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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. “

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)

Final overnight ratings for Monday’s Five-0

May 30th, 2013 by
Chin Ho, Danny, and Kono on the scene

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), Danny (Scott Caan), and Kono (Grace Park) investigate a murder with profound implications for Max (Masi Oka).
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Hawaii Five-0 began its post-season finale summer schedule with an encore airing of Season 2’s Max-centric “Ha’alele (Abandoned),” on Monday, May 27th. The original CBS press release gave the following episode summary:

“‘Ha’alele*’ – A murder case hits close to home for Max when he is convinced that The Trashman, a serial killer with ties to his past, is on the loose.  In order to convince Five-0 of his suspicions, Max reveals shocking information about his childhood, on HAWAII FIVE-0 …”

Monday’s Season 2 repeat brought in a 1.2/3 rating in the 18-49 demo with 4.96 million viewers.

Ratings table courtesy of ZAP2it.com’s TV By The Numbers



Final Monday broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, May 27, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10:01PM) 3.2/9 11.00
ABC The Bachelorette (8-10:01PM) Season Premiere 1.9/5 5.99
CBS How I Met Your Mother – R 0.9/3 3.54
FOX Raising Hope – R 0.7/2 1.76
CW Memorial Day (8-10PM) 0.3/1 0.95
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement – R 0.9/2 3.60
FOX The Goodwin Games 0.6/2 1.37
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls – R 1.1/3 4.30
FOX New Girl – R 0.6/2 1.34
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly – R 1.3/3 4.70
FOX The Mindy Project – R 0.6/1 1.25
10:00 NBC Revolution 1.9/5 6.32
ABC 20/20 1.3/3 5.60
CBS Hawaii Five-0 – R 1.2/3 4.96

Alex O’Loughlin grapples with Jiu Jitsu

April 2nd, 2013 by
Alex O'Loughlin and MMA master Egan Inoue

Alex O’Loughlin trains with Egan Inoue of Grappling Unlimited
(Photo courtesy of Egan Inoue)

By now, only the completely oblivious won’t have noticed that Alex O’Loughlin has been adding muscle mass as this season’s progressed. This is thanks, in part, to diligent training with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) master Egan Inoue. Alex has been training with Inoue at his Grappling Unlimited gym, where he has been learning Jiu Jitsu, Hawaii Five-0 costar Scott Caan’s martial arts specialty.

Inoue has written several training and exercise books and Alex has been using Inoue’s bodyweight workout training techniques to obvious good effect, as the photo and video Inoue released this past weekend demonstrate.

Hawaii Five-0 viewers will also recognize Egan Inoue as one of Wo Fat’s (Mark Dacascos) henchmen from the Season 2 premiere episode “Ha’i’ole.”

To learn more about Egan Inoue and Grappling Unlimited, visit Inoue’s Facebook page and www.mmabodyweightworkouts.com

YouTube video courtesy of Egan Inoue.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0: “Lana I Ka Moana”

October 5th, 2012 by

This is an episode that I’ve really been looking forward to, and not only because we get to see hot men in shorts.  (Yeah, I’m shallow, so what?)  In spite of Danny’s fear of the sea, somehow Steve manages to get him out on the ocean blue, where they’re hijacked by pirates, including bad-guy extraordinaire, Todd Stashwick.  Not that the real Todd isn’t a good guy, he’s just usually cast as the villain, and yet still somehow manages to draw the viewer in.  With that talent, it’s no wonder he pops up everywhere on our TV screens.  You may also recognize Michael McGrady (Southland) as a not-so-nice Coast Guard captain.

We’ll also see another “Lost” alum in this episode:  Cynthia Watros who played the ill-fated Libby Smith.  Well, I guess pretty much everyone on “Lost” was ill-fated, weren’t they?  Libby’s sudden death came as a huge shock to viewers who had embraced her strength and compassion.  I wonder what the odds are that Cynthia’s character Katie, will survive Hawaii Five-0?

