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Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 302, “Kanalua”

October 3rd, 2012 by

Getting into gear

Last week’s episode was a kickstart to the new season, with guns blazing and the Grappling Hook Helicopter in all its glory.  The season now shifts into regular gear with last night’s episode “Kanalua”, which featured the return of Hawaii Five-0 bad guy August March.

“Steve, only *now* you take your shirt off?!?” Photo CBS, Norman Shapiro

As a stand alone procedural episode, I thought it was great.  The chase scenes through downtown Honolulu were executed well, and there was great action with the shootout.  The bromance continued well, and I got a few laughs when Ed Asner and Masi Oka were thrown into the banter.  The only time when the story lost me a little was Catherine’s (Michelle Borth) ease of cracking the security password, but it went to show her ability in intelligence gathering.

Letting the Cat out of the bag

The show writers once again have the challenge of working in a strong female character to the show.   I think they’ve learned from miscues and the vocal criticisms of season 2 and are working hard to break Catherine Rollins  into the mix at a nice, easy pace.  Michelle stated at her tweetup here in Honolulu a few months ago that Cat would be there to help the team, without an overbearing presence, and I think the writers have successfully accomplished that so far.  She’s helped protect Doris while the rest of the team tracked down Wo Fat last week.

You’re a heart breaker, dream maker, love taker, ball breaker, don’t you mess around, no no no! Photo CBS

This past week, she did her own intelligence recon with the agent.  So she’s there to support the team, much like Jenna Kaye was there to support the team, but her transitions into the case are seamless and I hope Cat continues to develop.

A kinder, gentler Hawaii Five-0

A noticeable difference that I appreciated was the time with character development and interaction spent with the team.  A good amount of time was spent with Chin’s scattering of Malia’s ashes, and individual scenes of the team members consoling Chin.  As expected, Chin’s cousin Kono picked up a lot of that duty, but what was pleasantly surprising  to me was Danny making a gesture to bring Chin back to the group outside of Tropics bar.

Grace Park, Scott Caan, Alex O'Loughlin, Michelle Borth

Kanalua, CBS

Daniel Dae Kim once again nailed the scene perfectly, telling Danny the story of how he and Malia met.  I hope this is a trend that we see a lot of this season, with more interpersonal development amongst the team members.  Peter Lenkov and especially Bob Orci promised a lot more character development, and I believe it is definitely headed that way.

The return and departure of August March

One gripe I’ve slowly come to grips with is the short shelf life of many of the supporting characters of the show.  Big name actors have brilliantly played characters that unfortunately meet their end much sooner than I’d like to see.  I absolutely loved Tom Sizemore as the hard nosed Captain Fryer.  I loved to hate William Baldwin as Frank Delano.  Even Karl Herlinger’s quietly menacing “Toothpick” had just enough substance for me to want to see more.  Last, August March (played by Ed Asner) entered the Hawaii Five-0 Hall of Fame of the Faithfully Departed.  Not remembering much about him from the classic series,  Ed played the deceptively sly but malicious August March in season 2, who seemingly got away with murder and grand larceny.   March returned in Monday’s episode as the mastermind of the lithograph heist,  despite his schemes, he leaves a trail of evidence the Five-0 team picks up on.  Alas, March decides he can’t go back to jail, and checks out permanently, thanks to the help of a semi truck.  I understand that in the Five-0 universe, most characters have an expiration date, but some like Fryer and March you’d like to see from time to time.  So Mr. Asner, we bid you a fond “Aloha” and thanks for the memories of August March from the old series to the new.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 302, “Kanalua”

1)  Chin floated a lantern at the end of the episode, which takes from a Buddhist tradition that honors the dead.  Each May, the Lantern Floating Hawaii group organizes a huge event on O’ahu’s south shore where volunteers launch thousands of floating lanterns, some of them intricately decorated, oftentimes with a note honoring a loved one who’s passed away.

Large lantern at Hawaiian boat style with many prayers

Courtesy Lantern Floating Hawaii

2)  Kamekona (Taylor Wily) blew a conch shell at the beginning of the episode.  It usually was used to announce the arrival of royalty or to mark the start of an event.

Monday’s final Five-0 “live” ratings

October 2nd, 2012 by

While not excellent news, (and we knew it wouldn’t be) Hawaii Five-0 did in fact wring out a few more viewers now that the “Live + Same Day” DVR numbers have been released.    The final ratings have the CBS show scraping ahead of “Castle” in the all-important demo, and adding a few more viewers that were previously attributed to “Revolution.”   But here’s the good news for the Five-0 faithful: the ratings for the J.J. Abrams sci-fi show have been declining each week.  Although, I’ve heard some positive reviews of “Revolution,” people are saying that will require patience and a weekly commitment in order to stick with it.  If that’s the case, I think we’ll see even more viewers returning to watch McGarrett and team, as the MTV generation rebels against another Abrams show that strings you along for years before providing answers to it’s many mysteries.

