(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS


THE SHOW|Great News

THE EPISODE| “Competing Offer” (Jan. 11, 2018)

THE PERFORMANCE| As the star of NBC’s most underrated comedy, Briga Heelan is asked to perform any number of ludicrous stunts in a given episode. This week’s installment, for example, began with her yelling at her breasts (named after Ninja Turtles villains Bebop and Rocksteady) to “be cool!” and ended with her voluntarily triggering her own irritable bowel syndrome in the hopes of staving off a forbidden lover. (Spoiler alert: It didn’t work.)

There’s no limit to the show’s zaniness, which is good news — or, rather, great news — for Heelan, who handles whatever the show throws at her like a champ. And never has her versatility been better displayed than in this episode. (And we haven’t even mentioned her best line of the night: “Greg’s butt’s like two dinner rolls from Red Robin!”)

But Heelan is so much more than just a laugh riot with shampoo commercial hair. The final scene of the episode, in which Katie’s mother revealed that she’s been hardcore meddling in her budding relationship with her co-worker, also allowed Heelan to showcase her dramatic chops. Her terse, teary dismissal provided the kind of moment that makes you think, “Wait, was this the season finale?” then proceed immediately to Change.org to help make sure the show gets a third season.

Frankly, it’s a crying shame that Briga Heelan isn’t already a household name.

HONORABLE MENTION | Among the many familiar faces in Amazon’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams anthology series, it was recording artist Janelle Monae — in only her third on-camera acting role — that most wowed us. Though film and TV have served up plenty of androids, cyborgs and what not, Monae was memorable as one helluva CSR for the episode’s titular “Autofac,” a megafactory that has a dystopian Earth at its mercy. With precise head swivels and calculated blinking, her Alice was both oddly colloquial (thanks to next-gen programming) and icy-cool (refusing her kidnappers’ wishes). But as the episode’s big twist unspooled — no spoilers here! — Monae effectively registered the android’s confusion, distress… and maybe even a bit of heartbreak.

Star Trek Discovery Episode 10 Tilly Mary WisemanHONORABLE MENTION | All season, Star Trek: Discovery‘s Mary Wiseman has been a reliable source of comic relief as fast-talking, socially awkward cadet Tilly. So it was a blast to see Wiseman switch things up and let her hair down (literally) when Tilly was forced to pose as her mirror-universe doppelganger: the ruthless captain of the Discovery. Wiseman still allowed that trademark Tilly awkwardness to peek out when she hilariously sputtered, “What the heck, heck, hell?” during her first official communication as captain. But Tilly quickly adapted as boss, with Wiseman convincingly barking out lines like, “The only pleasure I take is the blood of my enemies staining my uniform.” We do want our old Tilly back at some point, but for now, we’re enjoying Wiseman’s seamlessly executed personality swap.

Hawaii Five-0 GroverHONORABLE MENTION | Every time Hawaii Five-0 sets Chi McBride for a character-driven showcase, he delivers. In what was largely a two-hander between him and guest star Devon Sawa (who had us rapt as a suicidal murder suspect), McBride not for a half-second had us doubting Grover’s resolve as he took control of the situation and, often against the professional negotiator’s advice, did what he deemed necessary to keep a life from ending. But damn, when Lou eventually segued into the darkest part of his own previous experience with a suicide, complete with gut-punching flashbacks to the time he, too, turned a gun on himself, your eyes could not help but pump out tears just as his did.

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Actor Chi McBride’s childhood foreshadowed his career. The Chicago native spent as much time as he could in front of the television and never missed an episode of “The Carol Burnett Show” on CBS. McBride has worked and become friends with some of the most talented people in Hollywood like Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Tom Hanks. Yet, the 56-year-old is still humble and grounded. Chi sees the bigger picture in life and the impact of his contribution to society, just like his character Captain Lou Grover on “Hawaii 5-0.”

McBride talked with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith ahead of tonight’s new episode of the show about his career, his friendship with Murphy and why it’s important to talk about topics that don’t get a lot of attention like suicide.

DJ Sixsmith: Who was your biggest influence in your early days as an actor?