“Lana I Ka Moana” was written by Elwood Reid who left Five-0 recently, and I believe this is his parting gift to viewers. We wish him the best of luck in his new adventures.

Some of you may know that when I talk about my favorite Hawaii Five-0 directors, it’s always a toss-up between Larry Teng and co-executive producer, Steve Boyum.  Boyum is at the helm of this one, so it should be exciting.  Now, on to the “boatgument” please!


Scott Caan Alex O'Loughlin Lana I Ka Moana

“Lana I Ka Moana”


“Lana I Ka Moana*” – McGarrett and Danny’s relaxing day at sea takes a deadly turn when their boat is hijacked and they are left to die in the middle of the ocean, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, Oct. 8 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Lana I Ka Moana is Hawaiian for “Adrift”)


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)


Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)
Brian Yang     (Charlie Fong)


Todd Stashwick     (Gil Scates)
Michael McGrady     (Coast Guard Captain McIlvane)
Cynthia Watros     (Katie Burgess)
Julie McNiven     (Jenny Burgess)
Ekahi Lee     (Coast Guard Officer #1)

WRITTEN BY:     Elwood Reid

DIRECTED BY:     Steve Boyum

Hawaii Five-0’s Grace Park on water sports and what’s ahead

September 29th, 2012 by

In complete honesty, even reading about Grace Park’s experience shooting last season’s finale, had me holding my breath.   But like Kono, Grace is a trooper and trusted herself and the crew of Hawaii Five-0 to keep her safe.  Ms. Park also talks about how she’s happy to have more girl power on the testosterone-heavy set this year.

From IGN

It’s an understatement to say Kono (Grace Park) went through a lot on Hawaii Five-0recently, as the Season 2 cliffhanger had her at death’s door – pushed into the ocean, bound and gagged, and sinking to her doom. Fortunately, she was saved by Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) in the Season 3 premiere, though not everyone was so lucky in that episode.
During my recent visit to the set of Hawaii Five-0, I spoke to Park about what the experience of being thrown in that scary, underwater situation was like – both for Kono and for the actress playing her. We also discussed Kono and Adam’s turbulent relationship and the addition of more women to Hawaii Five-0 this season.

Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0

IGN TV: Suffice to say, Kono just went through a traumatic experience. How does she come out of it?

Grace Park: That’s what’s really interesting, because when a situation like that comes about, you think, “How does this impact the character?” It is part of the job, but that doesn’t mean she’s Teflon and unflinching. At the same time, I think the bigger thing is Chin Ho losing his wife. That seems like it overshadows my situation, where I managed to live. If anything, it’s probably going to be one of those incidents that contribute to Kono’s overall character as a cop and her experience being a police officer. It’s those layers and layers of experiences that kind of embed themselves into someone’s psyche that eventually, 20 years down the line when you meet someone, they have the essence of cop.

IGN: What was it like shooting those sequences where she’s underwater? I’d assume that wasn’t very fun…

Park: Kono’s a surfer, so she’s great in the water – she’s grown up in the water. If you’re surfing some big waves, you will have been caught underneath, sometimes for a few sets, right? So what I’ve learned — and I don’t even surf – is that the longer you can stay underwater, the more comfortable you are. Talking to some of the water men, like Brian Keaulana, he’ll tell you one of the first things you can do is learn to stay underwater for a long time. That way, you won’t panic when you’re underwater and the waves are coming and you are not going to get up there. I thought, “I can’t do that for very long.” But prepping for the underwater scene… I mean, I was so uncomfortable every time I read the script, because I would hold my breath as I was reading the script! I was so uncomfortable because I didn’t realize I’d stopped breathing, as I’m reading my character and she’s bound and gagged in the water.

IGN: Would that qualify as the toughest thing you’ve had to do on the show?

Park: Funnily enough, I was more comfortable doing that, the idea of being bound and gagged underwater, versus having to be in a shore break again.

