Analysing The End of #H50 Article

During the past week, since this article to announce the end or Hawaii Five-0  was first published and share by us, and which you can read here, the response has been overwhelming.

From comments here and on social media especially  Facebook & Twitter it is clear that a LOT of assumptions has been made. Some just go on hearsay and do not even read the statements properly before commenting. And then there are speculations made and rumours started – the usual fandom stuff…..  Many of those who only care to have half the facts and ignore explanations given, even call executive producer Peter names for things that he has no control over.

I would also like to remind fans that for Peter, Alex, the rest of the cast and the crew, Hawaii Five-0 is/was their real life and work – and now it ends. For us as fans, it is just entertainment and it comes nowhere close to what they experience at this time.

 

  • From the article:

“CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 will be coming to an end. The popular action crime drama series will wrap its 10-year, 240-episode run with a two-hour series finale on Friday, April 3.

I will discuss this first statement in further detail below.

  • From the article:

“for the show’s entire run, Hawaii Five-0 has been a strong profit generator tor for CBS. In addition to its solid ratings performance, initially on Monday, and as a Friday anchor for the past seven seasons, Hawaii Five-0 has been a big international seller for CBS TV Studios, seen in more than 200 countries.”

Hawaii Five-0, which consistently wins its time period, has been watched by almost 40 million viewers this season. In addition, the show has ranked in the top 15 or higher of broadcast dramas during its run. Also, Hawaii Five-0, is CBS’ most social primetime drama, generating 47 million impressions, 3.7 million engagements and 3.8 million video views, season-to-date.”

The show therefore still ended on a strong note and was not cancelled because of bad ratings or money. Looking at the rest of the article I guess the question they had to answer was, will the show keep on going strong without McGarrett at the helm? And my next guess is that they did not want to bank on it.

  • And to confirm the success, a statement by:
  • Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. 

“From episode one, Hawaii Five-0 has been a huge success for us. Thanks to the amazing talents of the producers, writers, cast and crew, it has played a key role for a decade on our schedule and helped establish our powerhouse Friday night. We cannot be prouder of its quality, longevity and are thankful for the passionate fan-devotion it inspired.”

  • From the article:

“Hawaii Five-0 will end its run with its original stars Alex O’Loughlin as McGarrett and Scott Caan as Danno. I hear both of their current contracts are up at the end of this season.”

This is not stated as facts and there are no mention or actual confirmation at this stage of whether contract negotiation to renew, with both or with either of them, failed.

  • From the article:

“O’Loughlin suffered a serious back injury during the early seasons of the show, and has been dealing with effects from it ever since. There was speculation that he may leave the show two years ago but he stayed on after receiving a stem cell treatment for his back. I hear this time around, he felt he could not continue.”

Here it seems by hearsay that Alex did not want to renew his contract and connected it to his back injury. A year ago at the Paley panel, he also implied that after 217 episodes (at that time ) of Hawaii Five-0, that he is kind of tired of acting. Maybe that also played a role in his decision? I would guess that there are many factors that added up if, in fact, he decided not to renew.

The facts of his injuries should be known by everybody by now, but if they got worse again and affected his decision, is not actually confirmed here as the main reason for him not renewing. However many just assumed that the effects of Alex’s injuries are so bad that he now needs loads of time to recover – this was never said in this article.

  • This is what Alex said in the Watch! article in May 2017:

“I blew one of my knees, I’ve torn ligaments and tendons, ankles, both shoulders, both wrists,” he says. “I’ve knocked my front teeth out. I’ve got fake front teeth. I tore my right shoulder to pieces—three external tears, a labrum tear and a detachment of the bicep tendon. My current favorite injury is two herniated discs in my lower lumbar, which I’m receiving stem cell treatment for to avoid surgery.”

Signed on to Hawaii Five-0 through eight seasons, he began talking about walking away while he felt he still could. But recently, he’s felt his workload lighten, and those stem cell injections? They’ve been “magic,” he says. Does this mean he might challenge Jack Lord’s record 12 seasons as McGarrett?

