By Wayne Harada
“Hawaii Five-0” will launch its fourth season — in its new Friday night slot — on Sept. 27.
CBS has announced its 2013-14 season launch and the Island-based series will be sandwiched between the reality show, “Undercover Boss,” and the Friday night staple, “Blue Bloods.” The move brings less pressure on the procedural, which had a bumpy ratings ride this season.
The show will be at 8 p.m. locally, an hour earlier than its previous 9 p.m. airtime (on the Mainland, “Five-0” will screen at 9 p.m.).
“Five-0” was transplanted to the Friday schedule prior to the end of the series’ third season. The show, starring Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, had an erratic ratings performance this year, struggling to keep up the momentum of the earlier years on air, and generally taking the second slot behind ABC’s “Castle.”
Industry observers and critics viewed the shift to the Friday lineup as a safe haven — since Nielsen TV ratings are softer and expectations lower — or the beginning of the end, since a few shows in this slot have been canceled. , “Five-0,” however, already has a feather in its cap: A syndication deal with TNT, beginning in 2014.
With loose threads and the fate of one of the key four again in jeopardy as season three ended, season four will include revisists to story arcs and recurring characters to resolve some of the plot issues.