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

September 27th, 2014
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THIS IS AN UPDATED POSTING

WITH REVISED RATINGS NUMBERS

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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.

 

Old:

 

  • 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.

New:

  • 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?

 

 

 

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

August 25th, 2014
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“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.

 

 

 

Amanda Setton to join 'Five-0's' M.E. office as a trainee

July 16th, 2014
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When CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” premieres Sept. 26, there will be a new trainee in the medical examiner’s office.

Amanda Setton, from “Crazy Ones,” will be introduced in the first episode of Season 5 as Dr. Mindy Shaw, who will assist Dr. Max Begman (Masi Oka) in the ME’s office.

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TV Guide named her as one of the new regulars this season, who’ll pop up in crime investigation scenes periodically.

Viewers of “Gossip Girl” and “The Mindy Project” may also recall Setton.

Carol Burnett, earlier introduced as Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) aunt Deb, will recur in Season 5 portraying Aunt Deb.

Five things to consider for ‘Five-0’s’ fifth season

June 16th, 2014
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 Michelle Borth, Alex O'Loughlin on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0:" While she bid aloha at the end of Season 4, should Borth as Catherine return again as a recurring character/love-interest for Steve McGarrett?

 

 

 

 

 

With CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” poised to launch Season 5 filming in July, the show’s writers already are at work to produce new scripts.

Four are aboard the creative team to create about 24 episodes, led by script coordinator Sue Palmer whose team includes Kenny Kyle, Sarah Byrd and Akeba Gaddis.

Mum’s the word, of course, on the specifics of the plots but the storylines will embrace the “Five-0” team including Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, Scott Caan as Danny “Danno” Williams and Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua.

This will be the first season that the series will be headquartered at the Hawaii Film Studios on the slopes of Diamond Head. While a fall kick-off is yet to be formally announced, the show will return to the Friday lineup at 8 p.m. Hawaii time (9 p.m. Mainland), preceding CBS’ “Blue Bloods” starring Tom Selleck, the network’s previous “Magnum P.I.” headliner.

No word yet if the traditional Sunset on the Beach premiere screening, on the beach at Waikik, will be a go.

The show’s treasury of characters has enlarge and expanded over the four seasons, with recurring secondary characters anchored in story arcs that likely will continue, hopefully with less frequency and with a better sense of reality.

Here are five things we’d like to see:

  • The return of the Catherine Rollins character played by Michelle Borth. Surely, her part was magnified in the brief absence of actress Park, whose real-life motherhood was shielded in an on-the-lam story tapping her on-screen boyfriend.  The likelihood of Borth’s return seems logical: she was not killed off, audiences adored her, depending on what she might land on TV, she just may be the trump card “Five-0” needs somewhere during the season. Further, McG has no object of his affection going into the new season.
  • Shelve  Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti), mother of McG,  and retired Navy commander Joe White (Terry O’Quinn), who brought aboard more luggage and despair in their cloudy, confused demeanors, triggering far too many loose ends and conspiracy theories. Each time either returned, there was clutter and tangle to impede the “Five-0” storytelling rhythm. Pau, already.
  • Wo Fat, now disfigured, also has outlived his usefulness as McG’s nemesis; let him disappear, too, to some destination. If the series needs him in its hip pocket, he could be summoned back. And please: do we need segments on Wo Fat’s mother and father, to fill in the blanks of his family tree? Fans of actor Mark Decascos can still view him as The Chairman on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef, ” after all.
  • Eliminate those far-flung reaches with foreign destination storylines; Borth’s dedication, to seek a conclusion and closure in an Afghan segment in the Season 4 finale, was a whimper of a finish for the show — not a ratings leader. Indeed, the tale was as drab as the desert landscape. Shelve, too, any intention to fly a chopper to Korea for McG (remember?) — if there’s a foreign tie, at least make it believable.
  • Build up the secondary figures in the “Five-0” ohana; Chi McBride, as SWAT ace Lou Grover; has found his niche and audience base, from a competitor/foe of McG, to a buddy-buddy;  Jorge Garcia, as conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega, has built-in oddity to hold interest and command, with equal parts seriousness and comedy — in short, he brings extra value and creds; Dennis Chun, as Officer Duke Lukela in the Honolulu Police Department, continues to land meatier roles thanks to his symbolic. historic tie to the original Jack Lord “Five-0,” where his late dad was Kam Fong Chun who originated the Chin Ho Kelly role; Kamekona (Taylor Wily), the shrimp truck operator, is  in an awkward place, recurring as a caricature of local culture and manners so if he continues, the writers should instill dignity and humanity to his presence.

