Television Q&A

Original ‘Five-O’ detective has new role on series reboot

 

Akron Beacon Journal

Q. Recently I was watching the original Hawaii Five-O with Jack Lord and James MacArthur. I noticed that Kono, played by Zulu, was no longer there, replaced by someone named Ben played by Al Harrington. Why was there a cast change?

From 1968 to 1972, Gilbert “Zulu” Kauhi, an entertainer in Hawaii, played detective Kono Kalakaua. According to a story in the Honolulu Advertiser after his death of complications from diabetes in 2004, Zulu “was fired after an altercation with the show’s publicist in which he acknowledged making loud racist comments.” (He was apparently unhappy with the way his character was being presented.) A story in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin after his death said the actor also annoyed star Jack Lord by falling asleep between takes.

Harrington, who had guest-starred on the show, was cast as a new detective, Ben Kokua, and remained with the series until 1975; the original version of the show ended in 1980. Harrington, by the way, has also been on the newer version of Five-O, which began in 2010, as Duke Lukela, a family friend of the McGarretts.

Q. Whatever happened to Do No Harm? It’s about a surgeon who has a split personality. Only a couple of episodes aired, and then it disappeared.

In a season in which some shows have had really bad ratings, Do No Harm had “the distinction of becoming the lowest-rated scripted premiere in the history of the Big Four networks,” the Hollywood Reporter noted. And with the young adults prized by advertisers, its second-episode numbers were even lower than those for the first. So NBC dropped the show before further ratings damage could occur.

Q. Can you tell me who the actress was who played with Billy Bob Thornton in a movie? She was a detective over him and was in Sucker Punch as a dance instructor.

The dance instructor/doctor in Sucker Punch was played by Carla Gugino, who was detective Cicero working with Billy Bob Thornton’s character Cop in the crime thriller Faster, which starred Dwayne Johnson.

Q. I am a big fan of Covert Affairs with Piper Perabo and wonder where it’s been. Her character had just gotten involved romantically with best friend “Auggie” at the Agency, when the season ended, but it never returned.

The spy drama will return this summer, USA Network says. According to TV.com, Covert began its previous season in July 2012, but took a break in mid-September before returning about a month later. It then wrapped the season in November.

Q. There was a good Western on called Dead Man’s Gun. Will that be on again?

Not that I can determine. Kris Kristofferson was the narrator of the series, which followed a cursed gun as it moved from owner to owner. It originally aired on Showtime for two seasons in 1997-99, and has been released on DVD.

Send questions to TV Mailbag, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309 or rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com. Replies cannot be guaranteed.

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