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HAWAII FIVE-OH-NO! NEWS

... Actress Michelle Borth is leaving CBS's Hawaii Five-0 after the current fourth season, meaning it's the end for Catherine "Cat" Rollins, a character who's been around since Season 1. There's no word on why she's departing, but according to random internet comments I read, her character doesn't have anything to do on the show anymore, she will be missed greatly, and also some people hate her. So it's a mixed bag. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... TV recap and snark site Television Without Pity is being shut down by its parent company, NBC Universal. Boo! TWoP has long been one of the internet's biggest resources for detailed, hilarious television recaps, but NBC Universal, which purchased the site in 2007, is shuttering it due to low traffic. Its last day online will be April 4. This is a sad day for quality websites. [Re/Code

... Amazon might be making its original programming free for everyone (well, everyone with high-speed internet) instead of keeping it exclusive to Amazon Prime members. The idea is to make it an ad-supported thing, so think of it as more akin to Hulu than to Netflix. Amazon's original programming includes four new shows that were recently ordered to series, as well as the previously released Alpha House and Betas. [Wall Street Journal]

... Defiance's second season has a premiere date! The shtako will hit the space-alien equivalent of a fan on June 19 at 8pm on Syfy. Also premiering that night: The network's new drama Dominion, which is based on the characters from the 2010 movie Legion, at 9pm. In related news, the network will release a series of five Defiance webisodes called Defiance: Lost Ones to bridge the gap between Seasons 1 and 2; they'll be available to watch starting Friday, March 28 on Syfy.com. [HuffPo]

... I don't know if this says more about Modern Family's reliability or about American Idol's fading popularity, but last night, Modern Family (10.06 million viewers) beat American Idol (9.33 million) in total viewers last night for the first time. How many more seasons does American Idol have left in it? [Deadline Hollywood]



CASTING NEWS

... Eat it, Tommy Carcetti! Andre Royo, who played crackhead Bubbles on The Wire, will play a mayor in the Amazon pilot Hand of God. The odd series stars Ron Perlman as a judge with loose morals who hears voices he believes might be God through his son's life-support ventilator system. I said it was odd, didn't I? [TV Line]

... John Cusack is producing a pilot for CBS about Wall Street, and he's found the perfect big-name guest star for the show: John Cusack! The drama follows a hedge fund manager (Charlie Cox) as he wolfs down Wall Street, and Cusack will play a former trader who left the business. [Deadline Hollywood]

... USA's Graceland will bring on CSI:NY's Carmine Giovinazzo for a big-time arc in its second season. Giovinazzo, who played Detective Danny Messer in the New York edition of the CBS procedural, will play Graceland's brainiac head of the LAPD Gang Task Force who befriends Briggs. [USA via press release]

... LeBron James' Survivor's Remorse, an upcoming pro basketball half-hour comedy on Starz, has made a bunch of casting announcements, but you'd probably recognize random players from the Charlotte Bobcats before you recognized these guys. Jesse T. Usher (Level Upwill play basketball phenom Cam Calloway, a superstar in his mid-twenties who just broke the bank as a new member of the pro hoops team in Atlanta. Ronreaco Lee (Let's Stay Together) will play Cam's buddy, Erica Ash will play his sister, and Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris) will play his momma. Survivor's Remorse makes its debut this fall. [Starz via press release]

... Now that Dunder-Mifflin's Scranton branch is closed, actor Brian Baumgartner is making the rounds. He was recently cast as a stone-cold killer in Criminal Minds, and now he'll drop by FX's bordertown crime drama The Bridge. Ummm, branching out a bit, are we Brian? Baumgartner will play an AA sponsor for booze-abuser Daniel Frye, and could show up on a recurring basis. The Bridge returns for Season 2 this summer. [TV Guide

... Cedric the Entertainer will host the fourth annual Critics' Choice Television Awards. The ceremony will be broadcast on The CW on June 19. [CW via press release]


REQUIRED READING

... Remember when I told you about ABC Family's shutdown of its Alice in Arabia pilot? Well that came about largely because of backlash toward the script, which leaked to Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed then proceeded to eviscerate it, and pro-Muslim groups stepped forward to call for the end of the project. Well, the woman who wrote the script, Brooke Eikmeier, has shared her side of the story, and it's an interesting look at what happens when a network decides how to describe a pilot without consulting its author, how the media can attack something it hasn't seen, and how season-long character arcs can get a pilot into trouble. Read it and pick a side for the big debate! [THR]


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Grace Park and Michelle Borth were described as "gorgeous" in (at least) one of the comments here; neither woman is anywhere close to being gorgeous (i.e. strikingly beautiful or magnificent) .

