(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

Blue Bloods made its last collar for the season last week and last night the rest of CBS’ Friday line-up took their bow for now. There was a death, a near-death and a double dose on the Season 6 ender of Hawaii Five-O and of course a winner on The Amazing Race (1.0/4).

On the same night as the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 103-91 on ESPN to take their NBA Playoffs series to a Game 7, the Season 28 ender of the couples competition series saw Dana Borriello and Matt Steffania take a victory lap. It also saw the show up 11% among adults 18-49 from last week. Finale-to-finale, TAR was even with its Season 27 finale of December 11, 2015 and down a tenth from its Season 26 ender of May 15 last year.

With a 1.1/4 rating and 7.65 million viewers, CBS won the night as the 9 PM (1.1/4) Five-O was even with its May 6 show. For the special 10 PM (1.2/5) episode, in what has been a fairly steady cycle, the tropical set series actually saw a rise of 9% in the demo from its Season 5 ender of May 8 last year. That 10 PM Five-O was also tied with 9 PM’s Shark Tank (1.2/5), which was even with last week, on ABC for the demo top spot on Friday.

Another finale over on The CW saw The Vampire Diaries (0.4/1) hark to a voice from its past with the sounds of former star Nina Dobrev. A voiceover by the actress was all TVD fans got for this season ender but the show rose 33% in the 18-49s over last week. It was the opposite in the demo gravity for Season 6 of TVD compared to its Season 5 finale of May 14, 2015. Last night’s ender was down 43% from last year’s finale, which aired on a Thursday against some repeats on half of the Big 4. As for lead-out The Originals (0.3/1), last night’s show was even with last week.

ABC saw Beyond The Tank (0.7/3) up 17% in the demo over its May 6 performance and 20/20 (1.0/4) even with last week.

Like last week, Fox played a movie last night but NBC was all originals with Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon (0.6/3) kicking off the night down a tenth from its last original of April 29. Grimm (0.8/3) was even with its last original and 10 PM’s Dateline (0.8/3) was down 11% from last week’s 9:30 – 11 PM episode.

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In the 21st century, many television series are serialized, featuring a story line, or arc, that lasts an entire season. However, there was a time when a story that lasted two (or more) episodes was special, something to savored.

For viewers of the era, such multi-part episodes could be special. Because it wasn’t the norm, such story lines drew attention to themselves. What follows is a sampling.

Poster for One Spy Too Many, movie version of Alexander the Greater Affair

Poster for One Spy Too Many, movie version of Alexander the Greater Affair

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: In the first-season of the 1964-68 series, extra footage was shot so two episodes could be re-edited into feature films for the international market. Starting with the second season, the show produced two-part episodes that could be more easily be turned into movies.

Six such two-part episodes were made, two each for seasons two through four. One of the best was Alexander the Greater Affair at the start of Season Two. Industrialist Alexander (Rip Torn) was a fan of Alexander the Great and sought to control the world like his namesake. The movie version was titled One Spy Too Many. The television version, though, didn’t make the show’s syndication package and wasn’t seen again until 2000.

Mission: Impossible: The 1966-73 series included a number of two-part episodes. A second-season two parter was re-edited into a movie for international audiences called Mission: Impossible Versus the Mob.

M:I’s biggest multi-part adventure was a three-parter called The Falcon, which aired during the show’s fourth season. Arguably, The Falcon (written by Paul Playdon), was the series most intricately plotted story.

Hawaii Five-O: Another series with multiple two-part stories, some of which (FOB Honolulu, The Ninety-Second War) included Steve McGarrett opposing his arch enemy Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh). That includes the series’ pilot, which was re-edited into a two-part story at the end of the show’s first season.

What’s more, Wo Fat stories in the eighth and ninth season kicked off the season and were presented as two-hour episodes. The latter, Nine Dragons, featured extensive location shooting in Hong Kong.

Five-O’s fifth season also had a three-part episode where McGarrett took down the Vishons, a Hawaiian crime family. In the third part, McGarrett has been framed and doesn’t appear to have much chance to beat the rap. For one of its reruns on CBS, the story was re-edited into a two-and-a-half-hour presentation aired on a single night.

