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Five-0 fans finally have their Fan Built episode

April 1st, 2014 by
Tune in on April 4th to see how it all comes together!
(Image courtesy of CBS.com)

Procedural shows come with a built-in set of format requirements: present a case, follow the clues, and solve the case. In the case of shows with a strong action-adventure component, those elements must come with a generous helping of, well, action, which often translates into explosions, car chases, gunfights, and skin-of-the-teeth escapes. Finding new angles on those traditional action staples requires an ever-greater degree of creativity, novelty, and timeliness. Hawaii Five-0′s production and writing staff came up with an innovative and exciting way to stretch their storytelling muscles and step outside the usual story development confines: the Fan-built Five-0 episode.

Five-0 launched its viewer-participation campaign last October with a bold website announcement: “We’ll shoot HAWAII FIVE-O your way! You pick the elements, then later this season watch the episode you created!”

In some ways, the “Fan-built” campaign was like Season 3′s “you pick the killer” promotion for “Kapu,” on steroids;  but instead of  voting for their choice in a single category, viewers had the chance to vote on key story elements, props and cast wardrobe, featured musical artists, and the name of the episode.

Of the four, the story element vote was the most critical, as it established the framework on which the writers would build their story. Phase One offered six story element categories and each category consisted of seven options, as shown below. The winning option in each category is highlighted in blue.

1) Scene of the Crime
- Chin Ho’s High School Reunion
- Volcano
- Skydiving Lesson
- Motocross Race
- Luau
- Helicopter Tour
- Yoga Retreat
2) The Victim
- Ancient Hawaiian Healer
- Pro Golfer
- Celebrity Matchmaker
- Cabana Boy
- Astronaut
- Sumo Wrestler
- Macadamia Nut Tycoon
3) The Murder Weapon
- Five Inch Stiletto
- Flame Thrower
- Poisoned Jacuzzi
- Snow Shovel
- Poisonous Toad
- Tiki Torch
- Spear Gun
4) The Evidence
- Body Drained of Blood
- Jelly Fish
- Kitty Litter
- Toy Rocket
- A Missing Eyeball
- Sumarian Tiger
- A Bag of Teeth
5) The Suspect
- Hula Dancer
- Spring Breaker
- Synchronized Swimmer
- Aging Rockstar
- Personal Chef
- Race Car Driver
- Struggling Illusionist
6) The Takedown
- Sniper Hunter Robot
- Rappelling
- Scuba Diving
- ATV Chase
- Giant Maze
- Base Jumping
- Spelunking


The struggling illusionist, at Chin Ho Kelly’s high-school reunion, with the five-inch Stiletto; sounds like something out of a game of Clue, doesn’t it? Assembling an exciting and coherent story from this list of seemingly random elements might seem like a daunting prospect, but it really wasn’t, as the Five-0 writing team came up with the list of options to begin with. That’s not to say they didn’t have their work cut out for them, as they had no way of guessing how fans would vote. Ideally, your story elements are going to introduce the audience to new people, places, and aspects of Hawaiian culture as the plot unfolds, and some of the options were better at this than others.


Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia), class of '89 (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia), class of ’89
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Scene of the Crime — Chin Ho’s High School Reunion

Chin Ho’s high school reunion seems to be a great way to include Jorge Garcia’s Jerry Ortega in the story. Chin and Jerry were classmates and friends at Kukui High and Jerry, with his interest in things clandestine and conspiratorial, probably knows more than a few tales of scandal and intrigue involving their classmates.  Chin’s graduating class could very easily run the gamut from local society’s  mighty to the might-have-beens, and Steve having attended the same school, may know a few of them himself.

The Victim — Macadamia Nut Tycoon

As victims go, a macadamia nut tycoon can be played in a variety of ways, ranging from the buttoned-down Wall Street sort , the laid-back local, or all sorts in between.  Macadamia nuts are big business  in Hawaii, where they can be found enrobed in rick milk chocolate, dusted with cinnamon, crusted with Maui onion and garlic, dipped in caramel, rolled in cayenne pepper, or squeezed into an assortment of oils. Mmmm….but I digress.


