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News Roundup: 'Glee' Broadway Bound? Masi Oka Joins 'Hawaii Five-0' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 12th 2010 6:00PM
'Glee' Comic BookAnother day, another 'Glee' news item. This time, Ryan Murphy, co-creator of the hit Fox series, has confirmed plans for a Broadway version of the musical show. "I'm auditioning people now," Murphy told the New York Daily News at the premiere of his new movie 'Eat, Pray, Love.'

Who will be in the theater version since it'll be nearly impossible for the current TV actors to do both the series and the Broadway production: "I don't know just yet," he said. "You'll see."

'Glee' is also getting its own comic book. Check out the image on the right from LiveFeed.

In other TV news ...

CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo will be inducted to the Cable Hall of Fame. Bartiromo was the first person to broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange trading floor 15 years ago. The anchor has a book, 'The Weekend That Changed Wall Street,' due out next month. [Press release]

Masi Oka is going from superhero to coroner. The 'Heroes' star will play a coroner on CBS's 'Hawaii Five-0' reboot. Right now, Oka is just a guest star for the fourth episode, but his role could be expanded. Comedian D.L. Hughley will also guest star on the new series. Hughley will play Skeet, an inmate who challenges Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) to a game of basketball. [TV Guide]

Could an 'Arrested Development' veteran replace Steve Carell on 'The Office'? Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale and Jeffrey Tambor are currently the front-runners on what would be an awesome or maybe kind of terrible casting choice. [Warming Glow]

Jay Mohr is getting serious for 'Outlaw.' The funnyman will guest star on NBC's new drama starring Jimmy Smits in the show's fourth episode. Mohr will play Henry Ashford and square off against Smits' Cyrus Garza in the courtroom. [TV Guide]

'Secret Life of the American Teenager' star Ken Baumann is heading to 'Castle.' Baumann will play a boy named Ashley who starts dating Rick Castle's daughter, Alexis. Look for some confusion about Ashley's gender based on the character's name. [TV Guide]

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Brent McKee

Does it strike no one as odd that Hawaii Five-0 has no Hawaiians in the cast? You have an Australian (O'Laughlin), a Korean-American (Kim), a Korean-Canadian (Park), a Japanese born American (Oka) plus Scott Caan. What you don't have is anyone born in Hawaii, or anyone of Hawaiian or Polynesian ancestry.

August 12 2010 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Brent McKee's comment

Agreed, but it never stuck me as odd because, in the case of people of Asian ancestry especially, Hollywood will typically cast anyone who looks "close enough." I'm not saying that's good or right; it's just how it is.

August 12 2010 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

The thing is of course that Polynesians aren't "people of Asian descent." That was one thing that the original "Hawaii Five-0" was good about. Zulu, who played Kono in the original was a native Hawaiian, while Al Harrington who played Ben Kokua was Samoan. Even Herman Weidemeyer who played Duke Lukela was at least born in Hawaii. This version of the series doesn't have anyone in a lead role who was even born on the islands.

August 12 2010 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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