(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS


HBO has had a rough time with #NoConfederate, but it looks like Amazon’s Black America is off to a much better start.

On the heels of the controversy surrounding HBO’s upcoming series Confederate — which is set in an alternate universe where slavery has remained legal — Amazon has announced that they are developing their own alt-history series from Roots EP Will Packer and The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder.

Black America explores a world where the newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery. Their nation, New Colonia, has a tumultuous relationship with the United States, though the two territories’ fates are inexorably tied together.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The Sopranos alum Aida Turturro will recur on The Blacklist as a brilliant accountant who cuts a deal with the Feds to save her own skin, while The Americans‘ Michael Aronov will recur as a logistics expert who is on the run after being accused of embezzling, EW.com reports.

* Melissa & Joey‘s Joey Lawrence will guest-star in two episodes of Hawaii Five-0 as Aaron Wright, the brother of deceased hacker Ian Wright (Nick Jonas), our sister site Variety reports.

* Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent) will host the kid-focused spinoff Lip Sync Battle Shorties on Nickelodeon.

* Apple Music has released a star-studded new trailer for Carpool Karaoke: The Series featuring Will Smith, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Metallica, Shaq and many more. Press PLAY on the video below and then drop down to the comments to let us know if you’ll be tuning in when Carpool Karaoke: The Series premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 9/8c.

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In today’s TV news roundup, Joey Lawrence will guest star on “Hawaii Five-0,” and Allison Williams lands her first television role since “Girls.”

CASTING

Joey Lawrence has been cast in a guest role on “Hawaii Five-0,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Lawrence will appear in two episodes in the upcoming eighth season, playing Aaron Wright, the brother of world-class hacker Ian Wright, who Five-0 encounters when he uses his computer to free a dangerous arsonist from prison — “Hawaii Five-0” fans will remember Ian Wright was played by Nick Jonas, before the character was killed off.

Known for his roles on “Blossom” and “Brotherly Love,” Lawrence most recently was an executive producer and starred in “Melissa & Joey,” which aired from 2010 to 2015. He also recently appeared on Pop’s “Return of the Mac.” As a musician, Joey and his brothers, Matthew and Andy Lawrence, recently released the single “Lose Myself.” Lawrence is also set to release a new solo project this fall.

No date has been set for Lawrence’s two episodes on “Hawaii Five-0.” Aside from Lawrence, the CBS drama will have other new faces this season, having recently cast Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale, and promoting Ian Anthony Dale to a series regular, following the departure of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park over contract disputes.

Lawrence is repped by Link Entertainment.

Allison Williams will guest star in “Patrick Melrose,” the new Showtime and Sky Atlantic limited series starring and executive produced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Williams will play Marianne, an acquaintance who Patrick encounters during his playboy years in New York. She joins the previously announced cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, and Anna Madeley. This role marks Williams’ return to television since wrapping “Girls,” as well as her first new role since her film debut in “Get Out.” Based on the semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, “Patrick Melrose” is a comedy that skewers the upper class as it tracks Patrick’s journey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse, and ultimately toward recovery.

FIRST LOOKS

Netflix released the first look at “Mindhunter,” coming to the streaming service on Oct. 13. Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany play two FBI agents set out on a sinister investigative odyssey to discover the brutal answers about “how crazy thinks.” The series is directed by David Fincher, Asif Kapadia, Tobias Lindholm. Andrew Douglas. Charlize Theron, Fincher, Joshua Donen, and Cean Chaffin are executive producers.

Netflix also released the first images from its upcoming series “Disjointed,” debuting Aug. 25. The comedy stars Kathy Bates as Ruth, a lifelong advocate for marijuana legalization who is finally living her dream as the owner of a Los Angeles cannabis dispensary called Ruth’s Alternative Caring. The sitcom comes from Emmy winners Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum, and also features Tone Bell, Aaron Moten, Elizabeth Alderfer, Dougie Baldwin, and Elizabeth Ho.

PREMIERE DATES

We tv announced its newest unscripted series, “Love Blows,” will premiere on Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. ET. The show follows a successful Chicago-based matchmaking service, LuvBizChicago, run by a dysfunctional but loving family. The family business, headed by matchmakers Lisa and her ex-husband, Jim, is comprised of young, single matchmakers. In addition to Lisa and Jim’s own adult children who co-run the business, Jim’s former mistress also works at the company, creating drama for the employees and their clients. “Million Dollar Matchmaker’s” Patti Stanger will executive produce and appear in the show.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Disney and ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution has named Vicky Free as senior vice president of marketing. Free will be based out of the company’s Burbank headquarters, reporting to president Janice Marinelli. In her new role, Free will oversee marketing responsibilities for both studio and television content, including in-home creative strategy, digital marketing, and customer relationship management to drive sales, ownership, and consumption of the company’s theatrical releases across all platforms. She will also lead the overall marketing strategy and execution for the company’s first-run and off-network syndicated television content ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment, WABC, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior. Her team is responsible for all the creation and implementation of creative advertising and bonus content. Free joins Disney/ABC from Viacom’s BET Networks, where she served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer since 2011.

INITIATIVES

AARP launched its new entertainment initiative called TV for Grownups, which aims to connect 50-plus-year-old viewers with shows and the actors who star in them, as well as to demystify the technology associated with home entertainment. The initiative will encompass all platforms of television content, including broadcast, cable, and streaming. Current television programming includes more than 450 scripted series, and TVFG will help filter the choices for the more than 38 million AARP members.