 

Grace Park, Scott Caan, Alex O'Loughlin, Michelle Borth

Kanalua (Doubt)

From TVbythenumbers

Final Monday broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, October 1, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.6/12 12.55
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.3/9 8.17
ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10PM) 2.1/5 12.38
FOX Bones 2.1/6 6.99
CW IHeartRadio Music Festival (8-10PM) Special 0.6/1 1.21
8:30 CBS Partners 2.1/5 5.76
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.5/8 9.22
FOX The Mob Doctor 1.0/2 3.46
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 2.9/7 8.52
10:00 NBC Revolution 3.2/8 8.32  
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.0/5 7.95           
ABC Castle 1.9/5 10.35          

Hawaii Five-0 teasers

October 2nd, 2012 by

Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov sent out a teaser tweet (tweaser?) today to let fans know what they can expect in the coming weeks.

Poor Danno, given his fear of the ocean, I can’t wait to see how Steven convinced him to go fishing in next week’s episode, “Lana I Ka Moana.”

You can follow Peter on Twitter at @Plenkov

Hawaii Five-0 is inching back

October 2nd, 2012 by

Things are looking up for Hawaii Five-0, even though the overnight ratings still have them in last place. Based on the “live” numbers, it appears that some of the “Revolution” audience may be revolting and finding their way back to CBS, but Castle is still bringing in the most viewers. The 18-49 demographic is still firmly in favor of “Revolution,” but it remains to be seen how many of them stick with the show. In light of the viewer numbers from the past two weeks, it may be time for CBS schedulers to rethink using sitcoms as lead-ins to the Alex O’Loughlin-led cop drama.

From TVbythenumbers

Revolution

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, October 1, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.5/11 12.32
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.2/9 8.15
FOX Bones 2.1/6 6.92
ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10PM) 2.0/5 12.21
CW IHeartRadio Music Festival (8-10PM) Special 0.7/2 1.72
8:30 CBS Partners 2.1/5 5.712
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.4/8 9.02
FOX The Mob Doctor 1.0/2 3.54
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 2.9/7 8.507
10:00 NBC Revolution 3.2/8 8.40
ABC Castle 1.9/5 10.33
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.9/5 7.72

 

O’Loughlin former co-star to appear on Hawaii Five-0

October 2nd, 2012 by

Quite a few Alex O’Loughlin fans have been hoping to hear this news since the first season of Hawaii Five-0. With the many Asian characters inhabiting the shores of Oahu, it made perfect since to cast O’Loughlins’ former co-star and buddy, Daniel Henney.

From TV Guide.

Daniel Henney to appear on Hawaii Five-0

Daniel Henney

Before Alex O’Loughlin rode his current wave of success on Hawaii Five-0, he played an organ transplant doctor on CBS’s Three Rivers. Rivers co-star Daniel Henney is now being transplanted to Hawaii for a November episode.

Henney will play Michael Noshimuri, the beefy, tattooed brother of Adam (Ian Anthony Dale), who was just released from Pelican Bay Penitentiary where he served 15 years. In other words: watch your back, McGarrett!

Preview: Hawaii Five-0 “Lana I Ka Moana”

October 1st, 2012 by

Oh, boys and girls, this is going to be fun!  Shark Week, indeed.

Alex O'Loughlin Hawaii 5-0 preview "Lana I Ka Moana"

Video from AOLsplace1

Ed Asner talks Hawaii Five-0 and his return to Broadway

October 1st, 2012 by

Some of you know that I jokingly refer to Ed Asner as my imaginary boyfriend (sorry Alex,) so you can imagine how pleased I was to see this interview with the veteran actor on Zap2it.   I’m hoping that this isn’t the last we see of August March, but I suspect tonight’s episode won’t end well for the curmudgeonly criminal.

 Ed Asner Hawaii Five-0 episode 302

Ed Asner never expected“Hawaii Five-0″ to turn into a 37-year gig for him.

That’s the span of time between his first appearance on the original CBS crime drama and his reprising the role on the network’s current reboot of the show. After appearing in an episode last March, the seven-time Emmy winner has his third round Monday (Oct. 1) in the same part: August March, a veteran smuggler and art expert now asked by the Five-0 police squad to help probe a lethal robbery.