“That would be a miracle,” O’Loughlin says with a laugh. “But I can see coming back and doing another season or two. I think this show is everything. It’s the core of it all.”

If the fact that Alex did not renew his contract surprised anybody then they have not been paying attention to his own words. Whether his injuries are better or worse at the moment only he knows, but back then already he said that going beyond Season 10 would be a miracle. Some seem to suggest that there are some hidden facts when it is, in fact, clear from this Watch! article and a few other ones before as well,  exactly how Alex felt about it all.

The fact that you carry scars from injuries always places you at risk, but it does not prevent you from having an active sporting life. Injuries do to not necessarily cripple you if you look after them well. Injuries can get better, but they can also get worse – it is a balancing act that gets trickier with age.

  • From the article:

“I hear the network explored continuing Hawaii Five-0 with Caan’s Danno and a new partner but ultimately, everyone felt that this was the right time to end the series”

From this, the assumption might be made that Scott was still willing to renew his contract. It also looks like it was definitely an option until the very last days, as Peter posted this message below on 15 February – barely 2 weeks before the end of the series was announced on 27 February with this article that we are discussing.

  • From Peter on IG (15 Feb 2020)

Sooooooo excited about this #H50

  • This is the article from Deadline on 14 February 2020 which he referred to in this social media post:

Hawaii Five-O’: Lance Gross Joins Cast As Potential Series Regular

A major new character is coming to CBS’ long-running series Hawaii Five-O. Star alum Lance Gross is joining the rebooted crime drama as a guest star in the final two episodes of Season 10, with a series regular option pending renewal. The back-to-back episodes will air April 3.

Gross will play Lincoln Cole, a decorated war hero and ex-Marine Gunnery Sergeant with the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team. Lincoln’s actions as an anonymous good Samaritan now have him in the cross-hairs of some very dangerous people, and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Five-0 are determined to protect him at all costs.

Interesting, but I do not really know how anybody really thought this could have been a viable option and why it was left so late in the process to explore.  Danno has not been a fulltime partner to McGarrett since Season 4 already, so how would this have worked?

And what credentials would this new guy have had to replace Steve as the leader in this well-established team? A very willful team. And what characteristics would he poses, that the Governor of Hawaii would appoint him as a leader of such a taskforce?

 

Let’s move on to the other personal statements made as quotes in the article: (Therefore regarded as said by those people)

  • Statement by Alex O’Loughlin

“This show has been pretty much every waking moment for the last 10 years of my life. Everywhere I go on this planet, in every language, I am McGarrett to all these people.

What we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished, it’s extraordinary. I can’t really put words to express my level of gratitude. I’m just glad to have been a part of this, a part of history and I’m going to miss it.

And to the fans, I don’t know how to thank you guys. Thank you for following us the way you have. I’m going to miss you. Aloha.”

As you can see from this statement, Alex said nothing about his health or his reasons for not renewing his contract, or even that he did not want to renew a contract to continue. Or, for that, matter that it played any part in the show not being renewed for S11.

He is only saying how proud he is of the 10 years of McGarrett and the thanks to the fans for their support over the years.

  • Statement by Peter Lenkov 

“Hawaii Five-0 has been such a blessing to me and all of the people who have worked on this incredible show. I truly learned the meaning of ‘ohana’ as the viewers embraced us and the people of Hawaii welcomed us with the privilege to film on their shores.

I am forever indebted to the creative genius that was Leonard Freeman who gave us such a beautiful story to begin with.

And my eternal gratitude to our cast, led by our hero Alex O’Loughlin, the writers, the production team, our CBS ohana, and most importantly –YOU, the fans, who allowed us to come to work with pride and made our series such a success. Mahalo.”

 

At this point, I would just like to remind fans that Peter also lost a lot. This has been his most successful project thus far. I would guess that he would have tried everything in his power to keep the show running. Not only was he the one who had to tell hundreds of cast and crew that they now lost a job, but he also lost a lot on income in the process.

