By Wayne Harada
It’s wait-and-hope season for two freshman network TV shows filmed here, and it appears that CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” will soon get the nod to proceed to Season Two, while ABC’s “Off the Map” may well be off the map and sent to retirement.
Early reports indicate that the “Five-0” reboot, which has been toasted as the top new show of the past fall season, will surely pick up a renewal. Which means Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and his crew of Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) will continue to fight crime in paradise — and contend with back-story expansion — for another year.
CBS has yet to give its official stamp of approval, of course, but the fact that crews have been building new sets within the former Advertiser home (the ex-News Building on Kapiolani Boulevard), coupled with the impressive ratings on Monday nights (typically from 10 to 13 million), are unofficial indicators of job security. The series shoots 22 episodes each season.
Meanwhile, ABC’s winter season entry, from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of “Grey’s Anatomy” success, could face cancellation. While ratings have not been disastrous (average is 6.8 million), the show — with Hawaii disguised as an outpost in South America — has not built a sizable fan base or buzz, and it’s highly possible that the production won’t be returning. The cast — Dr. Mina Minard (Mamie Gummer), Dr. Ben Keeton (Martin Henderson), Dr. Ryan Clark (Rachelle Lefevre), Dr. Tommy Fuller (Zach Gilford), Dr. Lily Brenner (Caroline Dhavernas), Dr. Otis Cole (Jason Winston George), and Zee Alvarez (Valerie Cruz) — has completed filming its 13-show order, with about half already shown.
The official renew or retire word could come down in the next few weeks or as late as May, when the next Nielsen TV sweeps are conducted, but renewal nods already have been bestowed on the tube’s sure bets, like ABC’s “Castle,” “The Middle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Cougar Town,” “Private Practice,” and “Modern Family;” CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” “NCIS,” and “Two and a Half Men” (Charlie Sheen’s behavior notwithstanding); NBC’s “30 Rock;” and Fox’s “Glee,” “The Cleveland Show,” “ Raising Hope,” “Family Guy,” and “The Simpsons.”
Of course, dozens more are likely to be picked, including the likes of “Dancing With the Stars” and “Mr. Sunshine” on ABC; “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Good Wife,” “The Mentalist” plus the “CSI,” “Criminal Minds” and “NCIS” franchises on CBS; “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Parenthood,” “Community” and “The Office”on NBC; and “American Idol,” ”American Dad,” “House” and ”Bones” on Fox.
The CW’s staples — “One Tree Hill,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural,” “Nikita,” “Gossip Girl,” “90201” and “Hellcats” — should be returning in the fall.
It all comes down to : how many folks watch.
Of the two Hawaii-filmed series, which would you like to see for another season — "Hawaii Five-0" or "Off the Map"?