(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS


A hotel lifeguard sinks McGarrett’s hopes to recruit her in this sneak peek from Hawaii Five-0‘s Season 8 premiere (airing Friday at 9/8c on CBS).

In the season opener, McGarrett and Danny aim to recruit police academy outcast Tani Rey (played by new series regular Meaghan Rath, Being Human) when diabolical hacker Aaron Wright (guest star Joey Lawrence) releases the infamous arsonist Duclair (Randy Couture) from prison.

Hearing the boys out, Tani is quick to recount her illustrious past with the PD, but McGarrett insists that he doesn’t care, that he needs someone who is willing to bend (OK, break) the occasional rule.

Steve also points out how he was similarly rebuffed by Chin Ho Kelly years ago. And where is that famously reluctant team member now? Press play to find out, and see if “McDanno” can convince Tani to help out.

Rath is but one of three additions to the H50 cast this season, with Ian Anthony Dale being promoted to series regular as AWOL Kono’s husband Adam and Beulah Koale debuting as Navy SEAL “Junior” Reigns.

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Traditionally, it’s CBS’ NCIS and Criminal Minds that sustain the shocking cast shake-ups. This fall, though, it’s Hawaii Five-0 that will look most different to longtime viewers, bidding adieu as it has to original cast members Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, while adding three new series regulars in Being Human‘s Meaghan Rath, Salvation‘s Ian Anthony Dale (returning as Kono’s husband Adam) and newcomer Beulah Koale.

With Season 8 arriving this Friday at 9/8c, TVLine presents veritably all of our Fall Preview Q&A with showrunner Peter M. Lenkov, who surveys Five-0’s processing of this double departure, sets up the new hires, teases a “very emotional” backstory for a veteran team member and more.

HAwaii Five-0TVLINE | When the season opens up, how fresh will Chin Ho and Kono’s respective exits have been? Has time passed? Is the team at the acceptance stage?
I don’t think anybody has accepted it; I think they’re still sort of in that period of trying to accept the fact that the team has changed. The dynamic has changed. There are a couple scenes where they do reference them and how much they’re missed, but they are happy for where they are in their lives and stuff.

TVLINE | Will it have turned out that Chin Ho and Kono happened to leave at the same time? Or after Kono left to chase the sex traffickers, did Chin take the San Francisco task force job weeks later?
Chin accepted the job off screen, and Kono was already gone by then. I would imagine that in our world [the cousins] probably had many conversations about it while she was on the mainland and he was in Hawaii.

TVLINE | How would you differentiate the way we meet Tani (played by Meaghan Rath), a hotel lifeguard, from how we first met Kono back in the day? On paper, the scenarios seem similar-ish….
The difference is that Kono was in the police academy on the verge of graduation, and Tani was kicked out of the police academy. Where Kono was more of a by-the-rules kind of cadet, this woman is not that by any means. She’s more the McGarrett, the female McGarrett.

TVLINE | And under what circumstances do we first meet Junior (Beulah Koale)?
Junior literally is two hours fresh of leaving the military when he shows up at McGarrett’s doorstep looking for a job. He had heard about McGarrett through Navy SEAL friends and had heard about the task force and is looking for a purpose. And that starts this relationship. It’s not like Five-0 is looking for people. He has to sort of earn…

TVLINE | Steve doesn’t immediately say, “Sure, come on board.”
No, he sends him to the police academy to go through training. He says, “If you graduate, I’ll find a spot for you.” But it’s not that easy because Junior has brought back some stuff from serving that doesn’t make it an easy transition.

TVLINE | What is the Case of the Week for the premiere?
We burn down the island! We set fire to the island. I mean, we’ve done everything else! The idea is that Duclair (returning guest star Randy Couture), this pyro that we’ve had in a bunch of episodes, ends up getting out of prison — and it’s an interesting story how he gets out of prison. We’re pursuing him when he ends up going inland and starting a fire to get away from us, and it gets out of control and becomes this massive wildfire. It’s moving from the central part of the island to the outside, so if you’re looking from the water you’re just seeing this big trail of smoke coming out, like the whole island is going to be on fire.

Hawaii Five-0TVLINE |Adam being a part of team, as has been reported, is somewhat logical — he’s got the skills, he knows everyone, he’s a good person…. But there is the sticky wicket of how someone with his checkered past can be an official part of Five-0. Is that addressed?
Here’s the thing: When he first comes back to the show, he’s not involved in any case work. But ultimately there’s this big storyline involving organized crime and that’s when he comes in, because that is a world his father was in, and he knows a bit about. So he sort of becomes the head of this task force within the task force, looking into organized crime to identify the new players. We’re utilizing his expertise and his knowledge of that world.

TVLINE | As importantly, what’s his point of view on Kono’s absence? Is he angry…?
Yeah, he’s angry, he’s bummed, he’s disappointed….

TVLINE | How does he rationalize it?
That this is her legacy, what she’s doing. That what she’s doing is the right thing for her to do, and when she’s done with it she’ll be back and they’ll be able to put all this bad stuff behind them and start a family.

