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Garcia to join 'Hawaii Five-0' as show gets fifth season

By Mike Gordon

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LAST UPDATED: 12:06 p.m. HST, Mar 13, 2014


If there's one person more thrilled than fans about a fifth season for "Hawaii Five-0" it has to be actor Jorge Garcia, who was just promoted to a series regular starting in the fall.

His quirky character, conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega, will be in much of the fifth season, which was announced Thursday morning by CBS. Garcia has been in two episodes this season, including last Friday's story about a triple homicide and a downed top-secret Chinese satellite. A third episode is still to air.

The promotion will return Garcia to Oahu, where he lived while starring in the ensemble cast of ABC's popular series "Lost."

"I can't wait to be back there full time," he said in a phone call from L.A. "There is still stuff to try and do in my career that in a way it still behooves me to be in Los Angeles to show up for, but yeah I am looking forward to extended time back on the island."

Garcia has dreamed of coming back ever since "Lost" finished its six-year run in 2010. He would like to make Hawaii his permanent home at some point, he said. He lived in Kailua when he was on "Lost" and it was a good fit.

"Every time I come to visit, regardless of where I am staying I always find myself going back to Kailua," he said. "It feels like coming home."

CBS announced the fifth season renewal of "Five-0" in an email Thursday, along with news that 17 other primetime shows would be back in the fall.

The fifth season of "Five-0" is a validation of the network's decision a year ago to move the series from Monday nights to Friday nights. The move catapulted the series into the No. 1 show for the hour for every original episode that aired since the season premiere in September.

The show has averaged 9.8 million live viewers through 16 episodes, according to Nielsen ratings numbers.

The series is expected to finish shooting its 22-episode fourth season on March 21.

Peter Lenkov, the show's executive producer and showrunner, always felt the move to Fridays would be good for the show and was understandably excited by the fifth season renewal.

"Best thing to happen to the show was the move," he said in an email. "New night. New time slot. Potential for new viewers."

Lenkov couldn't say if CBS would host a fifth Sunset on the Beach season premiere and red carpet celebration but said he was pushing for it.

Garcia's addition to the cast will help the show, Lenkov said.

"He's just a great addition to the family, someone our team will soon embrace in a bigger way, and rely on to solve crimes," Lenkov said.

Read more on Honolulu Pulse.






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BigBoyChan wrote:
YES!!! There really is a good show to look forward to next year. Mahalo, CBS
on March 13,2014 | 10:00AM
Songoboy wrote:
congratulations Hawaii Five-O and its staff
on March 13,2014 | 10:00AM
localguy wrote:
YEEESSSS!!!!!!! Way to go Five-0. Love the camaraderie between Steve and Dano, like two stepchildren. hehehehe
on March 13,2014 | 10:36AM
false wrote:
AWESOME! GREAT FOR THE TOURISM INDUSTRY....THE ENGINE THAT BRINGS IN THE MAJOR REVENUE THAT THE STATE REALLY NEEDS.
on March 13,2014 | 10:47AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Even if you don't care for the show....it does employ residents and puts money into Hawaii's economy which is always a good thing......
on March 13,2014 | 10:50AM
false wrote:
YOU GOT THAT RIGHT,RESIDENTTAXPAYER! PLUS THE FREE ADVERISEMENT ON TV TO SHOWCASE THE ISLANDS' BEAUTY.
on March 13,2014 | 11:36AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Not to mention that I managed to get my hands on a Hawaii FiveO crew t-shirt. I ate for free at their food tent four three weeks before someone finally noticed that I never did any work there.
on March 13,2014 | 11:42AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Did you swipe one of the crew's t-shirt?......not very nice of you eating someone's meals......
on March 13,2014 | 06:01PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Is Melanie a cougar?
on March 13,2014 | 11:41AM
jankenpo wrote:
I hope she doesn't become a regular. Boooooooring!
on March 13,2014 | 08:32PM
dlum003 wrote:
Hey Scott, after what you said about Hawaii last year, you still have the gall to show your face around here? I wouldnt go to the north shore if I was you.
on March 13,2014 | 11:59AM
PMINZ wrote:
Hey let Scott act up - I love the looks Macgarett (SP)nGives him when he makes odd comments. Kinda like da Bad Boy sort of. It also gives people something to talk about. Notice how He walks sort of with an attitude?
on March 13,2014 | 01:04PM
AniMatsuri wrote:
Awesome! This next season of H50 is really going to some weird places with the addition of Garcia's character.
on March 13,2014 | 12:19PM
Iuki wrote:
Unlike Scott Caan, Garcia really loved Hawaii. So welcome back, Jorge. Now I know it's difficult, but please lose some weight before you start running around with the super fit stars of 5-0. You are a young man, and don't need to die early.
on March 13,2014 | 12:39PM
bumba wrote:
He'll probably outlive you. Oh wait, stupidity isn't terminal. Never mind.
on March 13,2014 | 02:58PM
PMINZ wrote:
Great Going!!! I really enjoy Jorge Garcia in the episodes of Hawaii Five-0, and now a Fifth Season, Congrats.
on March 13,2014 | 01:00PM
juscasting wrote:
Back in the days of LOST, my relatives told me that they would run into Jorge who would frequent Don Q's in Kailua and else where around enchanted lakes, he was always open and friendly to everyone. Welcome back!
on March 13,2014 | 01:10PM
bully106 wrote:
i like him... i really do. but 5-0 needs LOCAL hawaii characters and actors to be really successful. and we have lots of great possibilities in the islands. and this thing with steve and dano is getting old. make dano nicer and steve stronger.
on March 13,2014 | 01:52PM
innocentBystander wrote:
Welcome back Jorge!
on March 13,2014 | 02:27PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
This has been their best season yet.
on March 13,2014 | 02:44PM
pmgw wrote:
LIFE IS SWEET-----Just saw Keali'i in concert Tues nite and NOW read Hawaii 5-0, THE BEST SHOW, will have a Fifth season--CAN it get any Better!!!!! Mahalo CBS & 5-0 cast:)
on March 13,2014 | 02:46PM
whaole wrote:
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! AND, MAHALO FOR THE GREAT CAST, WRITERS THAT GENUINELY TRY HARD TO RESPECT HAWAIIAN CULTURAL VALUES (let's work on the pronunciation a little bit more), AND WHAT A GREAT, HOSPITABLE AND FRIENDLY CREW!
on March 13,2014 | 04:43PM
krusha wrote:
They should make an episode where Jorge Garcia challenges Teila (Kamekona) Tuli to a sumo match. :)
on March 13,2014 | 05:13PM
kimojim wrote:
Great to hear. I watch the show regularly and was even picked to be an extra two years ago. I would like to see some more cameo's by former stars of the original H50 like Al Harrington and Elissa Dulce now Elissa Dulce Mataele who still lives in Honolulu and would be a great addition in a cameo role. Elissa is a good friend of mine and would love the opportunity to guest appear in episodes. Looking forward to the 5th season. Mahalo CBS!
on March 14,2014 | 01:41PM
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