blessing ceremony with us via live video stream as they have in the past two years.  And let’s hope for some good on-set photos this season, as cast and crew don’t seem to be sharing as many as they did in the first few years.  Come on, CBS, give the fans some Season 5 love!

Recently Daniel Dae Kim was spotted in Atlanta where Insurgent (of the Divergent movie series) is filming. Daniel took advantage of his southern location to skip over to North Carolina and cheer on Hawaii native Michelle Wie, who went on to win the U.S. Women’s Open.  Obviously enjoying the filming experience, Kim tweeted, “That was a good day. Really impressed by the talent and kindness of the people on this project. #Insurgent”

Daniel tweeted this photo of himself with U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie.

Daniel tweeted this photo of himself with U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie.

On Monday, June 23rd, students and staff at Hongwanji Mission School (the first Buddhist School established outside of Japan) were fortunate to host the Five-0 main-man himself, Alex O’Loughlin.  O’Loughlin, a guest of the school’s Ohana Arts Program spoke about “about acting as a profession and his experiences.

Photo: @ohanasummerarts on Instagram

Photo: @ohanasummerarts on Instagram

He answered questions from the students and offered some sage advice regarding being true to oneself and treating others as you want to be treated,” according to a school representative.  Apparently Scott Caan also phoned in to speak to the students as well.

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At Hongwanji Mission School – Photo: @hmsdolphinsnow on Intagram

 

 

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.

H50 Summer Scanner – June 17, 2014

June 19th, 2014 by

 

Ian Anthony Dale & Daniel Dae Kim at #PowwowHawaii event. Photo via @Chant808 @Nonstophonolulu

Ian Anthony Dale & Daniel Dae Kim at #PowwowHawaii event. Photo via @Chant808 @Nonstophonolulu

During a recent interview with Popsugar.com, Ian Anthony Dale talked about his new role as homicide lieutenant Jim Koto in TNT’s Murder in the First. Dale revealed that he relies on advice from his brother, a homicide detective, when playing roles such as this. He says his brother is a valuable resource but will be the first to tell him when he has done something wrong. Ah, brotherly love.

For Hawaii Five-0 fans, Dale teases about his future on the CBS show, saying, he “can’t talk about” what might be coming up for Adam Noshimori next season. Can we hope that Kono’s love interest will return?

Check out the entire interview below.

 

Photo: Broadwayworld.com

Photo: Broadwayworld.com

Island resident Daniel Dae Kim is throwing his star power behind a Hawaiian bid to create the Barack Obama Presidential Center by lending  his voice to the video pitch. The Presidential Center will include a museum and “think tank” institute . Chicago and New York are also submitting bids. No stranger to assisting the President, Dae recently served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the United States at the World Expo in South Korea.

Monday brings Ian Anthony Dale on Murder in the First

June 9th, 2014 by

Ian Anthony Dale plays the reluctant head of the local Yakuza on Hawaii Five-0, but for the summer at least, he’s on the other side of the law. Dale’s dramatic portrayal of Adam Noshimuri won the heart not only of Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua on the island-based show, but those of many viewers as well.

Ian Anthony Dale as Lt. Koto Photo: TNT Network

Ian Anthony Dale as Lt. Koto
Photo: TNT Network

Five-0 is on hiatus now but fans can catch the talented actor as Lt. Jim Koto on Murder in the First, starring Taye Diggs and Christine Elise. Concentrating on one murder over the course of the 10-episode arc, the series from the legendary Steven Boccho, begins airing Monday June 9th on TNT 10/9c. Be sure to check it out and support Ian!

H50 Summer Scanner – June 5, 2014

June 6th, 2014 by

We’ve got some movie news for Hawaii Five-0 fans!  Variety reports that Daniel Dae Kim will be joining the Divergent  franchise as Jack Kang. He will be appearing along-side stars Shailene Woodley, Theo Thomas, Octavia Spencer, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts in “The Divergent Series: Insurgent”, the second in the four film series. The movies are based on a trilogy by Veronica Roth with the final book being split into two movies to be released in 2016 and 2017. The first Divergent filmed grossed $267 million.  No word on whether Kim will be in the later productions as well.

Daniel Dae Kim in "Lost"

Daniel Dae Kim in “Lost”

Filming on the movie has already begun in Atlanta, Georgia. Kim tweeted that Insurgent filming will be what he is “doing this summer”. We hope it will not interfere with the Hawaii Five-0 once filming resumes in July.

Movie synopsis – Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Insurgent is set to be released March, 2015.

