August 5th, 2014 by officer808
Week 1 Updates:
Thank you to everyone who has already taken the time to submit something to the fanbook. I have now responded to everyone whose email I have received. If you haven’t had a response then it means I haven’t received the email so please let us know if you think I have missed you!
We still need everyone’s input to make this a rounded experience for all of the cast and crew. I would also really like to hear from local fans in Hawaii as well – especially if you have been part of any of the events that the 5-0 team have done (such as the fan breakfast, charity events etc) please please get in touch!
If there are any artists out there that have done drawings of the cast I would really like to be able to include these in the book – with permission, of course.
Fansites – I would like to include pages for you as well, as you are the fans sources of information – please get in touch with anything you would like to include.
There are 2 weeks until the deadline! Monday 25th August.
Questions? Queries? Requests? Please email me at H50fanbook@gmx.com
Friend of the blog, Undercover Agent Zoe approached us a few weeks ago with a brilliant idea. She told us she’d be on the set of Hawaii Five-0 to watch filming in September, and mentioned that she wished she could share the experience with everyone. She came up with an idea that allows fans to leave a thankful and lasting impression on the cast and crew of our favorite show. I’ll let Zoe explain it all in her own words!
Please note, Zoe is handling ALL communications, not 50undercover.com. For all questions and submissions, contact her at the email address below.
Now, have fun!!
Calling all H50 fans!
Many of you know that earlier in the year that CharityBuzz was auctioning off Hawaii Five-0 set visits to a few lucky winners. My wonderful husband bid and won one of these, so we are heading back to Hawaii to pop on to set! I feel incredibly fortunate, as I know so many fans would simply love the same opportunity. This got me to thinking of how to share the experience with fans worldwide.
I thought it might be a nice opportunity for us fans to give something back to the cast and crew, so I thought of creating a Worldwide Fanbook that I can give to the cast and crew when the visit occurs. The premise behind the book is the celebration of 100 completed episodes. This should be a positive experience, and a show of appreciation. Focus on what you DO like about the show and showing your appreciation for that. I will have the final edit on what is included in the printed book. I want to make this clear from the outset that anything inappropriate will not be included. This is not the avenue to declare your dislike of a character, nor is it a suggestion box for your take on where the storyline should go (to cite a few examples).
So what I am looking for from you…
Twitter/Email Contact Info:
What can you include (not limited to):
- Personal accounts of cast/crew meetings
- Stories from SOTB / Fan Meet Ups / Fan Breakfast etc.
- How cast/crew have inspired you
- Personal message of THANKS J
- Personal pics with cast/crew
- BTS Photos
- Favourite Scenes (and why they are so!)
- SOTB photos
- 5-0 shrines (you get the idea…)
- GET CREATIVE!
Email your entries/questions to H50FanBook@gmx.com no later than Monday 25th August.
I really do need everyone’s help to make this possible so please share this around and let’s create something special. Thank you!
-Undercover Agent Zoe
August 3rd, 2014 by Terry
To many fans of Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin, his wife Malia Jones has remained a bit of a mystery. It should come as no surprise that O’Loughlin, who is notoriously private about his personal life, would marry someone with the same values.
HILuxury Magazine has landed not only an interview with the gorgeous local girl, but has published some beautiful images of Jones in their August/September issue, and we’d like to share some excerpts with you.
From HILuxury Magazine
Being raised in a family of surfers and then moving on to modeling swimwear, it was a natural progression to designing a line of swim and vacation wear.
“My childhood was rowdy,” she recalls. “I was the tomboy big sister—just cruise and surf with the boys. I didn’t even wear a swimsuit until I was probably 14. Before that I was wearing big, baggy boy’s shorts and T-shirts, and surfing. Then, one day I got a Brazilian bikini.”
On designing her own fashion line;
“This has always been something I’ve wanted to do, and I’ve done it for different companies—I’ve designed my own line within companies and had creative input for other companies, so I’ve done this for everyone else. Now that I’m in one place, I can actually sit down and do it for myself, and it’s exciting,” says Jones. “These swimsuits need to be more timeless, so that you can always have that swimsuit that you love, that you know you look good in, that you feel your best in, that you can layer from the pool to the beach whether you’re in Hawai‘i or somewhere else.”
Ray experience at Dolphin Queat
The former champion surfer tells the interviewer that she stills wears a swimsuit every day;
…she wore one to our HILuxury photoshoot paired with a simple black T-shirt, pareo and slippers, and while she still surfs and makes it a point to get in the ocean regularly, she now takes great pride in seeing the tradition continue with her children. Spike already has his own little surf-board, and enjoys riding the waves.
