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'Five-0' to be honored at TIM's 50th gala

March 15th, 2016


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The Jack Lords and the Leonard Freemans at "Five-0" premiere in 1968;

Peter Lenkov is the prevailing exec producer of the reboot "Five-0."
 “Hawaii Five-0,” the reboot police procedural completing its sixth season of filming here, will be saluted by the University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) in a “Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism” gala at 5:30 p.m. March 31 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

Appropriately, TIM is marking its 50th anniversary, so shining the spotlight on “Five-0” seems to be well-timed.

Peter Lenkov, the prevailing executive producer, and the late Leonard Freeman, the original creator-producer of the CBS series, will both be honored — the first from a creative element of the hospitality community. In the past, TIM has honored individuals from hotels, airlines, travel publishing and other spokes of the wheels that drive the visitor industry.

Thomas Bingham, dean of the TIM school, said “Five-0” television reach as a “global phenomenon that contributes to the largest industry in Hawaii.”

The original “Five-0,” which made Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, a household name, ran for 12 seasons, from 1968 to 1980. The update version, with Alex O’Loughlin as McGarrett, is awaiting a green light for its seventh.

The event also will honor Noel Trainor, principal of Savoy Consulting LLC, with the TIM Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the travel industry, and Daniel Chun, a TIM alumnus who is a regional manager of sales and community marketing for Alaska Airlines, will be inducted into the TIM Alumni Hall of Honor.

Sponsorship tables as well as individual tickets are available through TIM at 956-8946.

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'Five-0' on a roll — with role-playing — but ratings static

November 21st, 2015



Danno (Scott Caan) goes to school, under cover as an economics professor, in this week’s “Hawaii Five-0.” In the episode entitled “Hana Kuaka (Charades),” which aired Friday (Nov. 20), he portrays a college professor subbing for the one murdered and tossed in a pig pen with the pigs making dinner out of the prof's carcass. The oinkers weren’t making believe; the “body” must have had some flavors the big piggies loved.

First, a word about the overnight Nielsen ratings: ABC’s “Shark Tank” was No. 1 in the key 18 to 49 adults demographic, with a 1.7 rating — best of the night. And it’s a role the show has maintained for weeks, no charade invovled.

CBS’ “Five-0” had more viewers in the same hour — 9.06 million, better than last week — but with a static 1.1 18 to 49 demo rating.  The evening’s most-watched program was CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” which logged 11 million viewers and a 1.1  18 to 49 demo rating, in the hour following “Five-0.”


Danno wasn’t the only one playing something or someone he wasn’t.

Eric (Andrew), Danno’s nephew now recurring as a lab assistant, also goes under cover as a college student, to seek out evidence or chatter about why or how the prof landed in the pig pen. Good to admit he didn’t “cry uncle,” and his playful banter and young looks made him a natural to think he’d fit in on boozing and dancing with the collegians.

Even McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) took on the supportive fatherly stance, in a subplot involving a troubled son and his suspicious dad — with McG trying to sort out dad’s motives and son’s distancing stance while keeping everyone happy.

Jerry (Jorge Garcia), still eager to find his niche in the “Five-0” hierarchy, pulls what literally is a crappy duty — an evidence collector who has to watch for a missing bullet in the murder victim’s carcass to “pass” through the pig. While reading “Charlotte’s Web,” no less. Can you imagine the environment and odor during the filming? Garcia had to play the role of someone who couldn’t tell hell from smell.

Max (Maxi Oka), the ME who finds the thumb of the victim in the goop and, well, you know, the mess in the pig pen, might have been role-playing, too— thinking of his other primetime duties on NBC’s “Heroes Reborn,” which smells like gravy compared to this episode.

Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) still is masquerading with a smitten, gentlemanly veneer in his ongoing work-duty alongside Abby (Julie Benz), even opening the car door in their mutual cop-work doldrums.

With so many involved in the charade parade, who’s holding down the fort?

Lou (Chi McBride) was pretty stable this week, carrying the investigative banner. And Kono (Grace Park) put on a pretty face, despite the lack of good news regarding her problemed husband Adam (Ian Anthony Dale, not seen this week, but mentioned), with his Yakuza-ties past.





'Five-0' ratings remain flat, but so are its storylines

November 9th, 2015


So far this season, “Hawaii Five-0” has been “flat” — industry jargon for neither upward nor downward movement — in its Friday time slot. It pulled a 1.1 rating in the preferred 18 to 49 age demographic, and 8.75 million viewers.

