10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Hawaii Five-0's' Chi McBride Upped to Series Regular
CBS' Hawaii Five-0 is keeping Chi McBride around the Aloha State.
The Friday night procedural has promoted McBride to series regular, the network announced Thursday.
McBride plays Capt. Lou Grover, a character based on one of the same name from the original series. He made his debut in September's fourth-season premiere as the head of the SWAT unit who moved with his family from Chicago to Oahu.
"After his first guest spot, we knew we had something special here with Chi playing Captain Lou Grover," exec producer Peter Lenkov said. "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 (Alex O'Loughlin). We are so thrilled to welcome Chi into our Ohana."
For McBride, who initially boarded the show as a guest star and has appeared in three episodes this season, the gig reteams him with CBS, following his one-season run on drama Golden Boy, which was canceled after the first season. The role comes after McBride was slated to be a regular part of the voice cast on Fox's animated series Murder Police, which was canceled before its premiere.
"Well, 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," McBride said. "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, and so my love affair with CBS continues."