Archive for January, 2014

No 'Captive' audience for a 'Hawaii Five-0' repeat

January 25th, 2014

Friday’s “Hawaii Five-0” was a repeat — so not much need to be said about “Ho’opio (To Take Captive),” except the show is holding its own.
The episode dealt with a missing child, giving Hawaii’s “Maile Alert” a good shot, with a subplot about the rogue relationship between Kono (Grace Park) and her ex-Yakuza beau Adam (Ian Anthony Dale), before they went AWOL to wind up in Vancouver. Old news.
Consequently, the CBS show — normally a viewership leader in its 8 p.m. (9 p.m.) slot, was No. 2 in the hour in viewers (8.05 million), with ABC’s “Shark Tank” (a new installment) attracting 8.10 million viewers with a 2.2 rating in the 18 to 49 demographics. “Five-0” had a 1.0 demo, tied with Fox’s “Enlisted” (new) with its 3.23 million viewers, but behind NBC’s “Grimm” (new), with 1.5 demo and 5.86 million viewers.
Not surprisingly, CBS’ “Blue Bloods” (also a repeat) posted the night’s best audience numbers, 9.86 million, in the 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland), contributing to the Eye Network’s No. 1 slot in total viewers. “Shark Tank” had the best demo, 2.2, a season high for the Alphabet Network reality show, with ABC’s “20/20,” a news show, a skosh behind with a 1.9 demo.

Just take it on the Chin, as 'Hawaii Five-0' explores favors

January 18th, 2014

Hana lokomaika'i (The Favor)
“Hawaii Five-0” has more or less comfortably settled into its Friday night CBS slot at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland), nestled in-between “Undercover Boss” and “Blue Bloods.”
And it’s been as a good as it gets, since the Hawaii-filmed show has been able to draw the most viewers in this spot (10.42 million on Jan. 17), with a 1.5 rating in the coveted ad-rate-oriented 18 to 49 age demographics, which was second to ABC’s “Shark Tank,” which was No. 1 in demos with 1.7 demos but had fewer viewers (7.39 million).
So there’s stability, at best, for a show shoved into the time and on the night that has been traditionally where series go to die. Think “CSI: New York.”
This week’s episode, “Hana Lokamaikai” (Hawaiian for “Favor”), focused on a creative but congested backstory centering on Daniel Dae Kim as a rookie cop and a cold case on the death of his father Kam Tong Kelly. The format taps a series of flashbacks of five years, and 10 years, see-sawing back to the present day, primed to a current investigation of a Mexican drug cartel. Then and now, the principles of honor, truth, familial ties and loyalty prevail.
In the time-bending template, Chin is subjected to hostile interrogation. Did he do a favor for someone in the past, that possibly triggered a missing link in the death of his dead and the present investigation of that drugger? Did he lie to help a kin?
Unfortunately, the buffet here comes with an overloaded plate of confusion and characters: Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) dad Jack (William Sadler), comes back to life, as Chin’s mentor; Chin’s bride-to-be and then widow Malia (Reiko Aylesworth) also returns in flashbacks. And Chin’s dad, Kam Tong, is seen for the first time — as the murder victim.
The alternating time sequences and return of incidental characters not familiar to the casual viewer almost require a family tree graph to connect the dots to keep up with the procedural pace. Even diehard fans could use a chart to know who’s who in the family chain.
The absence of Danno (Scott Caan) was noticeable, but easily forgotten. OK, that meant no bromance bantering with McG; but there was less McG, too. Not a complaint; just an observation.
The best element of the show: the makeup. With Chin, McG and even Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park, in a formal return to the line up) in flashbacks, we see a youthful, dashing Chin, whose character traits evolve in his current self; McG, in his budding stage, yearns to become a Navy SEAL; Kono displays a penchant for police work and keen family ties.
Gary Ala plays Kam Tong Kelly, and may he rest in peace; his alleged killer is Gabriel Waincroft (Christopher Sean), also seen in “then” and “now” sequences; and Kim’s beloved Malia (Reiko Aylesworth), returns as the sister of Waincroft.
The surly interrogation duo questioning Chin, McG and Kono, seem to come from the sphere of “Law and Order” and “NCIS,” with footage not commonly utilized in “H50:” lots of tight facial closeups, melodramatic lighting, insinuating posture. In other words, dudes without an ounce of aloha.
Clearly, there’s a bit of tweaking and change in the writing style; a lot more character development, less car chases and explosions. With this evolving agenda, “H50” certainly will survive the curse of the Friday time slot. The fact that it needs more episodes to solidify the TNT syndication deal could be its saving grace, but heck, if the show self-improves, it won’t self-implode.
Overall, “Blue Bloods” had the most viewers for the night, 12.47 million; and “Shark Tank” the best demos (2.1 rating). And CBS led the viewership with 10.63 million, but ABC won the 18 to 49 demo race with a 1.7 rating. These were Nielsen overnight numbers for live and same-day viewing, with adjustments expected after DVR and other devices are added.

'Honu by the Sea' Seattle-bound for aquarium performances

January 13th, 2014


Johnson Enos’ original environmental musical, “Honu by the Sea,” embarks on a seven-performance tour of the Seattle Aquarium this weekend.
The show, taking on a “Guardians of the Sea” theme for the Pacific Northwest, will be staged with a Hawaii cast in multiple performances Jan. 18, 19 and 20 at the Seattle Aquarium. The Oahu Visitors Bureau and the Waikiki Aquarium helped arrange the tour.
The show, with characters representing such sea creatures, is family-friendly and environmentally-conscious, dealing with a Waikiki beachboy encountering denizens from under the sea such as turtles, crabs and octupus, involving a lesson of the value of friendship and the virtues of saving the ocean enviroment and making it free from debris that would threaten sea life.
The score, composed by Enos, features original music in a Disney-like formula framed as a Broadway musical and costumed in bright fantasy costumes.
The island production has been staged in venues such as Paliku Theatre and the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, aka “the Pink Palace” on the beach at Waikiki.
Enos is a former Hawaii singer-performer and show host, who has concentrated on developing themed spectacles. His credits include production work with such Broadway and show biz names as Bette Midler and Kristin Chenoweth.
While in the Pacific Northwest, the cast will visit Brainbridge Island to engage in a cultural exchange program with the Squamish Tribe.

