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Hawaii Five-0, a favorite guilty pleasure

August 21st, 2013 by

Entertainment recap and commentary website Television Without Pity, whose catchphrase is “Spare the snark, spoil the networks,” has given Five-0 a “Watch” ratiing in its “Watch, DVR, Skip” ranking of the Fall 2013 schedule.

While we’ll take issue with the contention that a Friday night berth is a death sentence for our show, we’ll happily cheer their decision to give Hawaii Five-0 their highest timeslot ranking!

After reading the post, show-runner Peter Lenkov tweeted, “Honored!”

Read the complete Fall 2013 lineup rankings at the Television Without Pity website



Five-0 cast in scene from Hookman

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park, and Daniel Dae Kim in scene from Season 3’s “Hookman.”
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Fall TV 2013: Watch, DVR, Skip

Friday at 9 PM

Watch: Hawaii Five-0
Moving it to Friday seems like the kiss of death, and that’s a shame since this show is one of our favorite guilty pleasures. But we’ll happily wind down the week with pretty people and lovely scenery and some ass-kicking thrown in for good measure.

DVR: America’s Next Top Model
Because the boy twist is fun, but you want to skip anything to do with Bryanboy and/or mute Tyra most of the time.

Skip: Shark Tank and Enlisted
Shark Tank is best in clip form and the existence of Enlisted is best forgotten.

Watch It Online (or On Demand): Grimm and Raising Hope
Grimm is good weekend watching and Raising Hope has its moments, so get out the iPad and enjoy.

Hawaii Five-0 officially welcomes Melanie Griffith (SPOILERS!)

August 20th, 2013 by
Tweets announcing Melanie Griffith casting

Five-0 exec producer Peter Lenkov, CBS Studios, and TV|Line officially announce Melanie Griffith’s addition to Season 4 cast via Twitter.

Hawaii Five-0 exec producer Peter Lenkov and CBS Studios officially welcomed actor Melanie Griffith to the Five-0 Ohana today via twitter, with TV|Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich running a story on Griffith’s casting as Danny’s mother.

As such announcements often immediately precede or coincide with an actor’s appearance on set in Hawaii, it is possible that Griffith will make her debut as Danny’s mother in episode 4.05, titled “A ia la aku.”



Scott Caan and Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith and Scott Caan will play mother and son on Hawaii Five-0.
(Photo courtesy of TV|Line)

August 20, 2013 11:19 AM PDT
Hawaii Five-0: Melanie Griffith Is Danny’s Mom
Matt Webb Mitovich

Danny Williams’ mom is a Working Girl — of sorts, in that she will be played by film vet Melanie Griffith.

CBS announced the Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 casting on Tuesday, via their network Twitter feed. Could Mom be in town to check out her little boy’s new doctor-honey, Gabrielle (played by Autumn Reeser)?

(Excerpted article can be read in full at the TV|Line website).

Casting Update: Danno’s mom is coming to town! (SPOILERS!)

August 17th, 2013 by
Melanie Griffith and Scott Caan play mother and son

Melanie Griffith and Scott Caan play mother and son in Caan’s 2012 play, “No Way Around But Through.”
(Photo courtesy of Chelsea Sutton/The Falcon Theatre)

According to WENN and contactmusic.com, Ma Williams is coming to town this season and will be played by none other than Working Girl star Melanie Griffith!

The article on Griffith’s Five-0 role, which is excerpted below, can be read in its entirety at the contactmusic.com website.

“Melanie Griffith has signed on to play Scott Caan’s mum on Tv cop show Hawaii Five-0.

The Working Girl star tells WENN Caan approached her personally and asked her to consider playing his character’s mother on the show, and she’s hoping the role becomes a recurring one.

She says, ‘I did a play with him (Caan) last summer and he’s so cool. I adore him.'”

This will be the second time Griffith has worked with Scott Caan, playing his character’s mother; the two played mother and son in Caan’s play, “No Way Around But Through,” which was performed in June and July of 2012 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California.

From the sound of an interview Griffith did with Irene Lacher of the Los Angeles Times (July 1st 2012), working on the play was a delight.

“It’s an edgy role. Is that what appealed to you?

