Archive for January, 2011

New hire on 'Five-0' will aid McGarrett in pursuit of Wo Fat

January 19th, 2011

The guessing is over: Actress Larisa Oleynik is the new hire for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” joining the cast in a recurring role as Jessica Kaye, an ex-CIA analyst with a Harvard pedigree in political science and a master’s in global security and intelligence studies.
Whew! is reporting that Oleynik — a star from Nickelodeon’s “Secret World of Alex Mack” in the 1990s, later a regular on NBC’s “3rd Rock From the Sun,” and recent guest-star on AMC’s “Mad Men” — will assist Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) pursue his arch nemesis Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos). But her mission is a double-edged sword: Wo Fat was responsible for the murder of her character’s fiancé, who was also a CIA field agent, so it's sorta double-duty payback time.
Thus, the backstories of recurring characters are becoming a factor in the storytelling of crime in paradise; McGarrett now has a kid sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning); Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan) has an ex-wife, Rachel (Claire Van Der Boom); and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) has an ex-fiancee Malia (Reiko Aylesworth). And now an investigative Kaye.
Whew, again!
Is Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) in line to have a ghost in her closet materialize soon? Or maybe next season?
Oleynik will appear this season, perhaps a couple of times, with an option to become a series regular during season two — though the network and producer have yet to formally announce a second-season pickup.
Whew! Time to order up more dressing room vans for the regs, just in case.
And a programming cue: though “Five-0” is part of the Monday night prime time, the next episode, titled “Kai e’e” — with a tidal wave heading this-a-way — will follow the AFC Championship Game on CBS, a great lead-in for the procedural drama.
Then there'll be a small tsunami of repeats ... till the February sweeps.
Be there. Aloha.

Cross-examining last night’s ‘Five-0’

January 17th, 2011

OK, class, it’s time for another cross-examination of yet another “Hawaii Five-0” episode, in the name of fun and as an exercise to encourage discussion.
Last’s night’s caper — entitled “He Kane Hewa‘ole (An Innocent Man)” — was high-voltage, fast-paced, jam-packed adventure. On the Mainland, it might be just another procedural CBS drama with a sizzle and gorgeous vistas of paradise, Hawaiian-style.
But from a local perspective, there are a number of questions begging discussion.
Surely, you might have noticed or wondered about these things. ...

• Why is there disparity on seat belt use while operating a vehicle? In the opening segment, Kono (Grace Park) and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) are riding along in what is to become a police chase incident, both are securely strapped in their seat belts, as real life law requires. Moments later, when McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) is behind the wheel and Danno (Scott Caan) is his passenger, neither one is buckled up as they they do their usual bickering.

• Do cops carry that steel gizmo to thwart speeders — you know, with jaw-like teeth — to cause a car’s tires to blow, sending the racer somersaulting? This caused the death of the immigrant driver whose cargo was a box containing a man’s head.

• Is it a record of sorts, to get two John Does in the first few minutes of the show? The driver and the bodyless head.

• Would Jack, he of Jack in the Box, be offended by the Jack in the box reference to the said head, as uttered by wonderfully witty (though Golden Globes loser) Danno? We won’t mention the head puns.

• Were you surprised, as I was, to learn from the writers, that there is a Chinese community in Waipahu? Looks suspiciously more like Chinatown.

• Were you doubly stunned to see how fluent McGarrett is in Chinese? (He can converse, with the right dialect and intonation — file this under back story details).

• Did you anticipate Chin’s ex-fiancee (Reiko Aylesworth), introduced for the first time, was not reason for his split? “Everyone thought I left you ... that hurts,” she reveals, and he apologizes, so it’s gotta be true; and she keeps the ring, more knowledge of his back story generosity.

• Where Danno is spot-on, with his glibness, about telephone realities? McGarret mentions a busy signal, while examining clues and tracking a phone at a home, and Danno informs him, “Nobody has a busy signal anymore ... something’s wrong,” which proves to be true.

• That the fractured geography practice lives anew, which makes good fodder for next-day discussion? “Five-0” heads to Keawe Street, which turns out to be at the foot of Nuuanu Avenue on the Honolulu waterfront — well, you can spot the real green-and-white street sign that says so, as McGarrett and Danno head for Pier 23.

• Why would Nicole (played by ballerina-actress and local girl Amanda Schull) call Hawaiian Airlines, if she were heading to Paris? (OK, she could book a segment to LAX or SFO, but unless she was going to Paris via Japan or Korea, she’s better rebook). Long story short, and a spoiler alert, if you’ve not yet watched your DVR on the episode: she is at the core of the show’s themes of murder, kidnapping, innocence for a wronged suspect, ruthlessness.

• Would the governor (unseen), provide U.S. citizenship to the father of the deceased immigrant driver killed in the opening chase, and to his orphaned grandson, at the end of the segment? And throw in a letter, too? Well why not, this is TV and this is the land of aloha.

