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Here comes McBride, in a savvy 'Five-0' 'marriage'

November 21st, 2013


Capt. Lou Grover, the gruff and no-words-barred SWAT officer introduced on the first episode of the fourth season of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” today was promoted to series regular.

As we blogged prior to his debut, we thought Grover, played by Chi McBride, would provide grit and honesty — and some pilikia (worry) for Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett — because of his somewhat surly demeanor.

Grover recurred again recently, no doubt galvanizing his welcome with a tap from producer Peter Lenkov to become a regular on “Five-0.”

“After his first guest spot, we knew we had something special here with Chi playing Captain Lou Grover,” Lenkov said in a statement. “He just fit seamlessly into the fabric of Hawaii Five-0 and viewers are enjoying the spirited, if sometimes antagonistic, interaction between him and McGarrett. We are so thrilled to welcome Chi into our Ohana.”

McG is the second, in as many weeks, to earn a badge to join the original foursome comprised also of Scott Caan as Danno Williams, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly and Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua. During the fourth season, Michelle Borth also earned a “Five-0” badge, somewhat filling in for the present-but-not-fully-accounted for Kono, whose fate has been tied to motherhood in reality and whose limited work has been taped while she has been on maternity leave in her Vancouver B.C. homeland.

But back to McBride: his “marriage” on the “Five-0” roster — including his constant bitchery and pain-in-the-butt scorn for McG — should evolve into a relationship that just might be what the show show needs.  Forget the banter with McG and Danno; the dynamics and the commotion are far more interesting and involving. You gotta love the guy for hating so much; he is a no-nonsense kind of cop and is not afraid to tell the boss  guy he’s not a great cop.

It’s another odd couple guy thing, but the posture is perfectly poised to draw viewers.  McBride had charisma and chutzpa on the short-lived CBS procedural, “Golden Boy,” which had a sometimes confusing flashback-flashforward motif.

But he was then, and is now, a savvy policeman.

Earlier, McB starred as Steven Harper on “Boston Public.” With enhanced scripts, he could become the money star of  “Five-0,” with Emmy potential.

He can be a thorn, but he’ll certainly develop as the rose of the drama.

Book ‘em and book ‘em again for future seasons. Methinks it’s just the tonic and tone the doctor ordered.

12 Responses to “Here comes McBride, in a savvy 'Five-0' 'marriage'”

  1. theDman:

    So is this the end for Danno?

    Maybe this allows Scott to move on like he hinted at.

  2. Pammie:

    I don't think this is the end for Danno, but I bet he won't be around much.
    Scott is ready to move on. The guy really loves acting and I am sure he knows he is wasting his talent in this remake. It must be very frustrating for someone that really loves his career and not just a paycheck.
    Scott has the movie Entourage on January and Daniel D. Kim the CBS producer deal. Good for them.

    Interestig article about the new casting choice.

  3. Manoa Mist:

    It was hard to see Danno anyways. I mean, he so little.

  4. Pammie:

    LOL Mania Mist , I am a big fan of Scott but that was funny.
    Yes, he is not big, but he is a terrific actor. Blame Genetics. 🙂

  5. miracle:

    I also don't think that Grover means the end of Danno. I see McBride as the person who fills the gap while Scott is doing other projects, not as his replacement, just like Michelle is there with more screentime until Grace is back.

    Later on, when all are on board full time again, Chi/Grover and Michelle/Cath are great additions to the team, Cath as an official member with special intel skills (maybe we'll see Kono doing more "field work" with the rest of the team then, which would be great) and Grover as head of the SWAT team (he hasn't earned a badge).

    This show needs some breaths of fresh air. I think this is a good beginning. Add last week's villain, who's character needs to be extended IMO, and we have more than a breeze, hopefully.

  6. miracle:

    "Later on, when all are on board full time again"

    Of course provided that they all want to come back full time. They all have 7 years contracts, but it's by no means certain that CBS would insist on the adherence of the contracts in case someone really wants out or wants to change it.

  7. Manoa Kahuna:

    He’ll either develop as the rose of the drama or it will be canceled.

  8. miracle:

    @Manoa Kahuna
    I wouldn't go so far as to say that.

  9. miracle:

    There was a tweet yesterday, a question to Peter Lenkov if Scott is leaving the show. His answer was "no".

  10. Five-O Supporter:

    I like Grover. I think I referred to him as Glover on the previous blog. Haha, maybe because I'm reminded of a blue furry fella when I say Grover. But I digress.

    I'm glad they toned down his hostility with McG. And I like the way they featured Grover's daughter in the show, to give some background on his story and what drives him. All done as a perfect setup to introduce him as a regular on the show.

    And I also think bringing MrJonasBrother back would be good for the show. I initially thought it was a bad idea, but he was better in that role than I expected. A high tech cyber-villian. Yeah, I'd enjoy that.

  11. Belle:

    After last ep, I'm really liking the addition of Grover! Also would like to see more of Jonas messing with McG and Grover. 🙂 Scott can go to LA for his little plays or whatever. I still like him on the show but less of him is just fine!

  12. Mr. Mike:

    Five-O Supporter, if you referred to the character as "Glover," you were actually right. This character appeared in the original show's seventh season episode "The Hostage." Character actor Scott Brady portrayed him, and his name was "Glover" as opposed to "Grover" in the end credits. "Glover" is what he calls himself when he is using a bullhorn to address a building where Ruth Martin, a young girl (Linda Purl), has been confined by an aggrieved veteran. This vet was trying to sponge money off his commanding officer who lives in the building, and things go very wrong when a cop (played by Dennis Chun, the current Duke Lukela) confronts him. In the original show, the character did not come from out of state, was not named "Lou," and only appeared in the one episode. Grover/Glover was at odds with Jack Lord's McGarrett on how to resolve the hostage situation, using "old style" police methods versus McGarrett's attempts to negotiate.

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