“You have to pay for crime,” the warm and frequently amusing Asner tellsZap2it about returning again as the character he first played in 1975 opposite Jack Lord. He reasons that in his latest return as March, working with Alex O’Loughlin as today’s Steve McGarrett, “I have to pay for killing that beautiful girl who got dumped in the ocean. That bugged everybody.

“I have a hard time bending over under certain conditions, and the way she dropped the bag (containing cash and diamonds) in the beginning, I couldn’t reach it without looking very clumsy after my very adept killing of her. Finally, they arranged for her to drop the bag at a much higher level so I could scoop it up much more easily … the convenience of modern technology.”

Asner hasn’t seen the result of his latest “Hawaii Five-0″ work (“I will when everybody else does”), but he doesn’t believe clips from his 1975 appearance are integrated, as they were last time. And he maintains he doesn’t mind that, since the earlier way, “You see what an old man I am.

“It wasn’t until about a week ago that I remembered where ‘August March’ came from,” Asner adds. “My old assistant looked it up, and that was Saul Bellow‘s entry into literary stardom: ‘The Adventures of Augie March.’

It’s been a bountiful professional year for Asner, still legendary — and still evident, in weeknight “Mary Tyler Moore Show” repeats on the classic-show channel Me-TV — as the gruff but lovable Lou Grant.

After guest spots on TV Land’s ”Hot in Cleveland” (which reunited him with Betty White) and ABC’s “The Middle,” he’s completed two upcoming TV movies: “Home Alone 5: Alone in the Dark” for ABC Family, and “Two In” for Hallmark Channel. He’ll also provide the voice of Santa Claus, a role he’s filled a number of times (“I own the territory”), in a Christmas episode of Cartoon Network’s ”Regular Show.”

Asner is about to tread the Great White Way, too: Following several weeks of previews, he opens Thursday (Oct. 4) in a Broadway staging of Craig Wright‘s dark comedy ”Grace,” casting him as an exterminator who impacts the plans of a couple (Paul RuddKate Arrington) newly relocated to Florida. Michael Shannon (“Boardwalk Empire”), Arrington’s significant other in real life, also stars.

“It’s nice to participate in the power that it achieves,” Asner says of being in New York for a while. “It’s so funny. You can be a journeyman actor in L.A. and do your TV guest shots and the occasional movie, and all kinds of readings and plays within the town, but there’s that wall of the bankers in New York. Nothing happens until you do something that sets them off, such as appearing in this play.”

Asner has done Broadway before, but it’s been 23 years since his last appearance there in “Born Yesterday.” Of “Grace,” he reports, “The audience response for me has been fantastic. I’ve been very lucky.” And it’s a somewhat easier go than the other stage role he’s had lately, traveling the country in a one-man show about Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

“I’m on stage there for an hour and 40 minutes all alone,” Asner reflects. “Here, the play also runs about an hour and 40 minutes, and I’m in a third of it at most. Because other people are involved, though, the clockwork and the timing are so much more important. The other way, you can react to yourself at your own risk.”

Will Hawaii Five-0 rebound from Week 1?

September 30th, 2012 by

Although we’re only one episode into Season 3 of Hawaii Five-0, the ratings have given fans, and I’m sure the network, a bit of a scare.  I addressed the subject in an earlier blog post of the Nielsen numbers, mentioning the impact of the new NBC show, “Revolution.”   Wayne Harada in Honolulu has followed and written about Five-0 since CBS began filming in 2010.  I don’t always agree with his assessments, but I find his most recent post to be very balanced and thought-provoking.  That’s not to say that I concur with everything he says, but we want to know what you think.  And please keep your comments respectful to all parties.

From The Star-Advertiser.

