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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!

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 30, 2014

May 30th, 2014 by



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.

Alex O answers fan's questions

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.

DVR numbers point to summer doldrums

May 22nd, 2014 by

The past month has seen television ratings down across the board, and the most recent Live+7 DVR numbers reflect a continuation of that trend.  Perhaps after a rough winter people are determined to get out more often, but whatever the reason there’s no denying that regardless of which night of the week, people are watching less television, even the recorded variety.  Like shows on all networks, the Alex O’Loughlin led Hawaii Five-0′s May 2nd episode dropped for week 32 of the traditional TV season.

As more and more viewers turn to computers and portable devices to check out their favorite shows, it’s getting more difficult for the standard ratings system to get a grasp on the actual numbers.   But the good news for CBS and Hawaii Five-0, even though down from a month ago, the ratings are considerably higher than those of last May.

“Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie (Fair Winds and Following Seas),”

“Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie (Fair Winds and Following Seas),”

From TV by the Numbers:

Largest 18-49 Ratings Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Programs Net 18-49 Live+SD (rating) 18-49 Live+7 (rating) Post Airdate 18-49 Rating Absolute Increase From DVR Viewing Post Airdate 18-49 Rating % Increase from DVR Viewing
1 Big Bang Theory, THE-05/01/2014 CBS 4.5 7.0 2.5 56%
2 Modern Family-04/30/2014 ABC 2.8 4.8 2.0 71%
3 BLACKLIST-04/28/2014 NBC 2.6 4.5 1.9 73%
4 GREY’S ANATOMY-05/01/2014 ABC 2.6 4.4 1.8 69%
5 Criminal Minds-04/30/2014 CBS 2.2 3.6 1.4 64%
6 Nashville-04/30/2014 ABC 1.2 2.4 1.2 100%
7 MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D-04/29/2014 ABC 2.1 3.3 1.2 57%
8 CSI-04/30/2014 CBS 1.7 2.9 1.2 71%
9 Chicago Fire-04/29/2014 NBC 1.8 3.0 1.2 67%
10 CHICAGO PD-04/30/2014 NBC 1.9 3.1 1.2 63%
11 Castle-04/28/2014 ABC 1.9 3.0 1.1 58%
12 Once Upon A Time-05/04/2014 ABC 2.1 3.2 1.1 52%
13 Elementary-05/01/2014 CBS 1.6 2.7 1.1 69%
14 Grimm-05/02/2014 NBC 1.3 2.4 1.1 85%
15 RESURRECTION-05/04/2014 ABC 2.1 3.1 1.0 48%
16 NCIS-04/29/2014 CBS 2.5 3.5 1.0 40%
17 FOLLOWING, THE-04/28/2014 FOX 1.5 2.5 1.0 67%
18 Law And Order:SVU-04/30/2014 NBC 1.8 2.8 1.0 56%
19 REVENGE-05/04/2014 ABC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
20 GOLDBERGS, THE-04/29/2014 ABC 1.7 2.6 0.9 53%
21 Person Of Interest-04/29/2014 CBS 1.9 2.8 0.9 47%
22 Family Guy-05/04/2014 FOX 2.2 3.1 0.9 41%
23 Hawaii Five-0-05/02/2014 CBS 1.2 2.0 0.8 67%
24 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-04/29/2014 CBS 2.1 2.9 0.8 38%
25 2 Broke Girls-04/28/2014 CBS 2.3 3.1 0.8 35%


