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Hawaii Five-0 Star Alex O’Loughlin Revisits His Season 9 Exit Plan: ‘I’m Prepared to Be Reasonable’

Hawaii Five-0 front man Alex O’Loughlin has gone from a “no f–king way” stance on a potential Season 9 to being able to “realistically” see himself still running-and-gunning as Steve McGarrett.

By Matt Webb Mitovich

TV Line


Almost a year-and-a-half ago, the Aussie actor echoed to TVLine his stance that he absolutely” would turn in his badge after the current Season 8, explaining: “[Five-0] is an action show, I’m the main guy, and I defy anybody to do what I’ve done for as long I’ve done it and hold out the way I have. I was a fit, strong, healthy guy when I started the show, and I still am, but you sustain what you sustain.”

But in speaking with TVLine this Thursday — to preview his directorial debut, for Five-0‘s Friday, March 30 episode — O’Loughlin seemed more amenable to re-signing, with his contract due to explore this spring. So what changed since November 2016? Did he get a second wind?

“I don’t know that I’d say I got a ‘second wind’…,” he countered. “But is there a way that I can realistically see a Season 9 being a part of my life? I think so.”

In the event that CBS aims to renew the procedural (which currently ranks fifth in the 18-to-49 demo out of the network’s 13 dramas), O’Loughlin figures he will need “a little help with scheduling” (e.g. juggling his workload as No. 1 on the call sheet with his role as father to the pair of fast-growing tykes he raises with wife Malia), all while he continues to manage the “pretty radical back injury” that has dogged him for years and still is treated with weekly PT.

“To be honest with you, mate, if you had asked me [about re-signing] two years ago, my answer would have been, like, ‘No f’–king way.’ I want a quality of life, and I want to be with my family,” O’Loughlin asserted. But since then, he half-chuckled, “I’ve been able to put Humpty together again.”

“I am still very tired at the end of the season, and after almost 200 episodes of television,” he added. “But I can sort of quietly and sensibly sit back and go, ‘There’s a version where if CBS can make a deal and be reasonable, then I’m prepared to be reasonable, too.’”

And while O’Loughlin makes clear that his actual wife and kids come first, he also recognizes the extended workplace family that Five-0 employs.

“It’s a great show and a lot of people love it, but more importantly, we keep so many people employed in Hawaii who might otherwise be stacking boxes at a grocery mart,” he said. “It’s hard to get work out here and this feeds a lot of families, so it’s a really good thing. It’s really, really important.”

“I’m sure there are [actors] that don’t let that affect them, it’s not part of their negotiation, but it is something I think about,” he continued. “I come from a working-class family and the people I work with mean a lot to me. They’re really our ohana, so… if  we can make it all work, they are some of the reasons why it would be great.”

My thoughts

  • This is not really “new” news. Alex have said as much about it all in the Watch article last year in May already.
  • The weird level of nastiness about this article amongst the people on social media reached an ugly new high – or rather low for me.
  • Explaining ALL the reasons why you would consider to, or are changing your mind from 1½ years ago, seems quite reasonable to me. Especially if one of those reasons was debilitating injury problems and you have had real serious problems with trying to cope with handling the pain of injuries in the past. And that this time around you have had the choice or wisdom of better treatment and groundbreaking options to recover from it, rather that just killing the pain with addiction.
  • And if monetary reward and better terms are part of it, I hardly doubt if any of us would not do the same and consider it as part of the deal. Any job counselor would tell you that you need to know your worth and ask to be rewarded accordingly.
  • Since the early days it has not been a secret that Alex cares a lot about Hawaii and the welfare of the people of Hawaii and it is one of the many reason why we adore himso making the show’s job creation a part of his consideration, is not a really mind blowing new fact of martyrdom, as some would suggest.
  • We here at Intense Study can fully understand and appreciate why Alex would want to negotiate more time off from the show, BUT it is also very sad. I personally tolerate the mediocre writing for the show, of ‘numerous dropped story lines‘, of ‘unrealistic liver transplant recoveries’ and of ‘annoyingly stupid restaurant ideas’ (just to artificially create some bromance connection that has gone lost in nasty bickering a long long time ago), just because it is Alex job – with less of Alex in it, it might just become too much ….. or too little. 😦
  • And every year there are less and less real celebrity exposure or interviews, and less and less new real media articles about Alex as an actor, other than immediate news from or about Hawaii Five-0.  And we are really struggling with the fact that we struggle to support Alex’s only project at this time, with the present status quo of it. And that unfortunately makes us sad ….. and maybe not very good fangirls at the moment.
  • We are, with cautious anticipation, looking forward to Alex long-awaited directorial debut next Friday. Maybe, just maybe, in it there will be a breath of fresh air or a small start to changing the show’s status quo and /or Alex’s stagnating or limited profile as an artist while being only on this show. There is always hope ….




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#H50 : #AlexOLoughlin open to returning for more seasons

Hawaii Five-0 may live beyond season 8!

Though Alex O’Loughlin had previously expressed his desire to turn in McGarrett’s gun and badge by the end of season 8, the actor now tells EW he hopes to make a deal with CBS to stick around for more seasons.

by Natalie Abrams

Entertainment Weekly .com

22 March  2018

“I’m more open to continuing on than I was when we spoke a couple years ago,” the actor tells EW. “It’s a hard question to answer at the end of the season. I’m literally shooting episode 25 right now, and it happens to be episode 193 as well. All I want to do is collapse into my hiatus and go to bed for a couple weeks, but I am open to doing another couple of years. Hopefully we can make a deal.”