Also, a 1979 two-hour episode, The Year of the Horse, featured George Lazenby with “special guest star” billing, though he was a secondary villain. That installment included extensive on-location shooting in Singapore.

Poster for Cosa Nostra, an Arch Enemy of the FBI, movie version of a two-part episode of The FBI

Poster for Cosa Nostra, an Arch Enemy of the FBI, movie version of a two-part episode of The FBI

The FBI: The longest-running series from producer Quinn Martin had four two-part stories. The Defector, the show’s first-season two-parter, was an impressive espionage-themed effort.

The show’s two parter for the second season was The Executioners, which was edited into a movie for international audiences titled Cosa Nostra, an Arch Enemy of the FBI.

The series’ final two-parter, The Mastermind in the seventh season, featured three actors (Bradford Dillman, Steve Ihnat and Scott Marlowe), who were a kind of all-star collection of QM villains.

Mannix: The private eye drama featured a first-season story where Lew Wickersham (Joseph Campanella), the boss of Mannix’s detective agency, appears to freak out for no reason. Part I included a massive fight between Wickersham and Mannix (Mike Connors).

The series wouldn’t do another two-part episode until its seventh and eight seasons, when Mannix (Mike Connors) ran his own private eye agency. Both stories took Mannix out of the United States. The final two parter also included composer Lalo Schifrin’s final original score for the series.

The Wild Wild West: The 1965-69 series combined spies and cowboys. It only had one two-part story, The Night of the Winged Terror, but it was a doozy. It features Raven, a group trying to take over the world, which has demonstrated its power by programming officials into performing various destructive acts.

When the story (written by Ken Pettus) was filmed, co-star Ross Martin was recovering from a heart attack. So character actor William Schallert (1922-2016) played a substitute agent to work with Robert Conrad’s James West.

77 Sunset Strip: The show’s final season (1963-64) began with a *five*-part episode, simply titled “5.” Jack Webb, who had taken command of Warner Bros. television unit, ordered up a major revamp of the private eye series.

Only Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was retained, and his Stuart Bailey character was transformed into a lone wolf detective. “5” plunged Bailey into international intrigue, with an all-star cast of guest stars.


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William Schallert

William Schallert

William Schallert, a character actor with a long career, mostly on television, died on Sunday at age 93, according to an OBITUARY IN THE NEW YORK TIMES.

The Times’ obit leads off with how he played the father on The Patty Duke Show. But Schallert played in many genres and naturally had experience on spy television of the 1960s.

His roles included Frank Harper, one of the substitute partners for James West (Robert Conrad) in the fourth season of The Wild Wild West when Ross Martin was recovering from a 1968 heart attack. Harper’s appearance took place during the show’s only two-part story, The Night of the Winged Terror. Harper, like Martin’s Artemus Gordon, was a master of disguise. Schallert had appeared earlier in the series in other parts.

Another spy-related role for the actor took place in Get Smart, which gets a mention in The Times’ obituary.

While the typical William Schallert character was focused and serious, he expressed particular affection for an atypical role: the wildly decrepit Admiral Hargrade, a recurring character on the spy spoof “Get Smart” (1967-70), who operated in a perpetual state of confusion. (“He reminded me of my grandmother when she got dotty,” Mr. Schallert said.)

Get Smart actually ran from 1965 to 1970. Schallert’s appearances on the show were from 1967 to 1970, according to the actor’s IMDB.com entry.

Other roles of note for Schallert included: a doctor in a 1967 Mission: Impossible episode; an oily lawyer defending a medical “quack” in a first-season, two-part episode of Hawaii Five-O (the same reason he played Frank Harper on The Wild Wild West); and a guest part in the Sam Rolfe-created 1970s series, The Delphi Bureau.

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Tonight, Dan Savage and Lily Tomlin have starkly contrasting views to Adele — who nonetheless is singing her darling heart out. Or, those first two are on shows we suggest you watch tonight — well Adele still sings her heart out (on an NBC special).


Grace & Frankie [Netflix]

The Netflix show featuring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as uneasy longtime friends returns after a promising first season.

