(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

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The recent news that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are departing the Hawaii Five-0 remake that has aired since 2010 has created a stir.

Example: IndieWire posted a July 6 article about why the departures are “a huge problem” for the series that’s entering its eighth season.

As it turns out, the makeup of the Five-O (official spelling of the original show) is an issue goes back to the very beginning of the original series.

In 1996, the Spy Commander attended a Five-O convention in Los Angeles. One part of the event included an auction. One of the items up for auction was a photocopy of the first-draft script for the pilot episode written by creator Leonard Freeman.

The Spy Commander lost out in the auction, but had a chance to examine said script.

In that first version, the Five-O team only had one white member, Steve McGarrett (initially American actor Robert Brown, but replaced by Jack Lord days before filming). Five-O’s second-in-command was Kono Kalakaua, described as a Hawaiian in his mid-20s.

Another Five-O member was named Lee, who was described as a heavy-set Hawaiian. Rounding out the cast was Chin Ho, who worked for the Honolulu Police Department but was also a liaison with Five-O.

Between that script and filming of the pilot, Five-O got another white member, Danny “Danno” Williams (Tim O’Kelly in the pilot, James MacArthur in the series); the Lee character got the Kono name; and Chin Ho was made a full-fledged member of Five-O.

As an aside, arch villain Wo Fat was named after a restaurant in Honolulu. The character of Chin Ho Kelly was named after Chinn Ho, a successful Hawaiian businessman.


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Many Hawaii Five-O fans were sadden this week by the news of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park leaving the show after seven seasons as season regulars over salary disputes with CBS. On the show, Kim portrayed Chin Ho Kelly and Park portrayed Kong Kalakaua, making up half of the original Hawaii Five-O Task Force. Even though their characters were just as important and loved as the other half of the main cast, they were reportedly given “10-15% lower than what O’Loughlin and Caan make in salary,” according to Variety. Park and Kim was given $5,000 per episode less than O’Loughlin and Caan, earning only $195,000 instead of $200,000 per episode.

Hawaii Five-O lost two important and talented stars this week, but the Asian Americans and other minorities in Hollywood moved a step closer to achieving equality in Hollywood. Leaving the show was not an easy decision for Kim but as he stated in his Facebook post, “the path to equality is never easy”. He understands “how difficult it is to find opportunities at all” for Asian American Actors/Actresses, “let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character”, but this move will help enable other Asian American Actor/Actresses to fight for equal pay in television and movies.

Below Kim’s full message to his fans about his decision to leave Hawaii Five-O.

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Daniel Dae Kim⎮ Facebook

Park has not release a statement about her departure from the show. We will give you the latest update when she does.

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Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, two of the stars of the long-running CBS police procedural Hawaii Five-0, will not be returning to the television series for season 8 due to failed contract negotiations.

Last week, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Kim and Park were leaving the series after having requested and been denied pay parity with their white co-stars and fellow veteran cast members, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. In a Facebook post published on Wednesday, Kim wrote, "CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue." While Kim did not explicitly address the discussion about pay equity, many interpreted his remark that "the path to equality is rarely easy" as an allusion to the salary dispute.

Following Kim's post about leaving the show, CBSreleased a statement about both actors' departure, noting that they were offered "large and significant salary increases." Series showrunner Peter Lenkov also addressed the matter on his Twitter feed, writing that CBS had offered both actors "unprecedented raises."

According to Variety, Kim's and Park's final offers were reportedly 10-15% lower than those of O'Loughlin and Caan, who also receive a cut of the series' back-end deals. Kim and Park have appeared as regular cast members since the show premiered in 2010 and have the same number of episode credits as O'Loughlin and Caan.

Their departure raises new questions about diversity on the show, especially since series regular Masi Oka announced in January that he planned to leave the show. The absence of Kim and Park will result in a complete lack of Asian-American regulars on Hawaii Five-0 for season 8 — which may be perceived as problematic for a show set in a state where the majority of the population claims some Asian heritage.

The conversation takes place against the backdrop of ongoing discussions about the representation of Asian-Americans and the whitewashing of Asian-American roles in Hollywood. It also falls on the heels of CBS' admission that the network needs to do a better job with the diversity of the casts and showrunners of its series.

Kim's and Park's decision to leave the series was met with support from the industry, with everyone from Constance Wu to Courtney Love weighing in on the issue.

💗Here's to @danieldaekim & Grace Park standing up for equality. 💗Know ur worth, ur value... & don't be afraid to stand up for it 💗 https://t.co/UzBN1oWhit

- Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) July 5, 2017

Kudos to @danieldaekim & Grace Park for walking out. Hollywood needs to embrace diversity and @RossButler is proving that it can and will ✌️

- Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) July 4, 2017

'The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited about the future. I am' — @danieldaekim thank you thank you thank you 🙏🏻 https://t.co/HUQXV6DhvU

- Jenna Ushkowitz (@JennaUshkowitz) July 5, 2017

Others called for O'Laughlin and Caan to stand in solidarity for equal pay in the same manner that the casts of The Big Bang Theoryand Friendsdid.

Would be nice if there was a united front for pay equality on the part of the some white 'allies'? Mahalo for nothing, Alex and Scott #H5-0

- Michael Kang (@KANGisMAN) July 5, 2017

All the other actors had to do is stand with them in solidarity and the issue would have been quickly resolved. https://t.co/U8u6uo5Rmq

- Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 30, 2017

Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/showrunner Peter Lenkov is the latest to weigh in on the controversy over the departures of veteran cast members Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park.

Lenkov tweeted a message to fans today, saying “CBS was extremely generous and proactive” in renegotiation talks with the actors, but in the end, the duo “chose not to extend their contracts.” He went on to say Kim and Park “were getting unprecedented raises, but in the end they chose to move on.”

He also addressed criticism that Kim and Park’s departures and salary issues had something to do with race.

“Over our 168 episodes, Hawaii Five-0 has and will continue to showcase one of the most diverse casts on TV,” he wrote.

Lenkov’s comments come a day after CBS released a statement defending its actions in the veteran actors’ exits, saying the network “tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases.”

That followed an earlier Facebook post by Kim in which he said he had made himself available to return, but was not able agree to terms with CBS on a new contract, so he made the decision to leave the show.

You can read Lenkov’s full statement on Twitter below:

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Citing unnamed “industry sources,” the trade publication wrote that Kim had been offered $5,000 less than the $200,000-per-episode earned by O’Loughlin and Caan, though Kim’s camp disputed that differential. In a previous report, Variety noted that Kim and Park had at one point been offered 10 to 15 percent less.

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