December 19th, 2010
With Christmas approaching this week, and New Year’s next week, “Hawaii Five-0” is on rerun status: this Monday’s (Dec. 20) episode is “Lanakila,” which originally aired Oct. 11, and next Monday’s (Dec. 27) is “Nalowale,” which premiered Oct. 18.
That’s common for CBS and other networks, which also intersperses rerun schedules with holiday special or repeats.
The next "Five-0" newbie will be “Ke Kinohi,” airing Jan. 3, revisiting Steve McGarrett’s murdered father’s Champ toolbox, which was earlier stolen; reintroducing a familiar plot convention of the Yakuza, the Mafioso Japanese element frequently utilized in the original “Five-0,” with former Island resident Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa showing his evil and threatening side; and the reemergence of Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), briefly seen in an earlier episode. Dacascos, known best these days as the Chairman of “Iron Chef” on the Food Network, is an actor with martial arts pedigree, so could bring his own sense of madness mettle to the pot — though Khigh Dhiegh’s creation, in the classic “Five-0,” still lives in the TV mindscape.
Also, actor Al Harrington, the lone surviving first-run team member from the Jack Lord era (he played investigator Ben Kokua), takes a cameo role, which, who knows, could be part of the stable of recurring regulars. ...
“Five-0” also has suspended production for the holidays, enabling cast and crew to enjoy ohana time here and on the Mainland.
OWEN WILSON HERE
Actor Owen Wilson, currently reprising his role as Ben Stiller’s bud in “The Little Fockers,” is holidaying in Hawaii this week. Could be Honolulu, but possibly on Maui, where he has frolicked in the past.
Wilson has been talking up his Hawaii Christmas plans on TV talk shows.
Not on his chat list, however, is the September incident (you can see it online) when he peed right on the green of a Maui golf course. He had to go badly, and he went, sadly, with a camera-toting spectator catching the actor in a “Marley and Me”-type relief scene. Ooops!