Doctor Who's favorite time-traveling femme fatale, Doctor River Song (Alex Kingston) and her killer heels (Photo courtesy of The BBC)

Doctor Who’s favorite time-traveling femme fatale, Doctor River Song (Alex Kingston) and her killer heels
(Photo courtesy of Doctor Who/The BBC)

The Murder Weapon — Five-inch Stiletto

While not something that screams “Hawaii,” the five-inch stiletto can be played at least two ways — the serious, and seriously lethal, stabbing knife, or the somewhat more frivolous stiletto-heeled shoe. Before you scoff, fans of Doctor Who and the 50th Anniversary Special, “Day of the Doctor,” will be happy to point out that River Song’s towering red stiletto-heeled shoes have found a place of honor in the U.N.I.T. Black Archive, Top Secret repository of the most dangerous weapons on Earth.

As the second round of voting would show, the writers went outside the box and opted for a pair of truly killer heels. Not so frivolous a choice after all!


Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) find an unexpected payload in a model rocket (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) find an unexpected payload in a model rocket
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

The Evidence — Toy Rocket

The idea of a toy rocket can be taken in several directions including the vintage toy spaceship, the model-kit version of some well-loved sci-fi starship from seventies TV,  or perhaps the scale model of NASA’s crowning achievement, the Apollo / SaturnV moon rocket. One thing they all have in common is internal space that can be used as a hiding place for small objects, as the teaser publicity photo shows.



Actor and comedian Rob Corddry plays struggling illusionist Tony Gibson
(Photo courtesy of EW.com)

The Suspect — Struggling Illusionist

Sleight of hand and misdirection are the stock in trade of the magician or illusionist, and both are skills that would come in handy for someone out to commit murder. Evidence could almost literally disappear in a puff of smoke. Witnesses could have their attention focused elsewhere at a key moment. In this role we’ll have comic actor Rob Corddry going up against our team.


The Dole Plantation's Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa, Oahu (Photo courtesy of Dole Plantation / Oahu Concierge)

The Dole Plantation’s Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa, O’ahu
(Photo courtesy of Dole Plantation / Oahu Concierge)

The Takedown — Giant Maze

Mention a giant maze in Hawaii, and the Dole Plantation maze in Wahiawa, O’ahu will immediately come to mind.  Billed as “the World’s Largest Maze,”  the Pineapple Garden Maze covers three acres of land and consists of two and a half miles of  pathways.  Hidden within the serpentine recesses of the maze are stencil stations; your mission is to find all the stations as quickly as possible and use each stencil to fill in a box on the card you’re given at the entrance.

Staging a climactic killer takedown in the Dole maze gives the writers and the director opportunities for exciting and spectacular, if challenging, camera and stunt work. Just imagine the camera swooping over, along, and through the sharp turns and dog-leg paths as Five-0 chases the suspect!


Phase 2's Wardrobe Winners -- "Dark Angel" for Kono, a "Dark and Devilish" killer heel, and "Lava Rock" for Chin Ho (Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 2′s Wardrobe Winners — “Dark Angel” for Kono, a “Dark and Devilish” killer heel, and “Lava Rock” for Chin Ho
(Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 2: Prop and Wardrobe Vote — Jan10-17, 2014

The Prop and Wardrobe Vote gave fans the chance to vote on wardrobe for Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), and to vote for their choice in killer heels.

When fashionistas rave about shoes to die for, they’re generally not contemplating death by footwear. For Five-0 viewers, however, that’s just what they were voting on — their favorite pair of perilous pumps. As with Chin and Kono’s outfits, sleek lines and dark colors took first place in the form of a “Dark and Devilish” strappy peep-toe number.

Chin Ho’s reunion wardrobe was decided by viewers, with the clean and classic black suit and white shirt — “Lava Rock,” as the outfit was named — beating the other four alternates.

For Kono, the wardrobe choices were more casual and work-oriented, with a sheer black long-sleeve blouse — “Dark Angel” — taking first place.


Phase 3's music candidates -- Black Keys, The Green, Switchfoot, and Johnnyswim (Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 3′s music candidates — The Black Keys, The Green, Switchfoot, and Johnnyswim
(Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 3: Music Vote — Feb 14-21, 2014

Phase 3 of the voting campaign allowed viewers to pick their favorite artist for inclusion in the episode’s soundtrack. Most often, popular artists and songs are featured in what has become a Hawaii Five-0 signature — a montage of beautiful people swimming, surfing, boogie-boarding and generally enjoying themselves at the beach and in the crystal-clear tropical waters.