Yeah. I love the way it’s written. I like the way Scott writes. He’s a young writer — he’s 34. I think he’s really gifted. I studied acting in New York with Stella Adler and I spent a year studying playwrights, the great ones, like Clifford Odets. And now people are likening Scott to [David] Mamet.

Because of the play’s mannered speech?

Yeah, but I think in a way he’s more like Clifford Odets in the sense of trying to get at the issues of family. And so I thought it was really beautiful when I read it. And I know his dad [James Caan]; I’ve known Jimmy for years and so I read it, and he came over with Val [Lauren], who directed us. And I was really excited to work with them. They’re all young and hungry and good and trying to stretch themselves. I remember being in that place. It’s been a really wonderful experience for me because I got to watch them and to be the older person and be the sort of monster mom. It’s been really fun.”

So, gentle 50undercover readers! Looking forward to finally meeting Ma Williams? Can’t wait to see Melanie and Scott together on-screen? Taking odds on the winner in a Doris vs. Ma Williams grudge match? Tell us!

H50 Rewind: Ep 1.04, “Lanakila”

August 16th, 2013 by

“Lanakila” introduces us to Steve’s firecracker sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning), and also to Steve’s sorta-kinda girlfriend with Naval Intel benefits, Lt. Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth). Danny’s bum knee also makes its first appearance; we see Danny giving his doctor an exasperated description of life with McGarrett, describing him as an “animal.” We also see the birth of the “how long you two been married?” theme as Halawa inmates react to Steve and Danno’s bromantic banter during a quick basketball one-on-one.

So, viewers! What did you think of the two women in McGarrett’s life? Did your first impressions of Cath and Mary Ann hold up as the show progressed and we saw more of them?



Steve and Mary Ann McGarrett

Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) McGarrett visit their father’s grave at Punchbowl.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 4, Lanakila
October 12th, 2010 by

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 4, Lanakila

1) Halawa Correctional Facility houses the greatest criminal minds and escape artists of Hawaii.

2) The north shore of Molokai looks suspiciously like Kualoa Beach/Kaneohe.

3) braddahs still don’t like Haoles. But they like the Haole’s sister.

4) So, you want to watch a live feed from a highly classified Navy spy satellite? There’s an app for that.

H50 Rewind: Ep 1.03, “Malama Ka Aina”

August 16th, 2013 by

Hawaii Five-0 entered its second week as part of TNT’s Thursday night lineup with “Malama Ka Aina” airing at 9:00pm, followed by “Lanakila” at 10:00pm. “Malama Ka Aina” gave us the first of many Five-0 moments that would become characteristic of the show’s far-reaching appeal, starting with McGarrett’s introduction to young Grace (Teilor Grubbs), and continuing with the “You look like James Bond, and I look like a waiter” scene in the underground gambling den.

So! What moments in this episode would you pick as favorites? Which scenes stick with you as characteristic aspects of the show’s breakout bromance and overall vibe?



Steve and Danny -- James Bond and the waiter

Steve and Danny infiltrate a gambling operation to take down a mob boss who is trying to buy into the Hawaiian criminal underworld.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)


“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 3, Malama Ka Aina
October 5th, 2010 by

Culture Crash

I love the fact that the writers try really hard to show Hawaii’s unique cultural aspects…but this time they may have gone too far…  Case in point: the opening of the episode begins at a high school football game, where the tribal warrior mascot leads the team in a menacing chant.

This chant is called a “haka”, a war chant that was used by the Maori warriors of New Zealand before engaging the enemy in battle and was adopted by local high schools and the University of Hawaii.  The mascot of the Kukui Kings is actually the mascot of UH, Vili the Warrior.  Viliami Fekolo is actually a very nice Tongan gentleman when he doesn’t have his war face on.  So a Tongan is leading a Hawaii team in a Maori chant.  To me that’s like ordering sushi at a Chinese restaurant owned by Koreans.  You get me?

One thing I *know* locals cringed at was with McGarrett’s mispronunciation of “ow-ah”makua [‘aumakua, a guardian spirit].  Again, I’m glad to see that the writers are striving hard to integrate Hawaiian culture into the series.

