Honolulu again gets a sneak preview of the first episode of Hawaii Five-0 season three at Sunset on the Beach. The local screening will be Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, the day before the television broadcast premiere. As with the first two seasons, the Hawaii premiere will feature a red carpet entrance for the actors, followed by the full episode debuted on a huge screen at Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. The confirmation of the Sunset on the Beach premiere comes just a month in advance; last year it was announced in June. The showing also is later than last year, which was 10 days before the televised premiere. This change in date caught some visitors off-guard. A group of 75 mainland visitors who had hoped to see the Five-0 stars will instead be getting a special treat by Hawaii Aloha Travel – a sold-out tour and luau at Kualoa Ranch on Sept. 8, 2012.
Actor Scott Caan on the red carpet at last year’s ‘Five-0’ premiere in Waikiki.
Each episode has a Hawaiian title. The premiere is called “La O Na Makuahine” or “Mother’s Day.” It was written by showrunner Peter Lenkov and directed by Bryan Spicer, who has already directed three previous Hawaii Five-0 episodes. The description is pretty generic: “Following McGarrett’s mother’s (guest star Christine Lahti) surprise return and Chin’s gut-wrenching decision in last season’s finale cliffhanger, the team is determined to track down Wo Fat and Delano for killing an important member of their family.” If you have somehow forgotten how season two ended, an “Ultimate Look Back” is posted on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DehVSEPcItg&feature=youtube_gdata_player.
The premiere kicks off another full season for Hawaii Five-0. CBS has authorized 24 episodes, as it did for the first season. Last year, there was one less episode, perhaps due to Alex O’Loughlin’s stint in rehab during the final days of shooting. Another name is added to the list of series’ “regulars” for this year. Last year, Masi Oka’s Dr. Max Bergman joined O’Laughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. This year Michelle Borth’s Catherine Rollins moves up from a recurring cast member to a series regular.
The celebrity casting cameos continue. According to Tweets from Lenkov, Carlos Barnard will be in several episodes. (You may remember him from 24.) One young woman is making her acting debut, although she’s following in some pretty famous footsteps. Sixteen-year-old Kendall Jenner plays a sales assistant in an October episode. She is the daughter of Bruce and Kris Jenner, and younger sister to Kim Kardashian, who appeared on CSI:NY in 2009. I’m a lot more excited that Ving Rhames will guest star as someone from Danny Williams’ New Jersey past. Maybe he’ll be a bad guy with a secret, like Ed Asner’s wonderful turn last season, reprising his character from the original Five-O.