  • Statement by CBS President Television Studios, David Stapf

“For 10 seasons, Alex, Scott and the rest of the talented Five-0 cast have brought fans exciting adventures in a spectacular tropical paradise.

We specifically want to thank Peter and the incredibly talented production team for 10 years of consistently outstanding television. The drama has been a great success for the Studio and Network, and as a global franchise for our company.

We’re pleased to give it a big sendoff and that viewers will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite characters as the final season wraps.”

Grace Park, Alex O’Loughlin David Stapf & Scott Caan – SOTB 2010

From this statement of David, it looks like he is satisfied that the 2-hour finale will be a proper send-off for such a long-running show. Guess we will have to wait and see if we feel the same …..

  • But let’s go back to the beginning of the article and the first statement:

CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 will be coming to an end. The popular action crime drama series will wrap its 10-year, 240-episode run with a two-hour series finale on Friday, April 3.

There seems to be a kind of debate on, of whether the word ‘cancelled’ or ‘end’ should be used to describe what happened to the show. Interesting to see that the article writer opted to use the word ‘end’ and the President of CBS chose to use the words ‘final season wraps’.

Not that it really makes any difference in the greater scheme of things or to world peace in general 😀 , but as a non-English speaking person, I normally want to see what the words really mean before I make a decision, and this is what the search gave me:

Cancelled: “decide or announce that (a planned event) will not take place.”

End: “a final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story.”

Wraps: “the end of a session of filming or recording.”

I guess the explanation does not really clear up the fact of whether Hawaii Five-0 was ‘cancelled’ or that ‘it is ending’, but if we took the words of David Stapf, he felt that is the end of the final season. If you, however, argue that it was planned to continue to Season 11 then cancelled would be correct, I guess.

In Summary – from this article, it is clear that many factors came into play to announce either renewal or the end of the show. ALL of it added up to get us where we are today – a month away from watching the final chapter in the lives of Steve McGarrett and his Ohana ……

Just on a personal note – over the years I have stated in many articles here on the blog that I regard the Hawaii Five-0 Pilot as the best I have ever seen. From the start, it hooked me in this story of Steve and his team. It was all set up perfectly and gave me all the ingredients for a wonderful show.

Hawaii Five-0 got me curious into looking up who Alex is, but his portrayal of Mick in Moonlight got me hooked on him as a fan (for life) and a year later enticed me to become a blogger and start this site with Paula. However, who Alex is as a person kept me/us here for nearly 8 years now and inspires us to continue.

If I was not following Alex’s career as a blogger, I would most probably have stopped watching Hawaii Five-0 by Seasons 3 or 4.  And at this stage, there would definitely not have been an attraction for me to continue to watch the show if he left.

So I guess CBS felt the same way as me – No McGarrett no Five-0

(Maybe for those who felt the show could go on without Alex, the show got cancelled, but for those who feel like me and would have stopped watching it without him, it has come to an end? 😉 )

Hawaii Five-0: A successful show, ending on a high note.

ALOHA!

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35 responses to “Analysing The End of #H50 Article

  1. Trina

    You bring a lot of good points. I was surprised that this was the last season and my husband even said when I told him on bringing the guy over from MacGyver. I’m just hoping that it’s not a rushed series finale. Personally, I would rather have a shorter 11th season to wrap up all the details.

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    • teachergrl23

      Hopefully it’s not rushed, but I disagree with the last point. I’d rather not force Alex into doing even a shortened 11th season just to wrap things up. And they’d either be doing that, or wrapping up Hawaii Five-0 without McGarrett. On the one hand, Alex would still be sacrificing to give fans what they want. And on the other, you’d be ending the show without its star, which just doesn’t make sense.

