(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

Did everyone who attended Grace's Winter formal make it out alive?

That was a key question on Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Episode 8 when Danny chaperoned the event and terrorists appeared in the venue to cause a world of trouble for everyone.

The plan was for the terrorists to take a diplomat's son, but did they succeed?

Also, Danny and Grover were shocked to learn that Will was Grace's secret boyfriend, but did they manage to stay quiet about it?

Use the video above to watch Hawaii Five-0 online to get caught up on all the drama.

Paul Dailly is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

Alex O'Loughlin, who plays Lt. Comm. Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0, has hinted that the eighth season of the show (which is currently in the middle of its seventh) would be his last. While many Five-0 fans can't imagine the show continuing without its star, showrunner Peter Lenkov has a different take.

"As long as people are watching the show, we would keep going," Lenkov tells TVGuide.com. "If Alex elects not to come back, that's obviously going to be his choice. But we're moving forward as if the show's going to keep going.In addition, contrary to O'Loughlin's statements that the relationship between McGarrett and Catherine (Michelle Borth) reached its endpoint in last week's episode, Lenkov says there's more story to be told for the two characters.

"We're not looking at it as being finished," Lenkov says. "It's just a story we're telling along the way. .... There's fans of the show that either love [Catherine] or hate her, and they're very vocal, both sides. But we always saw Catherine being a part of the entire arc of this franchise."

Hawaii Five-0 Mega Buzz: Claire Forlani's will return in an "unexpected" way

Tonight's episode of Hawaii Five-0 features a big revelation that will put Grover (Chi McBride) and Danny (Scott Caan) in an awkward position. Read our full Q&A with Lenkov and co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim to find out what's ahead for them, as well as a few teases about a "big cliffhanger" coming up in the midseason finale.

 

 

TVGuide.com: Danny discovers that his daughter Grace is dating Grover's son Will this week. What can you tease about that episode?
Peter Lenkov:
We had hoped it was going to be a surprise, but the promo department let that surprise out. We've sort of built up this idea up over a couple of episodes of [Danny's daughter] Grace having a boyfriend and nobody knowing who it is.

Does the discovery make things awkward for Danny and Grover?
Eric Guggenheim:
It does. Danny's reaction, it's not quite what you expect, but it's a very juicy situation, because we have these two guys who are friends but they're also very protective of their children. It sort of puts them at odds, at least in this coming episode. It's something that we're going to continue to explore for the rest of the season, really.

Lenkov: I think Danny's just relieved that he knows who it is. I think it was more stressful not knowing who the guy was, and I think he's very relieved to know that he knows the kid. Because he thinks that Will, Grover's son, is a good kid, and if [Grace] is gonna be with anybody, he would be a good influence on her.

Danny still treats his daughter like she's really that little 7-year-old, and Grover treats his son as a young man. That's the key difference. [Grover's] looking at [Will] wherever he is age-wise and treating him like an adult, and Danny still wants to hang on to the young little girl that Grace was, and is having trouble adjusting to the fact that she's actually becoming a teenager and becoming a young adult.

Alex McLoughlin: McGarrett would be "an idiot" to take Catherine back

Speaking of parenting, has Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) really lost custody of Sara for good?
Lenkov: It's become a big storyline for us, Chin's relationship with Sara. ... The story doesn't end, but the story takes a very interesting turn. It's for sure something that not only plays very big in the next batch of episodes, but is going to play through the end of the season as well.

Is there anything significant coming up for Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) and Kono (Grace Park)?
Lenkov:
We're going to do a few more episodes with Adam, and we're hoping to involve him a lot more next season.

What other big episodes do you have coming up before the end of the year?
Guggenheim:
In Episode 10, we're going to meet one of Danny's sisters [played by Missy Peregrym].
Lenkov: She's not involved in a crime or anything, but she's in Hawaii with her company that she works for on a corporate retreat. And we do an emotional story between her and Danny, which seems like it's going to be fun. ... We're building to a pretty big midseason finale cliffhanger in Episode 11. We've never really done that, by the way, sort of end on a cliffhanger midseason. So we're trying that this year.

Who does the cliffhanger relate to?
Lenkov:
One Chin Ho Kelly.

Alex O'Loughlin has indicated that Season 8 would be his last. Do you know why he would say that? Have you had a conversation about an end date for the show?
Lenkov:
Positioning himself for a better deal? I don't know. We always saw it as, honestly, as long as people are watching the show, we would keep going. If Alex elects not to come back, that's obviously going to be his choice. But we're moving forward as if the show's going to keep going. I'm pretty certain that we're going to at least have one more year. Even if we did end [with] Season 8, the idea of doing eight seasons on a reboot of a show is pretty spectacular. But we're planning on moving forward.