I stay at home and bolt the doors

With all the bullets flying around Honolulu, I’m afraid to leave my house.  I mean seriously, nowhere is safe…shopping in Waikiki, or even going to  a high school football game.  Hell, I can’t even feel safe in a illegal gambling den in a million dollar neighborhood without the fear of cops coming crashing through the door.  Is this the price of paradise?!?

“Ohana means family” -Lilo

The one thing we do learn is how tight family is in Hawaii.  The fact that Kono, Chin Ho and Sid were all related is no big surprise to locals, Hawaii is so small and some families are so big, it’s inevitable to run into your family members everywhere.  Chin Ho introduces himself as Uncle Chin to Danno’s daughter, Grace.  It’s a common practice to call older family friends Uncle and Aunty, rather than Ma’am, Sir, Mr, or Mrs.  This creates a sense of ohana [family] and helps to make Hawaii a tight community.

McGarrett mentions that when he was a kid, his door could be left unlocked and kids settled disagreements with fists, not guns. I don’t think our generation could really swear by that, but our parent’s generation could, and McGarrett is definitely right in saying that Hawaii is not the same as when we were kids.  And that is the tragedy of becoming a modern city.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 3, Malama Ka Aina:

1) When not the hub for international terrorism, Hawaii is a hub for interracial gang wars.  But they’re all kewl, until the Haole gangsters start moving in from the mainland.
2) If you’re looking for high stakes gambling look for any McMansion up at Hawaii Loa Ridge, but watch out because…
3) We have an out of control gun problem with shoot outs at high schools and in multimillion dollar neighborhoods everyday.
4) Better than Tivo, we have Sharks On Demand, but don’t worry, they’re totally safe.

Did you notice…

Undercover police officer Sid is played by Sid Liufau, a mixed martial artist, polynesian entertainer and current actor with a long list of television and movie appearances.

You can actually go on shark tours (tour 1, tour 2) on the north shore of Oahu where you can swim with sharks in a cage.  Voluntarily of course.

I couldn’t find a reference to “Ailani’s Pizza”, but Danno got it wrong…pineapple and ham can definitely share the same airspace.

H50 Rewind: “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 2, Ohana

August 13th, 2013 by
Chin Ho, Danno and Steve sneak up on the bad guys

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), Danno (Scott Caan), and Steve (Alex O’Loughlin), ready to take down the bad guys.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 2, Ohana

(Originally posted September 28th, 2010 by )

McGarrett is one bad dude.  The same way Jack Bauer is a bad dude.  If Jack Bauer could do it his way, the show would be called 12, not 24.  If McGarrett could do it his way, Hawaii Five-0 would be a 30 minute show.  He’d probably have captured Bin Laden too.   Crime would be reduced in Hawaii, HPD would disband, and it would be nothing but sunshine and rainbows in the Aloha state.  Of course the court system would be backed up with police brutality cases.  Danno is turning out to be a big sissy pants wanting to do everything by the book which makes for good TV.  I’m expecting a slap fight to break out soon between the two.

Speaking of which, most people enjoy a good catfight, especially if Kono and a blond Russian are involved.  Their battle goes crashing from the kitchen, through the gate outside then to the pool outside.  But if they had fallen into, say a tub of jello, the scene may have played out a bit longer.  But alas, all good things must come to an end, and the bad guys show up, Russians this time.  Maybe it would have been better to skip work and go to the graduation after all.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 2, Ohana

1)  Hawaiians stay fit, trim an ready for the beach 365 days a year on a diet of shaved ice and malasadas.

2)  We mock Haoles who wear their Haole clothes.  Even with a tie, they just become professional looking Haoles.

3)  Since last week, Hawaii became an even worse hotbed of international terrorism, where shootouts can break out at any corner.

H50 Rewind: “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 1, Pilot

August 13th, 2013 by

With Hawaii Five-0 now airing in two-episode blocks every Thursday night on TNT (9:00 and 10:00pm ET), there’s no better time to reintroduce you to Officer 808’s “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0” episode recaps! We’ll post the matching recaps as TNT airs the episodes. Bon apetit!

Remember, TNT’s Hawaii Five-0 homepage is the place for schedule information, episode synopses, interviews, publicity pictures, and more!



