CBS has announced that venerable procedural Hawaii Five-0 will conclude at the end of this season, wrapping the series after 10 seasons and 240 episodes.
“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a hit franchise that carried on the legacy of the original with such distinction while establishing its own signature style,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “From episode one, Hawaii Five-0 has been a huge success for us. Thanks to the amazing talents of the producers, writers, cast and crew, it has played a key role for a decade on our schedule and helped establish our powerhouse Friday night. We cannot be prouder of its quality, longevity and are thankful for the passionate fan-devotion it inspired.”
A reimagining of the 1968-80 CBS series starring Jack Lord, Hawaii Five-0 followed a DPS task force in Hawaii headed by Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett, USNR (Alex O’Loughlin). The series chronicled McGarrett’s team, which included Detective Sergeant Danny “Danno” Williams, HPD (Scott Caan); Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly, HPD (Daniel Dae Kim); and Officer Kono Kalakaua, HPD (Grace Park), as they investigated crimes of all varieties with the full backing of the state governor.
The series ending on its own terms will certainly change the dynamic of the CBS Friday night lineup, which it has been a part of since it moved from Mondays in 2013. Its absence should secure renewals for longtime companion Blue Bloods, as well as fellow reimaginings MacGyver and Magnum PI, meaning that barring something unexpected, all three will return together in fall 2020.
It is said that one of the reasons behind the series wrapping is O’Loughlin and Caan having their contracts up at the end of this season. With the series being grueling to shoot due to how much action it packs into every episode, O’Loughlin felt he could not continue physically, while the network attempted to explore continuing the series with Caan and a new partner. However, all involved felt like it was the right time to draw things to a close.
The two-hour series finale of Hawaii Five-0 is set for Friday, April 3rd at 8:00 on CBS.