Archive for April, 2012

A tsunami of interest for 'H50,' 'NCIS: LA' crossover?

April 29th, 2012
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It’s a big week — and month — for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0.”
As the Island-based “Five-0” winds up its sophomore season May 14, a two-part crossover special with “NCIS: Los Angeles” begins Monday (April 30), with two stars from the L.A.-based procedural guest-starring in Hawaii. Then on Tuesday (May 1), two principals from “Five-0” appear in the continuing story arc set in Los Angeles.
The logical question: Is a tidal wave of enthusiastic interest in the offing?
On May 7, Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) should return after his rehab from prescription meds due to a shoulder injury ... leading to the grand finale on May 14, when his arch rival, Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat) also reappears, and one series regular meeting his/her demise.
Welcome to the May sweeps of the Nielsen TV ratings. The crossover might be just what the doctor ordered for "Five-0," which could use a booster shot more than "NCIS."
The crossover should give “Five-0” a thrust in ratings and perhaps new appeal and respect. L.A. Special Agents LL Cool J (Sam Hanna) and Chris O’Donnell (G. Callen) are in the Islands in “Pa Make Loa,” Hawaiian for “Touch of Death,” as part of a collaborative special force (also featuring Scott Caan as Danny Williams and Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly) to pursue a suspect on the verge of releasing a deadly virus that threatens the population.
Remember, O’Loughlin was on medical leave when these episodes were shot, so if he appears on the show at all, it might have been a specially-taped clip or a flashback. He’s not on the “NCIS” follow-up Tuesday, which is L.A.-based, completing the search for the culprit that’s up to no good.
Both segments are authored by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, with R. Scott Gemill contributing to the L.A. show, but different directors were at the helms: Bryan Spicer for the Hawaii show, Tony Wharmby for the L.A. conclusion.
It will be interesting to see how the crossovers play out. There can’t be the usual bromance between McGarrett and Danno, but Sam and Callan do a bit of this kind of give-and-take — surely, this element travels to Hawaii. When Danno and Chin Ho venture to the City of Angels, they can’t realistically engage in the kind of McG-Danno friction.
Will the "feel" be more "NCIS" than "Five-0"? Or complementary flavors, depending on the segments? Do viewers like crossovers, or will they watch the one show they're already partial to?
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
With “NCIS: L.A.” prevailing as the No. 2 procedural (the original, “NCIS” starring Mark Harmon (agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his crew, is consistently No. 1 with as many as 22.7 million viewers a week), some audience crossover is guaranteed, hopefully creating a tsunami of viewers for both the Monday and Tuesday shows.
Danno and Chin Ho engaging in crime-solving, not just with Sam and Callen but with the other “NCIS” team members Daniela Ruah (agent Kensi Blye) and Eric Christian Olsen (LAPD detective Marty Deeks), should create some fireworks and trigger high energy.
And with Sam and Callan in the Island segment, there can’t be much residue of usual recurring story ticks (think Shelburne) that simply diluted and numbed interest in “Five-0” this season.
So what do you expect on the Richter scale?
A co-star in this two-parter surely will be the makeup team: Great job in visually capturing the nastiness of a yucky virus.
So: Here’s a toast for a grand finish.
Lots to watch, soak in, observe, cheer and comment on, in the next few days and weeks.

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Led by Jake, Hawaii aims to amass da most strummers

April 26th, 2012
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Led by Island super strummer Jake Shimabukuro, a “Go for Da Record... Hana Hou!” event, from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday (April 28), will attempt to assemble the most ukulele players to break a Guinness World Book Record now held by Sweden.
Sweden?
The amassing of uke players — young, old, beginning, advance, amateur, professional — should be an easy thing in Hawaii. Who doesn’t pluck and jam at backyard luaus, birthday parties, office parties and simply for recreation?
Heck, if everyone who ever took lessons at Roy Sakumua’ Ukulele Studio over the decades show up, Hawaii should earn the crown.
The target: Well more than 1,500 strummers.
The key time: 7 p.m. Saturday, at Blaisell Arena.
From 4 p.m., a variety of ukulele-related events and displays will held — workshops, mini-concerts, vendor tables, and more.
Hawaii is making a second attempt to break the record set by Sweden last Aug. 20.
And Hawaii even has a theme song for this effort, “1, 2, 3 ... Go Da Record,” composed by Shimabukuro and featured on this campaign’s website.
But just don’t show up; you need to register at http://gofordarecord.org.
The event will raise funds for the Music for Life Foundation, to raise awareness and support of the critcal cut in funding for arts program and schools.

