'Five-0' given sixth season despite flat ratings during fifth

May 11th, 2015
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Despite flat ratings this year — with the season five finale scoring a disappointing 1.0 on the coveted 18 to 49 demographics  radar — “Hawaii Five-O” was green-lighted for a sixth season, one of 10 scripted shows CBS renewed today.

It’s certainly a reason for the cast and crew to celebrate, but the red flag must be hoisted, pronto: scripts need to be bolstered and upgraded, cast and subplot characters pared down, and the focus should be on more crime fighting than familial entanglements that have become routine and challenging for viewers who are not die-hard loyalists.

 

Here’s how the website, tvseriesfinale, summed up the ups  and downs of season five; the Nielsen numbers reflect a sagging rating performance and uncertain and erratic  demographics where it counts most:

Air    date

Episode

18-49 demo

% demo change

Viewers (mil)

% mil change

Fri

09/26/2014

05-01

1.20

-25.00%†

8.999

-4.87%†

Fri

10/03/2014

05-02

1.30

8.33%

9.770

8.57%

Fri

10/10/2014

05-03

1.20

-7.69%

9.190

-5.94%

Fri

10/17/2014

05-04

1.20

0%

.009.1790%

-0.12%

Fri

10/24/2014

05-05

1.10

-8.33%

8.920

-2.82%

Fri

10/31/2014

05-06

1.10

0%

9.470

6.17%

Fri

11/07/2014

05-07

1.20

9.09%

8.950

-5.49%

Fri

11/21/2014

05-08

1.40

16.67%

10.070

12.51%

Fri

12/12/2014

05-09

1.10

-21.43%

8.770

-12.91%

Fri

01/02/2015

05-10

1.40

27.27%

10.510

19.84%

Fri

01/09/2015

05-11

1.50

7.14%

11.500

9.42%

Fri

01/16/2015

05-12

1.50

0%

.010.590

-7.91%

Fri

01/30/2015

05-13

1.50

0%

0.  10.500

-0.85%

Fri

02/06/2015   05-14      1.30

-13.33%

10.080

-4.00%

Fri

02/13/2015   05-15

1.20

-7.69%

9.807

-2.71%

Fri

02/20/2015   05-16

1.40

16.67%

10.660

8.70%

Fri

02/27/2015   05-17

1.20

-14.29%

9.790

-8.16%

Fri

03/06/2015   05-18

1.20

0%

 9.540

-2.55%

Fri

03/13/2015   05-19

1.20

0%

0.09.383

-1.65%

Fri

04/03/2015   05-20

1.20

0%

0. 8.870

-5.47%

Fri

04/10/2015   05-21

1.10

-8.33%

8.697

-1.95%

Fri

04/24/2015   05-22

1.10

0%

0.008.350

-3.99%

Fri

05/01/2015

05-23

1.20

9.09%

8.600

2.99%

Fri

05/08/2015

05-24

1.10

-8.33%

8.367

-2.71%

Fri

05/08/2015

05-25

1.00

-9.09%

8.117

-2.99%

Season averages *

1.24

-12.34%

9.47

-2.50%

 

 

 

'Five-O' a go for a sixth? Or is two-parter the end?

May 8th, 2015
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Has “Hawaii Five-0” earned a green light, to move ahead with a sixth season this fall? Or will the two-hour fifth season finale tonight (May 8) the end of the run?

CBS has yet to formally identify the island-based procedural as a returnee, but a Hollywood Reporter story today on new shows being touted for this fall includes a reference the K/O Products’ producing execs, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (who are producing partners of "Five-O"), with four shows on the small screen next season, including three on CBS: the current “Five-0,” a new drama entitled “Limitless,” and the continuing “Scorpion,” plus a Fox series, “Sleepy Hollow,” also returning.

With the approaching May 13 unveiling of the network’s schedule, this “Five-0” mention — an inadvertent slip? — bodes well for the Alex O’Loughlin and the cast and crew awaiting word here, despite the steady though flat ratings run for the show in its Friday night timeslot.

However, the website tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com, which scopes and tracks weekly Nielsen TV ratings, this week announced its final predictions of renewals and cancellations of the TV contenders, and places “Five-0” on the cancellation side of the fence: 45 to 49 per cent likely to get a pickup.

All this is playing out as the Hawaii show unreels two back-to-back episodes tonight (May 8) to bring season five to a close.

CBS appears to be the most-watched network this season,  thanks to its Thursday night NFL football program, the lofty reign and growth of its “NCIS” franchise and the long-reigning comedy favorite, “The Big Band Theory,” which is closing out its run this year.

 

Moore’s summer play is a comedy of Broadway

May 7th, 2015
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Joe Moore, left;  Paul Mitri, above

For his summer stage vehicle, Joe Moore, KHON2 anchor, has tapped Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play,” a comedy still running on Broadway. It will open an 11-performance run June 18 and continue through June 28 at the Hawaii Theatre.Directed by Logan Reed, who worked with playwright McNally on this play on the Great White Way, the play features Moore as James Wicker, a television star enacted by Nathan Lane on Broadway, with Paul Mitri playing Peter Astin, a playwright being played by Matthew Broderick.

