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Will Kensi’s ‘Five-0’ gig trigger an ‘NCIS’ payback?

October 23rd, 2011

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”?

3 Responses to “Will Kensi’s ‘Five-0’ gig trigger an ‘NCIS’ payback?”

  1. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Can you say, "NCIS: Pearl Harbor" with Terry O'Quinn as the head of the unit? How many CSI versions are there now? Look at Law and Order and the spin offs it spawned for more than 20 years. It is all about the expanding the value of the franchise.

    The best thing about this cross pollination is that you no longer have to kill off any popular characters, you can just transfer them to another show like they did with the character Det. John Munch played by Richard Belzer on "Homicide: Life on the Street" to "Law and Order:SVU". So rather than have a charater ending event like taking a bullet to the head(as in NCIS), killed by accident or bad guys (as in Law and Order), you can transfer them out of the series. I am sure that Scott Caan can't wait to get back to LA!

  2. Sandra Barnes:

    Would love to see Alex O'Loughlin cross over to NCIS-LA, for one show only, of course. Would not want him to leave Hawaii 50 forever. Love love love my Hawaii 50!!!!!!!!!

  3. zzzzzz:

    Doesn't LA have the largest concentration of Koreans outside of Korea? That would make for a natural connection for either Park or Kim, perhaps in LA to investigate a crime that involved a relative living there.

    Or another branch of Waiola Shave Ice could be opened in Gardena.

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