We've had no conversations with him. Sometimes when you get to this part of the season, exhaustion sets in, especially when you're celebrating the 150th episode. But some of that could be just being tired, a product of the fact that you haven't had a lot of time off. But yeah, we're moving forward as if we'll be on the air for hopefully more than another year.

If Alex did leave, would you continue the show without McGarrett?
Lenkov
: Oh yeah, for sure. Over the years, we've built such a strong family ... Clearly, there's the Danny/McGarrett relationship, and McGarrett is such a strong character, and the franchise was built on the shoulders of McGarrett. But I think episodes that have McGarrett playing lesser of a role, and we sort of put other characters forward, I think they do just as well and I think people really like the family that we've built. So, yeah, if it comes to that, there's still life after that character. But nobody's looking forward to that happening. We're all hoping he stays.

Hawaii Five-0 airs Fridays at 9/8c on CBS.

(Full disclosure: TVGuide.com is owned by CBS.)

Alex O'Loughlin, who plays Lt. Comm. Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0, has hinted that the eighth season of the show (which is currently in the middle of its seventh) would be his last. While many Five-0 fans can't imagine the show continuing without its star, showrunner Peter Lenkov has a different take.

"As long as people are watching the show, we would keep going," Lenkov tells TVGuide.com. "If Alex elects not to come back, that's obviously going to be his choice. But we're moving forward as if the show's going to keep going.In addition, contrary to O'Loughlin's statements that the relationship between McGarrett and Catherine (Michelle Borth) reached its endpoint in last week's episode, Lenkov says there's more story to be told for the two characters.

"We're not looking at it as being finished," Lenkov says. "It's just a story we're telling along the way. .... There's fans of the show that either love [Catherine] or hate her, and they're very vocal, both sides. But we always saw Catherine being a part of the entire arc of this franchise."

Hawaii Five-0 Mega Buzz: Claire Forlani's will return in an "unexpected" way

Tonight's episode of Hawaii Five-0 features a big revelation that will put Grover (Chi McBride) and Danny (Scott Caan) in an awkward position. Read our full Q&A with Lenkov and co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim to find out what's ahead for them, as well as a few teases about a "big cliffhanger" coming up in the midseason finale.

TVGuide.com: Danny discovers that his daughter Grace is dating Grover's son Will this week. What can you tease about that episode?
Peter Lenkov:
We had hoped it was going to be a surprise, but the promo department let that surprise out. We've sort of built up this idea up over a couple of episodes of [Danny's daughter] Grace having a boyfriend and nobody knowing who it is.

Does the discovery make things awkward for Danny and Grover?
Eric Guggenheim:
It does. Danny's reaction, it's not quite what you expect, but it's a very juicy situation, because we have these two guys who are friends but they're also very protective of their children. It sort of puts them at odds, at least in this coming episode. It's something that we're going to continue to explore for the rest of the season, really.

Lenkov: I think Danny's just relieved that he knows who it is. I think it was more stressful not knowing who the guy was, and I think he's very relieved to know that he knows the kid. Because he thinks that Will, Grover's son, is a good kid, and if [Grace] is gonna be with anybody, he would be a good influence on her.

Danny still treats his daughter like she's really that little 7-year-old, and Grover treats his son as a young man. That's the key difference. [Grover's] looking at [Will] wherever he is age-wise and treating him like an adult, and Danny still wants to hang on to the young little girl that Grace was, and is having trouble adjusting to the fact that she's actually becoming a teenager and becoming a young adult.

Alex McLoughlin: McGarrett would be "an idiot" to take Catherine back

Speaking of parenting, has Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) really lost custody of Sara for good?
Lenkov: It's become a big storyline for us, Chin's relationship with Sara. ... The story doesn't end, but the story takes a very interesting turn. It's for sure something that not only plays very big in the next batch of episodes, but is going to play through the end of the season as well.

Is there anything significant coming up for Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) and Kono (Grace Park)?
Lenkov:
We're going to do a few more episodes with Adam, and we're hoping to involve him a lot more next season.