Real Time with Bill Maher [HBO, 10p]
Tonight’s guests on Bill Maher’s always provocative talk show include columnist Dan Savage and whatever Ann Coulter — there’s a good chance they’ll disagree on a few issues, but word is they both enjoyed the backstage flan. Well, I doubt there was flan in the spread, but there should have been, and if there were, they’d probably still disagree. I just want flan. Someone please bring me some flan!

Adele Live In New York City [NBC, 8p]
Adele says Hello from this late 2015 concert filmed at Radio City Music Hall. Get close with backstage footage, because tickets to Adele are as prevalent as they are to Hamilton.


Not much. Not even anything which warrants hunting down an image. It’s a murder that hits too close to home on the penultimate episode of the sixth (wow, huh?!) of Hawaii Five-O and a police shooting touches off anger in the community in the actual ultimate episode of Blue Bloods‘ sixth season.


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The life and times of the artist always to be known as Prince deservingly got the full network news mag treatment from both ABC and NBC last night. With the acclaimed musician and Oscar winner’s sudden passing on April 21, 20/20 (1.3/5) aired “Prince: Death of a Legend” at 10 PM and Dateline (0.9/3) had the Lester Holt hosted “Prince: Life & Death of an Icon” on Friday.

Coming off far stronger lead-ins that what the NBC news mag had, the multi-hosted ABC show took off like a little red corvette with a 30% surge over last week. That’s a 10-week high for 20/20 while Dateline actually dipped 10% among adults 18-49 from its April 15 show.

On the first night of Passover and an otherwise pretty steady primetime, the Disney-owned net was Number #1 in the demo with a 1.1/4 rating while CBS topped in viewership with 6.99 million – even with usual audience top dog Blue Bloods (0.9/3) in repeat.

ABC’s night started off with season finales for both Last Man Standing (1.0/4) and Dr. Ken (0.9/4). Both were down a tenth from last week, however, LMS saw just a 9% dip year-to-year to remain pretty steady with its Season 4 ender of April 17, 2015. As for the on the bubble Dr. Ken, it’s worth noting the first season of the comedy saw a 17% uptick for the net in the slot over last year to what was actually the best ABC has done in the Friday 8:30 PM period since 2012/2013. Shark Tank (1.2/4) abdicated its usual demo top spot to the 20/20 special on the Purple One with an 8% slip.

The Amazing Race (1.0/4), Hawaii Five-O (1.1.4) and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (0.9/3) were all even with their April 15 offerings. NBC’s Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon (0.7/3) and Grimm (0.9/3) were up 17% and 13% respectively. However, bit of caution there and a notice to expect adjustments as NBC was pre-empted in the big San Francisco market for MLB. There was also baseball preemptions in Chicago on the CW, which could also see The Vampire Diaries (0.5/2) adjusted in final numbers. As it is, TVD is currently up 25% over last week.

“Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life” – Prince

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Randy Couture is a former UFC champion who is now trying his hand acting in movies and on television shows.

Randy joined Ed and Steve to talk about the UFC, Conor McGregor’s retirement, and his upcoming guest appearance on Hawaii Five-O.

Randy started out by talking about his appearance on Hawaii Five-O saying “I play a serial arsonist…there is a prison break and I escape.” As for whether it’s easier to be an athlete or an actor Randy said “they’re both challenging in their own way, as an athlete my whole life I’ve learned to box up my emotions…now they want me to let all that out while playing these characters, it’s a challenge but its been fun both are a grind.”

When asked if the UFC is in danger of over-saturating the market Randy said “I think the market is a little bit saturated, when I was competing there were 6 to 12 big fights a year, and now there is a big fight every month almost every week seemingly.” As for the Conor McGregor retirement/contract dispute Randy said “as a fighter you have a short window to make as much money as you can, and I think that is what he’s doing trying to squeeze as much money out of them as he can…goof for him, I hope it works out for him.”

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Efter att jag hade läst Perry Mason och fallet med den anklagade advokaten så kanske de här flyttade hem till mig. Det är del två och tre i Deckarhyllans klassikerserie.

