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Eric Renner Brown
September 24, 2015 AT 04:57 PM EDT

When we last left the Hawaii Five-0 crew, McGarrett and Danny had just diffused a nuclear bomb threat and the characters were preparing for Kono’s wedding. When the tropical CBS police procedural returns for its sixth season, it’ll continue to straddle the suspenseful crime plots and character-driven arcs that it has become known for. In an interview with EW, executive producer Peter Lenkov shared the prevailing sentiment of season 6, how the show keeps it fresh after this long on the air, and some of the details that’ll keep even established viewers entertained.

“Every year we try to hit a theme,” Lenkov says. “This year the theme is love — aloha — and we’re going to get into everyone’s love life a little bit.” That means following the honeymoon period of Kono (Grace Park) and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) and the on-again-off-again relationship between McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Catherine (Michelle Borth), which Lenkov says will take an “unexpected” turn early in the season.

“We ended last season with a wedding between Kono and Adam, and we’re going to follow that honeymoon period,” Lenkov says. “We’re going to be playing people’s personal lives first and foremost, in terms of character arcs. We’re doing a Valentine’s Day episode which is going to really hammer home that theme.”

But don’t expect only romance. Lenkov assures EW that Hawaii Five-0 will “continue to explore Hawaii” and tell “inventive stories … that can only happen in Hawaii.” That includes a Halloween episode where Danny’s daughter Grace breaks curfew to go to a party on the North Shore, as well as ongoing plotlines “on the periphery,” like the burgeoning “little empire” of Kamekona (Taylor Wily) and his catamaran business.

Plus, keep an eye out for big guests like Jerry Rice and Carol Burnett, plus other “cool names” Lenkov says viewers will enjoy.

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Hawaii Five-0 premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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