      I feel like they’ve had enough time to construct a series finale. While the announcement may seem sudden, they all knew Alex’s contract was up at the end of the season. Scott’s, too. And, they had to be aware that there was a very real possibility Alex may decide not to return. I think they were hoping he’d change his mind, and he didn’t. I’m glad he stuck to his guns. I just wouldn’t want to force him into even doing 10 episodes more, if he feels he can’t. It’s not fair to him, after everything he’s done for this show and the fans. I want him to exit the show on his own terms.

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      • Agree! I think the end will be a farewell to Steve, the show coming full circle and that would work as a series and as a season finale.
        Alex was the one carrying the show for 10 years! He was the first one on the call sheet, he was the action hero, he was the ambassador for the show, for Hawaii, he did commentaries on DVD (4.08 commentary with Chi is just awesome!), interviews, was always kind and humble, always there for every freaking fan, he was the king of selfies. He. Gave. It. All.
        He deserves tons of praise and some peace and quiet with his wonderful wife and kids.

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  2. Sunny 37

    Thank you so much for staying realistic! There are a lot of speculations, most of them from so-called fans! Fan , short for fanatic, can manipulate and destroy a lot.
    People talk a lot about the ALOHA SPIRIT (hearsay, I up to now have sadly never been to hawaii). I get the Feeling, they try to Wrap the show according to those vibes- and if that is so and will be successful, than it is another very good reason to remember this show, and of course Alex and his amazing personality forever as they have been: Ohana!
    Aloha and Mahalo!

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    • Cassiopea 1000

      I’ve visited Hawaii twice, and I can swear that the aloha spirit exists. It’s very difficult, maybe impossible, to explain what it is, but if you care to talk and listen to locals, not only with shop attendants or waiters in Waikiki restaurants, you feel it, it’s there, and it’s beautiful, and it takes your soul. So when all these people talk of the aloha spirit, I fully understand how they feel and I in turn feel all the more sad for this goodbye.

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  3. Willow

    Absolutely agree with your views on this. I am probably in the minority when I say that I am more for ripping the band aid off quickly than watching a whole season or even half a season knowing that it is ending. I will be gutted when it ends but I am very thankful for the extra years that Alex gave us and if he hadn’t we would have missed out on his amazing writing/directing and producing. I think that the ending will have been thought out and not rushed. I think Alex had probably told Peter Lenkov that season 10 would be his final season so Peter would have had time to end Steve’s story. (I’m sure you can’t pull together all these amazing guest actors together at short notice) so I feel that the end won’t have been rushed. Other characters stories will be left more open because it was still unclear whether H50 would continue.
    Selfishly, I would love H50 to continue with Alex for many more years but equally I am pleased that that they have decided not to continue, the show would never have felt the same. I wish everyone involved the very best and for Alex in particular, he now has the freedom to take some time with his family and pursue whichever avenue brings him the most joy. He absolutely deserves it. Steve McGarrett will forever be my favourite fictional character and that is all down to Alex.
    I would love for the Five 0 sets to be on display at the Kualoa Ranch as someone suggested, fans will visit for years to come I am sure.
    I would love to see the DVD have a ton of extras on it ( If Alex and Chi did another episode commentary that would be wonderful) and I would love if someone wrote a book celebrating the series with lots of amazing photos of the cast and crew – I will be on the lookout for that one. I wonder if the cast got to keep a memento from the show…..which prop would Alex have?
    Thank you for this wonderful blog, I will be checking in regularly.
    Mahalo & Aloha.

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    • HI Willow
      Couldn’t agree more. 🙂

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    • teachergrl23

      Best comment yet. Perfectly said Willow, and I completely agree. We should really be thinking about what’s best for Alex and his familyhere.

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    • Someone did write a book celebrating the series with lots of amazing photos of cast and crew. Six were made. Alex has one . Peter has one. Scott has one. Dennis has one. Angie who made it has one and I was the lucky fan who won the final one in a Raffle. it is truly beautiful, interesting and amazing.

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      • Willow

        I remember the book – that’s amazing that you won a copy!
        I’m hoping one day there might be a book for the rest of us!

