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‘Hawaii Five-0′ Star Alex O’Loughlin To Take Break From The Series For Treatment

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 4:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hawaii’s Five-0 task force will be without its leader for a little while. Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin will miss at least one episode of the CBS crime drama for a stint in rehab. “Alex is taking a short break from Hawaii Five-0 to receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury,” a rep for the actor said in a statement.

The series, which is ahead of schedule, is now shooting episode 20, which coincidentally focuses heavily on Masi Oka’s character, and O’Loughlin didn’t have many scenes. After the episode wraps, the show will take a short break, after which production will proceed as planned, with Hawaii completing its 23-episode Season 2 order. “We respect and support Alex’s decision,” said CBS Studios, which produces the series. “Everyone at CBS Television Studios and Hawaii Five-0 wishes him well and we look forward to his return.”

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Harry’s Law’ Debut OK, ‘Cape’ Falls, CBS Sitcoms Hit Viewer Highs

Nellie Andreeva

It almost feels like Premiere Week Monday, with the Big 4 networks finally all returning to originals after a winter hiatus. In its debut, David E. Kelley’s latest legal drama, NBC’s Harry’s Law (2.1/6 in 18-49. 11 million) did a respectable business for a 10 PM drama these days, especially with a lead (Kathy Bates) whose age is way over the broadcasters’ target 18-49 demo. Harry’s Law won the 10 PM hour in total viewers with NBC’s largest average in the time slot this year and finished second in 18-49 to CBS’ Hawaii Five-O (2.9/8, 10.6 million) whose star Alex O’Loughlin is 28 years Bates’ junior. But Harry’s Law will have a tougher time next week after facing less competition in its debut with ABC’s Castle (1.4/4, 5.7 million) airing a rerun. And it ranked as NBC’s lowest-rated in-season premiere in the Monday 10 PM time period, down slightly from Chase‘s 2.3 premiere rating in the slot in September.

Still, Harry’s Law was NBC’s highest-rated program of the night in both viewers and 18-49. In its second airing, fellow midseason drama The Cape (1.8/4, 6.2 million) was down 31% from its two-hour premiere on Sunday, Jan. 9. At 8 PM, Chuck (2.0/5, 5.9 million) was even with its last original on Nov. 29 and matched its season high in 18-49. NBC finished fourth for the night with a 2.0/5 in 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers.

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‘Moonlight’ Is Dead At MRC & Everywhere; UPDATE: Mid-season?

UPDATE: I hear MRC now has been asked to consider Moonlight for mid-season. This is such a shot in the dark it’s barely worth posting. But I’m posting nonetheless. I’ve also been told that CBS continues to hold an option on the star of the show, Alex O’Loughlin, and that he’s in demand for other projects.

…I just heard it’s a no-go for Media Rights Capital, which is programming Sunday’s two-hour block for the CW, to pick up Moonlight. So it’s dead, gone, six feet under. The cancelled CBS show was officially offered to MRC yesterday. (It was also offered to others, but the people behind the show thought MRC was their best shot.) And there was enough of a chance of a pick-up that Warner Bros television took the unusual step of agreeing to delay its order yesterday to strike the Moonlightsets until Friday to see what happened. And a lot of lobbying and arm-twisting has gone down since then. However, first thing this morning, MRC officially passed. The reason I’m told is that MRC, rightly or wrongly, is committed to looking for fresh material, not recycled. (MRC has already semi-announced its four original shows for CW’s Sunday time slots…) But in my opinion, it’s a dumb move by MRC. Not only would Moonlight‘s ratings be a huge improvement over anything now appearing on the CW, but the company could take advantage of the awareness already built up thanks to CBS’s heavy (in other words, expensive) promotion of the show throughout this past TV … Read More »

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