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Rapper Sean Combs lands ‘Five-0’ booking

January 26th, 2011

Rapper-actor Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) will do a guest appearance this season on “Hawaii Five-0,” and his music also will be integrated in the Island-filmed CBS procedural drama.
This prompts a question or two: Is “Five-0,” the bona fide hit new show (well, a reboot/revival) of the current TV season, aiming for a more heterogeneous audience, expanding and extending its appeal for a wider viewership? Is the show aiming to icons in other genres — in Combs’ case, rap and hip-hop music, as well as dramatic acting — to ramp up its muscles and creds with more notables in special cameos?
Combs is an established, successful and respected veteran of pop music and has been a dramaticrisk-taker, acting in an acclaimed 2004 Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” peopled with legit New York troupers like Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad. He also has guest-starred as a lawyer in two episodes of “CSI: Miami,” confirming his acting chops.
Among his other acting credits: “Get Him to the Greek” and “Monster’s Ball.”
In “Five-0,” he will play a NYPD detective Reggie Williams, in a one-man crusade for justice; he combs the streets and alleys of Honolulu for the alleged crime-doers against his family, leading to turf friction with the “Five-0” combo of Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Danny Williams (Scott Caan), Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park).
According to the network, Combs will receive training and instruction with a Navy SEAL (oops, McGarrett territory), to enhance and develop his character’s creds, and some of his big hit songs will be integrated into the “Five-0” soundscape. Sounds like a smart match.
Thus, “Five-0” appears to be stretching and tweaking its formula, still averaging about 13 million viewers per episode, and scored big numbers (19.3 million) when the show was a lead-in following this past Sunday’s AFC championship football game (an hour-long newscast was inserted between football and “Five-0” locally).
Be there. Aloha.

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