By Wayne Harada
Crossovers — when the star of one show appears on a network’s sister (brother?) series — are an infrequent but popular programming gimmick.
Daniela Ruah from “NCIS: Los Angeles” brings her character Kensi Blye’s lip-reading skills (plus her match-the-guys hijinks to bring down the baddies) to Monday’s (Oct. 24) “Hawaii Five-0.”
Now she logically figures that a payback should be in offing in the season ahead — someone from “Five-0” doing a stint on “NCIS: LA.” In the city of angels, of course.
In an E! Online interview, Ruah — who was in Hawaii for the preview premiere of “Five-0’s” season-launching Sunset on the Beach event in September plus a crossover role — said she got her game going with Island plate lunches, sightseeing and paddle-boarding.
She also suggests that following her “Five-0” experience, a return favor would be in order. After all, “Five-0” and “NCIS” are part of the CBS procedural landscape.
Her suggestions? Either Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua), to kick-ass along with Ruah’s Kensi Blye character, or Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett), whose husky presence could be matched (joke, joke) with Deeks (Eric Christian Olson ).
Beyond the expanded exposure for both shows, “NCIS’” viewership could rub off on “Five-0.” The Tuesday anchor series, following the Mark Harmon-led “NCIS” show, topped last Tuesday’s drama ratings — “NCIS” was No. 1, “NCIS: LA” was No. 2 — meaning CBS has the top-rated procedurals this year. “Five-0” was last season’s No. 1 drama, but ratings have slipped this year.
What do you think? Who from “Five-0” should cross the Pacific, to join Ruah, Chris O’Donnell (G. Callen), LL Cool J (Sam Callen) on “NCIS: LA”?