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Something old, something new as 'Five-0' wins time slot

September 27th, 2014




The season five premiere episode of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” “A’Ohe Kahi e Pe’e Ai (Nowhere to Hide)” won its 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) time slot, with 8.90 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the coveted 18 to 49 demographics.

The figures, courtesy Nielsen Media Research, include live plus same day numbers that were down from season four’s premiere, when the Hawaii-based show logged 1.6 adults in the preferred demos. Final numbers are subject  to change, with live+7 day figures are factored in.

The evening’s demo champ was ABC’s two-hour “Shark Tank,” with a 1.8 scorecard in the 18 to 49 demo and 7.10 million in the 7 to 8 p.m. hours (8 to10 p.m. Mainland).

And CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” with 10.60 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18 to 49 demo, was the night’s most-watched series in the 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland).

Overall, CBS had the most viewers (8.36 million) for the night, and ABC copped the night’s 18 to 49 demo with a 1.7 rating.

So the race is on for the 2014-15 TV fall season…

Promising change and tweaking this year, “Five-0” offered a mix of old and new. It was a lively and engaging episode, but you needed to suspend  credibility.




  • The bickering banter between  Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan), in a longish give-and-take reflecting on their nearly four years on the H50 task force, during psychoanalysis with an unseen therapist; also later in the usual race to the crime scene car.  The aural see-saw has become smooth and satisfying ride, though as McG admits, it’s all about the ‘ohana. It was cutesy when Lilo told Stitch, in Disney’s Hawaii-set kiddie com, but McG?
  • The season’s first utterance of “Book ‘em, Danno” from McG to Danno. More to come, of course. It’s been the trademark quote for years, the lasting notable quotable from the original Jack Lord-James MacArthur team.
  • The rekindled romance between Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) and her reunited beau Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Hall). Will they hitch, or will they part?
  • The presence of Jerry Ortega (Jerry Garcia), the conspiracy theorist, a crime solver with quirky and quizzical but effective means. The small screen lights up when he’s front and center,
  • The residencuy of Lou Grover (Chi McBride), the displaced Chicago SWAT guy, who now makes the task force truy Five-0.  Will he spar occasionally with McG, which had sizzle and fire, or will they remain best buddies?
  • The past continues to haunt Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), who confronts imprisoned Gabriel (Christopher Sean), resulting in the restoration of Chin’s dubious past. Does he or doesn’t he have missing moolah? Surely, a bone to dig up in the future.


  • Max Bergman (Masi Oka), the medical examiner, has a new assistant, Dr. Mindy Shaw (Amanda Sutton). Only time will tell if she’ll have the kind of repartee and relation like the dudes on “NCIS.” And we’ll have to wait to see what evolves in the lab.
  • The lockdown of the city — with a focus on Waikiki — magnifies the issue of terrorism. In this case, the murder of a couple atop the Diamond Head lookout by a combat drone with a deadly machine-gun precision, is fresh, fierce and formidable. But a plane landing on Kalakaua? Where was the aerial backup security to prevent this?  And abandoned cars on the freeway, instead of totally empty roads? Mark this one a fantasy — and check in your disbelief. Would you abandon your car and walk to safety? Not logical.


  • Final thought: who needs Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), when the terrorist is Marco Reyes (Anthony Ruivivar), who doesn’t come to the party till very late in the show. In his short scene, he was  threatening, menacing, and terrifying — TNT! — and he’ll recur in an ongoing story arc in two more episodes, including the next installment, “Ka Makuakane (Family Man). A villain in every sense of a procedural, with nerve and verve. And happily, he’s a local though now lives in California.

 The verdict:

Good start to a new season, with expectations higher than ever. And your reaction?




'Lost' star Josh Holloway lands USA cable pilot 'Colony'

September 26th, 2014

Josh Holloway, formerly of "Lost," lands USA cable pilot "Colony."

Josh Holloway, formerly of "Lost," lands USA cable pilot "Colony."

“Lost” star Josh Holloway will reunite with the former co-producer of his earlier ABC hit show, in a USA cable TV show called “Colony,” which Carlton Cuse is producing for Universal Cable Productions and Legendary Television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Holloway, known for his Sawyer role on the Hawaii-filmed “Lost,” will portray Will Bowman, an FBI agent caught between his family and a group of resistant intruders in a futuristic Los Angeles colony.

Word of Holloway’s casting, coupled with Cuse’s latest co-producing with Ryan Condal, comes shortly after “Lost” marked its 10th anniversary of its premiere on ABC.

“Colony” will be Holloway’s first project and reunion with Cuse since “Lost.” He earlier starred in the short-lived CBS drama, “Intelligence,” which was Holloway’s first post-“Lost” recurring series, following a round of big-screen  and TV roles while living on the Mainland. Holloway still owns a home in Hawaii Kai.

