When CBS’ “NCIS” starts its 20th season in September, the Mothership show will include a crossover episode with “NCIS: Hawai‘i,” the franchise’s island-based newbie beginning its second season.

And despite the ongoing on-screen absence of executive director Mark Harmon, “NCIS” will host Hawaii leads Vanessa Lachey and Jason Antoon on the Sept. 19 episode. Both procedurals share Monday night slots, with “NCIS” at 8 p.m. preceding “Hawai’i‘’ at 9 p.m. on Monday night..

Vanessa Lachey

The original show’s “A Family Matter” opener begins where the 19th season ended, with Special Agent Alden Parker (Gary Cole) and ex-spouse Vivian (Terri Polo) on the lam. They gain assist when Jane Tennant (Lachey) intercedes with Ernie Malick (Antoon) and meet up with NCIS director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), in the midst of a global military exercise.

“Prisoners’ Dilemma” is the title of the island crossover episode, with Tennant’s team, with help from “NCIS” team members Nick Torress (Wilmer Valderrama) and Jessica Knight (Katrina Law), tracking the whereabouts of The Raven’s plans to invade the RIMPAC exercise. Other leads,Gary Cole, Brian Dietzen and Diona Reasonover, also appear….

Filming coincided with the actual RIMPAC dynamics here, so the episodes are in the can, awaiting the season launch. …

Shall we dance?

Greg Zane

Greg Zane, the choreographer, dancer, actor and director, is home again. Alas, not for doing a musical, like last summer’s exquisite “A Chorus Line” at Diamond Head Theatre, but to get back to the roots: basic dance classes.

He posted on Facebook, while still in New York, that he was headed home today to conduct dance classes @ #queenemmaballet, on Aug. 11, 14, 16, 18 and 21, “and looking forward to the ocean, my family and (gulp) dancing on-stage again after a 10-year absence.” He added: “Pray for me.” Welcome home, buddy ….

Looking for a mouse, and more


“Wordsworth,” the new family musical about a poet mouse, is looking for a cast of players for the world premiere of the show based on the character mouse from author Frances Kakugawa’s books. The show, adapted for the stage by Jackie Pualani Johnson, premieres Nov. 7 at the theater at the University of Hawaii Hilo campus Performing Arts Center..

Tryouts for an English version of the show (an earlier play was done and taped in the Hawaiian language) will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 and from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the theater on the Big Island.

Justina Mattos is director, Wendell Ing is musical director, and Kea Kapalua is choreographer.

Besides the titular mouse, available roles for Wordsworth’s ohana (mom, dad, three brothers, a sister), and friends  Emily, Eliot and Dylan, among others.

For details, contact director Mattos at (808) 932-7491 or

Nightlife, revisited

Shari Lynn

The Shari Lynn Trio performance, set for Aug. 26 at Medici’s at Manoa Marketplace, has been postponed till Sept. 30, due to conflicts with one of the musicians. Tickets purchased for the original date will be accepted for the updated timetable. ….

The John Kolivas-led Honolulu Jazz Quartet’s Aug. 5 show at Medici’s at Manoa Marketplace has been canceled, but a new slot has not yet been announced. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


  1. Glad that NCIS HAWAII will be back. Just hope to see more locals in the shows like Anthony Ruivivar. Sure will miss Magnum PI with Jay Hernandez. Sad to hear about Roger Mosley dying last week. Aloha Dolores Treffeisen

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