‘Hawaii Five-o’ star tak­ing break from show

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A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Alex O’lough­lin said the “Hawaii Five-0” star is tak­ing time away from the show to get treat­ment for prob­lems re­lated to pain med­i­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Rachael Wesolowski said in a re­port in the Honolulu Star-ad­ver­tiser that Mr. O’lough­lin “is tak­ing a short break to re­ceive su­per­vised treat­ment for pre­scrip­tion pain med­i­ca­tion due to a re­cent shoul­der in­jury.”

Se­ries pro­ducer CBS Tele­vi­sion Stu­dios and Mr. O’lough­lin’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives de­clined to com­ment on the na­ture of his in­juries or his treat­ment.

Mr. O’lough­lin, who por­trays crime fighter Steve Mcgar­rett, is known for do­ing many of his own stunts on the ac­tion-packed show. He re­port­edly will be ab­sent for at least one episode. Screens, its video por­tal that scores al­most 11 mil­lion monthly view­ers, ac­cord­ing to the New York Times.

“We wanted to put a real stake in the ground when it came to In­ter­net com­edy,” said Erin Mcpher­son, head of video pro­gram­ming and orig­i­nals at Ya­hoo. “Com­edy is where we saw a lot of con­sumer de­mand, for both the best of what you see on TV and the vi­ral sen­sa­tions you see on the In­ter­net.”

“Sketchy” will fea­ture spoofs on “The Hunger Games” and breast pumps, with the lat­ter sub­ject par­o­died in a spot di­rected by Lind­say Crys­tal, daugh­ter of Billy Crys­tal. In “Toby Har­ris,” comic ac­tor Seth Mor­ris stars as an un­lucky sin­gle guy. The show comes via Ya­hoo’s high-pro­file, Fer­rell-fronted part­ner, Funny or Die, a key ally as the com­pany takes on Google’s Youtube and Com­edy Cen­tral’s Atom.com in the In­ter­net com­edy mar­ket.

Next on tap for Ya­hoo: “Burn­ing Love,” a Ben Stiller-pro­duced re­al­ity-show par­ody star­ring Ken Marino (“Wan­der­lust”) as “Bach­e­lor”-like bait for des­per­ado ladies. Mr. Marino cre­ated the se­ries, which co-stars Adam Scott (“Friends With Kids,” TV’S “Parks and Re­cre­ation”), Malin Ack­er­man (“Wan­der­lust”) and co­me­dian Michael Ian Black.

Ya­hoo’s video-con­tent strat­egy is based on a Hol­ly­wood model of sign­ing tal­ent and build­ing pro­gram­ming from there; the man­age­ment com­pany Prin­ci­pato Young En­ter­tain­ment, which fo­cuses on com­edy, will as­sist the com­pany with cast­ing, among other roles.

In the past sev­eral months, Ya­hoo has struck deals with the likes of Tom Hanks and Bill Maher. Lange will be joined by re­turn­ing cast mem­bers Evan Peters, Sarah Paul­son and Lily Rabe, co-cre­ator Ryan Mur­phy an­nounced Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

Fol­low­ing its break­out fresh­man sea­son that fea­tured the deaths of the Har­mon fam­ily (played by Dy­lan Mcder­mott, Con­nie Brit­ton and Taissa Farmiga) who moved into the haunted L.A. abode, Mr. Mur­phy told re­porters that the sec­ond sea­son will fea­ture an en­tirely new set­ting, story and cast.

Sea­son 2 will shift from the creepy Los An­ge­les haunted man­sion to an East Coast “hor­ror in­sti­tu­tion.”

Mr. Peters co-starred as mass­mur­derer turned ghost stuck in the house Tate Lang­don, while Miss Paul­son had a more limited run as medium Bil­lie Dean. Miss Rabe played Nora Mont­gomery, one of the orig­i­nal own­ers of the house at the cen­ter of the se­ries.

Sea­son 2, which likely will pre­miere in Oc­to­ber, will re­volve around Miss Lange’s new char­ac­ter, with Mr. Quinto cast as a se­ries reg­u­lar.

Jes­sica Lange

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