A new character for Five-0; and where’s LT Rollins?

From Matt Webb Mitovich, tvline.com:

The Hawaii Five-0 team will be saying “Aloha” to a new member — and McGarrett a possible new love interest — with the addition of Happy Town alumna Lauren German to the CBS drama’s cast.

German, TVLine has learned exclusively, is boarding the sophomore thrill ride in the series regular role of a smart and beautiful former Homeland Security officer who has been hand-picked by the new Governor (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicless Richard T. Jones) to join the Five-0 task force.

Forced into McGarrett’s elite ensemble, German’s character will not just help them fight crime, but also keep them in check on behalf of the Gov. And, as hinted above, she is poised to also serve as a potential love interest for Alex O’Loughlin’s McGarrett.

German is the latest add-on for Five-0‘s sophomore run (premiering Sept. 19), joining Jones, Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn (as McGarrett’s Navy SEAL trainer), and film vet Tom Sizemore (playing a pesky Internal Affairs agent).

What?!?!!? Where’s Lieutenant Catherine Rollins?!?!  Did she and McGarrett break up?  Did her carrier deploy to the Persian Gulf (“When the cat’s away…”).  Did she meet an untimely demise?  What are the writers up to…?

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26 Responses to A new character for Five-0; and where’s LT Rollins?

  1. Ni_duex says:

    Why add someone new to the team? They were doing just fine with the four of them…not so sure about this.

  2. ssigafoos says:

    I’d love to see Michelle Borth come back, because Catherine seemed to make Steve happy. (her show up in Toronto also wraps filming in a few weeks…so hopefully she is invited back to Five-0)

  3. lizks says:

    I don’t really think Catherine was anyone Steve would “break up” with. She was just a friend and a bed partner at times. It would be nice to see Steve with a love interest and I mean LOVE, like in falling in love, interest. He would benefit from that I think and so would we. ;D She looks really young. Have to go check her out on the interwebs.

  4. She was born in 1978, so she meets the requirements of being in the zone of “not too young” 😉

    Dana In Vermont

  5. lizks says:

    Ok, I’ve googled her and I approve. ;D There’s a really risque (sort of) pic of her on there and that’s what convinced me. She’ll do fine for a love interest. 😉

  6. lainiek66 says:

    Cat and Steve are like Two Ships that Pass in the Night. Sorry, couldn’t resist. 😉

    • Laurie says:

      Cute….. lsiniek66 , of course she also switched teams since she’s IN THE ARMY NOW 🙂 keeping an open mind about Ms Homeland Security, didn’t care for Jenna at first but she grew on me so we’ll see.

  7. pinkie says:

    Here is Lori –
    http://twitpic.com/5p7tb4
    She’ll do just fine. I bet Steve and she will get along JUST FINE

  8. Bert Hayling says:

    “Six degrees of separation” trivia — Lauren German was the “last woman standing” in HOSTEL: PART II, where she played Beth, a victim who figured out how to turn the operation on its head by buying her way out of the ‘contract’ put on her head. She was brave, smart, thought on her feet, and out-crazied the crazies when necessary.

    Here’s the trivia — Bijou Phillips, who appeared in S1’s “Heihei” as Camille Townsend, also starred with Lauren in HOSTEL: PART II, playing not so lucky Whitney.

  9. Cécile says:

    So far, I actually like the way they’re going to bring her in. It would have been too easy not to have someone to check on the team after last year !

  10. textbook says:

    The only truly important thing here is to note, Jenna Kaye hasn’t been mentioned in any of the released information bites. We can reserve judgment, and look upon the new woman as a potential step in the right direction.

    • sockie says:

      actually, tv guide mentioned jenna today. here’s a quote and a link- looks like she will be back. but it does say she is a recurring character, not a regular.

      “Fans of Larisa Oleynik will also be happy to learn that the former Secret World of Alex Mack star will be returning in a recurring role in the show’s sophomore season. She’ll reprise her role as Jenna Kaye, the ex-CIA analyst who was instrumental in tracking down the villainous Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) last season.”

      entire article here:
      http://www.tvguide.com/News/Hawaii-Five0-German-Oleynik-1035208.aspx

  11. Riley says:

    I don’t know why shows do this. It is the same old “formula” we have seen countless times on other shows. They can’t come up with anything more original. Oh, “will they or won’t they?” I don’t know about others but if I wanted to watch a soap opera I would watch “Young and the Restless”. I watch H50 because of the drama, not to watch McGarrett and some hot chick taking their clothes off. I believe the producers think this will attract viewers, I’m sorry, but I think the opposite. They are going down the wrong road. Just my thoughts.

    • Linda Stein says:

      Depends on how it’s done. If it’s over done or if it happens too fast then I agree with you 100% because once they “do it” there isn’t anywhere else to go unless they follow another old “formula” for cop shows and have something happen to her. The bad guys know who she is and target her to get to Steve…kind of thing. Been there, seen that, thank you.

      But if it takes time to develop and I mean TIME like months, than it might not be a bad thing. Show some warmth in Steve, like he is with MaryAnn and how he was with Catherine, show a sensitive side. Fleshes out the character more, makes him more believable as a human being. As Danny eluded to, there’s more to life then knowing whether to cut the blue wire or the red wire.

      Besides, Steve deserves a bit of happiness with all the crap he’s had to deal with. I just hope they don’t make her important to him then rip her away. I would hate to see it happen like his mother. Wrong place, wrong time, gone!