Viewers were given four candidates for inclusion in the Fan-built episode: The Black Keys album “El Camino;” The Green’s “Hawai’i ’13;” Switchfoot’s “Fading West;” and the Johnnyswim album “Heart Beats.” Sample tracks were provided for all four artists, with “Good One” from The Green’s “Hawai’i ’13″ coming in as the fan favorite.



Phase 4: Episode Title Vote — Mar 7-14, 2014

Phase 4 of the Fan-built Five-0 project allowed viewers to pick the name of the season’s eighteenth episode. The five options were:

- Po’ina ‘Ole (Never Forgotten)
- Ho’i Hou (Reunited)
- Pa’a i ke au (Stuck in Time)
- He ha’ina ‘ino (Deadly Confession)
- Hua’a ‘ia (Unearthed)

Since viewers picked “Ho’i Hou (Reunited)” as their favorite for the title of Hawaii Five-0′s very first Fan-Built Five-0, we can only hope to see Chin Ho and Jerry perform the classic duet made famous by Peaches and Herb.

Whatever you do, don’t miss this history-making chapter of television history on Friday, April 4th!



Hawaii Five-0′s own shrimp truck king

March 26th, 2014 by
Taylor WIly welcomes one and all with a shaka and a plate of mouth-watering, garlicky heaven (Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

Taylor Wily welcomes one and all with a shaka and a plate of mouth-watering, garlicky heaven
(Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

When Hawaii Five-0 fans visit O’ahu, they usually bring a show-influenced “To Do” list with them. In addition to all the familiar establishing-shot exteriors of famous landmarks, there’s a culinary side to that list: Liliha Bakery for Coco Puffs, the sinfully decadent chocolate and pastry treats introduced to Danny by Chin Ho Kelly; Leonard’s for Malasadas; and Rainbow Drive-in for Steve McGarrett’s favorite take-out treat, Loco Moco. To complete the tour of Five-0′s culinary Crown Jewels, however, a drive up to the North Shore and Hale’iwa is essential, for that is where you will find Matsumoto’s Shave Ice, and the creme de la creme of the highly competitive shrimp truck trade.

Ahhh, those shrimp trucks. Some swear by Giovanni’s; others make a beeline for Macky’s (star Alex O’Loughlin swears by them). Both offer variations on the theme of succulent jumbo shrimp, two scoops white rice, and green salad. My favorite is Macky’s O’Loughlin-recommended trademark garlic butter shrimp plate — a generous handful of the delectable creatures the size of young lobsters, all glistening with salty butter and chunks of golden, melt-in-your-mouth garlic. I lose all sense of decorum when faced with a plate of that buttery, garlicky glory. (Seriously, Shakespeare would write sonnets about these garlic butter shrimp plates!)

Five-0′s very own ambitious entrepreneur, Kamekona, started in shave ice before branching out into the shrimp truck trade, and his alter ego, Taylor Wily, recently followed his example, opening his own trademark Big T’s Shrimp Truck.

There’s no mistaking Big T’s truck, not with the colorful and eye-catching artwork and Taylor’s welcoming smile and ever-present shaka spanning the length of the vehicle, and setting up housekeeping in the covered parking lot of Hilo Hattie’s flagship store on Nimitz Highway puts Big T’s Shrimp Truck in the perfect location. Hilo Hattie offers an impressive selection of locally-made Aloha wear, tee-shirts, souvenirs, artwork, and foodstuffs, and as most of the store’s off-island clientele undoubtedly have seen Hawaii Five-0, finding Big T’s truck waiting for them outside the store is a win/win situation.


Hilo Hattie and Big T’s Shrimp Truck — two great Island “tastes” that taste great together!
(Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

Taylor’s new venture recently caught the attention of both the Star Advertiser’s Nadine Kam and The Tasty Island food blog’s Pomai.