Chi McBride: I don’t know, I think it was just the medium itself. I grew up basically a TV kid. I watched TV every chance I got. Of course, my parents being from the Caribbean would always say, “turn off that television boy, it will make your mind dull.” But at the same time, I watched everything. One of the happiest moments I’ve had since being in the business was meeting Carol Burnett. I used to watch “The Carol Burnett Show” every Saturday night on CBS. That whole CBS lineup was indelibly burned into my mind. I wouldn’t say I always wanted to be on television or in pictures, but I always felt like I could do it. There’s a shroud of mystery about how you get into show business, so I didn’t think about it in great detail. I felt like if I ever got an opportunity, I could do it and would do it.

DS: You mentioned meeting Carol Burnett. You’ve met and worked with a lot of talented and special people like Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Eddie Murphy. What have you learned about show business from these people?

CM: I’ve learned many lessons along the way. What show business has taught me more than anything is that in life everything is about perspective. We are capable in show business of making people see a perceived reality. It’s the same in life, everything is about perspective. I’ve had some great times with some great people. I’ve had a lot of wonderful conversations with people. In particular, I’ve had some really good conversations with Eddie Murphy. Eddie is a really good dude. I met him when I did a picture with him and I’ve known him for 25 years now. He’s been a really cool guy and he’s given me a lot of really good advice, known of which I will share. I think sometimes you have to keep something for yourself. There’s an intimacy between friends and everything is not for the public. There are a lot of people in Hollywood, who will tweet every random thought in their head. That’s not what I want to do.

DS: Let’s talk about “Hawaii Five-0. What has been the main reason for the show’s success?

CM: The audience. They tune in every week and the beautiful thing about Five-0 is that it’s shot so beautifully. It’s in such a beautiful location and people get to take a little trip to Hawaii every Friday night and I think they like that. It’s real escapist television, but at the same time we are able to now and then touch on a variety of subjects that don’t see a lot of light like human trafficking and suicide. Things that people don’t talk about and probably should and probably contemplate what their contribution could be to prevent it or stop it. It’s got the best of all world in terms of entertainment. It’s beautiful to look at, there’s comedy, there’s action, there’s adventure and a little bit of conscious stirring going on as well.

DS: On tonight’s episode, your character dives into the topic of suicide. What was it like to put this episode together?

CM: The episode affected me in a very profound and personal way. Aside from giving you more of an insight into the characters, this is a subject matter that is difficult to tackle and something that people tend to brush off. It’s sad to hear about and that’s about it. I hope this episode will encourage people to take a little closer look and look out for your brother or your sister because you just never know what asking a simple question like, “you ok” can do. We got to look out for each other. There’s so many people in this world including me, who find themselves being the go to person for all their friends for advice. If you have that skill and you have some free time, you could be an excellent candidate to be trained to work on a suicide prevention line. I can’t imagine a more rewarding experience than doing anything at all to contribute to a person not taking that final step because it truly is a final step.

DS: When you think about your character Captain Lou Grover, how has he grown throughout the show?

CM: From an audience perspective, you’ve gotten a deep dive into what makes this man tick and the things that he’s been through. We know that his first love in his whole life is his family. He loves his wife and loves his kids. He can sometimes be a very firm Dad, but he’s not in the business of being his kids’ best friend. He’s in the business of raising his kids. With Will in particular, he doesn’t look at him as raising a boy, but instead raising a man. He’s a really fine example of a person who albeit flawed, is a guy who completely buys in to making a positive contribution to society with his job and his family.

Watch “Hawaii Five-0” tonight at 9pm EST/PST.

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CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 this Friday at 9/8c casts new light on a dark corner of Lou Grover’s past, when an uxoricide suspect is found crashed at an intersection, with gun in hand and poised to end his own life.

Happening upon the scene with son Will in tow, Grover takes control of the delicate situation. In doing so, recounts to the desolate, suspected killer (played by Devon Sawa) — with new, disturbing details — the incident from his own past, first cited in Season 4, that led him to put Chicago in the rear view mirror.

TVLine invited Chi McBride (who appears in a PSA for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at the end of the episode) to open up about this latest dramatic deep-dive into Grover’s past… and then lighten things up by seguing into an anecdote about the casting of two of his TV wives.

TVLINE | It’s about once a season that we touch on a complicated piece of Grover’s past. For you as an actor, what made this week’s episode distinct?
Here’s the thing: a lot of people in Hollywood will tell you every single intimate detail of their lives. I’m not one of those people. But I had a very deep and personal connection with the subject matter. It affected me in a very personal way.

