Archive for March, 2014

No surprise: no fifth season for Michelle Borth on 'Hawaii Five-0'

March 27th, 2014

Steve McGarrett’s main squeeze, Catherine, is not returning for a fifth season on CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0.”

According to TV Online, actress Michelle Borth, who portrays the love interest of series star Alex O’Loughlin, will be saying aloha in an episode coming up before the show’s May 9 finale.

It’s not really a surprise. La O Na Makuahine

Her role became an ongoing thing during season three, though Cat Rollins was introduced during season one. This might have been essential when the show  needed a female element particularly during the months that series regular Grace Park, as Kono Kalakaua, was missing in action because of her off-screen pregnancy and extended stay in Vancouver,  B.C., the actresses’  home origins. Catherine was elevated to recurring character and tapped with a bit more on-camera business anticipating Kono’s leave.

But when Park resumed her Hawaii presence several weeks back, Cat’s presence seem to diminish, along with  those kissy and cuddly moments.

And just this week, it was announced that she’s packing up by the end of season four, though not before an extended focus, including flashbacks preceding her formal exit.

Some loose threads exist, along with questions: Will McG consequently get a new girlfriend, or even spouse, next season?  Is Mama McG (Christine Lahti) also at the end of her run, though story elements this season suggest she’s not pau yet? The hot mama this season has been Mama Williams (Melanie Griffith), playing the mother of Danno Williams (Scott Caan).

Further, will there be further housekeeping/downsizing with other roles? While Wo Fat will apparently appear  in this season’s finale, he is no longer the threat he used to be and it wouldn’t be a shocker if a new irritator starts menacing McG  as he journeys to new seas  of storytelling. Or expansion — like, we’ve yet to meet parents of Kono Kalakaua and her cuz Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim). The show seems to adore family trees, at least in the first four seasons, and the forest has become a tad cluttered.

Are these departures/additions bothersome for you, as a viewer?

Truth or consequences: Malaysia Airline ad real or fake?

March 21st, 2014

Is this a real Malaysia Airlines advertisement, or a cruel joke? Can't verify...

Whatever — this is making the rounds on the Internet. Unintended truth-in-advertising, or someone's bad humor, in light of the disappearance of the jetliner?

What's your take?

Malaysia Airlines Advertisement comes true

Ad agency would never have thought this will come back to haunt them !"Wherever you go no one will ever know"【搭乘马航 了无行踪】

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Life's a beach — especially in Hawaii, says Trip Advisor

March 18th, 2014

No need to travel far to enjoy some of the best beaches — Hawaii has one of the Top 10 best beaches of the world and claims seven of the Top 10 American beaches, according to the just-out Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Beaches.

Conclusion: For those still facing chilling temperatures elsewhere, a trek to Hawaii might be the cure for the overlong winter blues. Beaches on all of the major islands are represented in the listing. But no Waikiki Beach? No matter — lots elsewhere in the state.lanikai

The Top 10 beaches of the world:

* Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
* Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
* Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
* Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
* Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
* Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
* Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
* Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, pictured, right
* Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales
* Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

The Top 10 American beaches:

* Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
* Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
* Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
* Hanalei Beach, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
* Wai'anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
* Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
* Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina
* Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
* Saint Pete Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Florida
* Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii


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Shudders! The Shelburne issue resurfaces on 'Five-0'

March 15th, 2014

Just when you thought “Hawaii Five-0” was making strides, along comes the prospects of the return of the Shelburne story line in Friday night’s (March 14) episode.

Say it ain’t so. Enough, already.

The relaunch of the Shelburne arc comes when Jerry Ortega, the adorable theorist played by Jorge Garcia, discovers that red Champion toolbox while staying with Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) home. On the bottom of the red box — you know, the one that McG’s dad owned  and the center of a niggling uncertainties — is a bizarre code and a misspelled “Shelburn.” Without the e.

With Jerry as an announced regular player for the upcoming fifth season, there’s every reason to believe that Shelburne, linked to Mama McG (Christine Lahti), also is ready for prime time again.

She’s been absent, while the scripts have scurried along with more relevant weekly tales. A turnaround is anticipated, darn it.

This, as “Five-0” held on to the No. 1 viewership in its time slot  matching last week’s showing with 10.06 million and a 1.4 rating in the 18 to  49 demographics, though “Five-0” trails “Shark Tank” (1.9 demo,  down from 2.1 last week) but ahead of its 7.42 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen overnight ratings. The numbers, however, are expected to be adjusted since CBS and ABC pre-empted or delayed  some shows due to sports programming, with final numbers due Monday.

