Chi McBride has been promoted to series regular on CBS' action-drama series Hawaii Five-0.
McBride plays Captain Lou Grover, a character who first appeared in the Season 4 premiere this fall.
The Capt. has moved with his family from Chicago to Oahu, and is now head of the S.W.A.T. team on the island.
"After his first guest spot, we knew we had something special here with Chi playing Captain Lou Grover," Hawaii Five-0 showrunner Peter Lenkov said in a statement. "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."
Chi McBride added, "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... 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 Fridays at 9/8c on CBS.
It's one of those series I tried, but just never got sucked into, so I'm not a regular. But maybe you are, and are excited by this news.
Good for Chi McBride though.