They portrayed positive Asian American identities in mainstream culture, including on the subject of romantic love — with Chin Ho married, becoming a widow, adopting his evil brother-in-law’s daughter and dating a colleague in a AM/WF love story.As for Park’s Kono character being written off the show, we won’t have this anymore: That’s right, no more Adam Noshimuri, played with 100% smolder and chivalry by Ian Anthony Dale.Again, I could be all Fox Mulder on this, as I type away in some dank basement (much like Jorge Garcia’s Jerry character), but the optics just don’t look good — released to news outlets on a Friday afternoon, and right before a long holiday weekend?
It’s all CBS and showrunner Peter Lenkov but no word from the actors, who were part of the show from the very beginning?
OK, so that means there is no proper sendoff for Chin Ho and Kono.
The last time we had an AM/AF romantic couple on a major network show was…. So, as I revisit the salary disparity reported in the Variety article, it just reeks of corporate bottom-line harshness, tinged with racial and gender bias when it comes to salary parity.
Now, I don’t know if the Asian American leads in the show were set on leaving anyway, but Variety definitely disputes that and raises reasonable doubt that something else was afoot.
The characters’ absence will be referenced in the season premiere.
Then, this statement from a CBS spokesperson: “We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace’s enormous talents, professional excellence and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes.They’ve helped us build an exciting new Hawaii Five-0, and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters.Mahalo and a hui hou…” Thirdly, where were Kim and Park’s own statements in the release?July 5, 2017 Update: Daniel Dae Kim released an official statement about exiting HAWAII FIVE-O, which you can read here with additional commentary from me.It came as a surprise to HAWAII FIVE-O fans, as well as the Asian American creative community, when the news dropped today that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have departed the show and are not coming back for the upcoming eighth season this fall on CBS.What I am getting at is that HAWAII FIVE-O, especially with its original cast, is truly an ensemble.