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.
TVLine.com 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.
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.