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It’s home sweet home as Kono and ratings return to ‘Five-0’

January 11th, 2014



“Good to be home.”

So uttered Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), in the final moments of Friday’s “Hawaii Five-0,” summing up the CBS’ show status — ratings up as the New Year begins.


According to the preliminary overnight Nielsen TV ratings, the

“Five-0” episode themed “O Kēlē Me Kēia Manawa (Now and Then),”

had the most viewers in its 8 p.m. (9 p.m.  Mainland) time slot, attracting 10.44 million — it’s been a while since the homegrown show logged double-digit viewership numbers.  However, ABC’s “Shark Tank” in the same hour earned the orchid lei for the coveted 18 to 49 demographics, with a 2.1 ranking and 7.31 million viewers, compared to “Five-0’s” 1.5 demo.


Thus, ABC was No.1 in adults 18 to 49, while CBS was No. 1 viewers, since the Eye Network’s “Blue Bloods” attracted  12.49 million viewers and a 1.5 demo in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m.) slot following “Five-0,” making it the most-watched show for Friday.


About “Five-0:” Kono’s return, along with beau Adam  Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale),  finally puts to rest  the overlong and tedious story arc about their on-the-run status, prompted by her off-screen real-life pregnancy and motherhood in Vancouver, B.C. She's now back in Honolulu to continue developing her Kono role.


Good to be home, indeed.


This episode took on a more subdued and credible plot involving three concurrent elements: the resolution of Kono’s situation, the problem with a fugitive killer on the lam pursued by his pal Captain Grover (Chi McBride) and the blossoming romance between Danno Williams (Scott Caan) and Amber Vitale (Lili Simmons) involving a stray bullet that sends her to the hospital; she is a new character likely to recur now that there’s new love brewing in Danno’s life. Hook ‘em, Danno.


Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) are secondary parts of each story plateau. McG has the expected bromance bickering with Grover, not in the car but in the woods, where some trust and respect emerge despite the suspicions between ‘em. They’re not out of the woods, yet, however, since Grover is not quite ready to spill the beans about his still cloudy and murky personal past.  Chin also has notched down a skosh in this one, providing the leveling hand and sensibility of a devoted crimefighter, who, not unexpectedly, embraces his “cuz” Kono, as she and Adam arrive for a party at McG’s.


The lingering friction between Grover and McG likely will continue till there’s genuine bonding and an earnest friendship as guys on the same team. It ain’t resolved yet, but it will be. This chemistry is far more potent and palatable than the forced dalliance between McG and Catherine (Michelle  Borth). Meanwhile, a thought: Does anyone miss Chin Ho?


Hot week for 'H50:' Kono returns, O'Loughlin's garage explodes

January 6th, 2014

Alex O'Loughlin and Chi McBride in "Hawaii Five-0." -- CBS photo

Alex O'Loughlin and Chi McBride in "Hawaii Five-0." -- CBS photo



Grace Park finally returns to “Hawaii Five-0” in this Friday’s (Jan. 10) 8 p.m. episode airing on CBS.  Park, portraying Kono Kalakaua, had been on maternity leave of sorts in Vancouver B.C., where segments were taped for several months then incorporated in context of Hawaii filming.

But in a bizarre turn, Alex O’Loughlin, who plays Det. Steve McGarrett, was on local news this evening when he returned to his Diamond Head home after Honolulu firefighters put out a fire following an explosion in his garage on the slopes of the famed landmark. It might have looked like a segment of the show, but this was real life.

Neighbors heard a boom and fire crews were called at 3:55 p.m., with the fire extinguished in 20 minutes, according to Hawaii News Now. While the actor was on camera, talking to firefighters, he was not interviewed or taped for comment. Most of the damage was restricted to the home’s garage, with the door blown off.  No one was home when the fire and smoke erupted  and there  were no reported injuries. Further details were not revealed.

An investigation is under way to determine the cause.

Meanwhile, there is cause to celebrate; Kono’s back in the saddle on  when

“O Kela Me Keia Manawa (Now and Then)” airs.

During her real-life pregnancy and  on-screen Vancouver residency, Park’s character Kono and her plotline beau, Adam Nishimuri (Ian Anthony Dale), had been on the lam from  the Yakuza. While their lives were at risk, they were separated and his whereabouts unknown, week after week, and very soon, they will reunite, bringing this overlong and overextended  story arc to an end. Finally.

But a new arc begins, involving SWAT Capt. Grover (Chi McBride), a new regular introduced during season four, as his abrasive relationship with McGarrett escalates and erupts like a volcano.

In this episode, both try to locate the former’s friend after committing an alleged murder.

But in an unlikely move, the friction ramps up a couple of notches when Grover slugs McG in the face. Ouch!

This bromance — or brawlmance — will clearly be resolved down the line but for now this frayed partnership between the two crimefighters is out of control. Presumably on the same side of the law, Grover and McG are skilled cops with highly different styles and manners yet to find the common ground. This kind of tumult makes for some spicy exchanges — just wonder how long it'll play out.

And you thought Danno (Scott Caan) was a lout.

Stay tuned. ...

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