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Jake of all trades

January 16th, 2011

No doubt, Jake Shimabukuro has been a mover-and-shaker, as far as the ukulele is concerned.
Orchids are in store for the local dude with an international following. His new CD, “Peace Love Ukulele,” last week topped the World Albums chart, debuting at No. 1, his best showing ever.
Shimabukuro also landed on the Heatseekers listings, debuting at No. 4 and dubbed a Hot Shot — meaning lots of ammo to his release.
On yet another chart for Independent Albums, “Peace Love Ukulele” was No. 31.
Shimabukuro also is receiving beaucoup visibility on TV, now that he’s the spokesperson for Farmers insurance here. His Farmers spot, taped nighttime at the parking lot of Aloha Tower Marketpace, captures his easy-going manner and accessibility, incorporating his iconic strums, leading the assembled autos in the lot to toot horns, blink lights, and “applaud” with doors shutting and opening...and clapping.
He also recently was featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” opining “if everyone played the ukulele, the world will be a better place.” For the segment, go to
We’ll soon do a review of the “Peace Love Ukulele” CD.

MacArthur celebration of life set Jan. 30 at Hawaii Theatre

January 14th, 2011

A seat in the middle of the orchestra section of the Hawaii Theatre — bearing a template with his name — will be draped with a maile lei when the last of three memorials for “Hawaii Five-0” actor James G. MacArthur is held at 2 p.m. Jan. 30.
The Celebration of Life, for the actor who was the original Danny “Danno” Williams role on the Jack Lord-starring CBS series shot entirely in Hawaii, is free and open to the public. But donations are suggested at the door. And in lieu of flowers, the family recommends that tax-deductible donations to the Hawaii Theatre be made in MacArthurʻs name instead, to further the theater’s mission.
MacArthur’s widow, H.B. MacArthur, will be in attendance, along with other family members, friends and fans.
MacArthur, an internationally known film and television star, died Oct. 28 in Jacksonville, Florida.
He was a supporter of the historic downtown theater since 2003, serving as the celebrity spokesperson for the Hawaii Theatre’s Seat Campaign, allowing donors to attach inscribed plaques on seats throughout the facility, with donations of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 based on seat locations.
MacArthur’s seat is in the midst of the orchestra section.
He showed his acting chops on the main stage, appearing in news anchor and playwright Joe Moore’s 2003 production of “Dirty Laundry.”
MacArthur became famous for the iconic catch phrase, uttered by Steve McGarrett (Lord), “Book ’em Danno,” and has earned a spot in pop culture. The book-em quote lives on in the reboot still currently filming its first season in Hawaii.
Earlier memorials for MacArthur have been held; one was in his hometown Nyack, New York, another was in Palm Desert where he lived with his wife, H.B.
Jimmy Borges, a friend and colleague of MacArthur, will host the memorial. Among those speaking will be Al Harrington, who played Ben Kokua on “Five-0;” Philip Altfeld, a longtime MacArthur friend; and Carol Lagerfelt, another friend, colleague and Broadway actress.
Entertainment will include songs by Jimmy Borges with Dan Del Negro, Maila Gibson with Ben Vegas, Broadway actress Mary Gutzi and “American Idol” contestant Jordan Segundo. Halau Ka No‘eau will perform hula.
Charlie MacArthur, son of MacArthur, will provide a video montage remembrance.
MacArthur’s career spanned more than 50 years and embraced radio, theater, films and television. In his early years, he was a Disney star in such films as “Swiss Family Robinson” and had numerous movie credits, including “Battle of the Bulge” and “Hang ‘em High.”
He was the adopted son of the late actress Helen Hayes and the playwright Charles MacArthur.
He met his wife, H.B. (Dunst) MacArthur, during his “Five-0” heyday; she was a golf pro at the Waialae Country Club. MacArthur maintained an Island home even after “Five-0” halted production after a 12-year run.
Information: 528-0506.
To make tax-deductible donations to the Hawaii Theatre in MacArthur’s name, call the box office or go to A memento ticket will serve as a donation receipt.

‘Five-0’ books Lachey, Minnillo for February sweeps

January 9th, 2011

Looks like “Hawaii Five-0” is revving up for the February sweeps.
People magazine reports that Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, who are engaged to be wed in real life, will portray a couple in the CBS episode airing during the Nielsen ratings period, Feb. 3 to March 2.
The magazine reports online that Minnillo will portray a character named Susan, who is engaged to a character named Tyler, played by Lachey. Her role is that of a “deckhand” aboard a cruise ship that is taken hostage by pirates.
Lachey and Minnillo have been tabloid fodder for several years. He divorced his first wife, Jessica Simpson, and started dating Minnillo, onetime “Entertainment Tonight” reporter, in 2006. She was featured in a music video for 98 Degrees, a group in which Lachey was lead singer, and though they split for a few months in 2009, they reconnected and got engaged last November.
Traditionally, TV shows try to raise their profile during the rating period with special guest stars and beefed-up storylines that audiences may better embrace.
Also: A local celebrity, with movie, TV and ballet credits, will appear in the Jan. 17 episode. She is Amanda Schull, Punahou graduate and a Ballet Hawaii luminary who starred in films like “Centerstage” and “Mao’s Last Dancer” and had roles in such TV shows as “One Tree Hill” and “Pretty Little Liars.”
This show also introduces Reiko Aylesworth as the ex-fiancee of Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) in a storyline involving “Five-0” joining Honolulu police in a high speed pursuit resulting in the driver becoming a fatality; his car contains human remains.
Let the action begin. Be there. Aloha.

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