TVLINE | What fun or interesting dynamics are you seeing in dailies so far?
The thing that’s really fun is Danny and McGarrett, who have talked about opening a restaurant. A big part of last year and this year is talking about people’s legacies and what they leave behind, and they have talked about going into business together. So they start this side project that is a lot of fun for them to be doing. It’s a long-term thing — and who knows, the way they’re sort of going at each other and given their different points of view with regard to building this business as something to retire into, it may never even happen. Because it’s just one hurdle after another.

TVLINE |Or… to save Alex O’Loughlin’s weary knees, the show transitions into a multi-camera workplace sitcom about them running a restaurant.
[Laughs] Yes, down the road. Yes. Many years. Season 15!

TVLINE | Any personal runners for any of the other characters?
There’s a fun sort of Christmas episode that Danny and Charlie are front and center on…. Grace is still dating Will, Grover’s son…. And we have a really great, very emotional story for Grover this year, where we’re going to see what really got him to move to Hawaii. We sort of hinted at it a couple of years ago, but we’re going to see that story unfold.

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“Nā lā ‘īlio” – McGarrett and Five-0 work with an injured police dog who is the only witness to an ambushed drug bust. Also, McGarrett is visited by Junior Reigns, a former SEAL, who is looking to join the task force, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Beulah Koale joins the cast as Junior Reigns.

“Nā lā ‘īlio” is Hawaiian for “Dog Days”

REGULAR CAST:

Alex O’Loughlin(Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan(Danny “Danno” Williams)
Chi McBride(Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia(Jerry Ortega)
Meaghan Rath(Tani Rey)
Beulah Koale(Junior Reigns)
Dennis Chun(Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Kimee Balmilero(Noelani Cunha)

GUEST CAST:

Bob McCracken(DEA Agent Chris Reid)
Casper Van Dien(Roger Niles)
Shawn McBride(Jesse Berman)
Stephen Oyoung(Paul Lazio)
Alisa Allapach(Kiana Solice)
Rick Agan(Dock Truck Driver)
Noelle Yoza(Vet Nurse)

WRITTEN BY: David Wolkove & Matt Wheeler

DIRECTED BY: Tara Miele

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Stave off the government, save the world?

That is presumably the plan for Salvation’s Harris, Grace, Darius and Liam as CBS’ new summertime drama launches its freshman finale tonight at a special time, 10/9c. Having discovered that President Mackenzie was A) targeted for assassination by a treasonous cabal but B) actually survived and has been holed away by trusted allies, Harris is getting in bed with the enemy (so to speak?) by cozying up to the White House chief of staff as part of a plan to expose and overthrow newly installed President Bennett’s ruthless, asteroid-sympathetic regime.

Ian Anthony Dale, who plays the Deputy Secretary of Defense, spoke with TVLine about Salvation‘s action-packed finale and his hopes for Season 2 (in outer space?), as well as his bolstered Hawaii Five-0 role (albeit sans leading lady Grace Park).

TVLINE | Jen [Finnigan] told me that she had never seen Deep Impact or Armageddon, that they simply weren’t her “jam.” What about you?
Yeah, I’d seen them, but it’s been quite a number of years, so they weren’t very fresh in my mind. I had some reference point to be able to draw a comparison to Salvation, and one thing I think we do better than its predecessors is exploring the geopolitical element of what would happen in the event of an asteroid coming to hit Earth. We’re really investing in the relationships and asking the question, “How would you want to spend potentially the last days of your life?”

TVLINE | What is Harris’ mission going into the finale, with regards to Claire, President Mackenzie being secretly alive and everything?
What we learned from Episode 12 is that things became extremely personal for Harris when he learns about what appears to be the loss of his son in the warehouse explosion, when Bennett ordered the raid. Harris was on a trajectory of taking down this evil faction within the U.S. government, but now he has become even more motivated. You can expect to see Harris really taking charge in the finale and trying to get justice.

TVLINE | Is that why last week’s scripted directed you to give Claire a “kiss that could kill“? Because he’s that angry?
[Laughs] I think the writers really wanted to differentiate the way Harris is with Claire versus the way he is with Grace. So yeah, in the stage direction it says Harris kisses claire with a “kiss that could kill,” so I played with that interpretation. I think [his hands on her neck] perhaps was telling another story to the audience, that Harris and Claire have a particularly kinky bedroom life, where a bit of asphyxiation might be fairly common.

TVLINE | Claire is pretty intense when simply being thirsty. How might she be was a woman scorned? I’m almost afraid for him.
Oooh, yeah. Harris is definitely playing with fire, in every moment of manipulating Claire. As he gets more and more invested in the charade with her, he’s setting himself up for some serious repercussions. Hell hath no fury….

TVLINE | Especially when the “woman scored” has a secret government cabal at her disposal!
One that’s not afraid to order a hit on the U.S president or the press secretary! I don’t know how much sympathy she’s going to have for Harris. let’s put it that way.

Watch this exclusive sneak peek below to get precise insight into Claire’s mindset

TVLINE | Is there a ticking clock element to the finale? The asteroid is still weeks away from impact…
I watched the finale last night and it was probably the fastest-paced episode of the season. It had a very 24 feel to it, where there’s just so much happening and so much momentum building toward the finish line. And you have these really wonderful character moments — emotional moments where you get to see what happens with some of these love triangles and how they’ll ultimately situate themselves as we end Season 1 and hopefully start preparing for Season 2.