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  4. Kathysr

    I’m a delayed emotional reactor. I’m receiving, feeling, evaluating, processing and absorbing the news that Hawaii Five-O is ending. FOYeur, there’s a really beautiful, long post from Peter on his IG stories. It appears in Belle Anderson’s Twitter and on the official Hawaii Five-O twitter. If you could post it, that would be great. Peter expresses his feelings about how much the show has meant to him. It starts out “It was surprising but not shocking” to hear that the show is ending. Maybe everything was up in the air right to the end. Perhaps CBS was in negotiations with the actors to see if they would do an 11th season. From the promos for the finale, it appears that CBS added a new character to the show to perhaps take over if Alex didn’t want to do another season. But, why wouldn’t Grover take over if Steve retired? I feel really sorry for the actor. He thought he had a job next year and now he doesn’t. Think how he must feel.

    We said three years ago that the show couldn’t go on without Alex. I think CBS finally realized that as well. The show is extremely expensive to produce in Hawaii. Now CBS is producing TWO extremely expensive shows in Hawaii. I wondered how long that would last.

    It appears that there were multiple possible endings in the works. Clearly, this two-part episode was written as a series finale, if that became CBS’ final decision. From what we’re reading, many series characters reappear in this 2-part episode, with lots of flashbacks of critically important people in Steve’s life. That sounds like a series finale to me. Everyone’s stopping by to say farewell and to wrap up ongoing storylines. I do wonder if Catherine will make an appearance. One fan on Peter’s twitter said she hoped that Catherine would show up and she and Steve would be hand in hand, and that’s why he’s having all these dates. He finally realizes that Catherine’s the one for him and he goes after her. Peter’s reply was not encouraging, something like, “Wish we had time for that.” To me, Peter seems surprised and somewhat caught off guard by the series cancellation. It you read between the lines on his Twitter feed, you get the sense that CBS made the decision and then let him know. He learned about it when we learned about it.

    So, I’m reading, feeling, absorbing, processing. The worldwide spontaneous outpouring of love for the show is amazing. For years I noted that CBS has never done any PR for Hawaii Five-O. This show succeeded in spite of the lack of press interviews, cast interviews, magazine articles and coverage on local or national TV shows. The last interview with Scott and Alex was in November 2014. Amazing. NCIS has 2-3 TV Guide cover articles every year. Hawaii Five-O has had ONE TV Guide cover in ten years. I call Hawaii Five-O “The show that could wildly succeed in spite of lack of support.”

    Thank you so much for posting all the wonderful responses from cast, crew, the entertainment industry and fans worldwide. Please keep it up! We’re learning how much this show means to people all over the world.

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    • Kathy.
      Agree with some of what you say but then there are also lots of speculations in there.
      You say: “to me, Peter seems surprised and somewhat caught off guard by the series cancellation. If you read between the lines on his Twitter feed, you get the sense that CBS made the decision and then let him know. He learned about it when we learned about it.
      << That is definitely not true – Peter got on a plane to fly to Hawaii to break the news to everybody. NO so showrunner will be informed of such a decision only after the finale was already filmed – and in this case, it was already wrapped when the cast and crew were told – The second last episode was filmed last.
      And then you also talk in the first part of your comment about series final storylines – but then say Peter did not know – sorry, but it does not make sense to me?

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    • And Peter’s words are actually: “It was surprising but not unexpected”

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  5. agentd6

    So after a week of reflection upon the shows ending I think it makes since that it’s time for the character of Steve to take a new step in his life. The show has always been his story to tell. His transition from a Navy Seal to a investigator has been a joy to watch. He learned to have a partner, a best friend, a family of co-workers. He also lost a father, a mother and for some fans his soul mate. We have laughed and cried with him from the Pilot. But as I look back over ten years of shows this seems like the right time to let him go into his next venture without us watching. Maybe allowing us to use our imaginations as to what will happen in his life in those final moments of the show. My hope is that just like his character, Alex kid also ready for his next journey in life. For many of us these transition periods are filled with both fear and excitement, I have no doubt the same is true for Alex. And like many of us who are slightly older than he happens to be your forties are filled with self reflection of your own life. Learning to enjoy your family but also the things that make you happy. That is in essence what the decade brings you. A self exploration that brings you on a journey with new adventures and enjoying the common day ones like a long walk with your best friend. So for both the character Steve and the man Alex, I look forward to him entering this next stage of life!

