(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

“There is change happening,” newly minted CBS entertainment chief Kelly Kahl said on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, where for a second year running the network’s lack of diversity in casting was a hot topic.

Kahl said that between this fall’s new offerings (which include the Shemar Moore-led S.W.A.T.) and midseason entries , diverse casting is up “almost 60 percent,” while inroads have been made in the writing and directing ranks as week. “We are absolutely moving in the right direction. We are making progress,” he reiterated.

CBS however once again did not greenlight any new shows fronted by a woman. Senior EVP Thom Sherman — also new to his post — reminded that a year ago there were “several female-led” pilots (that didn’t move forward), before adding: “I feel confident that we will be successful” in improving that representation.

Speaking of diversity, Kahl was asked to revisit Hawaii Five-0‘s big shake-up. Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim parted ways with the show in late June, when their reported request for salary parity with series leads Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan were not met. In a Facebook post about his “difficult choice not to continue,” Kim told fans, “The path to equality is rarely easy.” In response, showrunner Peter M. Lenkov said that H50 had been “extremely generous and proactive in their renegotiation talks,” offering “unprecedented raises, but in the end they chose to move on.”

Kahl echoed that at TCA, saying, “We love both those actors and did not want to lose them. We made very, very strong attempts to keep them,” offering “an awful lot of money.” But the reality, with long-running dramas, he said, is “sometimes you lose cast members.” As the CSIs, Grey’s Anatomy and SVU have all experienced, “At some point there’s some cast turnover.”

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Chi: I think one of the things that really informs as Grover with McGarrett, is the fact that I really do have genuine affection for Alex. I consider him a friend and when you have that kind of thing, it shows up on screen. You know, even though we’re angry with each other, that passion, it just stays there, because we have a friendship based on a real relationship. And I think that makes the scene.

Chi: It bolstered the scene. We just did ad-libs. It really improved the chemistry you know, but that’s the reality of having a real friendship. Because you make this thing real and you make it your own. That’s what gives it natural humour. It’s not just jokes. It’s just the natural humour of life.

– DVD Commentary on Episode 4:08 of Hawaii Five-0

Pictures via Mostly Five-0

My Thoughts

  • Dear #H50 writers – bring us more of this friendship during Season 8 again. They are fun!
  • The mutual friendship, respect and affection between the two actors (Chi & Alex) make them entertaining and a pleasure to watch.

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“I’m not ready to let him drive it because he’s not responsible. First of all, he can’t drive stick and it’s a stick. So that should be the end of this f—ing thing. But it’s not. He rides the clutch. He grinds the gears. It’s like, if he would just get a little humble and just ask me, I’ll teach him how to drive it. And when he does, I’ll give him the keys back.”

– Alex O’Loughlin about Scott’s driving

TV Guide

October 2013

51358768 Actors Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin filming a chase seen in a rented mini car on Kalalaua Ave for ‘Hawaii Five-O’ in Waikiki, Hawaii on March 18, 2014. FameFlynet, Inc – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – +1 (818) 307-4813
51358756 Actors Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin filming a chase seen in a rented mini car on Kalalaua Ave for ‘Hawaii Five-O’ in Waikiki, Hawaii on March 18, 2014. FameFlynet, Inc – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – +1 (818) 307-4813

My Thoughts

  • Sometimes we look for the deeper meaning of things that happen on a show like Hawaii Five-0 and everybody try to analyse it and comment on it. But it might in fact just be something as simple as one actor not thinking the other one is a good enough driver. Nothing really to do with the characters in the beginning, but it just works like that and then it becomes part of the show …..

Original Source

Two issues are driving their discontentment: long working hours and the direction of the show.

During a mid-day break from filming in Honolulu, the no-nonsense duo quickly quash the perception that being a part of a hit TV show that is located on the sandy shores of a popular holiday destination is anything but dogged work. ‘There’s no time off, so you see people more grinding and grumpy than having a great time,’says Caan, son of veteran actor James, who plays hot-headed cop Danny ‘Danno’ Williams.

‘Nobody’s doing an hour show and going like ‘This is the greatest thing in the world’. It’s not. Your life is gone when you’re doing a show like this, so the goal is to get through it.’

The pressure of delivering hour-long weekly episodes, working 16 hours a day, six days a week, is beginning to show in the circles under the 34-year-old’s blue eyes. He adds: ‘The no-time-off drives me crazy. That’s my fight if it goes another year, because I need to do the other things I like to do. It’s sort of unhealthy doing this show.’

For a moment, he sounds like his Hawaii Five-0cynical tough guy persona, who refers to the island at one point as a ‘pineapple-infested hellhole’. Both real and reel men also feel like a fish out of water on the laid-back island and miss the chaos of the city.

But Caan quickly qualifies, saying: ‘Don’t get me wrong, I love the show, but I get asked questions and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do – I’m too honest to bull****. I’m an artist and I’m an unhappy artist most of the time, it’s just how I am.’

Equally unhappy and not afraid to show it is Australianactor O’Loughlin, who plays straight-edged task force leader Steve McGarrett. Like Caan, he is emphatic that Hawaii Five-0 is a tough gig.

‘You move away from your family and friends to a small island where everyone knows your business and the time you’re not at work, you’re at home studying for the next day. Even when the red carpet stuff comes around, you’re so tired you don’t even want to go,’he says.

The more important bone of contention for him is the development of his character. He would like McGarrett to possess more depth, while, he hints, the producers prefer to adhere to the tried- and-tested money-making method of standard procedurals.

Finding the opportunity to express emotion while staying within the boundaries of the rigid hero is tricky, O’Loughlin, 34, admits. ‘I’m the first one to say please let him kill someone or do something naughty,’he says.

‘Taking off my sunglasses like this,’ he adds, mimicking David Caruso’smuch parodied idiosyncracy in CSI: Miami, ‘is bull****, and I will never do it. Ultimately, what it comes down to for me is character. They’ve tried to take it away, and I’ve been like a baby with a rattle.’

Caan is backing up O’Loughlin, whom critics say he has eclipsed in the show. ‘It’s obviously a nice thing to hear, but people overlook that Alex’s job is a lot harder than mine,’ says the stocky, square-jawed actor.

‘He’s not allowed to have fun. Every time he does something loose, they’re like, no, that’s not McGarrett. So I’ve sort of been set up to be the guy that has fun and makes the show light, and you always win as that guy.

‘I think fewer and fewer people want to see ‘CSI: Hawaii’. They (the producers) should see that this show doesn’t need to be so procedural,’ adds Caan with a tinge of frustration.

In an attempt at damage control, he reiterates that he does not mean to diss the show, and confesses that he struggles with the limitless boundaries of his honesty. And then he makes another all-too-frank announcement.

‘Oh and by the way, I don’t have the cinema career that I want anyway. I don’t get offers to be in movies starring opposite the people I want. This show to me was the best offer I’ve gotten in a really long time. So I’m lucky to have this job. I’m humbled, but I’m not gonna be happy.’

Original Source

Sometimes you wonder why you are still here as a fangirl and then you read something like these words from actor and producer Andrew Steel …… and you know!

What an absolute legend Alex O’Loughlin is! Got to watch him on set of Hawaii 5-0 today … Incredible to see how humble the guy is. Treating everyone on the set as if they were family. He even drove me home after he wrapped for the day! #hawaii50 #gratitude #nida #aussies #aussieactor #seriesreg #aspirations #dreamjob #dude #legend #topbloke #humble #brother #mate #champion

(PS. Andrew is in Hawaii to shoot a commercial.)

Andrew also studied at NIDA, and graduated at the end of 2010 with a degree in acting.

Thank you Andrew – you made my day!


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