Note: this column has been updated with a correction.

It’s a bit earlier than usual, but a few Christmas events are already being promoted.

Shari Lynn

Shari Lynn is doing her annual Christmas sing-out on Dec. 10 at Medici’s at Manoa Marketplace. Her holiday show will be laden with traditional standards and familiar carols, with a bit of a cultural jolt. She’s Jewish, but nonetheless observes Christmas complete with decorated trees in her Kailua home, so she’ll serve a darling Jewish number (or two) to mark her faith. Tickets: $59, includes dinner. …

We also mentioned, a few weeks back, that Robert Cazimero will do a five-night Christmas residency, starting Dec. 15, at Chef Chai’s, where he normally stages his once-a month Full Moon concert. Well, ho-ho-ho, there will 2021 yuletide serenades, too. …

The producer report

Phil Arnone

Retired producer-director Phil Arnone is recovering from a double hernia operation at Queen’s Medical Center, one of the health issues plaguing him in recent months. Send get-well wishes and prayers, so he can be up and running again. Well, walking – he stopped running years ago! (Note: an earlier posting misstated the hospital where Arnone had his surgery) …

Rick Quan, KITV news anchor, has produced and directed a new documentary on show entrepreneur Jack Cione. Alas, Cione will be out of town when the doc premieres at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Consolidated’s Kahala Theatre, as part of the fall Hawaii International Film Festival, and again at 7 p.m. Nov 17 at Maui’s Kaahumanu Center’s Consolidated Theatre.  No airdate yet, however, on KITV. ..  


Recurring characters, longtime favorites on ongoing procedurals, are slowy vanishig from TV landscape.

Take Mark Harmon, playing Leroy Jethro Gibbs for 18 years on CBS’ “NCIS,” who made his exit recently, in this mothership NCIS show’s 19th season. It’s possible, but not likely, that Harmon will make infrequent appearances; he’s wanted out for several years, and finally had his wish granted, leaving a huge gap on the show and threatening its popularity among diehard followers. One possible solution to galvanize the show is to hire Michael Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo, to return as lead agent, but that’s highly unlikely, since he departed to star in CBS’s “Bull,” and it’s logical that he wouldn’t now want to return to a sinking ship. …

Jesse Spencer

And speaking of a void: NBC’s “Chicago Fire” drama has lost a valuable asset, Jesse Spencer, who portrayed Capt. Mathew Casey. He exited the show to keep his promise to care for and watch over the sons of a deceased firefighter colleague. Thus, Casey will relocate to another city to become a protective “dad,” upholding his commitment and sidetracking his personal goals for now, as reflected in a recent episode leading to this development. A loss for Firehouse 51 and its franchise viewers. …

And that’s Show Biz …


  1. Hi Wayne,

    Sure will miss Jesse Spencer on “Chicago Fire” but maybe they will bring him back if enough people want him! At least they didn’t kill him off.

    Aloha Dolores

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