‘Hawaii Five-0′ Losing a Cast Member?

by | December 23, 2010 at 10:53 AM | Hawaii Five-O, TV News

'Hawaii Five-0's Alex O'Loughlin and Taryn Manning (Photo: CBS)

'Hawaii Five-0's Alex O'Loughlin and Taryn Manning (Photo: CBS)

Poor Steve McGarrett’s family members just keep dropping like coconuts.

Alex O’Loughlin’s lead character in “Hawaii Five-0” lost his father in the pilot episode and recently learned his mother’s death long ago was no accident. Now, it looks like his sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) might not be long for the island.

The Jan. 3 episode of the CBS drama features a Mary Ann kidnapping plot that’s wrapped up in evil gangster Wo Fat and the murder of the McGarretts, according to TV Guide, which notes the ending is a “tearjerker.”

Mary Ann was originally scheduled to appear in the first four episodes and return throughout the season. “The family mystery was supposed to slowly unfold over the first season and I was going to play a big part in that with my own Nancy Drew mission,” Manning said.

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Instead, producers chose to focus more on McGarrett’s professional life and less on his personal life, and to slow the pace of revelations about all that family doom, which left less room for Manning.

In the first episode of the New Year, Steve visits his sister’s place to find evidence of a struggle and discovers that Mary Ann and his father’s clue-filled lock box are both gone.

Before the end of the episode, Mary Ann will encourage her brother to keep looking into their parents’ deaths, but the final image, according to Manning, is Steve experiencing “sadness over another loss.”

Manning told TV Guide that O’Loughlin “wasn’t very happy” with the change in plans for Mary Ann. “He liked me and liked our relationship. He felt my character was necessary to explore further aspects of his role and was prepared to fight for me,” Manning said.

Hmm…kind of sounds like good-bye, doesn’t it?

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