It just wouldn't be a season of 'Hawaii Five-0' without the prescence of a few 'Losties.' Fresh off last month's announcement that 'Lost' alum Jorge Garcia would be returning to Hawaii; producers today confirmed the casting of Desmond Hume himself, Henry Ian Cusick. Penny may have been his "constant" on 'Lost', but it seems that the state of Hawaii is Cusick's constant destination as an actor.
Cusick (most recently of ABC's 'Scandal') will portray the character of Ernesto, the ruthless, battle tested leader of a terrorist group known as the 'National Liberation Movement.' Ernesto is set to wage a head-on battle with the Five-0 team, which of course includes Cusick's former 'Lost' co-star Daniel Dae Kim. For obvious spoiler-related reasons, the ultimate fate of Cusick's character has yet to be revealed. Producers have said that the possibility remains open for Ernesto to become a recurring villain if he proves popular, however.
Cusick will appear in the season four premiere of 'Hawaii' on September 27, 2013. It's not hard to see why producers wanted to get a familiar guest star for that episode; it will mark the first broadcast in H5-0's new Friday night timeslot. While Friday nights have traditionally been known as the network TV 'death slot,' CBS seems to be making a solid effort to transform Friday into a viable night of TV. The Eye has already seen some success in the 10 p.m. slot with the Tom Selleck led police drama 'Blue Bloods.' On the surface, 'Hawaii Five-0' feels like a good choice for a companion series.
Do you think Henry Ian Cusick is a good addition to the 'Hawaii Five-0' season premiere?