The CBS procedural  has the most viewers in its 8 p.m. frame (9 p.m. Mainland), but trails ABC’s “Shark Tank” in the same hour, with its 1.6 demo rating; this key demo dictates advertising dollars, so the topper here for Friday Nov. 6, was “Shark,”  despite fewer viewers at 6.69 million.

“Bluebloods,” in the hour following “Five-0,” is most-watched with 10.75 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18 to 49 demos. This has been the general  Friday pattern, week after week, according to overnight Nielsen TV ratings.

For its part, the Hawaii-filmed “Five-0” survives on a night that gets little respect from the industry; Friday is the go-to place before cancellation.

Not saying the “Five-0” is imminently bound there; but because of a financial arrangement  with cabler TNT, “Five-0” is making money for CBS, in spite of the so-so performance. With TNT paying dearly  for syndication rights, the network is content to keep the show in production. As long as it can, before the steam runs out.

The plots are more often superfluous than not. Take Friday’s “Na Kama Hele (Day Trippers)” episode – No. 7 of Season 6. Its dual stories put Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlln) in romantic mode, on an incredulous first-date with Lynn Downey (Sarah Downey), involving scuba diving, dodging bullets from a gunman on an isolated island, in clearly was a misadventure-in-paradise outing. Oh, but they had time for a selfie.

Meanwhile, the “Five-0” team — with Danno Williams (Scott Caan) AWOL again — juggles assignments involving a silly incident about throwing a high school football game, which is never been an issue here.

So Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), with kokua from Lou Grover (Chi McBride), try to make sense of  high school football QB named Jesse Frontera (Jake Nutty) attempting to throw a game (being watched by football scouts) so the kid’s kidnapped father Kai Frontera (Gibi Del Barrio) would not be killed by hoods. The premise was flat and predictable — like, you knew the troubled kid would score a TD in the name of morality, despite the familial threat — and that his dad wasn’t going to be murdered for a super-happy ending. In reality, when was the last time you heard of  high school game being fixed with a gangsta team lording over the innocents? Pro ball, maybe, but  almost never with high school gridiron.

The episode had more, um, incredible moments, involving the two romantics:

  • McG and his sweetie, climbing up a waterfall; a slip down the craggy terrain would have given the attempt some credibility, but nope, they not only traipsed up the falls, they crossed the rippling waters to the other side. Who said mossy rocks are slippery?
  • McG and date, tooling over to an isolated island, on a skimpy rubber craft across pretty vast ocean — not so savvy, even for an ex-SEAL.
  • The couple discover a lost and unreported small plane in the wilds, and are discovered by a Boston mobster, Dennis Logan (James C. Burns), whose prison transport plane this was. Wouldn't  the Feds have searched for this errant plane?
  •  Fact or fiction, cannot tell you — but when his date receives a head injury, McG's RX is coconut water, supposedly serving as a cleanser and perhaps an antibiotic.
  • And they had time for a selfie?!

Oh, and one no-no; Chin apparently never got the memo or read the handbook about cop brutality in questioning a suspect; his behavior and action in trying to get a hood to spill the beans drew blood, enough for some disciplinary or legal action. Come to think of it, the "Five-0" inquiry room, with its institutional-green-painted hollow tile walls, does not have the customary peer-through-glass window for investigator honchos to see and hear the questioning. Howcum?

In the football game moments, Kukui High made a homecoming, complete with red T-shirts and pep squad and filmed at Kaiser High, with deliberate camera angles to prevent showing a not-so-crowded stadium audience.

And if you yearned for bromance banter, there was none. There's always next week.




'Five-0' monster mash ramps up viewership

October 31st, 2015

The seasoning of the bewitching — a Frankenstein, body parts, vampires, blood bank robbers, serial slayer — helped CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” to ramp up viewership and 18 to 14 demographics overnight. An All Hallows Eve treat, for sure.

dannycharlieToss in an carguments transferred to the unnaturally foggy Koolaus, between Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan), instead of cars (so, a walkument?); Danno doing a practice solo cargument in his  car, en route to pick up an AWOL Grace (Teilor Grubbs), dressed up as a fairy for a presumed trick-or-treat Halloween party, but detoured to a North Shore gig with older kids, without telling dad or mom; when she’s in Danno’s car, he delivers the sermon to her, only to wreck his car, as he avoids hitting a darting animal crossing the dark roads.

