Scoop: Five-0 Ups Chi McBride to Series Regular

Hawaii Five-0 Chi McBride Series RegularChi McBride‘s visit to Hawaii just got extended.

CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 has promoted the beloved TV vet to series regular status, after his appearance thus far in three Season 4 episodes as SWAT Captain Lou Grover.

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“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,” the Pushing Daisies/Boston Public/Human Target alum said in a statement. After a run on the network’s short-lived Golden Boy, which shot on the same stage as The Honeymooners, “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, and so my love affair with CBS continues.”

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“After his first guest spot, we knew we had something special here,” says executive producer Peter M. Lenkov. “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.”

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Hawaii Five-0‘s season continues this Friday at 9/8c.