While Taylor drops in whenever his schedule permits, Big T’s Shrimp Truck is manned full time by Wily’s cousin Les Kekahuna. Raised in Kahuku, home of O’ahu’s extensive shrimp aquaculture industry, Kekahuna grew up surrounded by folks dabbling in the shrimp plate trade. “Before Giovanni’s made it commercial, the locals were already doing it,” he told the Star Advertiser’s Kam.

Kam’s article goes on to list details of Big T’s hours, menu, and prices.

“Shrimp lovers will find Big T’s shrimp truck at home at the Hilo Hattie flagship store on Nimitz Highway from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, offering a range of plates from $8 minis, $12 full plates to $13 for the popular creamy scampi. Options include butter garlic, sweet and spicy, hot and spicy, or firecracker, ” said Kam.

The Tasty Island’s Pomai shares a memorable and vivid description of one of Big T’s more popular menu items, the shrimp scampi plate:

Succulent shrimp scampi on a bed of rice and cole slaw. Brok' da mout'! (Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

Succulent shrimp scampi on a bed of rice and cole slaw. Brok’ da mout’!
(Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

“Let’s try da’ Scampi…

Brah. Whoah Brah. Cuz’n braddah. Braddah Cuz. Whoah bully, MEAN! Mean, da’ Shrimp Scampi, bull, MEAN!

Seriously, WOW! That Scampi sauce is to DIE FOR! Braddah Wil, you nailed this! Chef Wil said his Shrimp Scampi sauce is the basic formulation of butter, white wine, garlic and Parmesan Cheese, plus of course a dash here and there of his “secret ingrediments”. Dude, I could like just as well pour this Scampi sauce into my bathtub and soak in it, it’s THAT ONO!

Let’s try da’ Cole Slaw…

Perfect, pretty much back-to-basics ‘Slaw, with the cabbage and carrots cut just right, having a nice balance of mayo’, vinegar and sugar (or whatever Chef Wil uses to that formula), along with the ever-important dash of fresh-cracked black.

Plus he drizzles the remnants of that prepared-to-order, AMAZING Shrimp Scampi sauce on da’ scoops of perfectly cooked white rice as well. Pro, baby, pro!

$12 may seem a bit steep for a daily plate lunch, however that’s the going rate at most shrimp trucks on the North Shore of Oahu, where the genre earned its popularity. Plus, keep in mind Kauai shrimp aren’t exactly cheap, running about $10/pound in Costco. And oh, I forgot to say, them Kauai shrimp are SU-weet! Oh man are they sweet, and so tender and flavorful. I swear, we’re so lucky in Hawaii to have such great locally-farmed seafood such as Kauai Shrimp, amongst more.”

With a recommendation like that, how can you resist?

…and now I’m craving one of those shrimp scampi plates like a joneser. Wonder if Big T can FedEx?

Newest Hawaii Five-0 Star Reunites with Lost Cast

March 20th, 2014 by

Malcolm David Kelley, Henry Ian Cusick, Maggie Grace, Ian Somerhalder, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway with executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse at Paleyfest Lost 10 year Reunion Panel
Photo courtesy of Michael Kovac for Paley Center for Media -

Ten years have passed since the ground breaking show Lost took to the air waves in 2004. Since the show ended, fans have had many questions about the show, it’s ending including “WERE THEY ALL DEAD THE WHOLE TIME?!?!” Filmed in Hawaii, many Lost stars have also found themselves returning to the island to appear in Hawaii Five-0. Daniel Dae Kim and Jorge Garcia are both regular cast members. Terry O’Quinn, Henry Ian Cusak and Reiko Ayelsworth are notable Lost alums who have also appeared on Hawaii Five-0.

A 10 year Lost reunion was hosted at PaleyFest, where Garcia and Cusak, along with other cast members and the show creators fielded questions from the crowd.

Daniel Dae Kim tweeted his regrets on not being able to attend the reunion, saying “Sorry to all the #LOST fans out there that I couldn’t make it to #PaleyFest. I’m there in spirit!”

Newest Hawaii Five-0 regular cast member, Jorge Garcia, admitted to relieving the Lost set of a few items. “Maybe Hurley’s two paintings from the mental institution, or something that looks very similar to them, hangs in my bedroom,” he revealed. Perhaps someone should warn set security about the new guy.

