HAWAII TV series pick the next hot spot for prime time



HARTFORD COURANT
TV has done wonders for showcasing, even glamorizing, particular American cities. Think about what "Ally McBeal," "Boston Public" and "The Practice" did for Beantown.
Last year Las Vegas hit it big with a number of series set in sin city; this year the dice continue to tumble with several reality shows focusing on casino operations.
Now it's Hawaii's turn to shine. The Aloha State is already basking in the sun with Fox's "North Shore," a drama (set at a luxury resort in Oahu) that misses no opportunity to showcase the island's dramatic scenery.
If you've been watching NBC's Olympics coverage you no doubt have seen teasers for the network's Honolulu cop drama, "Hawaii," due this fall. Lots of testosterone is in the cast headed by Michael Biehn.
But wait, there's more: ABC is offering "Lost" this fall (an action adventure shot in Oahu about survivors of a plane crash on a Pacific island), and the WB is readying "Rocky Point" for a midseason replacement. The latter is a drama about a Connecticut girl who returns to the Hawaiian island where she was born.
It's not like Hawaii has gone wanting for TV recognition, after all there was "Hawaii Five-O," "Magnum, P.I." and, more recently, "Average Joe: Hawaii."
But maybe it was "American Idol's" Jasmine Trias' aloha spirit that got the luau going for the 50th state. Whatever, King Kamehameha would be proud.

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