O’Loughlin explains that his previous desire to exit had to do with his body breaking down due to a spinal injury he suffered years ago. “The spinal injury I had, like even two years ago I could still barely move,” he says. “It was just impossible. I was like, ‘There’s no way I can keep working like this. I can’t force that at all.’ I got in a stem cell trial, and I’ve got all these stem cells in my back, and I built a rehab gym in my garage, and I’ve been doing lots of workouts the last couple years, and I feel physically a lot better.”

Currently in its eighth season, Hawaii Five-0 has not yet been officially renewed for season 9.

In the meantime, the actor stepped behind the camera to direct the episode that airs March 30. “It was terrific,” he says. “It felt strangely natural.”

Check back next week for more from O’Loughlin on his directorial debut.

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Alex on set with Brad Kalilimoku

keku43🎥. Had the privledge to co-star with this Ozzie, Alex O’Loughlin before I take a flight to his hometown next week. Hands down an awesome actor & individual. If I’m smiling this much on set, does it mean I’m loving what I do?🤷🏽‍♂️. Reflecting on the ventures that keep me smiling, maybe I need to do more of what puts a smile on my face and what’s fun🤔. Cheers 2 dat



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They Say …… #AlexOLoughlin is a Cool Guy.

Justin Paul was a guest actor on Hawaii Five-0, Episode 6:05, playing a biker gangster called Iceman. His character got interrogated in the blue room by Steve.

This is what he had to say on Instagram this week, while posting a picture from way back then in 2015 when they filmed that episode:

kahnquerall    Setting up the shot on Hawaii Five-0. Much love to the entire crew at @hawaiifive0cbs As well as Alex O’Loughlin who’s truly one of the coolest guys I’ve worked with.
#alexoloughlin #hawaiifive0 #cbs #hawaii #808




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#AlexOLoughlin (2015) – Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation

 This post is our last reminder for your donation and entry into the draw, to stand a chance to win a trip to Hawaii and a set visit. You can get all the details of where how and why at this link: Here is your chance to have lunch with the cast of #H50 on set in Hawaii
The time for donations end today, 13 March at 11h59 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time). Don’t wait for the time to run out, make your donation now.
  • Let’s move on to our featured old charity post for the day ….. a few pictures of Alex and Malia attending the 10th annual fundraiser of HCCF in 2015

Alex O’Loughlin, Malia Jones O’Loughlin, and Erlinda and Ralph Mesick

Saddle Up For Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation

Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation presented Saddle Up For HCCF, its 10th annual fundraiser at Murphy’s Bar & Grill.

It is the sole organization in the state dedicated to providing services — including financial assistance, social events, education and advocacy — to children with cancer and their families.


Alex and Tucker Hirsch

Tucker Hirsch – a 10-year-old Golden Retriever that worked as a hospital facility dog at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu, Hawaii. Sadly Tucker passed away a year later  – on 24 August 2016


Best of luck to those who made donations to the Children’s Hospital in LA.

In 2 weeks time the winner will be on set with the cast.

We hope that the person who wins, will enjoy a wonderful time on set and share some of their experience with the rest of us.


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#H50 Episode 8:17 – and some gorgeous Steve faces …..

Before we start, I just want to mention that we did not forget Steve McGarrett’s birthday this year. We were just a bit busy this weekend and on top of that I have ongoing internet connection problems as well 😦 .

But over the years we have made a number of posts to celebrate our fictional hero’s birthday and you should be able to read them if you go to any 10 March posts over the years that we have been here (in fact all the links are in  last year’s birthday post: Happy Birthday Steve McGarrett )

And of course today (12 March), is Spike’s 9th birthday.

And now for some random thoughts about the episode ….. and some of Steve’s faces, explaining it all. 😆

  • I think we all got the whole  ‘immunity and means’ thing since the first episode, but Adam and Jessie doing break-ins without Steve’s knowledge, just goes that bit beyond immunity and means. I guess that is what you get for giving somebody (Adam) a task that he was never trained for.
  • Can somebody explain why Danny needs to be written as an asshole about EVERYTHING – especially somebody who supposedly “live” for his kids and their safety, mocking a safety drill? I always got the feeling as a child, that those with that kind of attitude were the kids/people with a big chip on their shoulder – so much so that they had to try to be “cool” by showing defiance, while everybody else respected the rules. Is that who Danny is supposed to be?

  • Papers in Hawaii are pretty quick to report news ……
  • How plausible is it that “normal” very distraught men would react by locking their friend in with the chlorine gas?
  • Why is it that the writers kindly forget about the Governor’s existence, until and only when they need Steve to be somewhere for a period of time – when Alex is doing others stuff. How is it that only then do they remember that there is someone like that, that they all work for? They are the Governor’s task force after all ….

  • I think Tani was rather rude to the girl in the library – One of my pet peeves is people who do not respect time and place. Why talk in a library if you can go outside and do the same there. I can’t stand rudeness like that. No respect for the courtesies of the civilized world. And even worse is when police officers disregard rules – what type of example is that to the general population and youth. AND even worse, is seeing people / fans applauding that as being badass! Or is it worse that female writers actually wrote that or that a female director kept it in? Or maybe it is just me getting old and cranky about the show trying to be funny ……..

  • Not 100% sure what to make of Adam’s catharsis at the end of the episode. Is he mad at himself for failing at a job that he was never trained for? Or is he mad at Steve for getting him involved, or disappointed that he is “failing” Steve somehow? Is he feeling sorry for himself? Or is he just pissed off at Jessie for ‘getting’ some on the side, while he is pining for his ‘lost’ wife Kono?


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