Archive for the ‘"Hawaii Five-0’ Category

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?

It's official: 'Hawaii Five-0' will return for a fifth season

March 13th, 2014

h50It's official though anticipated: CBS today announced that "Hawaii Five-0" will return for another season — its fifth.

"Five-0" is one of 20 returning series. Its coupling with "Blue Bloods" on Friday nights has proven to be a ratings bonanza, but the pick-up was not a total surprise. "Five-0" producer Peter Lenkov was given a two-year extension recently, alluding to extended life for the Hawaii-based procedural. And the show has a lucrative syndication deal with TNT, the cable channel paying the Eye Network $2 million-plus per episode for syndication.

In a stunning coup, the top-rating  "The Big Bang Theory" was given a rare three-year extension, which would mean 10 years by the end of the latest terms. "Bang" and "Survivor" earlier were tapped for return before the surge of 18 comedies, dramas and reality shows named today.



Fright night rating stats: It’s pretty much status quo

March 8th, 2014



Friday night (March 7) TV ratings at-a-glance, according to the overnight Nielsen survey:

  • CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” is stable in its 8 p.m. slot (9 p.m. Mainland),  winning its hour in viewership (10.27 million), and 1.4 rating in the 18 to 49 demographics (matching last week’s outing).
  • But in the same hour, ABC’s “Shark Tank” had the best 18 to 49 demo (2.9 rating), but fewer viewers (7.49 million).
  • Same hour, different dial: NBC’s “Grimm” managed to  beat “H50” in the 18 to 49 demo, with a 1.5 rating, though its viewership fell short at 5.64 million.
  • CBS’ “Blue Bloods” posted the most viewers at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), with 11.87 million. But it had a 1.45 demo, with ABC’s “20/20” garnering a skosh more, 1.8 rating demo.
  • In the big picture, ABC was No. 1 in adults 18-49  with a 1.6 rating, besting CBS’ 1.4 demo;  but CBS had the most viewers over-all, 9.866 million, compared to ABC’s 6.636 million over-all.

So “H50” on Friday is a sweet match — enabling the island show to attract the numbers it couldn’t garner on Mondays.

The episode, “Hoku Welowelo (Fire in the Sky),” dealt with a mysterious Chinese satellite falling from the sky, creating initial tension: is this an omen with roots in ancient Hawaii, or a conspiracy object with global political implications?


The incident brings back Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia), a bear of a man with incredible intuition and savvy, whose presence provides humor, anticipation and some stability — the guy knows his stuff and his physique is enough to maintain your interest.

Mama Clara Williams (Melanie Griffith) lingers, to irritate son Danno Williams (Scott Caan) when she hitches a ride to go crimefighting with Captain Grover (Chi McBride),

certainly a violation of the investigation credo. But aside from the tension she brings along, she evokes humor and helps release stress — and is a much more appealing mom figure than Mama McG (Christine Lahti), who confuses and clouds son Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) m.o.

There’s more bonding between Grover and McG, to follow last week’s peace pipe exchange of sorts, so yes, there’s another flashback, with McG remembering an incident in North Korea, over a cuppa Joe.

Then there was the Chinese spy Zi Chen (Elaine Tan), who throws out menacing stares but  doesn’t become the dragon lady she could have been. Amid the show’s conventions and clichés, she was never nasty or threatening — but then again, she had her own agenda of discovering the fallen satellite to protect Chinese intelligence.

Good to see Kono (Grace Park) back in the groove with cuz Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and since Catherine (Michelle Borth) is now part of  investigative team (ever since Kono was on the lam in Vancouver), she’s along for the ride in case-solving, minus romantic clinches with McG.

Over-all, it was a comfy outing — safe in delivery, not groundbreaking.


Two more years for Peter Lenkov — and his 'Hawaii Five-0'

March 7th, 2014




Though CBS TV has yet to formally give the island-based “Hawaii Five-0” the green light to proceed for a fifth season, the online site  reports that the eye network has struck a deal with producer Peter Lenkov to continue for two more seasons.

The show, now in its fourth year, moved to the 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) slot on Fridays, where it regularly has led the viewership with a weekly average of 11.6 million — a comfort zone compared to the competition-heavy 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) Mondays, where it struggled to battle the popular ABC’s “Castle.”

Though “Five-0” has not dominated the coveted 18 to 49 adult demographics this year, viewership is up 3 per cent compared to Mondays and up 6 per cent in the demographics.

Two more years of production— and it could be longer, since the cast apparently had signed on for seven seasons — would fuel the network’s deal with TNT, where “Five-0” is in syndication. The cable network is paying CBS $2 million-plus per episode where the show so far has had a stronger international appeal than domestic.

In addition, the CBS deal enables Lenkov to develop new series for the network and for cable syndication.

This year, Lenkov reunited with his “Five-0” reboot collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci to mine the new drama, “Salvation,” which CBS acquired.