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'Five-0' given sixth season despite flat ratings during fifth

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May 11th, 2015



 

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Despite flat ratings this year — with the season five finale scoring a disappointing 1.0 on the coveted 18 to 49 demographics  radar — “Hawaii Five-O” was green-lighted for a sixth season, one of 10 scripted shows CBS renewed today.

It’s certainly a reason for the cast and crew to celebrate, but the red flag must be hoisted, pronto: scripts need to be bolstered and upgraded, cast and subplot characters pared down, and the focus should be on more crime fighting than familial entanglements that have become routine and challenging for viewers who are not die-hard loyalists.

 

Here’s how the website, tvseriesfinale, summed up the ups  and downs of season five; the Nielsen numbers reflect a sagging rating performance and uncertain and erratic  demographics where it counts most:

Air    date

Episode

18-49 demo

% demo change

Viewers (mil)

% mil change

Fri

09/26/2014

05-01

1.20

-25.00%†

8.999

-4.87%†

Fri

10/03/2014

05-02

1.30

8.33%

9.770

8.57%

Fri

10/10/2014

05-03

1.20

-7.69%

9.190

-5.94%

Fri

10/17/2014

05-04

1.20

0%

.009.1790%

-0.12%

Fri

10/24/2014

05-05

1.10

-8.33%

8.920

-2.82%

Fri

10/31/2014

05-06

1.10

0%

9.470

6.17%

Fri

11/07/2014

05-07

1.20

9.09%

8.950

-5.49%

Fri

11/21/2014

05-08

1.40

16.67%

10.070

12.51%

Fri

12/12/2014

05-09

1.10

-21.43%

8.770

-12.91%

Fri

01/02/2015

05-10

1.40

27.27%

10.510

19.84%

Fri

01/09/2015

05-11

1.50

7.14%

11.500

9.42%

Fri

01/16/2015

05-12

1.50

0%

.010.590

-7.91%

Fri

01/30/2015

05-13

1.50

0%

0.  10.500

-0.85%

Fri

02/06/2015   05-14      1.30

-13.33%

10.080

-4.00%

Fri

02/13/2015   05-15

1.20

-7.69%

9.807

-2.71%

Fri

02/20/2015   05-16

1.40

16.67%

10.660

8.70%

Fri

02/27/2015   05-17

1.20

-14.29%

9.790

-8.16%

Fri

03/06/2015   05-18

1.20

0%

 9.540

-2.55%

Fri

03/13/2015   05-19

1.20

0%

0.09.383

-1.65%

Fri

04/03/2015   05-20

1.20

0%

0. 8.870

-5.47%

Fri

04/10/2015   05-21

1.10

-8.33%

8.697

-1.95%

Fri

04/24/2015   05-22

1.10

0%

0.008.350

-3.99%

Fri

05/01/2015

05-23

1.20

9.09%

8.600

2.99%

Fri

05/08/2015

05-24

1.10

-8.33%

8.367

-2.71%

Fri

05/08/2015

05-25

1.00

-9.09%

8.117

-2.99%

Season averages *

1.24

-12.34%

9.47

-2.50%

 

 

 

'Five-O' a go for a sixth? Or is two-parter the end?

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May 8th, 2015



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Has “Hawaii Five-0” earned a green light, to move ahead with a sixth season this fall? Or will the two-hour fifth season finale tonight (May 8) the end of the run?

CBS has yet to formally identify the island-based procedural as a returnee, but a Hollywood Reporter story today on new shows being touted for this fall includes a reference the K/O Products’ producing execs, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (who are producing partners of "Five-O"), with four shows on the small screen next season, including three on CBS: the current “Five-0,” a new drama entitled “Limitless,” and the continuing “Scorpion,” plus a Fox series, “Sleepy Hollow,” also returning.

With the approaching May 13 unveiling of the network’s schedule, this “Five-0” mention — an inadvertent slip? — bodes well for the Alex O’Loughlin and the cast and crew awaiting word here, despite the steady though flat ratings run for the show in its Friday night timeslot.

However, the website tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com, which scopes and tracks weekly Nielsen TV ratings, this week announced its final predictions of renewals and cancellations of the TV contenders, and places “Five-0” on the cancellation side of the fence: 45 to 49 per cent likely to get a pickup.

All this is playing out as the Hawaii show unreels two back-to-back episodes tonight (May 8) to bring season five to a close.

CBS appears to be the most-watched network this season,  thanks to its Thursday night NFL football program, the lofty reign and growth of its “NCIS” franchise and the long-reigning comedy favorite, “The Big Band Theory,” which is closing out its run this year.

 

Moore’s summer play is a comedy of Broadway

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May 7th, 2015



 

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Joe Moore, left;  Paul Mitri, above

For his summer stage vehicle, Joe Moore, KHON2 anchor, has tapped Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play,” a comedy still running on Broadway. It will open an 11-performance run June 18 and continue through June 28 at the Hawaii Theatre.Directed by Logan Reed, who worked with playwright McNally on this play on the Great White Way, the play features Moore as James Wicker, a television star enacted by Nathan Lane on Broadway, with Paul Mitri playing Peter Astin, a playwright being played by Matthew Broderick.