  12. Bert Hayling says:

    I know Katee Sackhoff’s Kara “Starbuck” Thrace may not be an example that sits too well in some quarters of BSG (Battlestar Galactica) fandom, but I’ve been watching BSG from the beginning again on BBC America and am once again impressed with how well she played Starbuck — how well Ronald D. Moore & Co handled the issue of Kara’s gender by *not* making it an issue where her job performance was concerned. She was every bit as competent and confident as her buddy Lee “Apollo” Adama and outdid him in the brash, risk-taking, adrenaline-junkie hotshot pilot realm — something that got her in trouble as often as it proved valuable. She was a complicated, conflicted human being and when romance did rear its head, it happened organically and avoided (as far as I recall) soap opera excesses and folderol.

    If *this* is the type of on-the-job character development we get for our “female McGarrett” — that “we’re all equals here” approach BSG took with Kara Thrace (and H50 has commendably taken with Kono, who gets teased and handed scut-work due to her rookie status rather than her gender) — then she can be an asset and an enjoyable character.

    That said — I’m hoping we don’t find her being used in scenes with Steve at the expense of scenes with Danny; she’s there to be a foil and thorn in their sides in some ways as the Governor’s whip-cracker, and obviously at some point as a love interest for Steve (preferably along the lines of his relationship with Catherine from the standpoint of prominence in storylines).

    She’s not there to be a replacement best friend and confidante, she’s not there to be Steve’s cargument buddy, she’s not there to be Steve’s partner, and you want to see backlash? Let scenes and conversations that have traditionally been emblematic of the Steve n’ Danny bromance be used instead to further an ill-fitting Castle-esque Twu Wuv agenda, with Danny absent and Lori taking his place — sure as eggs hatch young ones, that will go over like the proverbial lead balloon.

  13. awesomefan says:

    As for Catherine Rollins, she has to drop Steve because she’s Navy intel and can’t afford to be associated with someone who is accused of killing the Governor of Hawaii. We all know he will be cleared, but she isn’t going to be able to take that risk. She will have to drop him if she wants to continue to work intel. That’s the logical storyline IMO.

  14. Bert Hayling says:

    I certainly don’t envy Peter, the writers, the showrunners, and the cast when they’re trying to decide how best to integrate new characters into an existing (and successful) show — they have to balance what they want to achieve and how they want to achieve it with the desires and expectations of other interests involved in the production hierarchy — one of the realities of the Industry, which isn’t unfairly compared to a sausage factory. (Anyone remember the short-lived FOX series “Action,” starring Jay Mohr? It was apparently more true to life than many would’ve believed).

    The apprehensions of a viewing public (fans especially) who’ve gotten wary of changes and additions to favorite shows — changes sometimes foisted on showrunners and writers out of some misguided attempt to compete with some current critical or ratings darling — can often lead to knee-jerk reactions on the tail end, too — even though once exposed to the characters in question, many viewers temper their feelings about them.

    While I’ve only seen Lauren German’s work in HOSTEL: PART II, she did a good job with her character in that film and will, given the usual caliber of writing we get from the H50 staff, do a good job with Lori Wilson. She’ll take what she’s given and do her best with it, which is all we ask or expect of any of the cast.

    I’ve got my own misgivings about the direction for and usage of the Lori Wilson character (which will be addressed once the show returns come Sept 19th), but I have no reservations about Lauren German in the role — she’s certainly age-appropriate to the part and, based on past performances, capable of doing a great job with it.

    • Laurie says:

      Thanks for the link pinkie… after watching this I feel so much better and I think she’ll work out just fine. 🙂

    • Bert Hayling says:

      I’d forgotten what a fun show “Human Target” was! 😀 Thanks for posting the clip, pinkie — I’d say Lauren definitely has the chops for the “female McGarrett” aspects of Lori Wilson. 🙂 (And yikes! Kono’s now got *two* of ’em to emulate!) 😀

  15. Monkey says:

    Peter L tweeted a picture of Scott’s dog “Dot” today as the 5th member of the team. I definitely vote for dog (LOL!)!!!

  16. Dan68 says:

    The addition of new team members I suspect might be to decrease the workloads of the lead actors hopefully to increase their longevity. Hopefully they will all blend together nicely and not chop into each characters arc too much. Looking forward to a new season. Here in Aus we only just saw the season 1finale! Yikes

  17. Bert Hayling says:

    You know what will be awesomely fun to watch? If Lori combines Steve’s crazy mad skillz for mayhem and creative use of random items to achieve maximum havoc — “female McGarrett,” after all — with Danny’s respect for using proper procedure to ensure a sound case and conviction. 🙂 I can just see Danny all wound up and ranting at Steve about his usual M.O. and pointing at Lori and going “why can’t you be more like her!”

    ‘Course, the flipside of that might be Danny, who’s often aghast at how much of a bad, bad influence Steve is on Kono, realizing with increasing horror that he’s now got *three* of ’em to deal with. 🙂 Here’s a visual for you — Steve’s proud and gleeful look after Kono takes out the “Cleaner” in E Malama (?) times three, as Danny raises his hands imploringly to heaven and gets that “just kill me now” look on his face.. 😀

  18. Leni says:

    I am willing to give the new girl a chance, but I have to say that I hope they treat the character of Catherine with respect, seeing as she was always there to help them, even risking her career. I hate to see Michelle Borth go because I think the writters missed a good opportunity to explore that relationship going back to Navel Intelligence, etc, and because she could be just as kick a**, as any other.

  19. Katherine L says:

    The actress who played Steve’s love interest at season 1’s start is now one of the leads on the new TV series “Combat Hospital” which actually isn’t half bad.

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