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  6. Debbie Fischer

    Love you Alex….(Steve)

    Debra a Fischer

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  7. Susan Schoppe

    Thanks for clearing all that up. Sounds like you’re in the know.

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  8. mamayorkie

    I doubt Alex walked in one day a couple of weeks ago and said he was out. It is just not his style. More likely he told PL and the network early in the season his plans and that was kept quiet. Maybe that is why he wanted to be the one write an end to Doris.

    But this is just speculation on my part since we have no idea what actually happened and we won’t know until we get the end of season interviews from Alex and PL. So, in my mind we really have no idea why Alex chose to leave, have no proof he is injured or even if Scott was willing to stay.

    And my vote goes to”cancelled” because they did try to put together a scenario for a Season 11 but decided to not give it even a partial season. This argument among fans is really juvenile because it means the same thing. CBS pulled the plug. Cancelled.

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    • Willow

      We know Alex is very passionate about the show and also has much love for the cast and crew and of course Hawaii itself. He would have known the knock on effect of the show ending and I believe that would have been a factor in him continuing as long as he did. Professionally, I believe that he missed out perhaps on other opportunities because of his absolute complete commitment to make this show, for us, the best it could be.
      It is well documented that he has suffered through many injuries and yet apart from season2 I really couldn’t tell from his screen presence what he must have been going through. Others may have noticed more.
      Alex, I think will have struggled with knowing that by ending his part on the show, the ripple effect would be much wider than just his character saying goodbye. I very much admire Alex O’Loughlin as a human being and really hope that he has made peace with his decision and can now pick and choose the future that makes him and his family happiest.
      He went above and beyond for 10 years. Time for him to be a little selfish.
      For me, the show ‘ended’ at the right time. It was never cancelled.

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  9. teachergrl23

    Well said. These are all the same thoughts I’ve had, with people not only blaming Peter but CBS. I know it’s hard to accept that Alex doesn’t want to continue, but that’s the reality. We knew it was coming one day. Some fans were more prepared for it than others, I guess.

    “The show therefore still ended on a strong note and was not cancelled because of bad ratings or money. Looking at the rest of the article I guess the question they had to answer was, will the show keep on going strong without McGarrett at the helm? And my next guess is that they did not want to bank on it.”

    THANK YOU. This is the crux of it right here. CBS knows there’s no show without Alex/McGarrett. Even if people tuned in initially, it wouldn’t last very long. My guess is that the ratings would tank quickly, and the show would end up being cancelled anyway a few episodes into an 11th season due to bad ratings. Instead of taking that risky, they’re going out on top. They’re ending the show with strong ratings and their main character. That’s how it should be to not only honor the legacy of this franchise, but Alex’s legacy as McGarrett. I’m not a fan of milking something dry, just because you can for money, until there’s no quality left.

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  10. lindae5o

    Thanks, Foyeur!! Depending on how one interprets the various statements about why HF-O ended, there is room for speculation, I guess. It doesn’t matter. My focus is on Alex. Ten years is long enough. I’ve always thought he was way to good for this show.
    I am curious though, about what went on behind closed doors at CBS, in deciding whether HF-O should continue without Alex. (Scott continuing would be moot, as he’s wanted out for a long time.) Alex was perfectly cast as Steve McGarrett, and he’s always been the heart and soul of the show. I couldn’t watch it without him.
    I doubt the other cast members will be out of work for long. They’ve all made good impressions.
    It’s impossible to underestimate the stupidity of a lot of people. I don’t do Twitter, but I read Facebook. They only need to read the article, or other posters’ responses, yet so many ask ‘Why is this show ending?’ Most responders are supportive, but a few (not many) have blamed Alex, implying that he’s selfish. Those people, I’ve replied to.
    I remember when CBS cancelled Moonlight. For two years afterward I would read criticisms of Alex as to why HE didn’t bring the show back. The mind boggles!!!
    Thanks again Foyeur for your perceptive post. Also, the second-to-last photo of our hero is stunning !! The last one is nice too, except for the ‘blood’. lol