What other big episodes do you have coming up before the end of the year?
Guggenheim:
In Episode 10, we're going to meet one of Danny's sisters [played by Missy Peregrym].
Lenkov: She's not involved in a crime or anything, but she's in Hawaii with her company that she works for on a corporate retreat. And we do an emotional story between her and Danny, which seems like it's going to be fun. ... We're building to a pretty big midseason finale cliffhanger in Episode 11. We've never really done that, by the way, sort of end on a cliffhanger midseason. So we're trying that this year.

Who does the cliffhanger relate to?
Lenkov:
One Chin Ho Kelly.

Alex O'Loughlin has indicated that Season 8 would be his last. Do you know why he would say that? Have you had a conversation about an end date for the show?
Lenkov:
Positioning himself for a better deal? I don't know. We always saw it as, honestly, as long as people are watching the show, we would keep going. If Alex elects not to come back, that's obviously going to be his choice. But we're moving forward as if the show's going to keep going. I'm pretty certain that we're going to at least have one more year. Even if we did end [with] Season 8, the idea of doing eight seasons on a reboot of a show is pretty spectacular. But we're planning on moving forward.

We've had no conversations with him. Sometimes when you get to this part of the season, exhaustion sets in, especially when you're celebrating the 150th episode. But some of that could be just being tired, a product of the fact that you haven't had a lot of time off. But yeah, we're moving forward as if we'll be on the air for hopefully more than another year.

If Alex did leave, would you continue the show without McGarrett?
Lenkov
: Oh yeah, for sure. Over the years, we've built such a strong family ... Clearly, there's the Danny/McGarrett relationship, and McGarrett is such a strong character, and the franchise was built on the shoulders of McGarrett. But I think episodes that have McGarrett playing lesser of a role, and we sort of put other characters forward, I think they do just as well and I think people really like the family that we've built. So, yeah, if it comes to that, there's still life after that character. But nobody's looking forward to that happening. We're all hoping he stays.

Hawaii Five-0 airs Fridays at 9/8c on CBS.

(Full disclosure: TVGuide.com is owned by CBS.)

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In case you were wondering whether Hawaii Five-0 is going to revisit the serial killer storyline that dominated the first part of Season 7, it's going to - and in a big way.

TVGuide.com has learned that Claire Forlani will return as former criminal profiler Alicia Brown after the new year... And she'll be bringing some shocking new information about her character with her.

"She comes [back] in a very unexpected way in the episode," showrunner Peter Lenkov tells TVGuide.com. "There are some big turns for Claire's character also, big surprises."

Also resurfacing will be Dr. Madison Gray (Elisabeth Rohm), the murderer masquerading as a police psychiatrist, who slipped out of Alicia and McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) grasp after nearly killing them earlier this season.

Catch up on all this week's Mega Buzz!

Forlani's episode is scheduled to air in mid-February, but Lenkov cautions that "it is not by any means a Valentine's Day episode." In fact, it sounds quite the opposite of romantic, with the body count rising as Alicia and McGarrett continue to track Dr. Grey.

"Everything [Brown's] done, she's looking at it like a game - and for her, that game isn't over," Lenkov says.

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In case you were wondering whether Hawaii Five-0 is going to revisit the serial killer storyline that dominated the first part of Season 7, it's going to - and in a big way.

TVGuide.com has learned that Claire Forlani will return as former criminal profiler Alicia Brown after the new year... And she'll be bringing some shocking new information about her character with her.

"She comes [back] in a very unexpected way in the episode," showrunner Peter Lenkov tells TVGuide.com. "There are some big turns for Claire's character also, big surprises."

Also resurfacing will be Dr. Madison Gray (Elisabeth Rohm), the murderer masquerading as a police psychiatrist, who slipped out of Alicia and McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) grasp after nearly killing them earlier this season.

Catch up on all this week's Mega Buzz!

Forlani's episode is scheduled to air in mid-February, but Lenkov cautions that "it is not by any means a Valentine's Day episode." In fact, it sounds quite the opposite of romantic, with the body count rising as Alicia and McGarrett continue to track Dr. Grey.

"Everything [Brown's] done, she's looking at it like a game - and for her, that game isn't over," Lenkov says.

Crave scoop on your favorite TV shows? E-mail questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop us a line at Twitter.com/TVGuide.

(Full disclosure: TVGuide.com is owned by CBS.)

CBS’ Friday lineup rebounded after facing Game 3 of the World Series last week. Leading the pack was Hawaii Five-0, whose 150th episode drew a 1.2 in adults 18-49 (Live+same day), up +0.2 from last week and the highest for any program on Friday night. Also gaining +0.2 was MacGyver (1.1), back above a 1 rating after slipping to a 0.9 against baseball. Blue Bloods (1.1) was steady.

