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The River Canceled, H50 Renewed

Hawaii’s filming industry has seen shows come and go. As for this upcoming season in television? We got both good and bad news. The bad news is that horror series The River has been canceled after its first season. The good news, which comes as no surprise, is that Hawaii Five-0 will be bookin’ it into a third season.

Clark Quietly (Paul Blackthorne) played the producer of Dr. Emmet Cole’s reality show.

Both ABC and CBS officially made the announcements this past weekend. Honestly, I’m a little bummed about The River getting canceled. It had an interesting plot and kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time, but I understand how the shaky camera movements can become distracting. The actors not only acted but filmed parts of the show as well. This gave it a documentary feel that was similar to Paranormal Activity and got mixed reviews from the audience.

The River was one of the few shows filmed in Hawaii that I couldn’t recognize where it had been shot, which was a good thing. Most times, like in Hawaii Five-0, the setting is obvious – Magic Island, North Shore or Ala Moana Beach Park. This can be nice for local viewers to relate to or for tourists to get a glimpse of Hawaii; but I like to see Hollywood work its magic by making someplace look totally different. The River did a great job in convincing me it happened in the depths of the Amazon instead of Hawaii. The creepy doll scene in one of the first few episodes was filmed at Waimea Valley on Oahu, but there was no way I would have guessed that, since it looked like just a bunch of banyan trees.Chin Ho is forced to make a tough decision in the Hawaii Five-0 second season finale.

Moving on to Hawaii Five-0. With a season finale like last night’s, they owe it to the audience to have another round of episodes. There was a lot of gunfire and a huge explosion, but the most unexpected scenario involved the possible “death” of Kono (Grace Park). Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) had to choose between saving the life of Kono or his wife Malia (Reiko Aylesworth). He chooses Malia and watches as the perpetrator duct tapes Kono before throwing her into the ocean to drown. Of course, we won’t know until next season if she really did die or if someone rescues her. But man, talk about a suspenseful way to end the season.Photo Credit: ABC and CBS

Posted by: Bruce Fisher on May 15, 2012