'Hawaii Five-0' makes Chi McBride a series regular

chi-mcbride-hawaii-five-0.jpgThe cast of "Hawaii Five-0" is getting a little bigger. Chi McBride, who joined the show in a recurring part earlier this season, is now a series regular.

McBride plays Capt. Lou Grover, the recently appointed head of the Honolulu PD SWAT team. He and McGarrett ( Alex O'Loughlin) have frequently butted heads -- even while working together -- in his previous appearances.

"After his first guest spot, we knew we had something special here with Chi playing Captain Lou Grover," executive producer Peter Lenkov says. "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."

McBride, for his part, says his "corny" ambition as a young actor was to appear on CBS, since Jackie Gleason was his boyhood idol.

"I finally made it to the Tiffany Network on 'Golden Boy,' shooting scenes on the same stage where 'The Honeymooners' was filmed," McBride says. "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."

"Hawaii Five-0" airs at 9 p.m. ET Fridays on CBS.
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