Malia Jones, wife of Alex O’Loughlin
Touching on a bit her personal life with the actor who plays Steve McGarrett on the rebooted Hawaii Five-0;
Home now for the 37-year-old is in Diamond Head, where she lives with O’Loughlin and their growing family (they have three children between them, including their 1-1/2-year-old son, Lion). The couple met through mutual friends, and it didn’t take long to realize they could have a future together.
“Maybe we did everything backwards because we have the family, it’s not like people who date and then get married (and wonder what it will be like),” says Jones. “For us, every day is full-on, from the minute you wake up to the minute you go to sleep.
“The wedding was more of a ceremony for our family than just us.”
Reading her philosophy of life gives some insight into how the life of a Hawaii girl fits so well with that of an Aussie guy;
“I feel like now less is more,” she explains. “Less is more in exercise. Less is more in clothes. Less is more in life. Less stress. Keeping everything super simple and still enjoyable.”
To view the complete article and photographs, go to HILuxury.
August 2nd, 2014 by littlesrule
I had the great pleasure of attending San Diego Comic Con on behalf of Hawaii Five-0 Undercover this past weekend. SDCC, as it is commonly know, is a mecca for all things entertainment – from TV and movies, to comics and video games. At this year’s SDCC, CBS had a much smaller presence than past years. Hawaii Five-0 has not been featured there since it’s first season, however executive producing duo, Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman did attend to promote their new show, Scorpion.
Peter Lenkov with Bob Orci
Scorpion features super geniuses brought together to fight terrorists and other miscreants. The team will be headed up by Robert Patrick of True Blood, as well as the short lived Hawaii-filmed, The Last Resort. Since Scorpion will also air on CBS, Orci and Kurtzman were asked about a crossover with Hawaii Five-0.
“Oh wow, I hadn’t even thought of that! I think it’s a great idea,” Kurtzman told Nerdist. Orci emphatically jumped in, “Why not? Done!”
Scorpion premieres Sept. 22, 2-14. Check out the preview released at SDCC below.
Alex Kurtzman will also be directing a major motion picture for Universal. Kurtzman has paired up with Chris Morgan to create a “cinematic universe” centered around The Mummy reboot. Orci and Kurtzman worked on the script for the new film along with Jon Spaihts. Kurtzman is also set to direct the Spiderman spin-off Venom while Orci will be sitting in the directors chair for Star Trek 3. The Mummy is set to be released April 22, 2016. With all the future projects this duo has going on, you can bet they will be staples at SDCC for years to come.
Peter Lenkov with Alex Kurtzman
Photo credit: 50undercover.com
Side note – Fans of Kono and Adam will be please to know that Ian Anthony Dale tweeted this week that he is back in Hawaii filming Hawaii Five-0. Dale will be appearing in episode 3 this season. No word (yet) on if he will be seen later in the season.
Ian Anthony Dale posted this photo on Instagram
July 28th, 2014 by Terry
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.
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 …
July 23rd, 2014 by Terry
It’s been a few years since Alex O’Loughlin fans have been able to view him on the big screen, and although it remains to be seen if audiences outside of Australia will be able to watch Hadean in the theater, they at least may have a chance of catching the DVD release.
It’s also unclear how large a role the Hawaii Five-0 star might have in this film being produced by Australian actor Nathan Phillips, since it sounds like a large ensemble cast is in the works. Phillips’ largest American role to date was opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane.
From The Sydney Morning Herald:
Nathan Phillips, who stars in These Final Hours, plans to direct his own post-apocalyptic film, Hadean, set in Australia in 2050. “It’s kind of like The Fifth Element meets Star Wars,” he said. Hadean is an adaptation of Phillips’ short film Post Apocalyptic Man. “I’ve got so many fabulous friends who are going to be in it like Thomas Wright, Angus Sampson, Alex O’Loughlin and Travis Fimmel,” he says. “A lot of good Melbourne boys who’d love to come home.”
Nathan Phillips in These Final Hours
As the article mentions, Hadean is drawn from Phillips’ short film Post Apocalyptic Man, or P.A.M. Based on the trailer for the original production, we’re in for a violent picture with some Aussie humor thrown into the the midst of the bleakness.
This is quite a change from O’Loughlin’s last movie The Back-up Plan, a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez. With Scott Caan filming a couple of movies (including Rock the Kasbah) and Daniel Dae Kim landing a part in Divergent”>, O’Loughlin’s fans have been hungry to see him stretch his wings beyond the role of Steve McGarrett. No doubt whatever character the Aussie heart throb plays in this new venture, his legions of admirers will be waiting for the chance to see him in some new material.