[Showrunner] Peter [Lenkov] and I have an extremely symbiotic relationship. He has shown me a great deal of respect, and I feel the same way about him. We have a mutual affection for each other, and we are able to connect on a really intimate level in terms of who Grover is, what this character is about. Peter brought in a lot of haunted past kind of ingredients to this character, and with these kinds of episodes — like the thing with the character of Clay Maxwell, that Mykelti Williams played, and that whole thing — he just really dialed it in. Those are the times when it doesn’t feel like you’re working.

TVLINE | I was going to say — regardless of what you might have been promised when you first joined the show, you perhaps have come away with more than you expected, as far as true character work on a procedural.
From the very beginning, my dealings with Peter have been exactly what it is. He specifically wanted me to join the show, and he had these kinds of things in mind I believe from the beginning. He really accepted my input wholeheartedly, and we’re pretty much on the same page about everything. I wanted to show a family man, a man who didn’t have kids like you see elsewhere on TV. You look a families on TV today, man, and every kid’s a wise-ass, the guy hates his wife…. [Laughs] All these antagonistic relationships. Call me old-fashioned, call me corny or whatever, but I think that the entertainment media can sometimes be a good way to influence younger people who are coming up, to show them how life can be. There’s been this dystopian trend in projecting the family unit, and I didn’t want to do that.

TVLINE | No, with Grover we see a father looking out for his kids, sometimes ruling with a firm hand. And typically the kids listen to him.
When we first cast Chosen [Jacobs as Will], when Grover’s family was on the run, he got the idea to ad-lib some wise ass comment to me — on like the first scene we did together. I took him aside and said, “Yo, call your mother over here…,” because he came with his mom. I said: “Say to your mother what you just said to me.” He said it and I looked to her and said, “What would happen if he were to…?” “I’d knock his block off!” I told him, “Anything you wouldn’t say to your mother, you don’t say to me.” We’re not showing that; we’re showing this.

TVLINE | Back in Season 4, when we first brushed up against this bit of Grover’s past (he failed to talk a father out of shooting his young child and then himself), did you have an idea that there would be this additional aspect to it, about how dark a place it sent him?
No. No. I didn’t know what went on, or where it went. I knew that it haunted him, and it was the reason that he left [Chicago]. But I never even contemplated that we would address it further. On a lot of TV shows, you see a powerful episode with a couple of loose ends, but there’s never quite enough meat on the bone that you really miss it. But with this character, Peter’s always had those kinds of things in mind, like with the whole Clay Maxwell arc.

TVLINE | Talk about Devon Sawa. He did not have an easy part to play.
No, he didn’t, and he was wonderful, I thought. He’s a really, really fine actor, and he’s a nice guy. When two people have the same objective, to make our work as brilliant as possible, in this the kind of episode, it becomes very, very easy, and he did an incredible job. It was just so natural our calls and responses to each other.

Hawaii Five-0TVLINE | Meanwhile, I feel like every time Michelle Hurd pops up as Rene, it always so seamless, as if she is always there.
She’s the best — and I’ll tell you a funny story. [Chuckles] I was doing Golden Boy

TVLINE | Oh yeah, I saw you on set during the hot minute that was around.
Yeah, we met there! And when it came down to my wife, I asked Nick Wootton if he would hire Valarie Pettiford (Being Mary Jane), because I knew that she would be really great and we have a certain level of chemistry that’s best for a role like that. And so… [Laughs]… we later did an episode of Golden Boy where Michelle was a guest star, and when I walk on set and meet her for the very first time — I knew who she was, but I’d never met this woman before in my life — the first thing she says to me is, “Hmmph. Valarie Pettiford, huh?”

TVLINE | Word gets around, man.
I looked at her and I said, “You mad?” And she goes, “That’s OK.” She then runs her hand from the side of her face down the side of her body and says, “You’re just gonna miss out on alllll this” — and we had a good laugh about it. So when it came up about who would be playing my family [on Hawaii Five-0], I asked for Michelle Hurd, because—

TVLINE | You owed her at least a couple of trips to Hawaii.
Lou is in love with his wife but he’s scared of her. There’s a line from when we were in the jungle, and I said, “You’re stronger than me. Don’t believe me? Ask the kids, they both know I’m scared of you.” That’s the dynamic I wanted to play, and I thought Michelle would be perfect. So when she comes to set, I said, “You still mad about that other thing?” And we just laughed. “Would you rather be in New York freezing your butt off right now?” We have a dear friendship and a very deep respect for each other as actors, and the chemistry between all four of us is something I enjoy very much.

The other thing is she goes with the flow. When we were doing that scene [in this week’s episode] where she leaves to go to the grocery store, I said, “You know what? I’m going to say something to you and just go with me on it.” And when she was about to leave I said, “NeNe,” what I used to call her in high school. And like it was written or something, she looked at me and said, “You haven’t called me that in years….” She knew exactly what to do with it, to suggest, “There must be something wrong.” Those are the little things that give that relationship more teeth and more credibility.

I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some really great showrunners — David Kelley (Boston Public) and Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and Peter — that really understand how to make good television, and give us enough of a lane that we can throw in little things like that and bat those things about to see if they give a scene more muscle. I’ve just been very fortunate that that was the case.

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Kono and Chin have been sent upstate to a farm for ex-Five-0, so the show has a chance to refresh itself. The first potential new recruit is Tani Rey (Meaghan Rath), who we first see at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. In a bikini. Business as usual, then.

Tani was, apparently, the best cadet at the police academy, until she was kicked out for bad behaviour. Which doesn’t deter Steve, of course; she’s exactly the sort of rule-breaking bikini-wearer he wants to go undercover on a college campus, trying to track down Mizchief, a hacker who he and Danny suspect of murder. “He spells it with a Z instead of an S”, sniffs Danny. “Like a rapper. Or maybe he’s a moron”. Tani declines their offer, though, preferring to spend time with her Secret Pain and her deadbeat brother.

Perhaps to reassure loyal viewers that things haven’t changed too much, the writers provide a certain amount of fan-service. So when Mizchief hacks into the security system at Halawa Prison, it’s to secure the release of our old psycho-pyro friend Jason Duclair; and when Mizchief is tracked down he’s the brother of Ian Wright, who kidnapped Grover’s daughter a couple of seasons ago. Grover very evidently believes in the concept of collective sibling guilt.

While Duclair is out setting fire to people, places, and things, Tani decides that she wants to help after all, and assists in Duclair’s capture. In the middle of a forest. Gosh. A forest. Let’s hope Duclair doesn’t escape and set fire to… oh darn it. So while Duclair makes a run for it, Danny and Tani are stuck in a wooden lodge, with the flames getting ever closer, and no hope of rescue; until, that is, Steve does something so blissfully demented that I had to sit on my hands to stop myself from punching the air with glee. I’m less bothered about what looks like this season’s running light relief – Danny and Steve opening a restaurant – but that didn’t get in the way of an excellent episode. And Tani looks as if she’s going to be fun.


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Hawaii Five-0 returns tomorrow for a new season. Surprisingly, though, during its off-season this amiable cop romp found itself at the centre of a dispute which quickly became about race and gender: it was announced that Daniel Dae Kim (Chin) and Grace Park (Kono) would not be back for S8, as it had not proved possible to resolve a pay dispute between the two of them and CBS, which makes the show.

The show’s producers, well aware of the fact that when a show set in Hawaii loses its two main non-Caucasian characters the “optics” aren’t great, have responded by promoting Adam Noshimuri, Kamekona, Noelani, and Duke to cast regulars. On top of that, the recruitment gap in the Five-0 itself will be filled by two new characters, played by Meaghan Rath (of Indian descent) and Beulah Koale (of Samoan descent). Ratings have remained solid, suggesting that it’s the format rather than the supporting cast which viewers are turning up for. And I’ll be reviewing weekly as normal (Sunday, Sky 1, 9pm).

In other news, Sky 1 has cornered the American procedural market on Sunday nights: as well as H50, tomorrow sees the return of MacGyver (8pm), and NCIS: LA (10pm), for their second and ninth seasons respectively. Channel 4’s The End Of The F***ing World has made it to Netflix, available now. And BBC Four’s year-by-year rerun of Top Of The Pops has reached 1985 (Fridays, repeats scattered across the schedule).


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