Largest 18-49 Percentage Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Programs Net 18-49 Live+SD (rating) 18-49 Live+7 (rating) Post Airdate 18-49 Rating Absolute Increase From DVR Viewing Post Airdate 18-49 Rating % Increase from DVR Viewing
1 Nashville-04/30/2014 ABC 1.2 2.4 1.2 100%
2 Hart Of Dixie-05/02/2014 CW 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
3 Grimm-05/02/2014 NBC 1.3 2.4 1.1 85%
4 Vampire Diaries-05/01/2014 CW 0.8 1.4 0.6 75%
5 BLACKLIST-04/28/2014 NBC 2.6 4.5 1.9 73%
6 New Girl-04/29/2014 FOX 1.1 1.9 0.8 73%
7 Modern Family-04/30/2014 ABC 2.8 4.8 2.0 71%
8 CSI-04/30/2014 CBS 1.7 2.9 1.2 71%
9 GREY’S ANATOMY-05/01/2014 ABC 2.6 4.4 1.8 69%
10 REVENGE-05/04/2014 ABC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
11 Elementary-05/01/2014 CBS 1.6 2.7 1.1 69%
12 FOLLOWING, THE-04/28/2014 FOX 1.5 2.5 1.0 67%
13 Hawaii Five-0-05/02/2014 CBS 1.2 2.0 0.8 67%
14 Chicago Fire-04/29/2014 NBC 1.8 3.0 1.2 67%
15 Criminal Minds-04/30/2014 CBS 2.2 3.6 1.4 64%
16 CHICAGO PD-04/30/2014 NBC 1.9 3.1 1.2 63%
17 ORIGINALS-04/29/2014 CW 0.8 1.3 0.5 63%
18 REIGN-05/01/2014 CW 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
19 Mentalist, THE-05/04/2014 CBS 1.2 1.9 0.7 58%
20 Castle-04/28/2014 ABC 1.9 3.0 1.1 58%
21 MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D-04/29/2014 ABC 2.1 3.3 1.2 57%
22 Big Bang Theory, THE-05/01/2014 CBS 4.5 7.0 2.5 56%
23 Law And Order:SVU-04/30/2014 NBC 1.8 2.8 1.0 56%
24 Glee-04/29/2014 FOX 0.9 1.4 0.5 56%
25 Hannibal-05/02/2014 NBC 0.9 1.4 0.5 56%



Largest Viewership Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Program Net Viewership Live+SD (000) Viewership Live+7 (000) Post Airdate Absolute Viewership Increase From DVR Viewing (000) Post Airdate % Viewership Increase from DVR Viewing
1 BLACKLIST-04/28/2014 NBC 10791 16447 5656 52%
2 Big Bang Theory, THE-05/01/2014 CBS 16074 21515 5441 34%
3 Modern Family-04/30/2014 ABC 8395 12624 4229 50%
4 Castle-04/28/2014 ABC 10343 14290 3947 38%
5 GREY’S ANATOMY-05/01/2014 ABC 8809 12753 3944 45%
6 Elementary-05/01/2014 CBS 7787 11712 3925 50%
7 Person Of Interest-04/29/2014 CBS 11309 15135 3826 34%
8 NCIS-04/29/2014 CBS 17253 21037 3784 22%
9 Criminal Minds-04/30/2014 CBS 10304 14009 3705 36%
10 CHICAGO PD-04/30/2014 NBC 7280 10907 3627 50%
11 CSI-04/30/2014 CBS 9951 13558 3607 36%
12 Blue Bloods-05/02/2014 CBS 11589 15077 3488 30%
13 Chicago Fire-04/29/2014 NBC 7058 10520 3462 49%
14 Hawaii Five-0-05/02/2014 CBS 8773 11845 3072 35%
15 RESURRECTION-05/04/2014 ABC 8155 11088 2933 36%
16 Nashville-04/30/2014 ABC 4622 7527 2905 63%
17 MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D-04/29/2014 ABC 5946 8840 2894 49%
18 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-04/29/2014 CBS 14831 17670 2839 19%
19 Grimm-05/02/2014 NBC 4929 7716 2787 57%
20 FOLLOWING, THE-04/28/2014 FOX 4507 7278 2771 61%
21 Mentalist, THE-05/04/2014 CBS 8423 11145 2722 32%
22 REVENGE-05/04/2014 ABC 4981 7591 2610 52%
23 Law And Order:SVU-04/30/2014 NBC 6040 8547 2507 42%
24 Good Wife, THE-05/04/2014 CBS 8988 11365 2377 26%
25 Once Upon A Time-05/04/2014 ABC 6862 9190 2328 34%


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


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.

