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The hand grip says it all on 'Hawaii Five-0'

April 12th, 2014




A firm hand grip — amid a concrete jungle of building rubble from a bomb blast — said it all on Friday’s (April 11) “Hawaii Five-0.”

Stunned, grey-with-ash and injured but still with a fighting spirit, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) were the epicenter of this non-traditional procedural entitled “Ku I Ka Pili Koko” (Blood Brothers).” Non-traditional, since the focus of attention was the two dudes isolated amid concrete rubble — another side of Hawaii.

There was blood — and lots of brotherhood — with some of the bromance carguments uttered in an environment of dust and cement blocks and grey gook everywhere. McG and Danno are trapped amid the rubble, with Danno a bit more seriously hurt than McG.

In what would traditionally be a typical cop’s day, trying to bust a weapons operation, this one turns into a search and rescue effort to locate and retrieve the duo buried amid the crumbled building.

So this was a personal storytelling outing. But  there were some bumps.

Overnight TV ratings have become a see-saw ride for the island-based “Hawaii Five-0.”

Up, down, up, down.

“Five-0” was the most-watched show in its 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) slot, with 9.09 million viewers. In the coveted 18 to 49 age demographics, “Five-0” slipped a tenth from last week, to a 1.3 rating, behind ABC’s “Shark Tank,” which had a 1.6 demo (down from a 2.0 a week ago) and  fewer viewers at 6.49 million..

These Nielsen figures are preliminary, subject to change.

The evening’s most-watched show was CBS’ “Blue Bloods” in the 9 p.m. slot (10 p.m. Mainland), with 10.97 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating. And perhaps inspiration for the partnered two shows (at least at the network level) — there’s a bounty of brotherly love  on Tom Selleck’s hit show.

Back to “Five-0:”  Trapped workers amid the ruins of a bombed building are jewels for breaking news on TV, so the situation here should have included a media component —  and concerned reporters wondering about the fate of McG and Danno.

The pair’s isolation brings McG and Danno closer than ever. The handgrips, the handshakes were unspoken displays of trust and aloha — remember, there were multiple grasps — and McG’s SEALS training enables him to comfort and aid his partner in time of need. Amid the agony and the injury, this was a time for give-and-take, teasing and nagging, sharing and caring.

Overall, there was more see-sawing. CBS and ABC were tied in the 18 to 49 demos with a 1.3 rating, but CBS had more viewers than ABC — 9.24 million vs. 5.62 million.

So goes the Friday see-saw ride.

And it was frustrating for McG, when his cell phone had no reception amid the ruins. But Skype does? A real inconsistency.

The  bombing stirs the other “Five-0” team members into action and reaction. Chin (Daniel Dae Kim), Kono (Grace Park), Grover (Chi McBride) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) are all aboard. Ditto, Max (Masi Oka). Widespread community concern about the fate and wellness of McG and Danno.

There were secondary elements galore: Chin and Kono continuing their workplace bonding after her long absence from the roster.

And Danno bonding with his love interest Amber (Lili Simmons) but not with his daughter Gracie (Teilor Grubbs), who unexpectedly interrupts the couple’s private moments.

And screen time for outgoing character Catherine — McG asks her to make reservations for a sushi dinner — was a nice personal touch, but raises beacoup questions about her end-of-the-season departure: how tight is the relationship? Will she recur in the next season? Do they break up and go separate ways? Or, gulp, will she be killed, as many shows handle an elimination?

Stay tuned.


'Five-0' has a reunion, but attendance is slim

April 5th, 2014


 Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly.

It was a fan-built episode for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0”  Friday (April 4), with viewers deciding plot elements which script-writers used to play out the episode. While Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) is attending his 25th anniversary high school reunion,  an alumna is murdered.

The show was entitled “Ho‘i Hou (Reunited),” challenged by elements suggested by fans in an earlier network promotion to determine story points: the setting would be Chin’s Kukui High School reunion; a macadamia nut heiress would be killed with a 5-inch stiletto (high heel shoes), a toy rocket will be one of the evidence pieces and a giant maze would be a factor in the pursuit of an alleged suspect.

But many fans weren’t watching, skipping the reunion, with “Five-0” amassing 9.52 million viewers in the 8 p.m. hour (9 p.m. Mainland), according to preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings. It was the most eyes tuned in, ahead of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” with 7.19 million, but “Shark” led the 18 to 49 demographics with a 1.9 rating, compared to the 1.3 rating shared by “Five-0” and NBC’s “Grimm” in a tie. The numbers reflected a glide and a slide — “Five-0” down 7 per cent in the 18 to 49 demo from a 1.4 from its last new episode, and “Shark” tanking 10 per cent from a 2.1 demo for its last fresh show.

The evening’s top drawers were CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” in the 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland), with 11.40 million viewers, and its 1.5 demo was up 7  per cent from its last original episode; “Shark Tank” had the best demo score (1.9 rating).

Overall, CBS had the most viewers, 9.473 million; ABC had the best 18 to 49 demo, 1.5 rating. It's been this way for months.

Could have been a middling week for Friday viewership — any argument is possible — or the naysayers are right: Friday is where the action isn’t. Where, in the past, shows often go to, before cancellation.

No, “Five-0” and “Blue Bloods” are renewed for another season, so not to worry.

Worrisome, however, is the ongoing concern of Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and that Shelburne mess involving his mother Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti, not in this episode, just name-dropped). The quest for answers take McG and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) to Cambodia, and since there’s no car for commute, they have their cargument in cargo plane as they head home. This, after checking out an empty coffin in the jungles of Oahu, which is supposed to be Cambodia.

Roosevelt was cast as Kukui High this time. Wasn’t Iolani the stand-in, in season one?

And Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia) is Chin’s reunion buddy — a pair of dudes not very comfortable schmoozing with their high school crowd.

But that yearbook glimpse was cute and on target: one was deemed “most likely to be abducted by aliens,” the other “most dependable.”  Would you have known who had the description if you missed the show?




Scott Caan replaces Shia Lebeouf as con man in 'Kasbah' film

April 1st, 2014



With “Hawaii Five-0” filming pau for the fourth season, series co-star Scott Caan, who plays Danny “Danno” Williams, can focus on his extra-curricular projects.

Caan has been tapped to replace Shia Labeouf in Barry Levinson’s “Rock the Kasbah” film. Caan will play a con man who tricks the main figure, a fading rock manager, played by Bill Murray. The film, also starring Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson, involves a botched USO tour of Afghanistan, where the Murray character finds himself sans passport or moolah.

Caan, the actor who created a stir when he earlier said he didn’t like the slow pace or the food in Hawaii, also has been filming a movie version of the HBO hit show, “Entourage,” expanding his profile more than any other regular on the CBS show based in Hawaii. The series ran eight seasons on HBO.

“Entourage” began filming in January, with a storyline beginning six months after the TV series ended. The project reunites the original cast featuring Caan, Jerry Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Debi Mazar, with Billy Bob Thornton and Hayley Joel Osmont joining the roster. The film is expected to be released in June, 2015.

Caan has diversified his show biz creds on stage, too. His play, “Two Wrongs,” had a brief run earlier at the Ocean City Center for the Arts in Maryland.  It’s described as a psychoanalytic contemporary comedy.


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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