Archive for October, 2012

'Frankenstorm' leads CBS to hold off on 'H50' tonight

October 29th, 2012

With Hurricane Sandy aka Frankenstorm slamming the Eastern seaboard today, CBS apparently has decided to switch primetime programming this evening (Oct. 29), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The trade magazine said that the unprecedented storm, bringing high winds, damaging flooding and incredible ocean waves, has caused CBS to push back tonight’s new episodes till next week.
The programming from 7 p.m. 9 p.m. (7 to 10 p.m. Mainland) shows would instead feature reruns of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Partners,” “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike & Molly,” with the Island-filmed “Hawaii Five-0” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) preempted for an hour-long CBS news show on the winter storm, according the Hollywood Reporter. Many of the original shows, including “Five-0,” had Halloween-themed episodes, so expect tricks tonight, treats a week from now.
Thus for Island audieces, still recovering from a weekend tsunami-related evacution Saturday night, will have to wait a week for their weekly “Five-0” fix.
The two-hour comedy block, preceding “Five-0,” will air repeats tonight with original programming resuming next Monday (Nov. 5).
The CW network also was scheduled to hold off on airing new episodes tonight.
ABC had planned to proceed with its live reality show, “Dancing With the Stars,” and NBC told the Hollywood Reporter that it planned no changes planned tonight. (Oct. 29).

Baseball, 'Big Bang' pull viewers away from 'Last Resort'

October 26th, 2012

The World Series Game 2 on Fox eroded the ratings for the Isle-filmed ABC series, “Last Resort,” but CBS’ one-two comedy punch (“Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men”) prevailed in the 7 p.m. (8 p.m. Mainland) hour Thursday (Oct. 25) night.
For “Last Resort,” which I didn’t see, it was purportedly the best episode since the pilot aired. Alas, baseball had the bases loaded and even stole some of the drama’s viewers.
The World Series pulled in 10.1 million viewers (and 2.9 in adults 18 to 4 demos), compared to 6.4 million viewers (and 1.3 in demos) for “Last Resort,” according to the Nielsen TV ratings.
In comparison, CBS’ “Big Bang” had a theory of its own — laughing all the way to the bank with 15.3 million viewers (and 4.8 demos) in the first half-hour, and “Two and a Half Men” pulling in 12.9 million viewers (and 3.7 demos) in the second half hour.
For “Last Resort,” it was the weakest figures to date in a tough time slot that has seen shows come and go in recent years.
Because of plotline continuity issues, it seems to be a difficult task not only to attract a viewership but maintain the following.

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'Mad Men' doing Hawaii shoot for Season 6 premiere

October 20th, 2012

Say aloha to "Mad Men."
The hot AMC series webbed in the 1960s lifestyle and spirit, which has won a bunch of Emmys since its launch five years ago, apparently is filming scenes in Hawaii this weekend for its Season 6 premiere. reports that Jon Hamm and Jessica Pare, who play Don and Megan Draper on the advertising agency show with a New York framework, will undergo a secretive two-day on-location shoot in Honolulu.
Of course, exec producer Scott Hornbacher is mum on precisely what or where the Hawaii segment will involve. Probably by the time anyone recognizes or spots the actors from the elegantly classy TV series, filming will be over and the gang will be homebound.
If it’s the 1960s, which is the timetable for "Mad Men," Hawaii is in a post-statehood glow, Don Ho is the reigning heartbreaker among women audiences in Waikiki, and Kalakaua Avenue is abuzz with nightlife and street action. It’s a Pacific idyll for Mainlanders of the era, a place for pleasure and relaxation in the sun and the surf.
Script-wise, a fashionable couple would be ensconced in the most elegant hotel at the time, the iconic Pink Palace formally known as the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. It's still a swanky joint today, with a distinguished history.
The look will be retro, down to the smallest detail, which is characteristic of this trend-setting show.
Nothing much has been revealed about the ad agency honcho coming over here, but just possibly, it might be to scope out another pinkie — Spam, the beloved canned meat in Hawaii — to kick off a campaign? To taste-test? Who knows? Maybe even encounter the Spam Musubi?
And if it’s the late 60s, the Jack Lord “Hawaii Five-0” is launching a pilot that would evolve into a 12-season run on CBS.
Which could remotely be linked to the show. When Season 5 ended, Draper was alone in a bar, after booking Megan on an acting job thanks to folks he knows. Hmmm, would she be destined to take on a role in “Five-0”? Book ‘em, Danno.
According to the Los Angeles Times, series creator Matthew Weiner and producer Hornbacher reportedly scouted for locations for the episode in September. Clearly, the shoot comes with a somewhat hefty budget, considering the destination and the brevity of the filming.
Lionsgate TV is producer of the series, acclaimed for its detailed attention to style and mood and costumes and scripts evoking the heartbeat of Madison Avenue of the 60s. The show won has amassed 15 Emmys over its first four seasons, but was denied any laurels in its fifth season, despite beaucoup nominations.
Prime-time series have frequently made the trek to Hawaii to authenticate time and place. In past years, shows like “ER,” “The Jeffersons,” “Knight Rider,” “The Thorn Birds,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Hart to Hart,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Charley’s Angels” and “Gilligan’s Island,” and “T.J. Hooker.”
"Mad Men" boasts a devoted viewership and a plug on the show, whatever the time warp, would be a boost for Island tourism, particularly since Hawaii will be Hawaii in context — like the rebooted "Hawaii Five-0" (Alex O'Loughlin version ) on CBS now, but not like the Hawaii that is supposedly an island in the Indian Sea, on ABC's "Last Resort."
If you see anyone or anything "Mad" around town, post an impression here.

