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Tim Ryan

Kekaula keeps
TV show secure

KITV sportscaster Robert Kekaula gets some major dialogue in the fifth episode of Fox's "North Shore" called "My Boyfriend's Back." Kekaula plays Sam, head of security at the Grand Wailea luxury resort.

The Seattle Times review of the show mentioned that the only character to remember is bartender Frankie Seau, played by "Baywatch Hawaii" alum Jason Momoa. "Frankie and his hotness could be this series' saving grace ... if the producers simply fired everyone else and allowed him to read from a tourist guide for an hour."

Leighton Meester, the hottie who played the attention-seeking rape accuser on the premiere episode, is the sister of Air Force Academy cadet Douglas Logan Meester, who himself is accused of raping an 18-year-old female cadet.

Some major reinforcement was necessary on the show's lobby set after safety inspectors found sections of the second floor and stairway shaky ...

Production designer Gary New ("One False Move") will design the NBC series "Hawaii." The show has hired a mainland casting director for local hires ...

Another actor's name is popping up as the possible lead for the "Magnum, P.I." film: Vince Vaughn. Also, we can't say who, but it looks like a Hollywood transplant has landed the publicist post for the Imagine Entertainment pic ...

Documentarian Stacy Peralta, whose surfing film "Riding Giants" opened this year's Sundance Film Festival, has a deal with Columbia Pictures to make his feature debut on an untitled surfing film. Peralta will direct from a script he will co-write with Sam George. The untitled feature will focus on the life and surroundings of Greg Noll, the Babe Ruth of big wave surfing. Noll moved from California to Hawaii in the early 1950s ...

The Big Island, Hawaii's king of reality show locations, is being scouted, along with Australia, as the possible location for another show to air this fall ...

Joann C. Matsuo, a 2003 graduate of Leeward Community College's Television Production Program, has been selected as one of only 15 candidates for the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Internship Program. Currently working on "North Shore," she'll begin the two-year DGA internship program in July in Los Angeles ...

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