The Return of "The Chopper"!
5/15/2013 - Mark your calendars folks. The new Magnum P.I. 500D helicopter replica (recently built by Phoenix Heliparts and owned and operated by Paradise Helicopters) will be unveiled at its new home base at the Turtle Bay Resort (North Shore) on Monday, June 3rd (10:00AM - 3PM). Larry Manetti and Roger E. Mosley will be on hand to bless the aircraft and sign autographs. There will also be free giveaways for the first 300 guests. Chartered flights in the chopper will be available to the public very soon. For more information, please see their press release and/or website.
Glenn Cannon (1932-2013)
4/27/2013 - Sad news to report. Veteran, award-winning, Hawaii-based actor, Glenn Cannon died last week in Oahu at the age of 80. Cannon was a longtime drama professor at the University of Hawaii and was actively involved in Oahu community theater as both a director and actor. Cannon is, of course, best remembered by Magnum fans as Doc Ibold, an M.D. friend of Magnum and Higgins. Cannon appeard as Doc Ibold in some twelve episodes, including the fan favorite "Black on White". Cannon also was a regular on the original Hawaii Five-0 as District Attorney John Manicote. His obituary can be found here. RIP Glenn!
Magnum P.I. theme song sung a capella on Hawaii Five-0
3/30/2013 - The end of last week's Hawaii Five-0 episode ("Hoa Pili") featured a great little homage to Magnum P.I.. McGarrett, Danno, Dr. Bergman and Kamekona are flying in Kamekona's chopper, when suddenly Dr. Bergman starts singing the theme song melody ("The Magnum P.I. theme seemed appropriate"). Soon everyone is singing it! In addition to the song, Magnum, Rick, T.C. and Higgins are all mentioned by the Five-0 gang ("Higgy Baby is the man"). It's a great little scene and it's nice to see them reference the show. Of course this also means that, unlike the original Hawaii Five-0, the reboot does not take place in the same "universe" as Magnum P.I., which all but rules out any possible guest star appearances of Magnum characters. The entire scene can be found here (CBS).
Magnum P.I. Island Hoppers chopper replica built
3/12/2013 - March 5th saw the unveiling of a newly built Magnum P.I. Island Hoppers chopper replica (MD500D, N58243). The event took place at the Heli-Expo 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Roger E. Mosley and Larry Manetti were on hand at the ceremony to celebrate the event and to sign autographs. The chopper was built by Phoenix Heliparts and will be owned by Hawaii-based Paradise Helicopters. The replica will operate out of Turtle Bay on the north shore of Oahu. Sightseeing tours will avaiable in the chopper starting sometime in April! Make sure you have gas money. ;)
Larry Manetti to guest star in upcoming Hawaii Five-0 episode
1/25/2013 - Larry Manetti will guest star in a late-February episode of Hawaii Five-0 ("Pa'ani"). Filming is set to start next week in Oahu. Larry will play a local lounge crooner named Nicky "The Kid" Demarco who owns a nightclub called The Tiki Lounge. McGarrett and Danny's fathers used to watch "The Kid" perform back in the day. Nicky will help McGarrett and Danny on a case, and rumor has it Larry will even get to belt out a Sinatra standard ("I Got You Under My Skin"). Great to see Larry on this show! Hopefully they can work out a deal with Roger E. Mosley, too. "Pa'ani" will air on CBS, February 18th, 10PM EST.
Update: A video clip of Larry's scene can be found here (CBS).
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