Is this too much to ask for, for Season 5?

 

 

 

 

 

Spirit of 'ohana prevails in 'Hawaii Five-0' season finale

May 10th, 2014
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 McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Grover (Chi McBride) bond in finale. CBS photo

Family bonding and the spirit of  ‘ohana were the underlying roots of the finale of the fourth season of “Hawaii Five-0.”

The show, themed “‘Oka Pili ‘Ohana ka ‘Oi (Family Comes First),” focuses on the kidnapping of the Samantha (Paige Hurd), the daughter of  SWAT team member Lt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride), who literally weeps with  agony of pain that he’s unable to rescue her. Grover was to be the reluctant insider to a theft of $100 million being shipped, forcing him to bypass good conduct of an honorable Honolulu police officer, ultimately leading to his dismissal from the force. Bottom line: a dad would do anything for his daughter — the family-comes-first commitment in full display.

Two villains — not particularly welcome, since they bring unwanted baggage, but necessary for plot advancement from the file folders — emerge in this episode —Ian Wright (Nick Jonas, from the singing-acting Jonas Brothers ‘ohana, as the computer wizard) and none other than Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos, channeling more menace with his burn-scarred face).

The homecoming, however, gave the island-based CBS show a nice boot up in the preliminary overnight ratings,  with 9.09 million viewers in its 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) time slot, and a 1.3 rating in the 18 to 49 adult demographics. The show had the most viewers in its hour, but ABC’s “Shark Tank” topped the demos with a 1.9 rating with 7.20  million viewers.  “Five-0’s” demos tied NBC’s “Grimm,” which pulled in 4.8 million viewers. So “Five-0” won in viewers,  but was second in adults 18 to 49, the coveted advertising price-setter. As the lead-in show to "Blue Bloods," "Five-0" has made Friday a  payday, a night that traditionally meant a place where a series went to die.

The thing about kidnapping plots: you know, for the most part, the victim will be saved. How, and under what circumstances, shape the storytelling.

With Jonas’ return, you knew there would be some nasty computer/video hacking and halting and bomb threats that challenge airport security forces; with Dacascos, he creates an exploding device, allowing him to escape from prison) and — spoiler alert — is the unexpected soul who shoots Jonas’ character. But with Wo Fat back, the buzz about his ties with Mama McGarrett (Christine Lahti) recurs.

Further, you knew that the “Five-0” team would bond and support each other.

Of course, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan), would have one more cargument, aboard what they called a "clown car" (a rental with three wheels) but there was a touching scene, too, in a real Chevy car, between Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park).  The chatter was intimate and revealing, McG yearning and wondering about the extended leave of Catherine (Michelle Borth), opining, “She’s not coming home till the job’s done”), referring to her mission of finding that kidnapped Afghan child. Kono and Chin’s serious patter (they are cousins, remember) includes her revelation of her uncertainty to link with her b.f. Adam, though she wants marriage and kids; Chin ponders of the uncertainty of life, with the unexpected death of his Malia.

Danno also offers comfort to Grover, regarding his hostage child, sharing his personal feelings about the time his daughter Grace was taken, but ultimately recovered. The advice: “Stay focused.”

I could do without Ian’s comparison of the Five-0  with the Fabulous Four, with Ian declaring he’s the Beatles’ Brian Epstein.  Betcha today’s young viewers don’t even know who Epstein was.

With Grover bounced from the force, he has time for leisurely golf, but policing has been his life. So not surprisingly, McG hands him a “Five-0” badge and welcomes the ex-Chicagoan to his team. “It’s not a hand-out, Lou,” McG tells Grover. “We need you.”

Indeed. I knew, from the time McBride was announced to be a recurring character, that he’d evolve into a key player in crimefighting in Hawaii. That initial McG/Grover growling likely will recur, but hey, differing styles and opinions only can solidify the family relationship. You go, guys.

Overall, ABC topped the demos with a 1.5 rating and 5 share, CBS had the most viewers, with 5.93 million and a 1.2 adult demo. And true to the script, CBS’ “Blue Bloods” logged the most viewers (11.50 million viewers) and
“Shark Tank” had the best adult demos (1.9 rating).