In other movie-related news, Scott Caan is in Morocco filming Rock the Kasbah with Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, and Kate Hudson.  Directed by Barry Levinson, the movie centers on a burned-out music producer who brings an American Idol type show to Afghanistan.  Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney, has recently signed on to join his CBS-mate, Caan, who replaces Shia LaBeouf in the film.

From @chabichimorocco on Instagram

From @chabichimorocco on Instagram

 

One last thing for this edition of the Scanner, Ian Anthony Dale’s (Adam Noshimuri) new television show begins this Monday, June 9th, on TNT.  It will air at 10/9c.  Be sure to show Ian the aloha and check it out!

H50 Summer Scanner – May 30, 2014

May 30th, 2014 by

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Daniel Dae Kim is not spending his hiatus sipping Blue Hawaiians on the white sands beaches near his home in Hawaii.

Kim’s production company, 3AD (launched last year), is in talks with CBS to remake the popular South Korean medical drama, Good Doctor. The show follows a genius pediatric surgeon who is also a savant. He tells the Hollywood Reporter that his Korean background will help in the adaptation for a North American audience. “I can understand the Korean dialogue, the cultural nuances of what the show is trying to portray. I think I have a fairly good sense of what will translate and what won’t.”

The popularity of Gangnam Style is part of the reason that Kim wants to bring Korean influenced projects to the US. “K-pop is bigger than ever, there is an awareness in the U.S. of an international market, there is an interest in intellectual property such as basing TV and film on books and foreign content.”

Kim is also in talks to bring the story of Mike Kim, a North Korean specialist who helped refugees cross from North Korea into China, to film. (Mike) Kim’s memoir, Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World’s Most Repressive Country, is the basis of the movie. He is also the founder of Crossing Borders, a non-profit organization that assists North Korean refugees.

CBS and Kim signed a two year project development deal last September. We look forward to following Daniel in his new role as a producer.

Alex O’Loughlin’s guilty pleasure returns to the air

May 27th, 2014 by

You can help help save one of Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin’s favorite pleasures this summer.  I’ll bet you didn’t realize you had that much power.

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As a long-time fan of FOX’s dance competition show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” I have to admit that I got a bit of a thrill upon hearing that the Aussie actor not only loves the show, but gets cranky if he misses an episode.

When CBS released a video of the man behind Steve McGarrett answering fan’s questions, one of the inquiries was, “What is your guilty pleasure?”  I think most of us were surprised at Alex’s response.

So You Think You Can Dance.  I love it so much.  I dream about it.  Listen, I don’t care.  I don’t care if the world knows.  This is the thing – I DVR it.  If I don’t get to watch it within 72 hours of the DVRing, I get extremely grumpy.  I get short with the kids, I get short with the people at work.  I have to watch it.  I get very emotional when it’s on.  When people get cut, or sometimes they get a little, they get a little upset…I have been known to get a little misty.”

Alex, I know exactly what you mean, because I have shed more than a few tears while watching the inspiring performances, gorgeous choreography, and heartbroken fellow contestants as their friends are sent home.  One of the aspects that sets this competition apart from others on television, is that most of those who make it into the top 20 have devoted their lives to studying their passion, they haven’t just moonwalked in their bedroom and thought they were ready for prime time.  Not all of the contestants have studied their art formally, some have learned their style on the streets. so there are opportunities for all.  SYTYCD celebrates all genres of the art and I love watching as these performers learn styles that push them outside their comfort zone.

Now, you may ask why I said you can help save this show.  Television is a cut-throat business and in recent years FOX has already dropped the separate elimination episode and SYTYCD has had to incorporate results into the competition episodes.  It’s resulted in an awkward format, but executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has done the best he could with the time he’s been allotted.  Like most shows on TV today, this one is on the edge, and last month Mr. Lythgoe tweeted his pleas to fans to watch the show, and to implore their friends to do so.

 

From SYTYCD EP Nigel Lythgoe

From SYTYCD EP Nigel Lythgoe

Alumni of the show have gone on to Broadway (Newsies, Wicked) movies (the Step Up series) and Hawaii native Mark Kanemura from the fourth season, became one of Lady Gaga’s primary dancers.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want a cranky Alex O’Loughlin taking his bad mood out on his kids and co-workers, so it you want to keep the man in a good mood, here’s your chance!  We were fortunate enough to get a Season 11, but let’s see if we can get the gorgeous Aussie (and ourselves) a Season 12.  You can see the entire interview below, or you can skip to the 7:54 mark to hear him talk about So You Think You Can Dance.  But why wouldn’t you want to deprive yourself of more of that Australian accent?

If you’d like to check out the show, tune into to your local FOX station Wednesday, May 28th at 8/7c.