Lane and Broderick were the one-two punch of another Broadway-themed Broadway blockbuster, Mel Brooks'  Tony Award-winning "The Producers."

Described as a Broadway comedy about the comedy of Broadway, “It's Only a Play” combines backstage and onstage antics and deals with the opening night trauma of the playwright anxiously awaiting to see if his show is a hit. His best friend is the TV star and the characters include a fledgling producer, played by Linda Purl; a somewhat erratic diva of a leading lady, enacted by Cathy Foy; a genius director portrayed by Ryan Wuestewald, an infamous drama critic played by Tom Holowach;  and a fresh-to-New York coat check attendant played by Deszmond Gilla.

It’s both a celebration of the world of the stage, on both sides of the footlights. For local audiences, it’s an opportunity to examine a play while it’s still in a run on Broadway.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. June 18, 7:30 p.m. June 19, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 20, 2 p.m. June 21, 7 p.m. June 24, 7 p.m. June 25, 7:30 p.m. June 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 27 and 2 p.m. June 28.

Tickets are priced at $37, $32 and $22, depending on seat locations, with $72 VIP package that includes prime seats, an autographed program, and a post-show backstage meet-and-greet with the cast.

Seats are being sold only in the theater’s orchestra and loge sections on the main floor, not in the balcony.

 

 

 

Tickets go on sale Tuesday. Reservations: 528-0506.

Has Lei Day lost its luster? Restore Waikiki Shell concert!

May 1st, 2015
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Is May Day still Lei Day in Hawaii?

Not so much today.

A key reason: The Brothers Cazimero, who made it a tradition to don lei on May 1 to join their festive hoopla at the Waikiki Shell, no longer stage their concert at the Waikiki Shell.

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They did it for nearly 30 years, ending a valuable community commodity in the mid-2000s.  Now there’s no one — an individual or a group — producing an event that has the allure and ammunition like an ol’ May Day party like Robert and Roland Cazimero’s.

Remember? You’d work daytime, and anticipate an evening Lei Day show, if it was a weekday. A weekend was easier to navigate your picnic spot on the amphitheater’s lawn. The concert was always a one-nighter, on May 1.

You’d pack or buy your bento dinner, and revel in the Hawaiian music pageantry. Occasionally, hula folks would dance in the aisles and amid the throng of the lawn crowd. So the fun and joy spread from stage to the audience, an example of the aloha spirit at work.

May Day also had its own song, “May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii,” a composition of Leonard “Red” Hawk, that was unilaterally performed and sung by school celebrants, as well as The Caz at the Shell.  But when was the last time you heard this tune? Do you recall its lyrics?  Can you still sing it?

The opening verse:

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

“Garlands of flowers everywhere

“All of  the colors in the rainbow

“Maidens with blossoms in their hair…”

Sure, some of you parents support your kids’ May Day pageants at school. But even these modest school programs — also remember those maypole dances? — are  becoming endangered species.

During my tenure at the Honolulu Advertiser, I used to acquire two lei on May Day. One to wear daytime at work, another for that night’s pageantry with Robert and Roland Cazimero, at the Shell. Their mantra: make a lei, give a lei, wear a lei.

The idea to get festive was a defining event that corralled both residents and visitors alike, to celebrate the music and the dance of these islands.  Thus, the Caz bros had the savvy and the integrity to summon their hula gents and maidens, their featured dancer Leina’ala Kalama Heine, and a notable guest star roster (always a secret, till show time) over the nearly three decades, for some serious sharing and caring.

For many locals, this became pretty much the only venture to Waikiki at night in a year. After all, the era of packed Waikiki showrooms, a cluster of movie theaters, and scores of new restaurants were reasons for an outing, but no longer. Surviving showrooms now target visitor audiences, the film theaters are gone, and locals just avoid Waikiki (you listening, you foodie truck fans?).

Lei Day was the kingpin of attractions in its time. (Sorry, Aloha Festivals, but happy you still have a ho’olaulea and a parade… and the still ongoing daytime lei contest don’t count).

The Lei Day gathering was “invented” by island artist and writer Don Blanding and Grace Tower Warren, who felt the urgency to celebrate aloha and culture. The tradition was revived in the 1980s when The Caz did the first one nighttime at the Shell.  The momentum and the magic made each outing a sellout, but the effort took time and money and a year’s commitment, since when one was pau, planning for the next began soon thereafter.

With the homeless crisis putting a smear on Waikiki, there really is an urgent need to put a positive spin on our beloved visitor mecca.  A Lei Day concert on May Day would be a quick band-aid, but it needs a new vision and a new focus — perhaps a project that the Hawaii Tourism Authority and/or the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau can support, enlisting the kokua of the entertainment community.

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii, and ironically May Day is the universal call for help, too.

Help! We need restore Lei Day tradition luster again.