Hawaii Five-0 team all together for first time in S1

Five-0’s Fab Four meet for the first time in Season 1’s premiere episode, “Pilot” (L to R, Scott Caan as Danny Williams, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, and Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua)
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 1, Pilot”

(Originally posted September 21st, 2010 by )

So after all the hype it was finally time for the Hawaii Five-0 premiere.  From the first few minutes to the opening sequence.  I was floored.  I mean wow.  This is TV?  Either my expectations were low or this was some high production quality TV.  The title sequence, though updated, echoed the sequence of the original series, with the new McGarrett on the Ilikai, the shot of the Lady Columbia statue at Punchbowl, and the camera fixed to the police motorcycle zipping through Honolulu at dusk.

Right off the bat, the characters are engaging.  Alex O’Loughlin, as the new McGarrett with his military background goes for expediency, while Scott Caan’s Danny Williams tries to keep McGarrett within the lines of acceptable law enforcement.  The biggest difference between The New Series (TNS) and The Original Series (TOS) is the fact that both McGarrett and Danny are both Alpha males, each trying to assert themselves over the other…this is going to make for great TV.  This is a far call from James McCarthur’s Danno, who was definitely the subordinate.  Daniel Dae Kim, off of the sixth season of Lost plays Chin Ho Kelly, who shares a past history with the McGarrett family, but carries with him the reputation of being a crooked cop.  Grace Park returns to TV to play yet again, a former male character Kono Kalakaua (played by Zulu) reinvented as a female, like her role as Boomer in Battlestar Galactica.  She is a former pro surfer turned cop and is cousins with Chin Ho, learning the ropes and earning her keep.

The screenplay, chases and fighting sequences definitely play out like a movie, with very high production quality.  The episode ends leaving the overall season’s story arc a wide space to play out…what else is in the red toolbox?  Did Victor survive being shot and falling into Pearl Harbor…?  We’ll see!

This list evolved out of the smart (a$$) comments that came about from discussions with other locals…so some of this might fly over the heads of you Haoles, so just bear with us. :)    It goes without saying that Hawaii Five-0 is a TV show.  It’s not meant to be real.  Some of the portrayals of Hawaii, locals and Hawaiian life will definitely irk and offend some, but come on… if you wanted reality, watch Jersey Shore.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 1, Pilot

1)  Shave ice is a delectable desert for the most discriminating of palates.
2)  We talk the “bird” [pidgin English].  CA-CAW!  3)  Hawaii is a hotbed and hub for international terrorism and human trafficking.
4)  We don’t like Haoles.  I mean, we *really* don’t like Haoles.

CBS teases Five-0 guest stars and season premiere (Spoilers!)

August 6th, 2013 by
Steveconfronts Wo Fat in his ultra-max security cell

McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) confronts Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) in his ultra-max prison cell in the Season 3 finale, “Aloha. Malama Pono.”
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Twice a year, the Television Critics Association (TCA) holds a press event giving entertainment industry journalists what the TCA website describes as “an unparalleled opportunity to gain access to the people who make television.” That access has dividends that pay off throughout the year in the form of material for stories and one-on-one contact with execs, producers and cast.

The TCA summer press tour, which is held in July, allows networks and production companies to introduce and promote their shows, often with interviews, videos, and teasers — if not outright spoilers — for the upcoming Fall season. CBS day at the 2013 summer press tour took place on Monday, July 29th and, in addition to detailed information on new and returning shows, featured a talk with CEO Les Moonves.

As reported by craveonline.com, one of the topics Moonves covered was the decision to move Hawaii Five-0 from its Monday night berth to its new 9:00pm Friday time-slot.  “We didn’t have a lot of space for new 10 o’clock dramas,” said Moonves. “We fell in love with ‘Hostages’ and said it’s going to be very powerful. ‘Hawaii Five-O’ skews a little older, so with ‘Blue Bloods’ doing well, Friday has become more of a total demo night. It became pretty evident that putting ‘Hawaii Five-O’ there would be a good move.”

A CBS press release issued to coincide with the TCA press tour offered background on the end of the show’s third season as well as spoilers and casting teases for Five-0’s fourth season, which will premiere on Friday, September 27th.