Also even with last week was ABC’s Shark Tank (1.1). Additionally, ABC’s Last Man Standing (1.1) and Dr. Ken (0.8) and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.1) and Exorcist (0.7) matched the adults 18-49 ratings for their most recent outings two weeks ago.

NBC’s Dateline (1.0) and ABC’s 20/20 (0.8) each inched up a tenth from last Friday. CBS won the night in 18-49 (1.1) and total viewers (8.9 million).

CBS’ Friday lineup rebounded after facing Game 3 of the World Series last week. Leading the pack was Hawaii Five-0, whose 150th episode drew a 1.2 in adults 18-49 (Live+same day), up +0.2 from last week and the highest for any program on Friday night. Also gaining +0.2 was MacGyver (1.1), back above a 1 rating after slipping to a 0.9 against baseball. Blue Bloods (1.1) was steady.

Also even with last week was ABC’s Shark Tank (1.1). Additionally, ABC’s Last Man Standing (1.1) and Dr. Ken (0.8) and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.1) and Exorcist (0.7) matched the adults 18-49 ratings for their most recent outings two weeks ago.

NBC’s Dateline (1.0) and ABC’s 20/20 (0.8) each inched up a tenth from last Friday. CBS won the night in 18-49 (1.1) and total viewers (8.9 million).

When “Hawaii Five-0” premiered back in 2010, expectations were not high for yet another TV remake — let alone a reboot of the CBS series that aired from 1968-1980 (279 episodes) with star Jack Lord.

And yet the drama, which stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim, is now in its seventh season, and will air its 150th episode Friday (9 p.m.) on CBS.

“It feels good. We’re sort of like ‘The Little Engine That Could,’” says Peter Lenkov, the series’ showrunner and executive producer. “Everybody thought, ‘Here comes another reboot of a show.’ The original lasted 12 years on the air and everybody thought we wouldn’t last 12 episodes — and here we are 150 episodes in.”

For heavily-promoted “event” episodes like milestones, premieres and finales, Lenkov says the writers usually go with mythology plots that delve into their characters’ back stories. So the 150th “Hawaii Five-0” installment seemed like the perfect time for Steve McGarrett’s (O’Loughlin’s) ex, Catherine (Michelle Borth), and mother Doris (Christine Lahti), to return.

In the episode, it’s Catherine who informs the Five-0 team that Doris was captured and is about to be executed for attempting to free villain Wo Fat’s imprisoned father, setting them off on a mission to free her.

“We’ve been waiting to bring [Christine] back and do it where the story made sense and it was something special,” Lenkov says. “We liked putting McGarrett through the ringer, letting it hang out there that his mom disappeared. The more you could play that, the more satisfying it would be when she came back.”

As an added bonus, producers cast Lahti’s daughter, Emma Schlamme (her father, Lahti’s husband, is TV director Thomas Schlamme) to guest star as a young Doris, who appears in flashbacks throughout the hour.

“Somehow it was mentioned that she had a daughter who was an actress, and we just thought it was perfect,” Lenkov says. “I actually posted a picture of one of the flashbacks online and people thought ‘How did we find the exact lookalike?’ ”

Lenkov says the crew is already joking about what they can do if they make it to 200 episodes. As for what got them this far, he’s not sure — though he does credit good casting and the show’s Hawaiian filming locale as a major plus.

“Nobody’s going to tune in and not enjoy the landscape. It feels like a vacation every week,” he says. “It’s a very oddball family that we’ve put together and I think people relate to them. They’re fun people to spend an hour with once a week.”

“When I wrote the pilot for this show there was ‘Knight Rider’ and ‘Bionic Woman,’ there were reboots that had come and gone,” he adds. “For the most part, the numbers are against these things lasting. But I think people look at us as, ‘It can work if you do it the right way.’ ”

“I like him,” Grace stated.

It took a moment for the declaration to sink in. She’d never expressed an opinion on her Stepfather in her father’s presence before. Danny’s surprise was short-lived. It was replaced by jealousy and an irrational sense of betrayal. Immediately, he was ashamed. As much as he tried to will them away, they remained.

She watched the expression on his face change. “Is it okay to like him, Daddy?”

“Yeah. It’s okay to like him, Monkey,” he forced himself to say.

“You look sad.”

He opened his mouth to reply. Instead, he silently pulled her close.

(Repost.  100 words.  Originally posted in 2010 as trekkingalong.)



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