 

 

Arcadia’s ‘Follies:’ An ode to seniorhood

April 21st, 2015
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Jack Cione and his senior residents at Arcadia Retirement Residence have outdone themselves with this year’s “Follies,” themed “Everything Old Is New Again.” It plays to residents and guests through Sunday (April 26).

Like wine, the show gets better and better with age — and bigger in scope with more eye-popping costumes.  Its three-week run is sold out, but a resident could get you a seat — if they’re still available. But worry not; the show will have a hana hou expanded performance for the public at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Hawaii Theatre, when Hawaii Ballroom Dance Assn. members join and expand the party with tango, foxtrot, salsa, waltz and more.

“Everything Old,” delivered by the venerable Marci Taylor-Kaneshige early with a reprise late in the show,  is newly pertinent as the vets in the cast (from the Arcadia and sister 15 Craigside camp) display rigorous determination and rousing execution adding dancing and prancing to the congenial lip service.

Result: Charm and enchantment a-plenty.

The eldest performer in “Follies” is 86, but age is only an arbitrary number.

There’s a sweeping power and potency of feeling young in this year’s edition and truly, the revue is an ode to seniorhood, a validation that with age comes the wisdom of celebrating life.

And that feel-young mantra is best stated in a monologue, originated by Sophie Tucker, entitled “Business of Staying Young,” mouthed with accuracy and intimacy by Elaine Stroka, who embraces the “Make staying young a career”  mantra of vntage Tucker for a modern crowd. That segment and its timeless message underscore the joie de vivre of the entire cast.

Oh, a cluster of younger folks learning the business of camaraderie with the seniors, provides a widening ripple of new blood for the “Follies,” the 10th Cione has produced and directed for his Arcadians and their families. Best of the younger lot is the leggy and lovely Allyson Doherty, who has solo spots throughout the revue, as she has done since joining the more senior ‘ohana a couple of years ago.

But this  year’s is the best yet.

The template is familiar: Assemble tunes and themes that tap the rich history of hits and composers, deck the troupers with plumes and rhinestones, in Las Vegas style costumes to robust red-white-and-blue Americana, and dust off some jazz, one island  novelty, and  salute carnivale show queens in all their senior glory.

Some costumes are rented, some were freshly minted for this outing; some were tweaked from garb from the past, befitting the “everything old is new again” undercurrent.

Musically,  a medley of composer Irving  Berlin’s best includes holiday pauses — “Easter Parade,” complete with an array of bunny-and-floral hats, and “White Christmas,” with its wintery warmth.

That  comedic Spike Jones “Cocktails for Two,” with its somewhat looney tempo and goofy utterances, enables Dr. Ed Kagihara to deliver classic nonsensical Jonesian lingo, and a nutty “My Castanuts” delivered by in-drag Emmet White, Arcadia CEO, is all about jumping into the spirit and splash of old-fashioned show biz.

Oh, what fun.

You’re likely to experiences songs you might have forgotten, like “I Wanna Buy a Paper Doll,” truly one of the most completely satisfying segments. Dentist John Kotake, who’s not an Arcadian (yet)  but embodies the spirit of participation and collaboration with, his wife, Karen Kotake. They are ballroom dancers who know all the moves, converts who now are lip-synchers, too.  The joy in this entry are those oversized paper doll cut-outs as props, with the women dancers clad in ingenious costumes fashioned from paper, whirling and twirling with their gentleman partners. Celebrants here include Patty DelaCruz, Mark DelaCruz, Selina Mattos and Kevin Chee.

Sheila Black continues to focus on themes local, with “Will You Love Me When My Carburetor’s Busted,” and she has the proper measure of integrity to deal out the island humor with heart.

A Cleopatra section,  complete with King Tut,; a toe-tapping ragtime romp to “Alexander’s Ragtime Band;” and a patriotic flag-waver preceded by “Yankee Doodle Dandy” are old schemes repotted with new verve by director Cione, the master who can muster up professionalism among his mostly amateur cast.

Everyone on stage looks and feels like they’re having fun, including Millie Chun, a casualty last year when she fell 20 feet off the Hawaii Theatre stage and into the pit. It took her a good year to recover, but she’s back on the horse, having the time of her life, galloping along with her senior peers.

While Cione has mentioned this would be his last “Follies,” consider a contradictory notice in the program booklet that  announces “Best of Broadway” will be the theme of the 11th annual production, opening May 6, 2016. Another opening, another show of senior might and magic.

 

 

“FOLLIES”

7:30 p.m. Friday (April 24) and Saturday (April 26); 2 p.m. Sunday (April 26)

Arcadia Retirement Residence

Admission restricted to residents and their guests; sold out

 

“COME TO THE CABARET,”

FEATURING “FOLLIES”

7 p.m. May 23

Hawaii Theatre

Featuring the “Follies” cast plus Hawaii Ballroom Dance Assn. dancers, with guests Bo Irvine, comedian, and Randy Smith, singer

$30 all seats

528-0506, www.hbdahawaii.org

 

 

 

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