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H50 Summer Scanner – August 2, 2014

August 2nd, 2014 by

 

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 Photo: CBS

Peter Lenkov with Bob Orci
Photo: CBS

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

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

Ian Anthony Dale posted this photo on Instagram

Meet Hawaii Five-0′s newest member

July 16th, 2014 by

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.

Amanda Setton

Amanda Setton

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"

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!

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.

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!

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 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

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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.

Networks need not fear Friday night

May 2nd, 2014 by
Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) sets aside his reservations about McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) methods in the season finale. (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) sets aside his reservations about McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) not quite regulation methods in the season finale.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

According to USA Today’s Bill Keveny, commenting in a May 1st online article, networks are finally realizing that Friday nights are no longer bad news for prime time shows. The CBS lineup, and Hawaii Five-0 in particular, feature prominently in Keveny’s article.

“CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, now paired with the night’s most-watched series, Blue Bloods, has increased its audience 11% despite moving from Mondays to the second-least-watched night of the week,” says Keveny, going on to quote CBS exec Glenn Geller on the successful pairing of Five-0 and Blue Bloods.

“We’ve had tremendous success this year “with the Five-0/Blue Bloods combo, says Glenn Geller, who oversees CBS’ returning programs. “Every network has a little something to crow about, and it’s great for network television. Audiences show up for good TV, and there’s a lot to choose from on Friday night.”

Keveny also chatted with Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov, who is understandably delighted with the show’s performance on what was seen by the hand-wringing contingent as a death-sentence timeslot.

“Five-0, averaging 11.6 million viewers, is trying to tap into a family audience, and executive producer Peter Lenkov says it makes a good fit with Blue Bloods, another fourth-year police drama, and a top-15 show (13.7 million) that this season had its most-watched episode since its premiere in 2010,” says Keveny.

“For Lenkov, the move to an earlier time slot (9 p.m. ET/PT) may be at least as important as the switch in nights,” Keveny added, before further quoting Lenkov.

“I always thought we were better suited for a 9 o’clock show no matter what night we we were on,” he says. “I think we’re lighter in terms of our procedural stories and character interactions. We like to think there’s a lot of humor in the show. I always felt like the 10 o’clock shows always seemed a little edgier and darker,” while competition on Mondays was “like a street fight.”

Keveny goes on to reveal some promotional teases for tonight’s high-stakes episode, as well as for next week’s season finale.

“Lenkov hopes to end Five-0‘s first Friday season in style. This week’s episode will feature Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) traveling to Afghanistan to help a family, while the May 9 season finale will continue the story of Captain Lou Grover (Chi McBride) and feature an appearance by archvillain Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos).”

Read Keveny’s full article at the USA Today website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie”

May 1st, 2014 by

Look down… Look up… McGarrett is on a horse!

 

Finally!!! The tables are turned when Catherine asks McGarrett to do her a favour. Unlike the usual Navy intelligence information that Steve asks Catherine to get for him, her favour involves bullets, bad guys and a bloody McGarrett. Some of the promo photos remind me of his capture and torture at the hands of Wo Fat. Who is going to be saving who by the end? To find out that and more, don’t miss this lead-up to the final episode of Season 4!

Bollywood beauty, Mallika Sherawat, has been cast as Farah Khan, a character from Catherine’s military past. Khan’s son is kidnapped and it’s up to Cath and McGarrett to try and save him in Afghanistan. For those who missed it, this will be Michelle Borth’s last episode. SPOILER!!! Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, assures fans that Cath does not die. Borth even teased (on Twitter) that the door may be open for her character to return.

Keep your eyes peeled for Gary Fritts, a real life SEAL (retired), who has been a military advisory on Hawaii Five-0 for the last three years. Tough guy, Kala Alexander reprises his roll as Kawika (surprisingly not listed a recurring) while Duane “Dog” Chapman appears for the second time.

From CBS

McGARRETT AND CATHERINE TRAVEL TO AFGHANISTAN TO STOP THE TALIBAN FROM HARMING A YOUNG BOY WHOSE FAMILY SAVED CATHERINE’S LIFE YEARS AGO, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, MAY 2

“*Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie” – McGarrett and Catherine travel to Afghanistan to stop the Taliban from harming a young boy whose family saved Catherine’s life years ago, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*“Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie” is Hawaiian for “Fair Winds and Following Seas”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

Larry Manetti     (Nicky “The Kid” Demarco)

Al Harrington     (Mamo Kahike)

Duane “Dog’ Chapman     (Himself)

GUEST CAST:

William C. Mitchell     (Joel Bratton)

Angelica Quinn     (Alicia Helani)

Mido Hamada     (Amir Khan)

Mallika Sherawat     (Farah Khan)

David Landry     (Leon Chase)

Farshad Farahat     (Umar Hassan)

Michael Hollick     (Naval Intel Officer Lt. Granger)

Josh Clark     (Naval Captain Stan Norell)

Jordan Salud     (Jamie Kamaka)

Maz Siam     (Interrogator)

Gary Fritts     (Seal)

Timothy Brennen     (CIA Man)

John A. Weaver     (Suit)

Kala Alexander     (Kawika)

Christianno De Lugo     (Najib Khan)

Ran Yatim     (Leader)

Daniel Gilad     (Taliban Fighter #3)

Mehdi Mdouari     (Taliban Fighter #7)

STORY BY: Peter M. Lenkov, Ken Solarz and Eric Guggenheim

TELEPLAY BY: Eric Guggenheim

DIRECTED BY: Jeffrey Hunt

Hawaii Five-0 Says Aloha to a Series Regular

April 28th, 2014 by

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Love her or hate her, Michelle Borth’s character, Catherine Rollins, has grown from McGarrett’s favourite favour-provider in Season 1, to providing some much needed female balance on the male dominated Five-0 team in Season 4.  This turned out to be particularly valuable when series regular Grace Park took some time off earlier this year.

Friday’s episode will be Rollins’ swan song as we learn more back-story of her time in the military. It’s unfortunate that this character development didn’t occur earlier, which seems to be a common shortcoming with featured female roles such as Jenna Kaye (Season 1 & 2 played by Larisa Oleynik) and Lori Weston (Season 2 played by Lauren German). All three started with much promise only to see their story lines fizzle before leaving the island. Hopefully, the introduction of female regular characters in the future will be met with more balanced presentation.

As of yet we haven’t heard any word on Michelle Borth’s upcoming projects, but we will keep you up to date as details are released.

We at Hawaii Five-0 Undercover wish Michelle all the best on her new path!