“HAWAII FIVE-0 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) SEASON FINALE: The Five-0 team said goodbye for now to Kono as she and Adam fled Hawaii and went into hiding to save his life. Also, McGarrett was left to choose whether or not to help Wo Fat escape maximum security when his enemies broke in to kill him. NEW SEASON: In the season premiere episode, McGarrett and Wo Fat make a narrow escape from maximum security, gunman storm Five-0 headquarters and Catherine is taken hostage. Now, in McGarrett’s quest to save Catherine, he must break the rules and go head-to-head with new SWAT Commander Captain Grover (Chi McBride). Meanwhile, Kono and Adam’s secret location in Hong Kong is compromised. Rumer Willis and Terry O’Quinn return, and Carol Burnett, Jorge Garcia, Henry Ian Cusick, Tim Daly and Rebecca De Mornay guest star during the series’ fourth season. ”


Chi McBride courtesy of THR

Chi McBride plays SWAT Captain Lou Grover on Hawaii Five-0
(Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter)

Chi McBride

As per the CBS press release and TVLine.com, Chi McBride will appear in the Season 4 premiere episode, “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi,” which will air on Friday, September 27th. Seen most recently in CBS’s Golden Boy, McBride will be playing SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a potentially recurring character brought forward from the original series.

EW.com’s Sandra Gonzalez discussed McBride’s role with Peter Lenkov in early July.

“It’s always fun to dig back into Five-0 mythology and resurrect a character — and in this case, Chi McBride plays SWAT Captain Lou Grover,” says executive producer Peter Lenkov. “Recently transferred to Hawaii from Chicago, Grover isn’t easily sold on Five-0′s tactics, referring to the task force as: ‘McGarrett and his merry band of do-whatever-the-hell-they-want.’ What Five-0 does conflicts with Grover’s own style of law enforcement. And that creates good conflict, so prepare for some combustive tension between the two this season.”


Rumer Willis as Sabrina Lane

Rumer Willis plays bank teller Sabrina Lane on Hawaii Five-0
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Rumer Willis

Last seen in Season 3’s “Ha’awe Make Loa” on the wrong side of a bank robber’s gun,  Rumer Willis will once again play bank teller and Max (Masi Oka) Bergman’s love interest Sabrina Lane.

Based on local production-spotter reports, it is possible that Willis will appear in the third episode of the season, titled “Ka ‘oia’i’o ma loko.”




Terry O'Quinn as Joe White

Terry O’Quinn plays SEAL Lt. Commander Joe White (Retired) on Hawaii Five-0
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Terry O’Quinn

Probably most famous for his role as LOST’s John Locke, Terry O’Quinn has played now-retired SEAL Lt. Commander Joe White since Season 2’s premiere episode, “Ha’i’ole.” Originally introduced through a line of dialogue in Season 1’s “Ho’apono” as SEAL candidate Steve McGarrett’s training officer, “Uncle Joe” White served with Jack McGarrett and kept a watchful eye on his friend’s son throughout his SEAL training and service.

Though introduced as something of a knight in shining armor in McGarrett’s hour of need, O’Quinn’s Joe White proved to be painted in shades of gray, often hindering as much as helping with Steve’s quest to get to the bottom of his parents’ deaths and the part played by the elusive Shelburne.

Put out to pasture after joining Five-0 and a handful of SEALs in their “Ki’ilua” mission to rescue McGarrett from Wo Fat’s North Korean bunker, White has since retired to his ranch in Montana, where he was last seen in Season 3’s “Olelo Pa’a.”  While no details have been revealed thus far, White may play a part in Season 4’s continuing Doris McGarrett story arc.


Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett will play Steve McGarrett’s aunt in Hawaii Five-0’s Thanksgiving-themed storyline
(Photo courtesy of IMDb)

Carol Burnett

A grande dame of American television, Carol Burnett has excelled as an actress, comedienne, singer and writer. She is best known for her long-running variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran on CBS for eleven years and won her numerous Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

As per TV Guide’s Mega Buzz column, “Recently announced guest star Carol Burnett will play McGarrett’s aunt, who comes to Oahu with a secret plan to reunite the entire clan for Thanksgiving.”  As Steve, sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) and mother Doris (Christine Lahti) don’t really seem to constitute a “clan,” it seems likely that Burnett’s character will dredge up additional “family” members to take part in her Thanksgiving extravaganza. Odds are good that Steve’s adopted family — Danny, Grace, Chin, Kono, Catherine, Kamekona — will find places around that table.