Nievera's week-night flash a moment to remember

October 19th, 2012

Martin Nievera’s Thursday night (Oct. 18) concert appearance at the Magic of Polynesia Showroom at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort felt like a flashmob gathering.
The event, a fundraiser for typhoon/flood victims in the Philippines, was belatedly organized within a week, yet it drew a throng of mostly Filipino fans, who came from Waipahu, Ewa Beach and Kalihi to support the former local boy whose fame in the Philippines made him to reside there, and frequently, in Las Vegas, where he has regularly performed.
It's like, these folks got the memo and created the buzz.
The high octane energy on stage, with Nievera sharing the spotlight and mike with Filipina fave Ai Ai de las Alas, was initially bewildering. An unlikely match-up? Curious at best? He is a groomed balladeer; she is known in the Philippines principally for her comedy. But she sings, too; she is refreshingly ga-ga, like Lady, minus all that headgear and bizarre wardrobe.
And: Conventional wisdom says locals don’t like venturing to Waikiki – you know, traffic, jammed sidewalks, parking issues. Yet, on a week night in a large room with a late-ish curtain time (8:30 p.m.) that singer Lani Misalucha wrestled with for eight months, before calling it quits because of dwindling crowds.
This one-nighter had the electric charge of another era of anxious anticipation of applauding a superstar. Like, we all were waiting for that aha moment.
In the Philippines, Nievera has been a marquee mainstay for more than three decades. While others have come and gone over time, Nievera still is pumping out the megaballads, in Filipino and in English, playing to his dual fanship. The core diehard Filipinos, plus the perhaps shrinking but still dutiful locals who remember his younger years while updating his legacy.
Geared to the ethnic Filipino crowd, perhaps 60 to 70 per cent of the chatter and the music was in Filipino.
No matter; his energy and his style still conquor his listenership. Thus, a medley of TV/film themes, all relating to the homeland audience, generated rapt attention and occasional squeals, even with the language barrier.
Ai Ai, whose antics are funny and outrageous — and yes, even her stage costumes —
also did bits in Filipino and in English. She called up two women and two men for a gallop to “Gangnam Style,” proving the power of video has no global fences; her vocal duets with Nievera were loud, lavish but loving. They are not the pair to share romantic lyrics or emotions; but for rock and sock, they pack that punch. Consider “Time of Your Life” and “Moves Like Jagger” — perfect examples of their kinetic chemistry.
His garb was a basic pair of trousers, coupled with alternating jackets of different hues; hers ranged from a black coverup that revealed a glittery show costume (short shorts) showing her legs; plus a jacketed pantsuit number capped with more glitter and blitz — sparking silver platform heels.
Nievera, ever so loyal to his local stock and pals, named names in his usual style. Rocky Brown. Jonathan Kaina. Danny Kaleikini. Peers from an earlier era, all in attendance. A genial host and a gentleman, Nievera delivered a couple of homers that spoke to both fan bases: “Be My Lady,” one of his pop charts here and there; and, in a quiet moment with mounting demonstration of his showman’s savvy and his trademark intimacy — the evening’s take-home "This Is the Moment."
He wisely this iconic songs from the Broadway musical, “Jekyll and Hyde,” without music. An a cappella powerhouse. Just the voice and mood lighting. Magical.
A show biz lament that without doubt encapsuled his soul and his style.
The lyrics were particularly spot-on:

“This is the moment!
“Damn all the odds!
“This day, or never,
“I'll sit forever
“With the gods!

