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