Chi McBride is sticking around the big island.
CBS announced today that the actor has been promoted to series regular states on Hawaii Five-0 Season 4, having premiered on the opening installment in September as Captain Grover.
The character, based on someone by the same name in the original series, recently uprooted his family from Chicago to Hawaii.
“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,” said McBride in a statement.
“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.”
Adds Executive Producer Peter Lenkov:
After his first guest spot, we knew we had something special here with Chi playing Captain Lou Grover. 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.”