[Editor’s Note: During the filming of the Hawaii Five-0 pilot, Park learned firsthand just how much ocean water can pummel you in a shore break – where a wave breaks directly on, or very close to, the shore]

[Hawaii Five-0 showrunner/executive producer] Peter Lenkov asked, “Grace, how are you with this whole underwater thing?” I’m like, “Am I in a shore break?” He’s goes, “No.” I’m like, “You sure I’m not in a shore break?” “No you’re bound and gagged, and you’re sinking on the bottom of the ocean.” I’m like, “But I’m not in a shore break?” “No.” “That’s fine, that’s totally fine.” “You’re sure?” “Yes!” It was just so traumatizing in the pilot! [Laughs] Other than that, I was researching and prepping on that. I started learning how to hold my breath underwater and the breathing technique that you do to be able to be underwater for minutes at a time. I got up to, like, a minute, but I wasn’t practicing for that long. But that was more than we needed. The thing I was thinking was, “Well, of course she’s going to know how to do this.” So when you do go underwater — and she knowsshe’s going to be tipped overboard — when she goes under, you don’t sink to the bottom of the ocean. We had to try to get me to sink. They put lots of weights on me and we had to have someone underwater dragging me down and all this kind of stuff.

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

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park

Park: Right? Actually the trauma could have been during one take where I wasn’t ready, but I didn’t just say no. They’re like, “Are you ready?” I’m like, “Well, actually…” [Splash noise] They pulled me under, and I was kicking so hard to try to get out. I was supposed to have breakaway wrists and breakaway ankles, but they didn’t break away. So when I came back up, they were like, “That was really, really great, except we didn’t have your face on camera.” And I was just like, “I was trying to get out of the restraints!” But the weirdest thing was, I was kicking super hard underwater, and I didn’t have enough breath to stay under very long, but I was, like, zero panic. It was really weird because I had practiced already, so my body already knew, “Oh, you’re fine.” So that was really trippy, even though I had a lot of water and was coughing. So that’s the kind of stuff I knew about her character. She was already thinking when she was on the boat, and when I did the research diving with Ocean Ramsey, I kind of caught her out of the corner of my eye, and she wasn’t using her arms and legs to kick. She just did this kind of dolphin gliding thing in the water. So I tried it, too. I was like, “Oh my gosh!” You can move really fast doing that. It seems kind of like how fish move because fish don’t have arms — their fins are kind of small — but they move so fast. I figured that’s what she’s doing. Of course, it’s not on the screen because that’s not going to sell very well, but I figured that’s probably why she’s not as traumatized. There’s also always so much action, she kind of just rolls back into it.IGN: Wow, that has to add to the trauma!

IGN: I was initially going to ask you, “Is Kono’s relationship with Adam going to continue this season?”, but the premiere answered that question in a big way. Those two began as almost a Romeo & Juliet thing, with her a cop and him as the son of a mobster. Is it going to be a little smoother now?

Park: I think that relationship — just with the setup, like you said — the setup is such that it’s never going to be easy or smooth. I think that their relationship is good. There’s a real attraction… They actually like each other. There’s a lot of possibility and potential there, but with the situation, you know… How clean is he? How good is he going to be at managing his father’s alliances and the rest of the business, because they’re not all gonna want to switch their ways? They have a good life, and they have it working pretty smoothly. So things could always change. I think as it unravels, we’ll see how it goes. Peter [Lenkov] has a few things up his sleeve, which I’m really excited about. I mean, it’s fine that it’s smooth, but they’re certainly not the type to just stay at home and watch movies and just eat pizza.

Ian Anthony Dale and Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0

IGN: That’d be an interesting episode though.

Park: [Laughs] For sure! People would be like, “What’s going on with that relationship? Shouldn’t they have guns and be kicking people?” [Laughs]

IGN: They’re watching Real Housewives or something.

Park: Yeah! [Laughs] I’m making a phone call. “Oh… be right there!”

IGN: Yeah. “Gotta do some cop stuff.” “Gotta do some mob stuff.”