The Thanksgiving theme most likely means the episode will air in November.


Jorge Garcia goes back to the island

The Island isn’t done with Jorge Garcia; he returns to Oahu to play a conspiracy theorist on Hawaii Five-0’s third episode
(Photo courtesy of ABC and Sitcoms Online)

Jorge Garcia

Best known as LOST’s Hugo “Hurley” Reyes, Jorge Garcia joins Hawaii Five-0’s growing roster of LOST alumni.  Garcia flew into Honolulu on July 30th to appear in the third episode of Season 4, which is titled “Ka ‘oia’i’o ma loko.”

According to a June  14th article by Entertainment Weekly’s Sandra Gonzalez, Garcia “will play a brilliant conspiracy theorist and reportedly share scenes with former Lost co-star Kim.” Behind-the-scenes location photos have shown Garcia and the Five-0 production team working at the feet of at least two King Kamehameha statues: the larger one in front of the iconic Ali’iolani Hale, and a smaller one in Windward Oahu.

What kind of conspiracy theory leads Garcia’s character to the feet of King Kamehameha? Tune in on Friday, October 11th to find out!


Henry Ian Cusick appears in the season premiere

Henry Ian Cusick plays terrorist leader Ernesto in Hawaii Five-0’s Season 4 premiere, “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi”
(Photo courtesy of TV Line)

Henry Ian Cusick

LOST fans will recognize Henry Ian Cusick as that show’s button-pushing hatch-dweller Desmond Hume. Cusick has the honor of being Season 4’s first LOST alum by virtue of appearing in the season premiere, which is titled “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi.”.

TV Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich talked with Peter Lenkov about Cusick’s role in a July 12th article and had this to say:

“Lost alum Henry Ian Cusick is heading back to Hawaii, with a plum role on Hawaii Five-0.

The dashing Scotsman will guest-star in the Season 4 premiere as Ernesto, a tough, fearless and ruthless member of a terrorist group called the National Liberation Movement. Provided he makes it out of the mayhem he makes alive, he possibly could reappear like a bad penny.

Asked to comment on Cusick’s character, show boss Peter Lenkov — who teased the Lost alum’s arrival with the photo below — said, “Well, he’s got the balls to take over the palace, Five-0′s HQ — so what more is there to say?”

Tim Daly plays Texas Ranger on Five-0

Tim Daly will play a Texas Ranger searching for his missing daughter in Hawaii Five-0’s second episode of Season 4
(Photo courtesy of TV Line)

Tim Daly

Seen most recently on ABC’s Private Practice,  Tim Daly will play a potentially recurring Texas Ranger in Season 4’s second episode, which is titled “A’ale Ma’a Wau.” As described by TV Line’s Vlada Gelman, Daly’s character is “a Texas Ranger looking for his missing daughter in one installment,  with the potential to recur.”

TV Guide’s July 9th Mega Buzz column, written before Daly’s casting was announced, teased with some interesting comparisons:

“Have you seen Taken? Imagine Liam Neeson in a cowboy hat and snakeskin boots and you’ve got the tough customer who McGarrett and Danny will tumble with in an early episode, in which a trigger-happy Texan is trying to locate his kidnapped daughter. Bonus: The episode’s father-daughter theme will also feature Danny and Steve playing coach to little Grace on the baseball diamond. “

TNT’s Hawaii Five-0 home-page goes live

July 30th, 2013 by
TNT's Hawaii Five-0 homepage at TNT website

With TNT’s syndication launch of Hawaii Five-0 just over a week away, TNT’s Five-0 home-page has gone live at the TNT website. ( http://www.tntdrama.com/series/hawaii-five-o/ )
(Image courtesy of TNT and CBS)

With the launch of Hawaii Five-0 on the TNT cable network just a week away — Season 1 premieres at 9:00pm ET/PT Thursday, August 8th with a two-episode block of “Pilot” and “Ohana” —  TNT’s Five-0 home-page has gone live at the TNT website. Thus far, the site includes an Season 1 episode guide, a gallery of publicity photos, an “about” description of the show, cast biographies, Q&A interviews with series stars Grace Park and Scott Caan, and a press release which includes a listing of August episodes.