The episode, themed “Ma Lalo O Ka ’ili (Beneath the Surface),” also brought back the Mama Williams (Melanie Griffith) character and her spouse (Tom Berenger), amid her divorce issues and his attempts to keep the flame going. The parents of Danno Williams (Scott Caan) get much too much time as third-tier characters on a police procedural.melanie

The key storyline involved two youths, Tommy (Booboo Stewart) and Kelly (Conor Leslie), as abused teens with checkered pasts, on the lam for petty crimes — forcing beaucoup cop chases, flying bullets, and an unnecessary killing of Tommy with a not-so-cool but not unexpected fate for the “victim” that Kelly tried to become, and who obviously wasn’t more than a lying manipulator. So the system works, somewhat — she gets her due, but a question arises: why weren’t McGarrett’s orders to hold fire followed?

There were some usual rituals with a twist or two — a special bromance brewing between Jerry and McG; a veil of secrecy and scrutiny, involving Mama Williams and Danno; and icy bravura not from Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) but from the Cuz herself, Kono (Grace Park), when she admonishes Kelly, “You get nothing,” with cunning sarcasm.

You go, girl! And welcome back.

Not so the implied international spotlight on Cambodia (remember Korea?) regarding the renewed magnification of a tired issue revolving around Shelburne, whatever the spelling.

Oh, and the evening’s best performers:

  • CBS' “Blue Bloods” had the best viewership, 12.02 million viewers.
  • ABC's “20/20” and “Shark Tank” tied with the  best 18 to 49 demographics with a 1.9 rating.
  • CBS had the most viewers, 9.72 million.
  • ABC posted the best 18 to 49 demo, 1.6 rating.


TGIF: 'Hawaii Five-0' on track — adds Garcia, in Top 20

March 14th, 2014

Thank God It’s Friday — should be the mantra for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0.”

Its relocation to the Friday night viewerscape, preceding “Blue Bloods,” has been a godsend.













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  • The network just elevated Jorge Garcia, the “Lost” alumnus who has been an audience favorite playing Jerry Ortega, a conspiracy theorist with whimsy and invention, to series regular. It’s the next-best thing for the show since Chi McBride was brought on as a regular to portray cynical but effective Captain Lou Grover.
  • Earlier this week, the show was green-lighted for a fifth season and its producer and honcho, Peter Lenkov, earned a new two-year extension with CBS, a deal that allows him to continue "Five-0" and create new programming.
  • “Five-0” has fortified its Nielsen TV ratings, becoming the most-watched show in the 8 p.m. hour (9 p.m. Mainland). Now it needs to improve its ranking in the 18 to 49 demographics, where it now trails “Shark Tank.”
  • “Five-0’s” Friday performance has landed the show into the Top 20 network series — at No. 15. OK, it’s not the Top 10, but it’s an improvement from the past two seasons.  The most-watched Friday show is “Blue Bloods,” which ranks No. 7 in the Top 20.

This kind of feel-good karma certainly must be impacting the spirit and morale on set. The show is completing its 22nd episode and fourth season later this month, surely on a happy note.


Here are the Top 20 network shows, based on last week’s ranking, followed by viewership in the millions:


1 — “Big Bang Theory” (CBS), 18.1.

2 — “NCIS” (CBS), 17.9.

3 — “The Voice,” Monday (NBC), 15.6.

4 — “The Voice,” Tuesday (NBC), 14.5.

5 — “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), 14.4.

6 — “Ressurection” (ABC), 13.9.

7 — “Blue Bloods” (CBS), 12.0.

8 — “The Millers” (CBS), 11.6.

9 — “Criminal Minds” (CBS), 11.4.

10 — “The Black List” (NBC), 11.0.

11 — “60 Minutes” (CBS), 10.7.

12 — “Person of Interest” (CBS), 10.6.

13 — “American Idol,” Wednesday (Fox), 10.5.

14 — “Two and a Half Men” (CBS), 10.4.

15 — “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS), 10.3.

16 — “The Mentalist” (CBS), 9.9.

17 — “American Idol,” Thursday (Fox), 9.8.

18 — “Survivor” (CBS), 9.6.

19 — “CSI” (CBS), 9.3.

20 — “Modern Family” (ABC), 9.2.




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