Kungen är död är den 23 boken i Ellery Queen-serien. Jag har inte läst någon i serien tidigare, men jag tror att jag har någon bok i en kartong här hemma. Den kanske får letas fram när den här har blivit läst…

Huset som saknade nyckel är den första boken i serien Charlie Chan och utspelar sig på Hawaii. Jag har inte läst någon bok som utspelar sig där tidigare (tror jag), det ska bli spännande. Jag har sett en säsong av den gamla Hawaii Five-O, det är kanske är lite åt det hållet jag förväntar mig att den här ska vara.

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It’s the ushe Friday night line-up, with one cool newcomer (see below and above).

Wynonna Earp [SyFy, 10p]
New female supernatural lead series, yes please. Based on the comic series created by Beau Smith, Wyatt earl’s granddaughter Wynonna returns home to fight supernatural demons.

Hawaii Five-0 [CBS, 9p]
The gang finds, and stops, an illegal slave trade taking place on some kind of ship. (Kind of reminiscent of The Wire’s second season.) My radiator was humming this week, and it’s the first week of April–and that’s why I’m watching.

Grimm [NBC, 9p]
Not sure how I feel about turning Renard back to evil, but that’s why I hate and love Grimm. The monster-of-the-week is aging as a victim aged 70 years in a day before her death.



  • Abby and Ichy head into another realm (presumably) to try to stop The Hidden One (truly, he is exhausting). That’s tonight, Sleepy Hollow, FOX.
  • It’s all scars and rumors on the supernatural CW Friday night line-up of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

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Patty Duke


  Hawaii Five-O (2010– ) Rated TV-14

Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father’s killer. The governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0). Steve’s team is joined by Chin Ho Kelly, Danny “Danno” Williams, and Kono Kalakaua.

 Unanswered Prayers (2010) Rated TV-PG

After his football career, Ben Beck returned to his Virginia small town and joined the family building firm. His family happiness with wife Lorrie and adolescent son Jessie is suddenly tested by the return of Ben’s first high-school love, Ava Andersson, who visits from Chicago, after a failed marriage, to bury her ma. Ava seduces Ben into reliving their courtship, which she traumatically broke off without a goodbye. Jesse reacts furiously, even backseats his own football scholarship bid, rather pa’s projected ambition, in favor of a writing summer course .

 Glee (2009–2015) Rated TV-PG

A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own.

 Amazing Love (2012) Rated PG

When a confrontation occurs amongst the youth group, Stuart takes the opportunity to share with the group the touching story of the Old Testament prophet Hosea.

 Love Finds a Home (2009) Rated TV-PG

A pregnant Dr. Annie Watson is going to stay with her best friend, Dr. Belinda Owens while her husband Peter is off on a surveying job. Annie’s mother-in-law Mary, a seen-it-all midwife whose homeopathic remedies and folksy wisdom are at odds with Belinda’s scientific knowledge, comes along. As Belinda deals with the headaches Mary is causing, she must also address issues at home. While her adopted daughter Lillian, discovers the joys and pains of first love, Belinda and her husband Lee, find their own relationship suffering over Belinda’s inability to get pregnant. Just as the town learned to put its faith in Belinda as their doctor, Belinda must learn to accept that the best guidance for her own problems may come from unlikely sources. Annie gives birth to a daughter, Melinda (Lindy), and the movie ends with Mary hopping into a buggy to leave and Belinda whispering something in her ear. When her husband asks what she said, the answer is: “Oh, I just told her that I’ll need a midwife soon.

Synopsis by IMDB.


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CBSLogo.jpgWell, I was on a short Easter break, and who would have thought that CBS would announce its early renewals on Good Friday of all days?

Anyway, in case you were away as well, here are the early renewals the Eye has announced. Not on the list are any of the network’s frehsman shows such as “Supergirl”, “Life In Pieces” or “Limitless”. But, as CBS honcho Les Moonves teased earlier this month, the outlook for their renewal is promising.

Here’s the list of all the shows that will definitely be back next season.

· Blue Bloods

· Elementary

· Hawaii Five-O

· Madam Secretary

· Mom

· NCIS: Los Angeles

· NCIS: New Orleans

· Scorpion

· 2 Broke Girls

· Survivor

· The Amazing Race


“NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory” are not on the list because they have already been renewed.

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