Expectedly, ghouls and costumed celebrants  were everywhere; Jerry (Jorge Garcia), as an ample, full-bodied vampire; Max (Masi Oka), in a Keanu Reeves-inspired period garb from “Dangerous Liaisons;” Taylor Wily as, er, who-knows-precisely-what, with a headband and necklace of bones.

Serial killers are in the mix (hence, beaucoup body parts), and the procedural often felt like a blender  bounty of figures and crimes from such flicks as “Halloween,” “Scream,” “Friday the 13th,” or any spootacular franchise from the past.

This seasonal nonsense, themed “Na Pilikua Nui”  (monsters in Hawaiian),

nonetheless upped “Five-0’s” ratings to 8.3 million viewers and an 18 to 49 demo rating of 1.1, in the 8 p.m.  (9 p.m. Mainland) hour, up from last week.

With all the masked ghouls, the bludgeoned body parts and thriller tension, the episode’s final moments — with Danno and son Charlie, at Shriner’s Hospital — was warm and rewarding factor of sharing (the kid passes out chocolates to fellow patients as he departs)  and of family (dad and kid, walking hand in hand). A joyous celebration — a treat — after all that cinematic tricks.

ABC’s “Shark Tank,” a competitor in the hour, posted a better 1.4 demo and  with 6.09 million  viewers, fewer than “Five-0.” The night’s champ for audience was Fox’s World Series Game 3, with 12.51 million viewers, and a runaway 18 to 49 demo of 3.1 for  the 7 to 10 p.m. (8 to 11 p.m. Mainland) block. Numbers may change, when Nielsen makes the usual adjustments.

CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), was the night’s most secure regular show, with 9.54 million viewers and an 18 to 14 demo rating of 1.1, equaling “Five-0.” And ABC’s “20/20,” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), was just behind “Blue Bloods” with 8.16 million tuned in, and a better 18 to 49 rating, 1.7.


Hello, mudder; hello fodder

October 25th, 2015


It was “Tough Mudder” — and rough fodder — on Friday’s (Oct. 23)  “Hawaii  Five-0.”

The fifth episode of the CBS procedural’s sixth season mixed motorcycle mania with a plot of dirty mud as the “Five-0” team  prepped for a race in the mud to kokua a police fundraiser, contrasted by a family taunted by criminal elements and a dad shot by his daughter because he was willing to deliver a deposition.

muddyLoopy, but ‘twasn’t a Halloween episode. That one’s next Friday.

The episode, entitled “Ka ‘alapahi nui (Big Lie),” was unexpected muddy fodder. Must’ve been fun, though, filming those training bits in the goopy muck. But the episode also boasted souped-up cycles — one soaring in the air from one high-rise to another — plus classic machines for cycling culture. Even a real-life biker biggie, Robbie Knieval (son of Evel Knieval).

The road warrior stunts, with cops in pursuit of cyclists on the H-3 — were smartly filmed with stunning aerial footage — are the common stuff of procedurals. But some of the plot turns, like a daughter eliminating her father because of past issues, was hard to fathom. Fiction flies only so far.

Oh,  Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) saddled up in a cycle for this one. Another fun instance.

The carguments were back, with Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), having a go like old times, without repeating the woes of McG’s heartache of the departed Catherine (Michelle Borth). And yep, there will be more future ponderings about Kono (Grace Park) and her Adam (Ian Anthony  Dale); there are still loose strings of unfinished business.

But the ratings? Not much fodder — not many surprises:

Most watched show: CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), with 10.27 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18 to 49 demographics.

Best in the demos: ABC’s “Shark Tank,” at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland), with a 1.5 18 to 49 demo and 6.28 million viewers.

Holding up at runners-up in the demos, all with 1.2 ranking in the 18 to 49 demos: ABC’s “Last Man Standing,”at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. Mainland), ABC’s “Dr. Ken,” at 7:30 p.m.; ABC’s “20/20,” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), with 5.20 million viewers, and the aforementioned “Blue Bloods.:

Struggling to remain in the game : CBS’ “Amazing Race,” at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. Mainland), with 1.1 18 to 49 demos, and CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,”at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland), with a 1.0 18 to 49 demo and 8.39 million viewers.

"Five-0" fantatics will retort that their fave show is No. 2 on Fridays, but they may still have mud in their eyes,  forgetting that the demos are what matters most to the networks since they mandate advertising rates.


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