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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.

On set photos from Daniel Dae Kim

September 27th, 2012 by

Perhaps sensing that Hawaii Five-0 fans were beginning to suffer from withdrawals after all the Sunset on the Beach images from earlier in the week, Daniel Dae Kim generously tweeted some photos of the cast today.  He calls this vignette, “Artist at Rest.”   You can follow Daniel on Twitter; @Danieldaekim.

Mahalo, Daniel!

You can find more behind the scenes photos on Facebook.

Hawaii Five-0 a victim of “Revolution” in Week 1

September 27th, 2012 by

As soon as I heard that the new J.J. Abrams show “Revolution” was scheduled for the Monday 10 p.m. timeslot, I got a little nervous.  The co-creator of hit series such as “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Person of Interest,” brings a cult following to each of his projects, and the show immediately had buzz surrounding it.  That doesn’t mean that the audience always sticks with Abrams’ shows, however.  In addition to his hits, he’s had a few misses such as “Undercovers,” and “Alcatraz.”

The “Revolution” premiere brought in 12.3 million viewers but then lost 1.3 million of that at the half-hour mark.  The following week, when “Castle” and Five-0 made their season debuts, Revolution dropped to 9.2 million, beat out by a post-coital Castle and Beckett, with Hawaii Five-0 bringing up the rear.  Revolution, did however, win the 18-49 demographic.

So what does all of this mean for Hawaii Five-0?  It’s really way too early to tell.  The show had it’s worst ratings ever, but the whole CBS line-up took a hit, believed to be victims of Monday Night Football.  According to EW, ”in the past, football has tended to impact CBS shows a bit more than rivals…”

Do fans have reason to worry?  Probably not.  Hawaii Five-0 normally gets a big bump in viewers once the DVR numbers are in, but we won’t see those figures for another two weeks.   CBS has seemed to be content with the island drama bringing in lower ratings than shows such as the NCIS franchise, and they’ve has already sold syndication rights to TNT for a hefty price, offsetting the cost of production.   In the meantime, we’ll have to wait and see if Alex O’Loughlin and company can bounce back after a poor premiere week.

Hawaii Five-0

Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

From TV by the Numbers

Final Monday broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, September 24, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.4 11 12.18
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.6 11 8.84
ABC Dancing with the Stars: All Stars (8-10PM) 2.5 7 14.11
FOX Bones 2.3 6 7.61
CW The LA Complex 0.2 1 0.57
8:30 PM CBS Partners -P 2.4 6 6.56
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.7 9 10.14
FOX The Mob Doctor 1.3 3 3.85
CW The LA Complex 0.2 0 0.39
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 3.1 7 9.45
10:00PM NBC Revolution 3.4 9 9.21
ABC Castle 2.1 6 10.45
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.8 5 8.06



Photos: McGarrett and Danno adrift

September 26th, 2012 by

We don’t often post the Hawaii Five-0 promotional photos this far in advance, but sometimes it just needs to be done.  Like when they’re particularly sexy and/or adorable as in the case of the images provided by CBS Press Express for the third episode of Season 3, “Lana I Ka Moana.”   Take a scroll through them and enjoy!

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ET Canada teases with the hot boys of Hawaii Five-0

September 25th, 2012 by

That Erin has the best job, doesn’t she?

Hawaii Five-0 preview: Kᾱnalua

September 24th, 2012 by
Ed Asner - Kanalua

Ed Asner – Kanalua


ET Canada sits down with Grace Park

September 24th, 2012 by

Mahalo to Mrs. Little, for sharing a couple of “ET Canada” clips with her friends to the south.  We see so much about the men on the show, that it’s really great to learn a little more about the talented Grace Park.

New Hawaii Five-0 behind the scenes peek

September 24th, 2012 by

 Season 3, here we come!