By Wayne Harada
The Monday (Oct.8) “Hawaii Five-0” episode is perilous for Steve McGarrett and Danno Williams; entitled “Lana I Ka Moana (Adrift),” the two are sailing and their boat is hijacked.
So they’re dumped into the vast ocean, with a leaky inflatable, and you betcha, they’re shark bait.
Out there. Alone. Swimming for their life.
McG and Danno still have a cargument, but it's in a teeny and sinking lifeboat, and they need desparate help.
Is this third show of season three — and the floundering principals in a bad situation — a mirror of the fate of “Five-0,” afloat without a safety net or a lifeline?
Which brings up the seemingly minimal promotion by the network, which once regarded “Five-0” as the No. 1 new show of the (first) season.
As disappointing ratings have shoved the Island show to the No. 3 slot in its Monday schedule (9 p.m. here, 10 p.m. Mainland), isn’t a lifeline to refloat the series in order.
So far this year, the CBS promos newbies like “Elementary” and “Partners.” That’s the role of the network, after all. It boosted “Five-0” two years ago.
And curiously, on a Time-Warner Cable spot focusing on new and hit CBS shows for on-demand viewing, “Five-0” is not part of that promotional service even if it’s one of the series available for later viewing.
You see Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid from “Vegas,” Michael Urie from “Partners.” And there's Tom Selleck of "Blue Bloods," too, which premiered the same year of "Five-0's" debut.
Inadvertent snub of “Five-0”? Or have folks fallen out of love with us?
This may be irrelevant, but this kind of misstep could be a contributing reason why "Five-0" is on the glide. Perhaps the shark content — "Jaws," anyone? — will goose up viewership. Or not.
The competish is tougher this year, with NBC's "Revolution" and ABC's "Castle" attracting more dedicated viewers, so clearly, there needs to be something the network can do rekindle interest. Yes, upgrade scripts would be one issue; remember, there’s still rampant clutter with new characters and new and old story arcs taking away focus on the principal “Five-0” crew: McG, Danno, Chin Ho Kelly, Kono Kalakaua.
“Five-0” could use a booster shot to cure the ills; it remains a popular show, even if it’s overshadowed by the prevailing drama powerhouses CBS dramas, "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."
The NCIS franchise is not walking on thin ice, with the original with Mark Harmon the No. 1 TV drama; the spinoff with Chris O’Donnell and L.L. Cool J is No. 2. And likely to hold up all season.
Without some quick changes, “Five-0” and its cast and crew could be in jeopardy; and, no I don’t mean Alex Trebek’s game show. There is an off-air reality at stake; how much longer will the wait continue before some kind of action is taken.
If you’re a loyal viewer, you might inquire and seek answers about the “Five-0” dilemma at the CBS website: http://www.cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0/
Or for starters, share your opinions here. ...