To see the entire Lost panel and to catch up with some of your favourite Lost stars, watch the video below.


Friday Overnight ratings for March 14th’s “Ma Lalo O Ka ‘Ili”

March 17th, 2014 by
Danny decides to play (re)match-maker for his parents, Clara and Eddie Williams (Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger) (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Danny decides to play (re)match-maker for his parents, Clara and Eddie Williams (Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger)
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Last Friday’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, “Ma Lalo O Ka ‘Ili (Beneath the Surface),” brought the three-episode “Ma Williams” story arc to an end, tying it up — for now, anyway — with a romantic bow and a re-creation of Clara (Melanie Griffith) and Eddie (Tom Berenger) Williams’ first date. When not busy being a loving and supportive son, Danny joined his teammates in solving the crime du jour — in this instance, an apparent murder and abduction. Meanwhile, Chin Ho’s old high-school buddy Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia, promoted to series regular for Season 5) resuscitated McGarrett’s Toolbox Mysteries from Season 1 by discovering a coded message hidden under a coat of nonstandard red paint.

While the ratings picture for CBS was blurred somewhat by basketball tournament preemptions in some markets, Five-0 came in with a 1.4/5 rating in the 18-49 demo, matching the ratings for the two previous weeks and staying in the ten-million-plus total viewer range.

Ratings table courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 14, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.3 5 7.07
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 5 6.39
ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.8 3 4.90
FOX Rake 0.5 2 1.91
CW Whose Line is it Anyway -R 0.4 2 1.32
8:30 PM ABC The Neighbors 0.9 3 3.92
CW Whose Line Is it Anyway -R 0.5 2 1.40
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.9 7 7.42
NBC Grimm 1.6 5 5.41
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.4 5 10.06
FOX Enlisted 0.6 2 1.57
CW Colin & Brad -R 0.3 1 0.95
9:30PM FOX Raising Hope 0.5 2 1.55
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.9 6 7.13
CBS Blue Bloods 1.5 5 12.02
NBC Hannibal 0.9 3 2.59

It’s official! Hawaii Five-0 renewed for a fifth season!

March 13th, 2014 by
Jorge Garcia's Jerry Ortega will join the Five-0 Ohana as a series regular for Season 5 (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Jorge Garcia’s Jerry Ortega will join the Five-0 Ohana as a series regular for Season 5
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Season Five is a go! CBS issued a press release today confirming Hawaii Five-0 as one of 20 shows picked up for the Fall 2014 season.

While there were many who felt the move to Friday would be the death of Five-0, the show’s performance in tandem with Undercover Boss and Blue Bloods has proven them wrong. Ratings have remained good and, above all, steady, while total viewer figures have trended steadily upwards — both likely factors in CBS’s decision to renew.

The renewal announcement wasn’t the only Season 5 news; The Hollywood Reporter (THR) revealed in an exclusive report that LOST alum Jorge “Hurley” Garcia will be joining Hawaii Five-0 as a series regular in Season 5.  Garcia’s character Jerry Ortega, who will have appeared in at least four episodes by season’s end, is an old high-school buddy of Daniel Dae Kim’s Chin Ho Kelly.  Jerry’s knowledge of conspiracy theory and so-called black projects makes him an invaluable, if unorthodox, asset to Five-0.

THR spoke with executive producer Peter Lenkov about Garcia’s contribution to the stories and his addition to the cast.

“Jorge very quickly made Jerry an unlikely and valuable part of the Five-0 Ohana,” said Lenkov. “We have many opportunities planned to put Jerry’s unusual and infectious desire to put the bad guys to good use.”

Garcia will appear in both the upcoming March 14th and March 21st episodes.

Press Release courtesy of CBS and Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers



Combined With Two Previously Announced Renewals, Network Has Now Picked Up 20 Returning Series for 2014-2015

Returning Series Will Include the #1 Drama, #1 Comedy, #1 New Comedy and #1 News Program

CBS, America’s most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming.

“The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. “The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television.”

The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS’s weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs.

