"Hawaii Five-0" aired its last episode of its fifth season Friday night with rumors of cancellation looming.
Oahu residents have become accustomed to seeing film crews, along with the stars themselves, especially at the annual season premiere at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki. The event draws thousands of fans from all over, including viewers who watch the show in dozens of other countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
When the Five-0 reboot started in 2011, the premiere episode attracted more than 14 million viewers in the U.S. The premiere for season five pulled in about 9 million. Still, the franchise is said to be worth more than a billion dollars in global syndication and reruns. And here at home, the production employs more than 200 people and adds tens of millions of dollars every year to the economy.
In industry publications, the buzz is that the series now has a 50-50 chance of being cancelled. But after Friday's plot twists involving McGarrett's old love interest and Danno's son, executive producer Peter Lenkov was quoted by the Hollywood Reporter as saying that he's "feeling good" about the show's renewal chances, and that he's looking forward to developing his characters through another season.
Whether Hawaii Five-0 makes it to a sixth season will become known Wednesday, when CBS announces its fall lineup.
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