Lane and Broderick were the one-two punch of another Broadway-themed Broadway blockbuster, Mel Brooks'  Tony Award-winning "The Producers."

Described as a Broadway comedy about the comedy of Broadway, “It's Only a Play” combines backstage and onstage antics and deals with the opening night trauma of the playwright anxiously awaiting to see if his show is a hit. His best friend is the TV star and the characters include a fledgling producer, played by Linda Purl; a somewhat erratic diva of a leading lady, enacted by Cathy Foy; a genius director portrayed by Ryan Wuestewald, an infamous drama critic played by Tom Holowach;  and a fresh-to-New York coat check attendant played by Deszmond Gilla.

It’s both a celebration of the world of the stage, on both sides of the footlights. For local audiences, it’s an opportunity to examine a play while it’s still in a run on Broadway.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. June 18, 7:30 p.m. June 19, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 20, 2 p.m. June 21, 7 p.m. June 24, 7 p.m. June 25, 7:30 p.m. June 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 27 and 2 p.m. June 28.

Tickets are priced at $37, $32 and $22, depending on seat locations, with $72 VIP package that includes prime seats, an autographed program, and a post-show backstage meet-and-greet with the cast.

Seats are being sold only in the theater’s orchestra and loge sections on the main floor, not in the balcony.

 

 

 

Tickets go on sale Tuesday. Reservations: 528-0506.

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Has Lei Day lost its luster? Restore Waikiki Shell concert!

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May 1st, 2015



Is May Day still Lei Day in Hawaii?

Not so much today.

A key reason: The Brothers Cazimero, who made it a tradition to don lei on May 1 to join their festive hoopla at the Waikiki Shell, no longer stage their concert at the Waikiki Shell.

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They did it for nearly 30 years, ending a valuable community commodity in the mid-2000s.  Now there’s no one — an individual or a group — producing an event that has the allure and ammunition like an ol’ May Day party like Robert and Roland Cazimero’s.

Remember? You’d work daytime, and anticipate an evening Lei Day show, if it was a weekday. A weekend was easier to navigate your picnic spot on the amphitheater’s lawn. The concert was always a one-nighter, on May 1.

You’d pack or buy your bento dinner, and revel in the Hawaiian music pageantry. Occasionally, hula folks would dance in the aisles and amid the throng of the lawn crowd. So the fun and joy spread from stage to the audience, an example of the aloha spirit at work.

May Day also had its own song, “May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii,” a composition of Leonard “Red” Hawk, that was unilaterally performed and sung by school celebrants, as well as The Caz at the Shell.  But when was the last time you heard this tune? Do you recall its lyrics?  Can you still sing it?

The opening verse:

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

“Garlands of flowers everywhere

“All of  the colors in the rainbow

“Maidens with blossoms in their hair…”

Sure, some of you parents support your kids’ May Day pageants at school. But even these modest school programs — also remember those maypole dances? — are  becoming endangered species.

During my tenure at the Honolulu Advertiser, I used to acquire two lei on May Day. One to wear daytime at work, another for that night’s pageantry with Robert and Roland Cazimero, at the Shell. Their mantra: make a lei, give a lei, wear a lei.

The idea to get festive was a defining event that corralled both residents and visitors alike, to celebrate the music and the dance of these islands.  Thus, the Caz bros had the savvy and the integrity to summon their hula gents and maidens, their featured dancer Leina’ala Kalama Heine, and a notable guest star roster (always a secret, till show time) over the nearly three decades, for some serious sharing and caring.

For many locals, this became pretty much the only venture to Waikiki at night in a year. After all, the era of packed Waikiki showrooms, a cluster of movie theaters, and scores of new restaurants were reasons for an outing, but no longer. Surviving showrooms now target visitor audiences, the film theaters are gone, and locals just avoid Waikiki (you listening, you foodie truck fans?).

Lei Day was the kingpin of attractions in its time. (Sorry, Aloha Festivals, but happy you still have a ho’olaulea and a parade… and the still ongoing daytime lei contest don’t count).

The Lei Day gathering was “invented” by island artist and writer Don Blanding and Grace Tower Warren, who felt the urgency to celebrate aloha and culture. The tradition was revived in the 1980s when The Caz did the first one nighttime at the Shell.  The momentum and the magic made each outing a sellout, but the effort took time and money and a year’s commitment, since when one was pau, planning for the next began soon thereafter.

With the homeless crisis putting a smear on Waikiki, there really is an urgent need to put a positive spin on our beloved visitor mecca.  A Lei Day concert on May Day would be a quick band-aid, but it needs a new vision and a new focus — perhaps a project that the Hawaii Tourism Authority and/or the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau can support, enlisting the kokua of the entertainment community.

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii, and ironically May Day is the universal call for help, too.

Help! We need restore Lei Day tradition luster again.

 

 

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