Lopez and O’Loughlin in The Back-up Plan
A bit of trivia, Nathan Phillips is a veteran of the Australian soap opera, Neighbours, as is Alex O’Loughlin’s former girlfriend, Holly Valance.
July 22nd, 2014 by Terry
Former Lost actor William Mapother tends to play the more nefarious types, unlike his leading-man cousin, Tom Cruise. The synopsis below reads as though his character is the helpful type, but is he really? You’ll have to tune in when his Season 5 episode airs to find out.
From TV Fanatic:
William Mapother, who portrayed creepy island resident Ethan Rom on the ABC hit, will appear on an episode of Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 this fall.
According to CBS sources, Mapother will portray Eric Porter, a well-liked, rich business owner who becomes entangled in a painfully tense situation… yet offers his help to the authorities.
William Mapther as Ethan Rom in “Lost.”
Mapother – who has also guest-starred on The Mentalist, Mad Men and Castle – is the NINTH former Lost cast member to appear on Hawaii Five-0.
He joins Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O’Quinn, Jorge Garcia, Henry Ian Cusick, Sam Anderson, Tania Raymonde and François Chau.
Incidentally, TV Fanatic points out that Mapother is the 9th Lost alumnus to appear on Hawaii Five-0. Am I the only one who thinks it’s high time Josh Holloway showed up? And Holloway (Sawyer on Lost) has expressed interest in joining his good friend Daniel Dae Kim for some beers on the beach. Come on CBS, let’s make it happen!
Josh Holloway in Lost
July 16th, 2014 by Terry
The name of Hawaii Five-0’s newest cast member has been revealed in a TV Guide exclusive. Much in demand actress Amanda Setton has been cast to play trainee to medical examiner Max Bergman (Masi Oka.) The exotic beauty was most recently seen on the Robin Williams’ comedy The Crazy Ones, and prior to that, played pushy office assistant, Shauna Dicanio on Fox’s The Mindy Project.
Earlier this month TV Guide reported Season 5 would bring a new love interest to Five-0 boss Steve McGarrett, and since Max already has a girlfriend (played by Willis-Moore offspring Rumer Willis,) could it be that Setton’s character Dr. Mindy Shaw, will fill the slot left by Michelle Borth? Many fans were upset at the announcement that Borth’s Catherine Rollins was being written off the show, so any new love interest will be met with much skepticism from many, particularly after we witnessed a heart-broken McGarrett in tears upon hearing Cath was staying in Afghanistan.
Alex O’Loughlin in “Makani ‘Olu a Holo Malie”
We here at 50undercover wish Amanda the best of luck, both in her role and in her reception from the fans. Unfortunately, female actors cast on the show (other than original member, Grace Park) haven’t always been met with wholesale acceptance from some on social media. Let’s make this a positive experience and show Amanda the aloha spirit!
July 8th, 2014 by littlesrule
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
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.
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
Hawaii Five-0 returns to CBS on Sept. 26, 2014.
July 6th, 2014 by littlesrule
UPDATE July 7:
Tannya Joaquin will continue her string of Hawaii Five-0 opening day interviews tomorrow. She’s posted the following information, which we hope you’ll find helpful.
“The show is keeping with tradition by gathering for a Hawaiian blessing before getting back to work. It’s a sign of respect for the host culture. Blessings help usher in new beginnings with a prayer, untying of a maile lei and a ceremony uniting the cast, crew and invited dignitaries.
The blessing is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. Hawaii time. Tannya Joaquin will have live preview reports starting at 5:15 a.m. during Hawaii News Now Sunrise. We’ll stream our coverage live at HawaiiNewsNow.com”
See below for the necessary links and apps for viewing the life feed.
Alex O’Loughlin during Season 3 blessing. Photo credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS
Summer vacation is just getting has just barely started for many people but the cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0 are already heading back to work on Season 5. As reported by Tannya Boyd Joaquin, Hawaii News Now will be providing live coverage of the traditional Hawaiian blessing on set before filming of the new season takes place. Set your alarm for Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 6am HST or click here to see when it will air locally for you. Starting time is an estimate depending on other news coverage that day.
You can catch the live stream coverage via computer here. To view from a mobile device, download the Hawaii News Now app by searching for it in Google Play or the App Store.
July 3rd, 2014 by Terry
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.
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!
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
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
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!