Park: Yeah, that would be hilarious, actually. I did tell the other actor, Ian [Anthony Dale], “Yeah, Peter wants us to reflect on the nature of real relationships, and so he wants you to gain 25 pounds. He says I’m fine.”

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0

Park: And Taryn [Manning] is coming back! Yeah, the thing is, it’s such a male-dominated show, on screen and on set as well. So it’s not a show where the women really bond with each other. I even think that has something to do with Lauren German’s character, Lori Weston, leaving, because they didn’t establish the females with each other. Not that we didn’t want it. I even asked for it right off the top. And by the end, we were having this great rapport, and I think they’ve learned now how important that is. To be able to have more of a female presence adds a duality and a complexity. That doesn’t mean we need to have them equal number, but that always changes things up. That’s why I think they didn’t keep Kono a dude. That’s why we didn’t just have five dudes. That would be a totally different show. Then we would have The Hangover… But I haven’t seen The Hangover, so I don’t even know if that’s accurate. [Laughs]

IGN: [Laughs] You’ve been the constant female presence on this show, but this season you’ve got Christine Lahti recurring and now Michelle Borth as a regular.

I think it’s just going to keep allowing every character like McGarrett or Danny to show other facets of their personality and their characters. People want to know more about the story, but they also want to know more about the characters they’ve been following for <years.

Hawaii Five-0: New blood and old predicaments (Spoilers)

September 22nd, 2012 by

This has been a great week for Hawaii Five-0 fans and we have another interview, this time from IGN, with the cast in this week leading up to the Season 3 premiere.  We get a few more tidbits of information, plus a glimpse of the more playful side of Grace Park.

Mahalo to Eric of IGN

Hawaii Five-0 ended its second season in a big way, with every character’s life in turmoil, either physically or mentally. With Season 3 set to debut this Monday, I recently visited the Oahu set of the series, and the first big example of this turmoil was standing in front of me, doing a a scene with Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett – Christine Lahti, playing Steve’s mom, Doris. This of course is oh-so notable because Doris was believed to be dead until the Season 2 finale.

Team Five-0

“We deal with that immediately,” O’Loughlin told me. “He sits down with his mom and says, ‘All right, please explain.’ There’s a lot that goes along with that, too. One would think after 20 years you’d be thrilled to know that your mother’s still alive, but there’s a lot more that needs to be processed before that luxury. Basically, the devastation that’s gone in the household and the family and his life is largely due to the decisions that she made. The murder of his father was the direct result of the constant pursuit of her killers and what happened to her. So that immediately drops Steve into a place of pretty deep resentment and confusion.”

When last we saw Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), he was given a horrible decision to make, with his wife, Mailia (Reiko Aylesworth) and his cousin, Kono (Grace Park) both in deadly scenarios in separate locations thanks to William Baldwin’s villainous Frank Delano – and Chin chose to go to his wife. The Season 3 premiere will find Chin facing even more crucial decisions and put through the wringer emotionally.

Said Daniel Dae Kim, “I think it’s really interesting stuff for an actor to play because we are in what essentially is a crime procedural. It’s a crime of the week, we all know the format, it’s all over the television. Generally, as an audience, you know what to expect. As an actor, when you get material like this that’s of a very personal nature and speaks to their character’s history and future, it’s very, very rare. So I appreciate it a great deal. It’s the kind of material that makes me feel like an actor, so it’s been really fun to play. It’s been great for Chin Ho to kind of reveal those sides of himself. That’s the one great thing about television: character can reveal itself week to week as opposed to over the course of two hours in a film. So yeah, I really appreciate the opportunity to get material like that, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the ramifications of it are.”

Going forward this season, Chin will have to deal all of his recent actions. Said Kim, “He’s had to make some choices that he might not be proud of, in more than one way. You’ll see residual effects of it in subsequent episodes. I like the fact that it’s not just a ‘one-episode and done’ thing. It affects him physically, psychologically, as the season progresses.”

Danny ‘Danno’ Williams (Scott Caan) may have had the least jaw-dropping plotline occurring in the season finale, but it certainly was still one of vast importance to his character – as his ex-wife and her husband are threatening to take Danny’s daughter away from Hawaii, leading to his decision to fight her legally.

Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0

Regarding this turn of events, Caan said, “It’s obviously something fun to play with and something I like to do. The more character stuff they give me, the better. The more stuff they give me with my daughter or my family members, the better. The deeper I can dig and the more honest I can be, the more fun I can have. Ultimately, doing procedural stuff is more the job of this. But when you get the other stuff, it’s when you kind of light up and have more fun and play around a little bit more. I obviously enjoy that stuff the most. Anything that pokes me or upsets me or gets me going is good for drama.”

As for Kono, well… That’s a tricky one. Last we saw her, she was bound and gagged on a boat and pushed overboard, sinking to her doom. But it’s not a secret that Grace Park is still a member of the Hawaii Five-0 cast this season, so it’s also not really a secret that Kono is going to make it out of the lethal scenario… you know, most likely.

When I noted to Park that, since she was sitting in front of me on the set, I assumed Kono was either alive or a zombie, she grinned and ran through the possibilities for how she might be appearing in Season 3. “Yeah, Zombie Kono! She comes back in flashbacks. I play the evil twin. That kind of thing. No one’s ever done it before. Groundbreaking!”

I asked if this evil twin might sport the classic go-to evil twin goatee and Park replied, “Yeah, evil fraternal twin boy. We’re gonna take it back to the masculine.” [Since much of my conversation with Park hinged on what occurs in the premiere, look for a separate interview with her later next week, after the premiere has aired].

Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0: Season 3 will also have a new series regular this year – Michelle Borth, who has had a recurring role as McGarrett’s love interest, Navy lieutenant Catherine Rollins. Said O’Loughlin, “Michelle is now a part of our full-time cast, which is terrific. From the beginning, McGarrett hasn’t had a steady girl, and you know, Michelle’s been in and out. But she’s the obvious one that he has love for and a potential future with. So that’s going to open up a side of McGarrett that we haven’t really seen. Hopefully, we’ll tap into a softness and an accessibility that we haven’t seen that much of with this military sort of guy.”

When I asked what it was like working with the acclaimed Lahti, who’s won everything from an Emmy to an Oscar (the latter for directing a short film!), O’Loughlin laughed and exclaimed, “Jesus, she’s like a general, she’s so heavily decorated!”

He added that his TV mom is “Amazing. I love Christine very much. The first scene we ever did together, immediately after we met, was where they’re reunited at the beginning of [episode] 301. It’s a heavy scene, and we really had to be connected as people and as actors. So that was a wonderful way to start our friendship, and she’s a terrific person to have around. She’s very, very funny. She has a great sense of humor. She’s deeply humble and a lovely woman.”

Lahti recalled being pitched the character by Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov and how she had to work to get Lenkov to give her any details about the mysterious character. Recalled Lahti, “He said she was a CIA operative, an assassin, who had to fake her own death to protect her family 20 years ago. That’s basically it, so I filled in a lot of the blanks. But then he told me a few other things because I insisted. He answered some questions about the first episode. So I know some things that even Alex doesn’t know. Clearly, I’m not going to tell you about it, but you’ll find out. Stay tuned!”

Michelle Borth, Alex O’Loughlin and Christine Lahti in Hawaii Five-0

When I asked Lahti, best known for roles in dramas like Chicago Hope, what it was like to enter the action-filled world of Hawaii Five-0, she described it as “Totally fun. You know, I’ve always hated guns, and I deplore violence. I’m really an advocate for gun control, and here I am, holding a gun and shooting. It’s really fun, though. Her CIA training and her life as a CIA operative was so long ago — and I don’t really know how much she’s involved — but there must be something because she’s pretty handy with a gun!”

As for portraying the mother/son dynamic with O’Loughlin, Lahti remarked, “it’s really complex, which was what was really appealing about the role to me. She has no regret — she did what she had to do to protect her family — but is filled with guilt. Think of all the pain she’s caused to her kids and her husband, and ultimately the murder of her husband. There’s so much love and so much loss and humor — she’s also really funny. One of the most appealing things about taking this job was for her humor. She’s really funny. In addition to everything else, she was that. It’s been a great ride.”