“When I look back,
“I will always recall,
“Moment for moment,
“This was the moment,
“The greatest moment
“Of them all!”

In flashback, everything else became secondary. “This Is the Moment” alone defined the man and his music.
Nievera and Ai Ai left Hawaii early the next morning, for a similar fundraiser in Los Angeles. Indeed, life is a series of "moments."

Misfortunes of 'Five-0:' Back to third place

October 16th, 2012

The preliminary Monday night overnight Nielsen TV ratings are in — and it's a see-sawing game, with "Hawaii Five-0" slipping to third place.
The CBS series at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) drew 8.4 million viewers and 5.5 demo and 9 share, after being No. 2 last week. ABC’s “Castle,” the mover-and-shaker in this time slot, was No. 1 in total viewers with 10.9 million, though its demo figures were down to 7.3 rating and 11 share. NBC’s “Revolution,” which has become a spoiler for “H50,” is second with 8.8 million viewers and 5.3 demos and 8 rating.
Over-all, ABC won the night, with “Dancing With the Stars” and “Castle,” averaging 12.6 million viewers and 8.4 rating and 13 share, but NBC — thanks to “The Voice” and “Revolution” — topped the 18 to 49 demographics, with 6.7 rating and 10 share and 11.5 million viewers. That meant CBS was third with 8.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating and 8 share.
Ironically, “Pōpilikia,” Hawaiian for misfortune and similar disastrous situations, was the title of the Oct.15 “Hawaii Five-0” episode. It sort of capsulized several elements in the episode, and provided an ominous one-word self-review of the show.
Mama’s back, and is this a plot mistake?
Doris McGarrett appears to be every bit the cloying and uncertain story thread akin to the dubious Shelburne debacle from the past season. Though Christine Lahti plays Mama McG with cheeky fun, you know Steve McG (Alex O’Loughlin) ain’t loving it.
In this episode, she slips into the house while McG and g.f. Catherine (Michelle Borth) are in bed; they suspect a burglar, she’s simply doing breakfast, which they’re not lovin’.
The earlier chatter on Mama McG's whereabouts since her revelation at the end of season two is repeated, along with the McQuestion: why the heck didn’t she do in Wo Fat when she had the opportunity? So the dread and the wonderment continue ... but for how long, and why?
Mama’s also sneaky and meddlesome; she seeks out a secret microfilm, hidden in a 35 mm film capsule in a container in a hidden floor panel. Ah, more drawn-out drama.
And whoa! Mama McG also promotes Liliha Bakery’s coco puffs four times, and consumes one puff – maybe she really loves those cream-filled delights— but isn’t this overkill of product placement? Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) brought her a box, and the prolonged bliss about ‘em was, well, embarrassing. What next, shave ice? Malasada? Manapua?
At least when the "H50" team shuttles around in Chevys or parties at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, they don’t utter, “Hey, let’s cruise in the Chevy to party at the Hilton” to pay off partnerships.
Women viewers obviously loved the shirtless McG in bed with Catherine, but this is worrisome turf. If she’s an associate in "H50," and sleeping with the boss, it ought to be a workplace concern. She’s pretty much relegated so far as a co-worker who checks on issues cued by McG, and the relationship includes a quick peck on the cheek. But it’s still a sticky situation: the personal life interfering with the love life.
There were other jolting misfortunes: a polo player literally loses his head, leading to headless horseman jokes; with a replay of the rolling head (even if it’s a fake) on the grass, if you missed the first time. And talk about losing a finger brought a bit more jolt. A little more subtlety in plot details, please.
With McG now niggling with Mama, the cargument roles are newly shared between other "H50" teammates. What, is no one happy in paradise?
It’s cause for pilikia, don’t you think?

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