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New Fox Series "Northshore" is rolling!

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The island-based series gets under way with $2 million budgeted for each show

**This is like one of 3 or 4 TV series being filmed in Honolulu metro right now!**

Cameras focused on "North Shore" star Kris Polaha as he cruised in a pickup truck through Haleiwa during first day of filming.

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Kapuna Kawena Mann's Hawaiian blessing began after 7 a.m. in the parking lot at Haleiwa Joe's restaurant. Dozens of crew members, producers and Fox TV executives reflected on the moment until producer Harry Bring broke the silence.

"OK all you scumbags, let's get to work," he said, joking. "We've got just 200 days until we wrap" in September.

Across Kamehameha Highway on the Haleiwa side of the bridge, crew busily prepared the first shot last Thursday for Fox's hotel drama "North Shore," Hawaii's first series since "Baywatch Hawaii" wrapped in 2001.

Joe Carini, owner of Bear Arms, which rents camera cranes to film productions, made final adjustments to his equipment, director of photography Christopher Faloona sat behind a monitor, and Kailuan Rick Brock, "A" camera second assistant, held up a digital clap board to document the time and place.

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Pohala's garb was adjusted between takes.

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Mann's mele told of the importance of clean water, which heals and nurtures everything it touches, from taro to people. It seemed a metaphor for a show whose producers are unusually well liked by the crew for their friendly, and respectful manner.

"It's early in the game," says Bring, a slender, polite man with kind eyes. "I can be mean, mean, I tell you."

"Harry doesn't get angry," a crew member whispers. "He gets disappointed."

All attention is focused on the Haleiwa bridge where surfers, bikini-wearing 20-somethings, and a truck driven by series star Kris Polaha are filmed passing by and over the structure. Thirty minutes later, Emmy award-winning director Michael Dinner is satisfied with six takes. "Good," he says.

"I think we could have shot that in three takes," Bring teases John Perry, unit production manager.

"Hey, wear long pants tomorrow so we don't have to see those spindly legs," Perry snorts back.

"You think so, whitey?" Bring says, pointing to Norris' pale limbs. "We don't have a big enough budget to buy sunscreen to protect that skin."

Producer Harry Bring is like the mild-mannered gent who morphs into Superproducer when the cameras start rolling, barking orders and joking on the set.

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Not true. With $2 million budgeted per each of 13 planned episodes, the series may be the most expensive shot in the state. Fox also is building the most expensive TV set ever in Hawaii at the Hawaii Film Studio. The "lobby" of the fictional "Grand Waimea" will cost $850,000 when it's completed for filming May 10. About 80 carpenters in two crews of 40 each are working 12-hour shifts to meet the deadline. Overtime pay alone, approved by Fox before construction began, is about $300,000, said Bruce Margolis, senior vice president of Fox television production.

"North Shore" revolves around the interactions between the staff at a luxury Hawaiian hotel and the hotel's wealthy guests. At the center of the series is Jason Matthews (Polaha), the hotel's general manager. The series will delve into relationships among the recurring characters, including Brooke Burns ("Baywatch Hawaii"), and James Remar ("Sex and the City"), who plays the hotel's owner, Vincent Boyd, with the added intrigue of stories about the hotel's affluent and powerful guests.

Another "Baywatch Hawaii" vet on "North Shore" is Jason Momoa as a dreadlocked bartender. Michael Ontkean ("The Rookies," "Twin Peaks"), who lives on Kauai, will play Polaha's father, Gordon Matthews, owner of Gordy Matthew's Surf Shop.

Several local veteran "extras" are stand-ins for series stars: Floyd Vaughn for Ontkean; Dustin Geiger for Polaha.

Thursday's locations included the Surf 'n Sea surf shop as Gordy Matthew's Surf Shop; the Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club's canoe house, and Jameson's restaurant. Hotel locations will be the Turtle Bay Resort and Ihilani Resort & Spa.

The Surf 'n Sea surf shop is transformed into Gordy Matthew's Surf Shop for filming.

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POLAHA, 27, (TBS 0riginal movie "America's Prince The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story") is tall, dark and fit, looking the part of a surfer-turned-businessman in a dark blue suit. Despite his Hawaiian sounding last name, Polaha is Czech.

"I play the hotel owner's prot

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nice, brings a whole other meaning to the term "north" no 3 foot snow drifts there lol

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^haha yeah none of that here thats for sure but whats kind of cool is that there are like 3 other series being filmed here currently and all about to be released this coming season or the next so for those that would like to see a little of Hawaii or Honolulu that may have never been get to see many different parts of it. :D

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