Speaking of Jake:
• He is one of several Island entertainers (others include Nathan Aweau, Kupaoa, Sean Na’auao, Jerry Santos and Yoza) performing at a Mele Mei 2012 luncheon event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (April 27) at The Willows restaurant. It’s a Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts presentation, celebrating a series of music events in the weeks ahead, culminating in the annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards May 27 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Admission: $60, includes buffet and entertainment ($52 HARA members). Information: www.melemei.com, www.nahokumusicfestival.com.
• He takes the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday (April 29) at Bishop Museum, in a “Taste of the National Hawaii” program benefitting the Hawaii Food Bank and ‘Aina in the Schools (a Kokua Hawaii Foundation program). Also featured: food and wine tastings, with such participants as
Alan Wong from Alan Wong’s, Darren Demaya from Kai Market, Isamu Goto from Morimoto Waikiki and many more. Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. Details: http://hawaiitaste.org.

'Five-0’s' Scott Caan books 'No Way' summer comedy

April 24th, 2012
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Scott Caan, the Emmy-nominated Danny “Danno” Williams on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” will spend his summer vacation co-starring in “No Way Around But Through,” a play he wrote, in its world premiere June 3 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, Calif.
Falcon and The Mineral Theater Company are presenting the romantic comedy, directed by Val Lauren, featuring Caan (“Five-0,” “Entourage”) as Jacob, who discovers his girlfriend Holly (Robyn Cohen, “Gravity,” “The Life Aquatic”) might be pregnant. So he draws his pal Frank (director Lauren, “24,” “Make It or Break”) into his realm of chaos.
The cast also includes Lainie Kazan (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Lulu, Jacob’s mother, and (Bre Blair, “Make It or Break,” “NCIS”) as Holly’s friend Rachel.
Previews will be June 1 and 2, with the premiere at 7 p.m. June 3. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays through July 8.
With "Five-0" already wrapping up season two filming in Hawaii, Caan is the first to unveil his off-season summer vacation plans.

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Reruns pose problems for CBS and 'Hawaii Five-0'

April 24th, 2012
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With CBS offering reruns Monday (April 23) evening, “Hawaii Five-0” took a hit, preliminary overnight ratings indicate. This, amid the tension and emotions of NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” — the powerhouses of Reality Mondays.
ABC, which normally shows “Castle” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), had a “20/20 DWTS” special, which attracted 10.94 million viewers and a 2.1 adults rating in the coveted 18 to 49 demographics.
NBC’s “Smash,” still a wavering newbie in the time slot, had a new episode that boosted its visibility and drawing power. The show, about the challenges of mounting a Broadway musical, still is juggling the fate of guest star Uma Thurman, adding chemistry and complications to the ongoing battle for the Marilyn Monroe lead in a Broadway show, with breakups and makeups in the ranks. The episode included a spectacular “dream sequence” spectacle involving the entire cast in flower-bright costumes shimmying and shaking in the Bollywood tradition. The payoff ? A respectable 2.1 adults demo and 6.12 million viewers, up 11 percent from last Monday, compared to “Five-0’s” 7.61 million viewers and a 1.6 adults demo.
Face it: Repeats are like leftovers; not everyone shows up for a nibble. So reruns — plus the off-camera health-related temporary departure of Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett — have posed a problem for the Hawaii-based procedural.
In fact, with the May sweeps rating period coming up next month, it’s becoming an uphill battle for our local show as it approaches its second-season finale.
O’Loughlin will not be in the highly-anticipated cross-over shows with “NCIS: Los Angeles” coming up next week. On Monday, “NCIS’” Sam (LL Cool L) and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) guest-star on a new “Five-0,” with Danno (Scott Caan) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) appearing in “NCIS” on Tuesday. Kim was pulled to action for the L.A. crossover, since O’Loughlin was on medical leave.
Maybe the appeal and karma of "NCIS" will bolster "Five-0's" sagging performance; after all, "NCIS: LA" is the No. 2 procedural, bested only by the original "NCIS," which is consistently the No.1 TV drama. "Five-0" surely can use the lift and perhaps the spill-over audience.
As for the singing and dancing Monday shows, “The Voice” drew 3.7 adults demo, same as last Monday, and “DWTS” was up 3 percent, with 3.0 adults demo.

Eco- and family-friendly 'Honu' musical due in Waikiki

April 22nd, 2012
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“Honu by the Sea,” a new musical by Island singer, composer and producer Johnson Enos, is expected to open this summer in Waikiki as a family-friendly entertainment with an ecological theme. The date and venue have not yet been revealed.
Vocal auditions were held this weekend at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch room, for a cast of young adults and adults who must be island residents.
Singers will be notified on April 23 for callbacks, to be held from April 24 to 27, with an eight-week rehearsal period starting May 1.
The show, created by Enos via Johnson Entertainment LLC, will explore eco-friendly issues through song and dance, dealing with the sea. Honu is the Hawaiian word for turtle.
Enos is a veteran performer in island shows, a former recording artist, and a producer-arranger for several Mainland acts over the years whose clients have included Bette Midler.
Ron Bright, the retired but still active educator-director of numerous Broadway musicals over his brilliant career as the foundation of the Castle Performing Arts Company during his tenure at Castle High School, will direct.
Presumably, if “Honu” settles into a Waikiki environment, it would need to attract both a visitor and local audience to sustain.

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