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TV season to date: 'NCIS' No. 1, 'Five-0' not among Top 25

February 18th, 2013

You’d think, or at least hope, that our homegrown CBS series “Hawaii Five-0” would be among the networks’ Top 25 series.
So here’s a rude awakening: “Five-0” did not make the cut.
Its chief Monday night competitors, ABC’s “Castle” and NBC’s “Revolution” made the list — the latter, despite being off air for a break, with an anticipated return March 25.
Do ratings matter? Of course; it’s a measure of popularity and appeal, a yardstick for advertisers, a report card from the viewers.
When Nielsen, the TV rating service, compiled the numbers from the Sept. 24 launch of the 2013 fall season through Jan. 27, the chart-topper was no surprise: “NCIS,” the Tuesday show featuring an ensemble led by Mark Harmon, is No. 1, with 22.5 million viewers (live plus seven-day DVR data).
Across the TV landscape, the most-viewed shows minimally had 12.4 million weekly viewers. “Five-0,” as the weekly numbers have indicated this year, largely have been under 10 million, with 9.84 million catching last week’s episode. This gave the series the No. 1 spot in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) slot, where ABC’s “Castle” is the top competitor (8.91 million last week). Nonetheless, “Castle” is logged at the No. 15 season-to-now tabulation.
And “Revolution,” the NBC show opposite “Five-0” and “Castle” on Mondays, is returning March 25 after a hiatus (“Deception” has been the fill-in). Even with its absence, “Revolution” was tied for No. 25 on the list.
This is both worrisome and curious and certainly a red flag for the Hawaii procedural. “Name” guest stars have been abundantly numerous, but they have not resulted in an uptick in ratings; many viewers, some reviewers and even fans are finally realizing that one of the key problems is the script — thin, lean, meandering, largely peopled with characters that flitter in and out without relevant impact.
While CBS is expected to renew “Five-0” for a fourth season, to protect and propel the show’s anticipated syndication of the TNT network in the summer of 2014, an announcement of the go-ahead has not happened yet. But CBS already has renewed its top shows, including “NCIS,” along with “The Big-Bang Theory,” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
“NCIS” tops Sunday Night Football for the first time, with its viewership up 7 per cent from last year; it is the highest-rated TV drama among adults 25 to 54 (5.9/15), averaging 4.2/12 among adults 18 through 49. Its appeal and acclaim extends to foreign markets, where it is No. 1 in France, Italy, and Sweden, and No. 2 in Spain and Australia.


1 — “NCIS,” CBS, 7 p.m. Tuesday ................................22.5 million
2 — “Sunday Night Football,” NBC, 7:31 p.m. Sunday ....21.0
3 — “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7 p.m. Thursday.........20.9
4 — “American Idol,” Fox, 7 p.m. Wednesday..................19.4
5 — “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 8 p.m. Tuesday..............18.6
6 — “American Idol,” Fox, 7 p.m. Thursday....................18.5
7 — “Person of Interest,” CBS, 9:01 p.m. Thursday.........18.0
8 — “Modern Family,” ABC, 8 p.m. Wednesday...............16.6
9 — “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 8:31 p.m. Thursday......15.6
10 — “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 8 p.m. Wednesday.............15.1
(tie) — “The Following,” Fox, 8 p.m. Monday..................15.1
12 — “Elementary,” CBS, 9:01 Thursday........................14.9
13 — “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 7 p.m. Monday.....14.8
14 — “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 7 p.m. Tuesday....14.2
15 — “The Vice,” NBC, 7 p.m. Monday..........................14.0
16 — “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 9 p.m. Friday........................13.8
(tie) — “CSI,” CBS, 9 p.m. Wednesday...........................13.8
18 — “Vegas,” CBS, 9 p.m. Tuesday..............................13.6
19 — “Castle,” ABC, 9 p.m. Monday..............................13.5
20 — “60 Minutes,” CBS, varies, Sunday........................13.4
21 — “The Voice,” NBC, 7 p.m. Tuesday........................13.0
22 — “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 8 p.m. Tuesday................12.9
(tie) — “The Mentalist,” CBS, 9 p.m. Sunday...................12.0
24 — “2 Broke Girls,” CBS, 8 p.m. Monday......................12.4
(tie) — “Revolution,” NBC, 9:01 p.m. Monday..................12.4