The nine dramas picked up are: NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted program for the fifth consecutive year; NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the #2 drama for the fourth straight year; time-period winners Person Of Interest, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods; as well as Criminal Minds, Elementary and the acclaimed drama THE Good Wife.

The renewed comedies are 2 Broke Girls, THE MILLERS, which is the #1 freshman comedy of the 2013-2014 season, MIKE & MOLLY, MOM and the long-running hit Two and a Half Men.

In alternative programming, the Network announced pick-ups for its Emmy Award-winning reality series THE Amazing Race and Undercover Boss.

Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 Minutes, television’s #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #1 non-sports program.

In addition to these 18 series, CBS yesterday announced a three-year broadcast deal for The Big Bang Theory. Previously, the Network announced two more editions of the reality series SURVIVOR for next season.

Season-to-date, CBS is television’s #1 network in viewers for the 11th time in 12 years, averaging 10.84 million viewers.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ma lalo o ka ‘ili”

March 13th, 2014 by

Don’t miss the first few minutes of this week’s episode! Two words – Shirtless McGarrett. You’re welcome.

We can look forward to meeting Danny’s father (Tom Berenger) who comes to Hawaii to make amends with his wife, Melanie Griffith. This will end the planned three story arc involving Danny’s mother.

Remember the young lady that McGarrett rescued in the pilot? She was a trafficking victim being held captive in a closet by a bad guy who shot Danny.  Allison Chu played Chen Chi in the pilot but look for her as Amy Nguyen in this episode.

There is another “Lost” star returning to the island.  Although uncredited in the series, Francois Chau played the creepy Dharma doctor, Pierre Chang, in the Dharma Initiative instructional videos. He then had a more regular role in Season 5 with a connection to many of the main characters.   Lostie Jorge Garcia who has a reoccurring role on Hawaii Five-0, returns with more conspiracy theories…and more hugs for McGarrett.

BooBoo Stewart (Seth Clearwater in the Twilight series) and Moani Hara (Miss Hawaii USA 2014) also appear this week.


3hotguys417From CBS

“*Ma lalo o ka ‘ili” – Five-0 aims to uncovers the sordid truth when a girl is taken from her home and her father is shot in the process.  Meanwhile, Danny tries to get his parents back together and Jerry deciphers a code he found on the bottom of McGarrett’s champ box, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia return and Tom Berenger guest stars.

(*“Ma lalo o ka ‘ili” is Hawaiian for “Beneath the Surface”)


Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)



Melanie Griffith     (Clara Williams)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)



Conor Leslie     (Kelly Donovan)

Tom Berenger     (Eddie Williams)

Moani Hara     (Jenny)

James Brennan     (Sam)

Booboo Stewart     (Tommy Fa’aloa)

Francois Chau     (Gary ‘Aikapu)

Erwin Castillo     (Delivery Man)

Allison Chu     (Amy Nguyen)

Noshir Dalal     (Jay Cooper)

Keoni Kramer     (Car Owner)


STORY BY:     Bill Haynes

TELEPLAY BY:  Bill Haynes and John Dove

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer

Overnight Ratings for Five-0′s “Hoku Welowelo”

March 12th, 2014 by
Plagued by nightmares, McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) decides to talk to Grover (Chi McBride) (Image courtesy of CBS)

Plagued by nightmares, McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) decides to talk to Grover (Chi McBride)
(Image courtesy of CBS)

March 7th’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, “Hoku Welowelo (Fire in the Sky),” sends Five-0 on a wild roller-coaster ride through murder, conspiracy, and high-stakes espionage, aided by Jorge Garcia’s quirky conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega.

A charming and funny B-story is provided by the unlikely pairing of Clara Williams (Melanie Griffith) and Captain Lou Grover (H50 regular Chi McBride). Bored and itching to see more of her son’s work, Clara side-steps Danny’s objections and convinces Steve to set her up for a ride-along with Grover, who proves to be an insightful and gracious host.

Friday overnight ratings figures paralleled those from the previous week, with Five-0 earning a 1.4/5 in the 18-49 demo and a total viewer tally of 10.27 million. These ratings and share figures are in line with Five-0′s season average, and the 10.27 million figure continues the show’s overall increase in total viewers.