Grace Park has the body of very skinny 12 year old girl; and she is cute at best.

Michelle Borth needs every bit of the makeup she wears to look as "good" as she does on the show. She's definitely not unattractive. However, she's not gorgeous; not by any stretch of the imagination.

When she was 35, Catherine Zeta-Jones was gorgeous. And I think she's still gorgeous.

Park and/or Borth could not carry a television show. And neither one is believable as the character they play in this show. I could do without both, never did miss Park when she was out for all those episodes.

"Hawaii Five-O" is an entertaining show that is driven by the chemistry and relationship between its two main characters; and the story arc. Every other character is expendable, although I think that Daniel Day Kim, as Chin Ho, is a great supporting actor/character. Kim is the only supporting cast member I would hate to see leave this show.

Bottom line -- I will not miss Michelle Borth.
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I would rather see Grace Park leave than Michelle.
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After watching this last episode I have a bad feeling the mystery man that Steve's going after will hurt or kill Katherine to make a point to Steve and this is how she leaves. I'll miss her character and half of me hopes they leave it open for her to come back but another part sees her dying may give Steve a bigger story and arc.
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Grace Park and Michelle are gorgeous...and made Five 0 great to watch. There was room for both... it would have been great to see both get on a case and see them both do what Steve and Dano do... I sense they do have the same chemistry. I hope her character will come back at some point later in the series.
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I'm excited for Dominion. Legion had a great concept that unfortunately didn't get the chance to really flex its muscles. A TV show will let it do that.
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Really sad that Michelle Borth is leaving. She was good.
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Really sad that Michelle Borth is leaving HF0. I always loved her character.
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Go Modern Family! Fight the good fight!
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Its getting worse and worse with those spam ads in the topics.
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"and also some people hate her" Who said that? Jealous women because she is attractive and with McGarett??? :D.
Well I understand that she want (or is pushed) out. She's here since season 1 ok but just for shorts times. She had some screen times during Park absence but now Grace is back Borth has nothing to do. I just hope that they won't kill her.
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It's not really a big shock that Michelle is leaving, it felt like she was providing maternity cover for Grace Park. Now that Grace back up to full speed, Michelle's role becomes redundant
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i disagree. there is room for both. also Cat is hotter.
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I'm not saying that the writers couldn't make room, only that they used Cat as a subsitute for Kono while Grace Park was busy with other things.
As for Cat being hotter



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the cylon is way too skinny...she just doesnt do it for me anymore
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I like Michelle on H-50 sad to know she's leaving. I do not get why people say Michelle or Grace's job is based on the other. I have more than one woman at my job (me included) and we do OK in the same setting.
Also hotness is so subjective there is a look for EVERYONE out there. For example, Tom Brady is so very not cute to me but I would 100% try to hook up with Steve Buscemi.

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I stopped reading TWOP a long time ago but I'm still sad to hear it close down. Hopefully the writers and anyone else on the staff will quickly get other jobs.
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See what happens when you get fired from Scranton? I would hire Kevin to do my taxes in a heartbeat.
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Really, does anyone really care about Defiance? I think it was one of the worst Sci-fi shows I seen and I love Sci-fi everything in that show was like they were filming it for a video game and it seems that was exactly what they were doing!
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Very impressive, Argo-esque stuff, Tim. I mean, you even produced a fake article and press release to which to link, all to fool people into believing that we live in a world where LeBron James is producing a a TV comedy. We aren't a pack of gullible, 70s era Iranians, you know...
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I stopped watching Hawaii Five-0 last year, it's terrible, but I've been hoping since then that Borth, Park, O'Loughlin, Kim and Oka all move on to other things so I can continue to watch them. One down, four to go.
I really hope Grace Park gets another Sci-fi gig some time soon! Also, why isn't there a Jack Reacher TV series? It's like O'loughlin was born to play Reacher. (He's certainly better suited than the 3 foot 6 inches of Tom Cruise.)
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I have to disagree O'Loughlin is NOT a Jack Reacher type. Ryan Hurst from King & Maxwell is a better fit. He's got the size and coloring. Hurst also has that not very interested, stand-offish, kinda scary look.