Kevin Gray, Broadway star, dies; was Scar in 'The Lion King' here

February 12th, 2013

1.163589Kevin Gray as Scar in Disney's "The Lion King."Kevin Gray, the Broadway actor who last performed in Hawaii as Scar in Disney’s “The Lion King,” died Feb. 11 in Connecticut, where he lived. He was 55.
He apparently had been shoveling snow from last weekend’s East Coast blizzard and suffered a heart attack afterwards.
Gray was an associate professor of theater at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, but is widely known for other iconic roles he played on stage: Raoul, then the Phantom, in “The Phantom of the Opera,” The Engineer in “Miss Saigon,” the King in “The King and I.” Scar in “The Lion King,” which he toured in a national company that played Blaisdell Concert Hall for a record 12 weeks, was the only big box attraction he starred in locally.
Gray was to co-star with Hawaii native Joy Abbott, in a Temple University benefit, “Reflections on Broadway,” Feb. 16 at the Indian Creek Country Club in Miami Beach, sharing the mike and spotlight with Abbott, who is a graduate of Temple and who resides in Miami during the winter months.
“I got an e-mail from Dodie (Pettit), Kevin’s wife, that he suddenly died after suffering a massive heart attack after shoveling snow at their home,” said Abbott, the widow of the legendary Broadway producer-director-playwright, George Abbott. Through her work on the Broadway scene, she met Gray and numerous luminaries of the theater and its related crafts.
I first saw and heard Gray when he portrayed The Engineer in the Toronto launch of “Miss Saigon,” then met him when he performed as the malevolent Scar in “The Lion King” and two “The Three Phantoms” visits here with two stage peers who donned the mask over the years: Craig Schulman and Cris Groenandaal.
Gray was that rare and special Broadway trouper, who could do and sing just about anything and everything, with charm and charisma on and off the stage. He could perform those large-scale roles in those mega-musicals because he had the stamina and breadth to find and tap the soul of his characters in his own soul.
He enjoyed sharing his craft with students, so he joined Hartt in 2011 to teach music and theater classes for the next generation of actors.
Theater was his life; he had appeared in more than 8,500 Broadway and touring performances, acting in or directing more than 150 productions in a colorful and successful career that took him everywhere. He met his wife when he was doing Phantom and she was the Ballerina in the production.
Gray had yearned to do the Scar part after seeing the musical for the first time, mostly because he understood the challenge and complexity of portraying a role that required both his own face and a mask. As he said in a 2007 interview: “Boy, if I ever got that role, they’d have to get me out with a shoehorn. It’s’s the duplicity that’s striking; the animals are puppets, yet we show the mechanism of how we move as actors. So as an audience member, you see the actor and the puppet. No one is completely concealed; the trick for the actor is to seam up the actions of the puppets within your own self. You disappear, then reappear, at times.”
As a member of “The Three Phantoms,” he was part of a brotherhood of actors who sang and played the masked mystery figure who knew each other well and befriended the eminent director of the original production, Hal Prince.
Ted Keegan, one of ex-Phantoms, thus will fill in for Gray at the Temple University event, according to Joy Abbott, who helped establish the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theatre at Boyer College on campus.

On Monday nights at CBS, the slip is still showing. Howcum?