Lahti has initially signed on for four episodes, and isn’t sure if she’ll be doing more beyond that. In the meantime, she noted, “There was a lot of build-up for this character, for two years, so I felt like there was a lot of responsibility for me to live up to that. That’s a good challenge.”

Video Recap: Five-0 Season 2 Review

September 21st, 2012 by

Just in case you’ve forgotten any important plot points from last season, CBS has issued a new video recap to prepare you for Monday.  Please pay close attention – there will be a quiz afterward.



Australia’s Channel 10 finally airs Five-0

September 16th, 2012 by

Hawaii Five-0 fans in Australia and New Zealand have been frustrated for months after Channel 10 took the the series off the air before the second season was complete.  The more vocal among them have been repeatedly asking the network when the show would return, only to be met with vague answers of “Soon!”   Well, the viewers are finally being rewarded with the last two episodes (beginning Monday 9/17) but the big question remains, will Alex O’Loughlin and company’s Aussie fans be able to watch the third season of the hit CBS show?  I suggest fans let Channel 10 know their thoughts on the matter.

 (Credit CBS)

From The Sydney Morning Herald

Monday, 8.30pm, Channel Ten  ★★★☆

Five-O is back, as slick, handsome and drenched in colour as ever. And, typically, we leap straight into the action, much of it worthy of a Bond blockbuster. The roll call of characters is pretty standard: the geek, the kick-arse hot chick, the sturdy straight man and, of course, our odd-couple leads, McGarrett and Danno. But each inhabits their role with enthusiasm, and the rapport between Alex O’Loughlin’s McGarrett and Scott Caan’s Danno has always been a fine thing. Everything that happens is highly improbable, of course. Not just the international espionage, but McGarrett’s Jason Bourne-like skills, many of which are called upon tonight. I almost expected to see “Blam!” and “Kapow!” explode across the screen in cartoonish graphics. Yet it still manages to create real tension as the team battles the forces of evil, accompanied by soaring strings and pounding timpanis. Great fun.

Update: Hawaii Five-0 calendar update August 28, 2012

August 25th, 2012 by

CBS will be showing the final Hawaii Five-0 episode from last year, the week before the premiere of the new fall season.  I’m disappointed that the August March (Ed Asner) episode isn’t being re-run, but at least we’ll have him back for Season 2.

A handy rundown of the upcoming episodes:

Monday, September 3:  “Ka Iwi Kapu” (Sacred Bones)  Some viewers thought that Robert Englund ( Freddy Krueger) was under-used in this episode, and while they’re probably correct, I found I didn’t care since the humor surrounding Danno was the high point for me.  Englund’s “Samuel Lee” is actually only the second creepiest character in this outing, with Erin Way giving a wonderfully eerie performance as a mental patient.   You can find Officer 808’s review here.

“Ka Iwi Kapu”


Monday, September 10:  “Pā Make Loa” (Touch of Death)  This is the NCIS: LA crossover episode and was lacking team leader, Steve McGarrett.    Sadly, the most interesting character in it (Dracul Comescu,) was killed off much too soon.

Saturday, September 15:   “Ki’ilua”  (Deceiver)  It’s the third time around for the rescue-McGarrett-in-North-Korea episode.

Monday, September 17th:  “Ua Hala” (Death in the Family) This drama-filled chapter brought us the end of Fryer (Tom Sizemore,) and the introduction of Karl Herlinger as “Toothpick.”  Delano (William Baldwin) presents Chin Ho Kelly with an impossible choice that will haunt him for some time to come.  And of course, that final word – “Mom?”

Monday, September 24th: Season 3 Premiere   ” Lā o Nā Mākuahine” (Mother’s Day)  Steve McGarrett meets the mother he long believed to be deceased.  Doris McGarrett is being played by Christine Lahti.