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Hurst has the size but I don't think he's athletic enough (and he'd need a haircut). Maybe there is someone else out there more suited to the role... but it certainly isn't Cruise!
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I liked Tom Cruise as Reacher but I had never heard of the books until after the movie. Now I have just three books to complete the series. I'm sure there are other actors that can fill Reacher's shoes. Hurst was the first to come to mind though.
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I've just finished Echo Burning - not the best of his books - and I can't wait to read Without Fail. I've not actually seen the film so I'm probably being a bit unfairly critical, but I just can't help but laugh when I think of 5 feet 6 inch Tom Cruise playing Reacher!
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I loved Hawaii Five-0 S1, everything was put together nicely and it didn't seem all over the place. I tuned out after 4 or 5 episodes in S2, it took a massive nose dive in quality.
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dang, Catherine Rollins was the hottest chick left on H50. The Cylon just doesn't do it for me anymore. That sucks.

I had noticed she wasn't in much of the recent eps, but i thought that was just because she was still grieving over knight riders death.
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Be reminded that Defiance isn't cancelled made me feel depressed.
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The new John Cusack show sounds a lot like Wolf of Wall Street, right?
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you take your time getting to the most recent one or two john cusack movies and he up and heads to tv. I was getting to them, I promise.
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Um, no! Catherine needs to stay!! I do not accept this!! Her and Steve are great together!! I love their relationship and I love her as a member of the 5-0 team!!
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also she's the only eye candy. the cylon isnt doing it for me anymore.
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I've always liked Cat. She's part of the team now, so we should see more of her, but for some reason we don't see anything of the relationship between her and Steve anymore. I suppose the fangirls don't like her coming between them and Alex O'Loughlin. Because, you know, if she's gone they might have a chance with him.
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It's good that Alice in Arabia was snuffed as at best it does not represent the average Muslim household, which any Lebanese or Egyptian series would.Saudis belong to the more fundamentalist and radical interpretation of Islam and any of its deplorable customs which mar the reputation of Islam are in fact those of tribal lore and have nothing to do with the religion itself. Also, most foreign women marry into ME Muslim households that are Lebanese and then the African Arab nations (Egyptians, Moroccans, Tunisians) .
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Why should it have represented the average Muslim household?
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I dunno, it seems logical that anyone would want to know how anything behaves in its natural environment before extrapolating the special cases. For instance, Saudi women do not look or greet men that are not related to them, which believe me is very annoying; while most Muslim women would at least give us a "fine".
Also, the veil issue. Until I was way in my late thirties I had never seen a woman ,Muslim or Christian veiled, except my Russian Orthodox mother going to Mass. This became an issue when the West made it an issue, especially after 9/11. You will notice, if ever you travel to Muslim countries that the veil is very much a tribal custom and really there is but one Surat which mentions it, fleetingly, is the Surat of the Cow, the longest one in the Quran and which has many other things in it. Mostly it was a defense against rape in case of raids, for obvious reasons.
The thing is that Islam is as most religions extremely complex and sophisticated that cannot be reduced to any type of behavior of the very very few. But if you are remotely interested, google "Mezhab" ( or spelled otherwise as Medhhab, Mezheb), which at least would lay to rest all the BS said on the Sharia and go from there.
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I'll miss cat, what is it with all the caracters named Catherine leaving or dying, any way I can understand why she is leaving she doesn't have a purpose on the show any more, and we never really see her and Steve as a couple so I guess she just always fades into the backround
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Sad to see Catherine go ! But yeh her character was just a fill in whilst Kono was having a baby IRL.
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Oh is that why the cylon was off? i hated that storyline with her BF on the show. I actually wish she was gone & cat would stay. cat is much hotter.
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No! Catherine is my favourite character, even though she doesn't really do anything in the team, except be Steve's girlfriend. It seems like there can only be one female character in the show and that is Kono, and she barely gets any screen time. I hope they won't kill her, but its not likely that she will break up with Steve, so its likely they will kill her. I just hope the actress gets a new show soon.
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i want kono to go & cat to stay
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Too bad about TWP, but that's what happens when you sell out to people who see your life's work as a disposable number. Anyone remember TvTome?
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ouch …haha
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Nooo! Hopefully Amazon will still be ad-free for Prime subscribers, the only reason I left Hulu Plus was because even though I was paying I still had to watch ads.
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USA's Graceland will bring on CSI:NY's Carmine Giovinazzo for a big-time arc in its second season.

No mention that it'll provide a reunion of sorts with Vanessa Ferlito, who plays Charlie on Graceland, who was partners/close friends with Giovinazzo's character for... a while? I barely watched CSI:NY, but I remember those two.
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Don't be dissing my Charlotte Bobcats Tim!
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