PROGRAMMING

Leonardo DiCaprio, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Cecily Strong, Freida Pinto, Kim Kardashian West, Chris Harrison, Mark Hamill, and Ellen DeGeneres are among the stars who have come out to support Global Tiger Day. The fashion brand Rag & Bone made shirts to promote Discovery’s Project C.A.T. (Conserving Acres for Tigers), a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to help double the wild tiger population by 2022. As part of the alliance with WWF, Discovery agreed to fund efforts to conserve nearly one million acres of protected habitat in India and Bhutan to protect and increase the endangered wild tiger population. Discovery’s Animal Planet hosted on July 29 a six-hour block of programming dedicated to tigers to raise awareness.

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CBS’ new top programming executives addressed the network’s struggles with onscreen diversity Tuesday — including the recent controversy over the departure of two Asian actors from “Hawaii Five-0.”

“We love both those actors and did not want to lose them,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. “We made very, very strong attempts to keep them and offered them a lot of money to stick around.”

In June, actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park exited “Hawaii Five-O.” As Variety reported at the time, the actors had been seeking equal pay with stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, but failed to reach deals with CBS Television Studios, which produces the series.

The departure of the show’s only two series regulars of Asian descent over a salary dispute involving the pay scale of their white co-stars sparked criticism of CBS on social media and in the press.

Kahl did not go into details of the negotiation, saying, “In my mind it was purely a business transaction.” He characterized the departure of veteran actors as natural for a show entering its eighth season. “It’s happened on ‘CSI,’ it’s happened on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ it’s happened on ‘Law and Order: SVU.'”

Kahl appeared at TCA alongside senior executive vice president Thom Sherman. The two fielded multiple questions about the network’s poor record with diversity in front of and behind the camera, with one reporter noting that CBS has failed to put a new series with a female lead on the air for two seasons running.

“We had six pilots with female leads and the way things turned out those pilots were not deemed to be as good as the pilots that were picked up,” Sherman said.

Sherman and Kahl did not handle the development slate that led to the upcoming season’s crop of new shows. Kahl, a 21-year veteran of the network and its longtime scheduling chief, was named CBS entertainment president in May. His promotion came with the departure of Glenn Geller, who stepped down as the network’s top programming executive following a mild heart attack suffered in March. As part of the restructuring, Sherman was recruited from sister network the CW to head programming under Kahl.

Reporters also grilled Kahl and Sherman on CBS’ casting department, which is staffed entirely by white casting directors, and how it has affected the onscreen diversity or lack thereof in CBS’ series.

“I personally don’t think that has anything to do with it,” Kahl said, adding of the casting department, “They’re fantastic at what they do,” and noting that it has “cast many diverse roles in the past.”

Pressed on why the department is staffed entirely by white casting directors, Sherman said, “They’ve been together for a long time. That’s the department as its been. But we are cognizant of the issue. We hear you, and we will be looking to expand the casting department.”

As his predecessors have, Kahl defended CBS’ diversity record and promised it would continue to improve.

“We can debate the pace of the change, but there is change happening at CBS,” Kahl said, noting an overall uptick in diverse series regulars in recent years. “Every single drama on our air has at least one diverse regular character.”

He added, “We said in the past that we’re going to do better, and we are doing better.”

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“There is change happening,” newly minted CBS entertainment chief Kelly Kahl said on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, where for a second year running the network’s lack of diversity in casting was a hot topic.

Kahl said that between this fall’s new offerings (which include the Shemar Moore-led S.W.A.T.) and midseason entries , diverse casting is up “almost 60 percent,” while inroads have been made in the writing and directing ranks as week. “We are absolutely moving in the right direction. We are making progress,” he reiterated.

CBS however once again did not greenlight any new shows fronted by a woman. Senior EVP Thom Sherman — also new to his post — reminded that a year ago there were “several female-led” pilots (that didn’t move forward), before adding: “I feel confident that we will be successful” in improving that representation.

Speaking of diversity, Kahl was asked to revisit Hawaii Five-0‘s big shake-up. Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim parted ways with the show in late June, when their reported request for salary parity with series leads Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan were not met. In a Facebook post about his “difficult choice not to continue,” Kim told fans, “The path to equality is rarely easy.” In response, showrunner Peter M. Lenkov said that H50 had been “extremely generous and proactive in their renegotiation talks,” offering “unprecedented raises, but in the end they chose to move on.”

Kahl echoed that at TCA, saying, “We love both those actors and did not want to lose them. We made very, very strong attempts to keep them,” offering “an awful lot of money.” But the reality, with long-running dramas, he said, is “sometimes you lose cast members.” As the CSIs, Grey’s Anatomy and SVU have all experienced, “At some point there’s some cast turnover.”

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Chi: I think one of the things that really informs as Grover with McGarrett, is the fact that I really do have genuine affection for Alex. I consider him a friend and when you have that kind of thing, it shows up on screen. You know, even though we’re angry with each other, that passion, it just stays there, because we have a friendship based on a real relationship. And I think that makes the scene.

Chi: It bolstered the scene. We just did ad-libs. It really improved the chemistry you know, but that’s the reality of having a real friendship. Because you make this thing real and you make it your own. That’s what gives it natural humour. It’s not just jokes. It’s just the natural humour of life.

– DVD Commentary on Episode 4:08 of Hawaii Five-0

Pictures via Mostly Five-0

My Thoughts

  • Dear #H50 writers – bring us more of this friendship during Season 8 again. They are fun!
  • The mutual friendship, respect and affection between the two actors (Chi & Alex) make them entertaining and a pleasure to watch.
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