CBS has announced some pretty exciting news for Hawaii Five-0 fans, and for the rest of us it's an interesting step in a very different direction for the channel. For the first time in television history, a prime time show is going to allow it's viewers to interact with the show in real time. No, don't get too excited ladies, you won't be able to press the green button and force to take his shirt off (he does that enough on his own), but you WILL be able to decide whodunit.
Fans will be able to vote online during the East and West Coast broadcasts of the show on Monday, Jan. 14, (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and determine just how the episode will end.
Starting and finishing that night, the team of Hawaii Five-0 will investigate the murder of an Oahu State University Professor. The suspects in the case (the Prof's boss, his assistant and a student) will be interviewed and question during the show to ascertain exactly what their motive could be and after that -- you can vote to decide who the guilty party is.
The votes will be counted up as soon as they're in (so get them in quick), and the winning ending will be played at the end of the episode. But don't worry if you voted for the teaching assistant and want to see what happened to the student: all 3 seperate previously filmed endings will be available on CBS' website straight after the show has finished. Separate voting will be set-up for East/Central and Pacific Time Zone shows.
Show Exec Producer Peter Lenkov said:
I've always felt the most fun aspect of watching a mystery is trying to figure out 'whodunit,' Now the 'Hawaii Five-0' viewers will actually get the chance to tell us who they think committed the crime and we will listen. I love that our dedicated and attentive fans will actually play a part in resolving our story.
We couldn't agree more Peter! And despite my lukewarm intial feelings for the show, I may just tune in on Jan 14 just to see how all this plays out.
Hawaii Five-0 airs Mondays, (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS.