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Melanie Griffith will be Danno's 'Hawaii Five-0' mom

August 18th, 2013

A “Working Girl” will become a “Hawaii Five-0” mom this season.

Translation: Melanie Griffith, best known for her "Working Girl" film,  is set to portray the mom of Scott Caan’s character, Danny Williams, on the filmed-in-Hawaii CBS procedural in the weeks ahead.


Griffith, the movie actress who is the real-life spouse of Antonio Banderas, has been signed on to play Danno’s mom. If you remember, Danno’s real-life dad, James Caan, earlier was introduced as his small-screen dad.

Griffith is hoping that the gig will be a recurring one.

Why not?

As the pool of TV moms and dads on “Five-0” widens, the roles also have become recurring, with story arcs. Not the best of trends, for a show troubled with far too many characters and too few spiffy plots and ratings that have, well, deteriorated with time.

To refresh your memory,  Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin)  mom and dad, Doris and John McGarrett,were earlier introduced, respectively played by Christine Lahti and William Sadler. She was thought to have died, but “came back,” and while he was killed off, he also has recurred in flashbacks. Such is the fate of  “Five-0” historical parents, expressly created for the current reboot.

Does this suggest that in  future months, or seasons,  moms and dads of Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly) and Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua) might be invented and launched?  The progression to broaden back stories of the lead characters could lead to this unorthodox path of familial roots.

Good or bad? What are your thoughts?

And watch for guest appearances this year  by the likes of  Nick Jonas, of The Jonas Brothers, this year.

NickHe’s among the latest signees that already include Carol Burnett, Tim Daly, Henry Ian  Cusic, Rebecca De Mornay, Chi McBride, Rumer Willis, Jorge Garcia, Terry O’Quinn and Taryn Manning.

Yep, some of the guests have appeared before and are ready for hana hou encores.

6 Responses to “Melanie Griffith will be Danno's 'Hawaii Five-0' mom”

  1. Glenn D:

    I believe it is just an oversight but isn't Danno's real life dad James Caan? Personally I do not like the story arc with Christine Lahti, especially because she is a character that is really difficult to like. I just hope that Melanie Griffith's character is not as bad.

  2. roach:


  3. Manoa Kahuna:

    Who cares?

  4. Manoa Mist:

    Yeah I cannot stand this bring in the mom junk. Who cares about their freaking mother? Lahti was boring with a capital B. Bring in some babes - let us see them with McGarrett and Little Danno.

  5. theDman:

    Hey, I remember when Melanie Griffith was sexy and hot! Now she's mom to Danno?

    Wow, where did the time go?

    You know, there is something nesting in Nick Jonas' hair...

  6. melissai:

    About the hair, DMan, you be old! hahaha Just kidding. You're funny, and the hairstyle is hilarious.

    I have nothing against Melanie Griffith, but I think she has to be the best advertisement there is against drug use. I'm glad she's working again, but if I were her, I'd make sure my character was well-developed by the producers before I agreed to the role. This team does not have a great track record with recurring guest stars. The Doris character is unwatchable. Despite the producer and writer changes, so far it seems to be the same old, same old.

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