Mike Gordon takes a look at Hawaii Five-0′s fourth season

May 13th, 2014 by
Look out, McGarrett -- Season Five's heading your way! (Screencap courtesy of CBS)

Look out, McGarrett — Season Five’s heading your way!
(Screencap courtesy of CBS)

Summer hiatus always puts us in a reflective mood, and with Hawaii Five-0′s Season 4 finale behind us and the cast and crew on vacation until early July, it’s time for some of our favorite Star Advertiser and Honolulu Pulse writers to step in and open up new lines of discussion.

Mike Gordon’s Star Advertiser article takes a look at how the show’s fared in its Season 4 Friday night berth and chats with executive producer Peter Lenkov about the season’s high points, achievements, and character arcs.

Mike’s story, which is excerpted below, can be read at the Star Advertiser website. Remember, a subscription is needed to access the full article.


Oh, what a year!

Continued ratings success follows the show’s move to Fridays

By Mike Gordon
May 13, 2014

There were plenty of doubters when CBS announced it was moving “Hawaii Five-0″ from a highly competitive time slot on Mondays to Friday nights, which some critics called a graveyard for television.

But “Five-0″ executive producer Peter Lenkov never stopped believing in his show’s power to draw fans.

“I think the press started talking about shows going to the Friday night scrap heap,” he said. “For me that was never the case. But every time you make a move, you hope your audience follows you.”

And it did — or at least enough of it.

“Five-0″ finished its fourth season Friday by winning the hour with 9.21 million viewers, capping an unblemished run of ratings wins that started with the season four premiere Sept. 27.

According to Nielsen ratings released by CBS, the show averaged 9.71 million viewers, which is lower than the average for season one (11.24 million) and season two (10.66 million), but higher than the season three average of 9.02 million.

The steady ratings, along with the well-received casting additions of Chi Mc­Bride and Jorge Garcia, are what Lenkov called three proud moments of the season.

Topping that was the season’s tenth episode, “Ho‘o­nani Makua­kane,” which is Hawaiian for “Honor Thy Father.” The Dec. 13 episode explored the shameful World War II internment of more than 2,000 of Hawaii’s Japa­nese citizens.

Even as the plot held true to “Five-0″ constants — murder, crime, an investigation — it also featured flashback scenes of an internment camp built in Kunia during the war. The show built a replica of the camp for the episode using real blueprints and filled it with actors dressed in historically accurate military uniforms and internees who mirrored photographs taken of the real camp.

For many viewers it offered a chicken-skin moment rarely seen on network television.

“That wasn’t one we could do on any other show,” Lenkov said. “You have to be down the road in a series in order to do something special like that. I think we earned the audience’s respect if you can do something outside the box like that.”

The fourth season also saw the departure of series regular Michelle Borth, whose character, Catherine Rollins, was the longtime girlfriend of “Five-0″ leader Steve McGarrett. Lenkov said the farewell exchange between Rollins and McGarrett, played by Alex O’Loughlin, was the season’s most memorable scene.

“I think the moment McGarrett says goodbye to Catherine and finally says ‘I love you’ — you could see the sadness and the pain on his face,” Lenkov said. “And you really felt for Catherine. It was well acted all around. It really stands out as a really special moment.”

“I’d love for her (Borth) to come back,” Lenkov said. “That is the plan, one day, for her to come back.”

The “Five-0″ cast and crew have been on hiatus since March 21 and will return to the set July 7. Their fifth season will promise a lot of plot developments, Lenkov said, but nothing will top what happens when they start shooting the seventh episode in September.

That will be the show’s 100th episode, traditionally a milestone for any series. ”Those are always special,” he said. “I am looking forward to writing that one.”

As for whether fans can expect another Sunset on the Beach premiere in Waikiki in September, Lenkov said he already is talking to CBS about making it happen.