Ratings table for Friday, March 7th courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV By the Numbers

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 7, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC Dateline 1.5/5 7.457
CBS Undercover Boss 1.4/5 7.461
ABC Last Man Standing 1.3/5 6.10
FOX Bones – R 0.7/3 3.29
CW Whose Line is it Anyway – R 0.5/2 1.39
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 0.9/3 3.56
CW Whose Line is it Anyway – R 0.5/2 1.33
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.0/7 7.49
NBC Grimm 1.5/5 5.64
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.4/5 10.27
FOX Enlisted 0.7/2 1.82
CW Star-Crossed – R 0.2/1 0.54
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 0.5/2 1.58
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.8/6 7.60
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4/5 11.87
NBC Hannibal 0.8/3 2.64

Honolulu school honours Alex O’Loughlin

March 7th, 2014 by


Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

It’s safe to say that Hawaii Five-0′s Alex O’Loughlin has a symbiotic relationship with the islands. The actor has found success and family while living on Oahu, and local charities have benefited from his generosity as the star of the CBS show continues to use his remarkable star power to help out in his adopted home of Hawaii.

The Honolulu Waldorf School is hosting a benefit honouring O’Loughlin on Saturday March 15th, 2014.

Individual tickets for the “Taste and Treasure” event will set you back $200. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To purchase tickets or to make a donation please visit the school website.

The Honolulu Waldorf School follows a curriculum based on a child’s developmental stage by using art and academics. The school was established in 1961.


Taste and Treasures 2014

Taste and Treasures 2014



Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Hōkū Welowelo”

March 6th, 2014 by

Melanie Griffith appears as the mother of Danno Williams for the second of a three episode story arc. This week, she’s packing some heat when she joins Grover on a ride along. Danny is always worried that McGarrett will get him shot, will he have to worry about his mom too? Looks like she is ready to jump into the line of fire.

Danny’s mom isn’t the only one taking down the bad guys. Jorge Garcia joins in the fun by tasing a suspect. What kind of conspiracy theories will he come up with relating to a downed satellite and national security? I love the addition of his character to the show and noticed that the press release for this episode now shows Jorge as “recurring.” Could this mean he returns next year assuming there is a fifth season of Hawaii Five-0?

Looks like the episode is a wee bit longer than usual – instead of ending on the hour, it will end 1 minute later. What do you think that means? An extended preview for next week or setting the scene for the finale perhaps? Only 6 episodes left, yet there has been very little mention of McGarrett’s nemesis, Wo Fat this season.

From CBS



Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia Return

“*Hōkū Welowelo” – Five-0 investigates a triple homicide connected to a downed top-secret Chinese satellite, while Grover takes Danny’s mother on a ride-along, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 7 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia return.

(*Hōkū Welowelo”is Hawaiian for “Fire in the Sky”)


Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)



Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Melanie Griffith     (Clara Williams)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)



Laura Grace D’Angeli     (Meg Spitz)

Billy Flynn     (Nick Spitz)

Elaine Tan     (Zi Chen)

Patrick St. Esprit     (Vice Admiral Graham Rhodes)

Douglas Nettel     (Iggy)

Michael Neumann     (Jake)

Boo Arnold     (Kevin Palmer)

Wendy Pearson     (Vicki)

Bear Woznick     (Captain)

Curtis J. Jackson     (D.O.D. Spook)


WRITTEN BY:     Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY:      Jeffrey Hunt

“Heartbreaking decision” ahead for McGarrett (SPOILERS!)

March 4th, 2014 by
Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) (Photo courtesy of CBS)

Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride)
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

According to Natalie Abrams of TV Guide’s Mega Buzz column, McGarrett’s going to have more burning coals heaped on his head as Season 4 draws to a close.

Given what we’ve learned from on-set location pics and other teases, it’s likely the Mega Buzz spoiler refers to events in episode 4.21. It’s also possible that these events are part of a flashback storyline, as was the case with last season’s “SEAL Steve” episode and its pre-pilot storyline. Time will tell.

Would love any Hawaii Five-0 scoop you can offer. — AmyN, via Twitter
McGarrett and Catherine will head to the Middle East for an off-the-grid mission that goes awry, leaving McGarrett injured and forced to make a heartbreaking decision.