McBride promoted to recurring ‘Five-0′ role

Nov. 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

Loyal fans of “Hawaii Five-0″ shouldn’t be too surprised to learn Chi McBride, who plays Honolulu Police Department Capt. Lou Glover on the CBS television series, was promoted to a recurring role on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Chi McBride. (Courtesy CBS)

Chi McBride. (Courtesy CBS)

In last week’s episode, “Akanahe” (“Reluctant Partners”), McBride’s character entered into a truce of sorts with Steve McGarrett, played by series star Alex O’Loughlin. While McGarrett has had his share of “carguments” with his partner, Det. Danno Williams (Scott Caan), over the show’s first three seasons, Glover has since taken the drama to another level during his recent confrontations with McGarrett.

Pulse blogger Wendie Burbridge, who covers “Hawaii Five-0″ every week in “The Five-0 Redux,” described the changing storyline as “the start of a budding friendship” that is now “based on mutual respect and not about a battle of wills.”

McBride, who made his debut on CBS with the short-lived cop drama “Golden Boy,” has also starred in ABC’s “Pushing Daises” and Fox’s “Boston Public.” His addition to the “Five-0″ cast was a welcome one, according to executive producer Peter Lenkov.

“After his first guest spot, we knew we had something special here with Chi playing Captain Lou Grover,” he said in press release. “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.”

Added McBride: “I know this sounds corny, but the only thing I ever wanted in my career was to be on CBS, the home of my idol Jackie Gleason. I finally made it to the Tiffany network on ‘Golden Boy,’ shooting scenes on the same stage where ‘The Honeymooners’ was filmed.

“CBS graciously invited me to be a member of the cast of ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ and it’s been wonderful. The cast, crew and production have been so welcoming to me.”

“Hawaii Five-0″ airs at 8 p.m. Fridays on CBS.

  • Terry FiveOs

    I’ve loved Chi since “Boston Public” but only realized how versatile he is when I saw his performance on “Pushing Daisies,” He’s a great and welcome addition to the Hawaii Five-0 family!

  • Island_Boi

    A truly great actor, good addition to the series.