The Q&A-style text interviews with Grace Park and Scott Caan both appear to date back to Season 1, which is in keeping with the TNT broadcast timeline.

An excerpt from Scott’s interview — “Caan Man Is On The Scene”:

“Q: How do you prepare yourself to play the role of Danny Williams?

SC: Well, the good news is that this role comes easy to me. I feel that there’s a lot of me in the part, so I feel like for the most part with this role I just kind of memorize my lines and hit my marks and have fun, you know… You know the only way to do a show like this is to figure out a way to have fun. Alex O’Loughlin has a really tough job, a really tough job, because his role is not the most fun role to do, and he has to come back and do it everyday. Me, there’s a lot of scenes where I just show up and have fun.

Q: What has been the most rewarding thing about taking on this role?

SC: Well, I’ve been in the business for a long time and I haven’t really gotten the roles that I want to get. I played in Ocean’s Eleven, I was the tenth guy in that movie. You know, Casey [Affleck] for example he went on and got some good parts and got offered good movies, and I didn’t. You know, I wasted a lot–I didn’t waste time, but I went off and made my own movies and I spent a lot of my own money on movies and I wanted to be John Cassavetes. I didn’t want to be Tom Cruise, you know, and so you pay the price. And for whatever reason my brand didn’t get me to a point where I could do exactly what I wanted to do. And there are things that I really want to do and I have to take opportunities like this. This is a wave, you know, and you really have to take those moments in life when you say no to them you look back and go, ‘God I wonder where I would be if I did do that.’ Because look, ultimately, I’m in my thirties and the things that I want to do are ahead of me.”

An excerpt from Grace’s interview — “Get to Know Grace Park”:

“Q: You are no stranger to acting in a television series. What makes this role different than any you’ve played before?

GP: It seems like with Hawaii Five-0 I can feel the formula a little bit more. I mean working on The Cleaner that was still somewhat of a procedural and it turned more into it in the second season, but it feels like you can see the beats a little bit more like, ‘Oh, here is the funny bit between McGarrett and Danno,’ and, ‘Oh, cool, we have the action part,’ which kicks ass–I love it. And then here, okay, we’re solving the case. You know, so I feel like I see those pieces a little bit more in the story. It’s almost like The Matrix, not as green letters coming down, but you can start to see like pictures within that, so I don’t know if this is because I have a little more experience or if it’s because of the way the–or talking to the writers and then reading the episodes or getting a different eye for seeing those types of things and obviously this is a much bigger machine. I haven’t been on a network like this ever and also to be one of like the most highly touted shows on a huge network, it’s like you’re riding a massive wave.

Q: What has been the most rewarding thing about taking on this role?

GP: I would say, it took me a while to notice but I feel like I have been really like the silliest I have been on any set that I have been on. And usually it’s because I was working with someone who would bring that out, you know, great sense of humor and would get everybody laughing or some of the relationships I made. But on this show absolutely, I love the people on it, but it’s like I realize that this is the first time I feel so free and just so loose and silly and strange and get to kind of just bop around and do whatever and I realize I hadn’t been like that before. And then I thought this is what, one of the things I am going to get to come away with, you know, which is like it’s more of a personal thing has nothing to do with work.”



TNT Press Release — http://tntnewsroom.com/hawaii-five-0-tnt-premiere/

Action-Packed Hit “Hawaii Five-0″ to Join TNT Lineup Thursday, Aug. 8
July 30, 2013 Kevin Little 11:12 am ET

H50 Cast - Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan, Grace Park and Alex O'Loughlin

The cast of Hawaii Five-0: Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan, Grace Park, and Alex O’Loughlin
(Photo courtesy of TNT and CBS)

TNT is hitting the beach this summer as the network adds the action-packed drama series Hawaii Five-0 to the primetime lineup. The People’s Choice Award-winning series, which stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, is set to air on TNT Thursdays at 9 and 10 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning Aug. 8. A complete schedule of episodes running in August is included below.Hawaii Five-0, which is preparing to launch its fourth season on CBS, comes to TNT from CBS Television Distribution. The series is a contemporary take on the classic show about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches.

