March 13, 2014 11:58am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jorge Garcia Returning to CBS' 'Hawaii Five-O' as Series Regular (Exclusive)
Jorge Garcia is going back to the island.
The Lost alum has been promoted to series regular for Hawaii Five-O's newly announced fifth season of the CBS remake, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Garcia has guest starred twice on the island-set procedural, playing Jerry Ortega, a conspiracy theorist and former high school classmate of his former Lost co-star Daniel Dae Kim's Detective Lt. Chin Ho Kelly.
"Jorge very quickly made Jerry an unlikely and valuable part of the Five-O Ohana," exec producer Peter Lenkov tells THR. "We have many opportunities planned to put Jerry's unusual and infectious desire to put the bad guys to good use."
The move brings Garcia back to Hawaii, where ABC's Lost filmed for six seasons. In Hawaii Five-O's four-season run, the series has staged several Lost reunions, featuring guest turns from Henry Ian Cusick, Tania Raymonde, Cynthia Watros, Terry O'Quinn and Sam Anderson.
Garcia, who last year booked a role on CBS' drama pilot The Ordained, is repped by APA and KLWGN. The Hawaii Five-O promotion marks his latest series regular role following Fox's Alcatraz and guest turns on Once Upon a Time, Fringe and Californication.