February 12th, 2013

While CBS was No. 1 in total viewers (9.588 million) and among adults 18 to 49 (2.8 rating), it was a slippery slope Monday night (Feb. 11). The two-hour comedy lineup, preceding and including the island-based procedural, “Hawaii Five-0,” were down from the previous week’s Nielsen ratings.
Still, each CBS show topped its respective half-hour or, in “Five-0’s” case, its 9 p.m. hour here, despite the slippage in numbers, according to preliminary figures.
"2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly" topped the numbers, the former with a Grammy theme, the latter with Melissa McCarthy — perhaps a spillover from Sunday's CBS telecast of the awards show, and McCarthy's reign as the plus-sized comic with a blast of fresh, funny fare?
Are TV viewers off the radar, since NBC's "The Voice" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" are on hiatus?
Ditto, NBC's "Revolution"?
Back to the order of business: the "Five-0" factor. Are fans staying away, because of Danno's negative notions about Hawaii? And what about Grace Park's "The View" appearance Monday morning, when she dissed surfing — and brought, auwe, faux lei to give the co-hosts (that sounds like a red flag!).
But I digress...
“Ke Koa (The Warrior),” the “Five-0” episode, garnered 9.48 million viewers with a 2.1 18 to 49 demo, squeaking by ABC’s “Castle,” which logged 8.91 million and a 2.0 demo. NBC’s “Deception” pulled in 3.30 million and a 1.3 18 to 49 demo.
The show was a blend of secrecy, with a thread of ohana loyalty, involving the murder of a figure from the lua community of cultural practioners of the art of Hawaiian martial arts, with a somewhat silly but entertaining subplot focuses on a private investigator hired by Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) to document the doings of his mom Doris (Christine Lahti) — tied to that main magnet of secrecy.
I must say the episode was peopled with genuine talent, which was a treat — led by Treat Williams as the adorable p.i. enlisted by to trail mom McG; Jason Tam, our homegrown Broadway and TV star, as Eddie Thorne, a thug who is whacked with a ceramic gnome as he tries to elude the “Five-0” team (McG, with Scott Caan as “Danno” Williams), which winds up with a stellar interrogation scene of Tam in that gloomy, ill-lit captor quarters (played by the News Building); Joel de la Fuente as Shane Kawano, who heads a secretive Hawaiian martial arts society of lua practioners; and Summer Glau as Maggie Hoapili, who, like her slain father, practiced the art of the lua, and demonstrates her savvy in the waterless indoor pool near the episode’s finale.
(FYI: Lua, in this case, is that secret cultural strain of practitioners of the ancient Hawaiian fight form. Definitely not lua, the toilet).
Taylor Wily as Kamekona and his shrimp truck had ample screen time, too; here, his presence was vital, since he had info that McG and Danno had, though — again, a kind of secret move — the sumotori-built Kamekona had to be trailed to get that lead.
While it was pleasant and joyful to watch a seasoned film vet like Williams appear in a sappy role that came, presumably, with vacation time off, his Hollywood veneer provide a warm glow his scenes with Lahti — in the market, over lunch, at the door of the McG home. Seems like a hana hou is in store, since he’s smitten with her, or is it vice versa?
Oh, the hot bod in the opening sequence was that of Christopher DiPrete, a Kaneohe model-performer. If “Five-0” ever investigates a “Magic Mike”-like male stripper storyline, he’d be a wise choice for a comeback.

Josh 'Sawyer' Holloway of 'Lost' lands a CBS pilot, playing Navy SEAL

February 11th, 2013


Josh Holloway, the actor who played Sawyer in the island-filmed “Lost,” is returning to the small screen in a CBS pilot, “Intelligence,”according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Holloway will star as Gabriel Black, a former Navy SEAL and intelligence officer, in a drama focused on the U.S. Cyber Command, a unit created around one agent with a unique trait: a microchip implanted in his brain that enables him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum, the trade publication is reporting.
This project will be his first on TV following “Lost,” which filmed exclusively in Hawaii for six seasons, from 2004 to 2010.
He also completed roles in such films as “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and “Whisper” since leaving Hawaii, with TV roles in a Lifetime anthology “Five” and a guest appearance on NBC’s “Community.”
Holloway also was a model for Davidoff’s “Cool Water” fragrance.
Holloway was one of the few “Lost” cast members who formally called Hawaii home, purchasing property in Hawaii Kai.
Michael Seitzman of “North Country” will write the pilot and serve as an executive producer along side David Semel of “No Ordinary Family.”

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Katniss and 'Games' due here in March for more filming

February 6th, 2013

Looks like Hawaii will be the site for additional “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” filming in March.
While precise dates or the locale have not been announced, actress Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen, let it slip that more filming is scheduled here following the Feb.24 Oscars, where she is a Best Actress nominee.
Lionsgate officials aren’t saying, nor are there hints from the Hawaii Film Office, but the UK’s Daily Mail quoted star Lawrence that Hawaii will be the destination. Other online sites since have reported the new shoot in the islands, where the crew had wrapped up filming last December.
Rumors earlier hinted that New Jersey might be the site for the pick-up work. Jersey was where Lawrence caught the flu bug — remember, she had a touch of the sniffles when she picked up her Golden Globes last month for her role in “Silver Linings Notebook.” The chilly clime and a T-shirt outfit were the reason.
You’ll know there’s film action if you just follow the movie vans and the dressing room trailers.

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