At the center of Hawaii Five-0 is Detective Steve McGarrett (O’Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder. He then stays after Hawaii’s Governor (Jean Smart) persuades him to head up the new team with his rules, her backing, no red tape and blanket authority to hunt down the biggest “game” in town. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop. He’s a working man in paradise who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but is committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter.

The Five-0 unit also includes Chin Ho Kelly (Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective and former protégé of McGarrett’s father who was wrongly accused of corruption. Chin’s cousin Kono (Park) is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the police academy and eager to establish herself among the department’s elite.

Hawaii Five-0 was named Favorite New Drama by fans voting on the 37th Annual People’s Choice Awards. The show’s other accolades include a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe® nomination for Scott Caan, Emmy® nominations for stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente and a BMI TV Music Award for Keith Power and Brian Tyler. The show is executive-produced by Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for CBS Television Studios.

Hawaii Five-0 on TNT – August 2013 Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 8
9 p.m. – “Pilot” – TV-14-LV

Steve McGarrett is summoned home to Honolulu to bury his father after he is murdered by a madman. Governor Jameson wants Steve to head up a new elite police unit, and she will give him full authority to get the job done. Initially he turns down the job, but when he meets the man charged with investigating his father’s murder, he changes his mind so he can find the killer himself.

10 p.m. – Ohana – TV-14-LV
When a former cyber-terrorism expert is kidnapped, McGarrett and his team are assigned to find the missing expert in order to protect national security.

Thursday, Aug. 15
9 p.m. – “Malama Ka Aina” – TV-14-LV

Five-0 discovers a connection between Samoan gangs and a mainland mob after an escalating gang war wreaks havoc during a local high school football game.

10 p.m. – “Lanakila” – TV-14-V
Five-0 is called on to locate a dangerous escaped prisoner, but to find him, they need to determine his reasons for escaping. Steve’s sister, Mary Ann, arrives from the mainland for a visit and brings trouble of her own.

Thursday, Aug. 22
9 p.m. – “Nalowale” – TV-14-V

When a teenage girl’s body is found near Waikiki, Steve and the team are assigned to finding her missing sister. The case is further complicated by the fact that their father is Michael Reeves, ambassador assigned to the Philippines and friends with the Governor.

10 p.m. – “Ko’olauloa” – TV-PG-V
Five-0 delves into the world of North Shore surfing when the CEO of a successful surf company is murdered.

Thursday, Aug. 29
9 p.m. – “Ho’apono” – TV-14-V

McGarrett must rely on his SEAL skills to diffuse a hostage situation when a Navy SEAL on the run for murder takes hostages aboard the U.S.S. Missouri Memorial Battleship.

10 p.m. – “Mana’o” – TV-14-LV
The team is up against Internal Affairs, dirty cops and a powerful cocaine cartel when they investigate the murder of Danny’s ex-partner, who is found dead at a Hawaiian luau with his badge in his mouth.




Hawaii Five-0 premieres on TNT in August

July 26th, 2013 by
Hawaii Five-0 cast in Season 1 publicity photo

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan in an early Season One publicity photo
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

As confirmed today on twitter by executive producer Peter Lenkov, Hawaii Five-0 will premiere in syndication on the TNT cable network on Thursday, August 8th. Five-0 will launch with two back-to-back episodes — “Pilot” at 9:00pm ET/PT and “Ohana” at 10:00pm ET/PT — following back-to-back episodes of long-time rival, Castle.

TNT is adding the show to their Primetime schedule a year earlier than originally anticipated when the syndication deal was inked in 2011. The earlier TNT premiere will introduce McGarrett and his team to a whole new audience while adding Five-0 to TNT’s stable of highly popular dramas.

Quick-thinking fans who’ve turned to TNT have already spotted promo spots advertising the addition of Five-0 to the cable network’s lineup.

As mentioned earlier, Peter Lenkov confirmed the news of the TNT launch with a screengrab of the August 8th TNT website schedule page showing Hawaii Five-0’s two premiere episodes.

Hawaii Five-0 in the TNT schedule for August 8th

The TNT schedule for Thursday, August 8th shows Hawaii Five-0 premiering at 9:00pm ET/PT with back-to-back episodes — “Pilot” and “Ohana.”
(Screengrab courtesy of TNT and Peter Lenkov)