The worrisome performance of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” in its third-season launch last Monday (Sept. 24) night, is a wake-up call for all concerned: the producers, the writers, the actors, even the audience.
“Five-0,” which had been averaging 12 million viewers a week (according to exec producer Peter Lenkov), dropped to 8.06 million — as low as it’s ever gotten — slipping it third place in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) slot. ABC’s “Castle” was No. 1 with a solid 10.45 million and NBC’s promising newbie “Revolution” with 9.45 million, was No. 2 with a very enviable debut. (The TV ratings figures have been readjusted from preliminary reports).
The HF0 fanship has been cheering and supporting the reboot, with aloha to spare at Sunset on the Beach, where the CBS series has previewed the first episode for three consecutive years.
Now it’s time to pause the fawning and reflect on the reality: what happened? The viewership for H50 was disappointing, the pits. Did the Sunset crowd, which saw the Monday episode, skip it in prime time?
The show’s slippage could be based on a couple of factors: folks who regularly support “Castle” and “Five-0” did some test-driving with “Revolution” a highly regarded newcomer with its theme of an America without electrical power and a lawlessness state; curiosity in “Castle’s” developing love relationship between its two leads in teaser ads resulted in loyalty buzz and steadfast support; the addition of yet another H50 character — Mama Doris McGarrett — in a community that’s becoming increasing cluttered with new folks who don’t necessarily provide chemistry or longevity might have been raised the profile of H50 a skosh.
In the past, we’ve seen Papa McG and sister McG. Familial fatigue, perhaps?
Since “Five-0” is filmed in Honolulu, we all take ownership and pride when it does well; we support it, even when it stumbles; we hurt, if it begins to wobble and wither; we worship its stars, who have become part-time residents; we know the series helps improve our see-sawing economy and community. Mostly, we’re grateful they’re all here. Win-win for everyone, right?
But there’s a lot at stake. H50 needs a quick-fix Plan B to reverse the low trending. Sure, the opening show may be an exception rather than the rule. The last one out could eventually cross the finish line first.
But face it: the competitors include appealing lead-in reality shows; and “Revolution” seems to tout surprises and the unexpected, following “The Voice.” “Castle” seems rooted in the traditional procedural (if it’s not broken, don’t fix it), foxtrotting in after “Dancing With the Stars.” H50 continues to experiment with new characters, extracted from a fabricated past, its lead-in shows are sitcoms “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike and Molly.”
But there’s no reason why “Five-0” can’t rebound and recapture its sizzle.
With McGarrett and company filming since July, perhaps as many as eight or nine shows already are in the can.
Still, a midway checklist might work: Declutter by eliminating or certainly reducing excessive background character details; conceive story lines that grip and attract established and new audiences; downplay or freeze story arcs that impede efficient week-to-week adventures; prioritize character development only to add relevant specifics.
This season, we’re expecting McGarrett to get warm and cozy with a love interest from the past; Chin alarmingly lost his wife, introduced last season via a wedding; Kono seems to be getting close and personal with a main squeeze we’ve already seen; Danno retains feelings about his ex who is the mother of his beloved daughter. With these plot devices, the imbalanced focus seems to be on personal lives rather than solving and fighting crime.
We’ve already seen William Baldwin in a return cameo. Ed Asner recurs in this Monday’s (Oct. 1) episode. Does that mean Jimmy Buffett might do a hana hou?
And what’s up with Wo Fat? He flits in and out, providing some menace but he’s still not the oily snake of a villain he should be. And whoa, Mama McG factors in the Wo Fat complexity? And Kamekona? A big guy with a big heart, yes, but perhaps his shrimp truck shtick has run out of fuel.
And: Enough of the silly Shelburne issue. Solve it in one more go-round. Then bury it. And move on.
The carguments between McGarrett and Danno — they hook ‘em, Danno — are snappy snits and snarls that should continue. And happily, McG looks McGreat — the hiatus obviously was invigorating. Alex O’Loughlin’s personal life (a girlfriend, a baby due in a month, his son in school here) means blissful times off camera.
So why can’t this energy and manner infiltrate and transcend into the weekly watch?
With “Five-0” destined to be picked up by TNT (summer 2014, at $2 million-plus per episode) for USA-type cable syndication enjoyed by “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” and the “Law and Order” franchise, the show won’t be immediately canceled; however, the commitment needs a stable of episodes to make the association profitable for a truly long shelf life.
So: “Five-0” vitally needs new blood, new vigor, new excitement. Focus on the main four, establish scripts with credibility and inventiveness.
It’s a matter of the three Rs: rethink, recoil, rebound.

Five-0 team says “aloha” to Chin Ho’s wife

September 28th, 2012 by

In season 1 of Hawaii Five-0, we had a glimpse of a “paddle-out” funeral for a surfer, and fans worldwide were impressed with the beauty of the ceremony. We’ll see another on Monday, in “Kᾱnalua,” but this time emotions will run high as we say goodbye to Chin Ho’s wife, Malia, who fell victim to Frank Delano (William Baldwin.)

Scott Caan Alex O'Loughlin Grace Park Michelle Both

Video: Alex O’Loughlin as stand-up comic?

September 28th, 2012 by

Hawaii Five-0 fans who were unable to make it to Honolulu this past weekend, missed out on the premiere festivities at Sunset on the Beach, including a little speech by our favorite Aussie.  After you watch it, I’m sure you’ll agree that Alex O’Loughlin owes us a choreographed dance. Shoot, I don’t know about you, but I’ll take an impromptu dance.  

A huge “Thank you” to Kathy with a K for letting us use her video.