Good Morning From Hawaii

Thanks to a new TV show, starting next week the rest of the world will be waking up to mornings in Hawaii

Susan Sunderland
Friday - October 27, 2006
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Executive producer Ernest Cartwright, host Branscombe Richmond and associate producer Don Stroud
Executive producer Ernest Cartwright, host Branscombe Richmond and associate producer Don Stroud

Can a tough-guy stuntman who has played the villain for most of his career transform into a charming, charismatic talk show host?

Local actor Branscombe Richmond is about to find out. He will make his television debut as a rousing, chatty host on a new local and national show called Good Morning Hawaii. It airs weekdays on KHON-TV starting Monday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. with an encore at 4:30 the following morning.

Reminiscent of local TV shows of old, such as Sunrise with Kini Popo and Hawaii A.M. with Don Robbs, this latest production will be cheery, upbeat and friendly - just the way one likes to start a day in paradise.

But this version will reach audiences beyond our shores. Through MyNetwork TV syndication, the aloha spirit will reach 106 million households that cover 96 percent of the U.S. MyNetwork TV, sister network to Fox, airs primarily original programming.

“The world needs more aloha,” says executive producer Ernest Cartwright. The veteran TV executive has a distinguished career of nearly 20 years in broadcast and cable TV, including syndication, TV station sales and international distribution.

“Paradise is a mindset. It calls to us,” he says. “Hopefully we can make the viewer’s morning and life a little warmer, a little richer and a little easier.”

Based on network morning news shows introduced in the early 1950s, many cities have localized versions of NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America.

The shows are informal and relaxed, complete with living room sets, sofas and coffee tables. But for Good Morning Hawaii, scenic locales around the islands will provide the backdrops with 96 percent of the show shot outdoors. That guarantees plenty of Hawaii eye-candy for the viewer.

In recent shooting for the show, Richmond was on Waikiki Beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village to interview actress Kelly Monaco, here for Soap Talk in Paradise. Monaco plays Samantha “Sam” McCall on ABC’s General Hospital.

They huddled under a thatched-top umbrella, surrounded by sunbathers and camera-toting fans, with Diamond Head in the background.

Five shows were shot at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore, and other shows will move around the island, according to Cartwright.

“We’re doing 10 episodes right off the bat,” says Cartwright. “That’s unheard of. We’re a careful little production company that’s mean, lean and on the scene. We don’t have the benefits (nor impediments) of a major studio, but we have knowledge and heart.”

Is that enough to sustain a program long-term? Only the ratings will tell.

Add to that five keys to success in show biz, according to Richmond. “If our show makes it, it will because of timing, chance, good fortune, persistence and talent.”

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BRAVO! this is a great way to reach across the us

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