TVLINE | Speaking of triangles, might the simmering between Grace and Darius compromise Harris’ decision-making?
I think he’s been picking up on it throughout the season, certainly as we ramp towards the end. Harris has grown throughout this season and become more understanding and self-reflective, understanding what role he plays in his relationships with his son, with Grace, and he’s taking some responsibility. I think he realizes he’s losing Grace but there’s nothing he can do.

TVLINE | The circumstances are a bit extreme, you know. Most couples don’t go through this.
[Laughs] No, they certainly don’t. There’s been a lot of deception, a lot of lies and a lot of secrets, and no healthy relationship is built on those things.

TVLINE | Harris is actually on Darius’ list for the ark. That’s a nice gesture.
It is a nice gesture. Everyone has grown through being challenged by this experience. We’re all sort of realizing our own human fraility and our limitations. As these last episodes unfolded, we’ve seen the core four come together to try to work together, to hatch some positive ending to this season — and have some hope for the future.

TVLINE | What sort of emotions will the audience go through during the final moments?
Some fear. Some desperation. Some edge-of-your-seat [tension]. Some heartbreak. Lots of excitement. Lots of anticipation. And a big surprise at the end.

TVLINE | Is there a Season 2 plan in place? If the show gets renewed?
There is a plan, yeah. That’s the thing, there’s so much more story to tell. I’m hopeful that I’ll be buying winter clothes for my newborn son, which means we’d be headed back to Toronto in February and I get to see what [showrunners] Liz [Kruger] and Craig [Shapiro] have up their sleeves. The way we end it really leaves the door open for a lot more story to be told and I certainly would love to get back together with this group of people. This was a wonderful, harmonious experience — and I’m sure Jen has told you the same thing.

TVLINE | I could see Season 2 going two ways — everybody stays put and we cover the remaining weeks until the asteroid hits, or people get on the ark and it’s about life in outer space.
There are definitely options. And when you’re able to bring the elements together — this cast, these writers, that crew in Toronto — it would be foolish not to recreate that magic at least one more time.

TVLINE | Of course, before you return to the cold of Toronto you are back in Hawaii, for Season 8 of Five-0. Was it a bit bittersweet being promoted to series regular but not having your leading lady Grace Park there?
Of course it’s always going to be a little different. I had six seasons playing on-screen with Grace and we’ve grown very close. But we continue to be friends and she was completely supportive of me joining the cast as a regular. There’s going to be a bit of an adjustment period that happens, but fortunately I have roots in Hawaii, I have history there and close friends within the remaining cast and crew. I’ve been there twice now [for the new season] and it feels a bit like going home in a way. I’m excited to see what the season has in store for my character.

TVLINE | Whats Adam’s POV on Kono being away, doing her thing? How does he find peace with it?
That’s going to be something that peels away slowly throughout Season 8. We do certainly see the disappointment etched on his face when he returns to the island alone, but he doesn’t have much time to lament before he’s thrust into the action with McGarrett & Co. McGarrett has a very intriguing proposition for Adam, to perhaps wander back into his dark past in order to help the Five-0 task force with some of their bigger issues. I appreciate the way [showrunner] Peter [Lenkov] has found an organic way to continue my storyline that sort of recognizes where my character has journeyed from the beginning until now. Instead of just handing me a badge and a governor’s pardon for those two murders Adam committed back in Season 5 or 6 or whatever, for him to continue on in a way that is more true to how he has developed over six seasons, I think the audience will appreciate that — and I certainly do, as well.

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“Kāu pahi, ko’u kua. Kāu pū, ko’u po’o.” – Five-0 enlists the help of an old friend when the boss of a major crime family is murdered, triggering revenge killings across the island. Also, MacGarrett and Danny begin sorting out particulars in their new restaurant venture, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“Kāu pahi, ko’u kua. Kāu pū, ko’u po’o.” is Hawaiian for “Your Knife, My Back. My Gun, Your Head.”


Harry is back! Enough said. 🙂

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REGULAR CAST:

Alex O’Loughlin(Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan(Danny “Danno” Williams)
Chi McBride(Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia(Jerry Ortega)
Meaghan Rath(Tani Rey)
Taylor Wily(Kamekona)

RECURRING CAST:

Chris Vance(Harry Langford)

GUEST CAST:

Steven Brand(John Walcott)
Derek Mio(Derek Okada)
Young Han Kel’iholokai(Tet)
Eric H. Mita(Jimmy Okada)
Vance Fonoimoana(Big Samoan Guy)
Mane(Local Woman)
Peter Jae(Loto Manui)
Kevin Yamada(Agent Kenji)
Daryl Emanuel Frederick(Agent Patrick)
Jessica Heller(Veronique)
Joe Seo(Viktor)
Eric De Mendonca(Lieutenant)

WRITTEN BY: David Wolkove & Matt Wheeler

DIRECTED BY: Eagle Egilsson

Thanks and credit to CBS and SpoilerTV

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