Cuse’s recent projects include Amazon’s “Point of Honor” and A&E’s “Bates Motel.”

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Oh what a night: Frankie Valli will guest on 'Hawaii Five-0'

August 25th, 2014

“Oh What a Night” it’ll be, when Four Seasons’ main man Frankie Valli, guests on the eighth episode in the fifth season of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0.”

TV Guide confirms that Valli, the falsetto-voiced icon from one of musicdom’s most popular groups, will portray the fiancé of  Deb, played by Carol Burnett,  who is the aunt of series star Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett character.

USA:  Frankie Valli - 'The One. The Only. The Original.' ReceptionIt’s a return visit for Burnett as the auntie, who’ll haul Leonard Campbell, her intended, to the Islands for a walk down the aisle. It's Valli's first appearance on  "Five-0."

As series producer Peter Lenkov tells TV Guide, “They’re going to have this whirlwind romance and they’re coming to Hawaii to get married because they realize both of them don’t have much time left.”

The matrimonial plans will be somewhat clouded when McGarrett discovers some suspicious behavior in Campbell’s past, according to Entertainment Weekly.

No word on whether the incident dates back to “December 1963,” the official title of the pro-drugs song by the Four Seasons  aka “Oh What a Night” prominently featured in the Broadway musical based on the lives of Valli and his Seasons as well as the movie version released earlier this year.

“Five-0” debuts  at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) Sept. 26 and this episode is expected to air Nov. 21.




Here's the scoop on Roy's appearance on 'CBS This Morning'

August 24th, 2014

Ever wonder what goes, when a celebrity chef makes an appearance on a talk show?

Does he prepare the meal himself? Bring ingredients? Prep then cook the meal?

royNormally, yes. But since Roy Yamaguchi resides in Hawaii and had to commute to New York for the TV appearance, how could he manage to haul ingredients and seasoning to prepare a bounty of food for a guest spot on "CBS This Morning” on a recent Saturday?

Here’s the background story, from Yamaguchi himself:

The food for the segment was all prepared by the network’s food stylist.

“We supplied the recipes and they went shopping for all the ingredients,” said Yamaguchi. “I only  brought myself.”

The menu included misoyaki cod, lemongrass chicken, Szechuan green beans, garlic fried rice, cucumber, wakame (seaweed) namasu, lomi tomato, and pineapple upside down.

The fare typically can be found on a Roy’s menu, particularly in the Islands, where his chain of restaurants exist on all Islands.

The show’s co-hosts of the day were Jeff Glor and Vinita Nair, who enjoyed the meal while chatting with Yamaguchi. Goes with the territory. But there was a ton of stuff, so gets to eat it?

“Whoever was backstage,” said Yamaguchi. “First come, first serve.”

This was a rare instance when the award-winning chef didn’t do the kitchen duty himself.

As he told me: “99 per cent of the time, I usually come with the ingredients in hand, to cook a dish on TV. Most studios are equipped with a moveable or stationary kitchen. Mostly infrared stovetop.”

And a secret he shared: Yamaguchi usually brings his classic Szechuan baby back ribs “as a treat to give to the backstage staff.”



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Avoid road rage; sing along with Frank DeLima's new parody

August 4th, 2014




delimaFrank DeLima’s at it again — and the fall traffic woes are his prime target — in his latest musical parody, “Closed the Road Again,” released today.

The comedic track, to the tune of Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” assails the seemingly never-ending road closures and detours and striping going on practically everywhere. Summer was a bummer, but school was out. With classes at public schools already under way for the fall session, and private schools delaying the reopening of classes for another month or so, “Closed the Road Again” at best provides comic relief  for motorists amid the anguish or coned-off detours and zig-zagging twists and turns.

Written by DeLima and his fellow partner in parodies Patrick Downes, “Closed the  Road Again” laments the endless road holes that are dug, then fixed, then dug up again. As one line puts it, “no mattah what, dey going close da road again.”

Leave it to DeLima and Downes to again capsulize and provide all of us a way to let off steam under trying community-wide stress and frustration. The ditty is a suitable tonic to avoid road rage.

DeLima laments the cyclical repetition:

“Dug dat hole again,

“Den fill um up and dig um up again,

“Den dey restripe um twice and black um out again,

“Dug um, fill um, stripe up all again.”

And don’t forget the unexpected rerouting – and the pain of the imminent rail trains in the distant future:

“Going nuts again,

“Deyu shut down Vineyard to Kinau again,

“An jes when dey say dat almost pau — and den,

“Here comes the rail to start it all again.”

The tune is available for downloading at DeLima’s website,, for the price of a voluntary donation to the comedian’s school visitation project.