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  11. Thank you so much FOYeur for this thoughtful and well written post. I enjoyed it even tho’ I an getting sadder by the minute to lose the show. I believe in time we will know why the show ended without all the silly speculation and Rumours. In the mean time it is nobody’s business but Alex, Peter and the cast and crew!!

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  12. agentd6

    After almost a week to settle into the realty of the show ending I think my hope is to send Steve and is essence Alex off on their next adventure in life. As you get older, your goals change. You go from being very career minded to being more reflective on what life is about. What things you haven’t done but want to do, time spent with family and friends. That’s exactly what I expect for someone who is 44, wow the same age as Alex and his fictional character Steve. That’s exactly where we should be in retrospect. Ten years into this show and we are seeing this play out before us. Steve has been more self reflective this season. I would hazard to guess that these remaining episodes continue to show his own thoughts playing out before us. How we get there and who may be there for these times are still a bit murky. PL has always kept his endgame close to the vest. But I have no doubt as Alex let him know this was his final season, we will be seeing that played out in the Series Final shows. I think it’s very fitting and in many ways the heart of the show. I am excited to see where it goes for both Alex and his alter ego Steve McGarrett. I have no doubt tissues will be needed as we say goodbye!

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  13. Again, FOYeur, you’re the voice of reason. I totally agree with your comments, I’ve got no time to go into detail because of vacation preperations, and there’s so much to discover these last days it is a little bit overwhelming.
    And this: No McGarrett – no 50, is true because the show started and was always about the McGarrett family history! But I have to add: No Alex – No 50.
    I ask my husband (who loves the show but isn’t fangirling, lol): Would you want to watch without Alex O’Loughlin? He briefly looked at me, raised his eyebrows, snorted a short “No” and went on doing his stuff.

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  14. CassG

    I will treasure these last eps at its usual time as gold as H50 comes to an end. I am already feeling the void before it gets here.

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  15. Cindy Gundolff

    First, Please don’t leave, I live ALL the cast of Hawaii Five-0. Tani, Kind, Dani, Steve, Adam, & every one else. Hawaii Five-0 is my Friday night entertainment after working all day. I can sit down with my Glass of Wine and just chill.
    I love ALL of Hawaii Five-0. The connection with Tani & Kind hasn’t been sealed. And wrapping things up by April 3rd, isn’t enough time. Then having MacGyver coming in as a possible replacement just doesn’t seem right.
    Please, Please don’t go.

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  16. Cassiopea 1000

    One thousand thanks for your post, FOYeur. After our first emotional reaction, your down-to-earth analysis of this cancellation is welcome.
    We can speculate until doomsday about the reasons of this cancellation/end/wrapping. We, as mere fans, have absolutely no reliable information upon which to build our arguments, and we must go only by what authorized people say. And that doesn’t include ALL you can find on social media.

    However, though he has not confirmed it himself, it seems that it was Alex who decided to put an end to the show. But even if this is the case, we will never know why.

    Injuries? True, his body, with the list of his injuries as provided by himself, would be a godsend for any orthopedic student. But we have seen him doing his BJJ things or diving from a helicopter. Weariness? At the Paley festival he said he didn’t really feel like acting anymore. Maybe he was giving us a hint as to his career plans, but we chose to ignore it because we did not like it. Boredom after being McG for 10 years? A need to rest and get things into perspective to be able to focus on new projects? A need for time to write scripts or even a book, who know? The decision to simply live off his earnings for the rest of his life? There are hundreds of options. Only he knows, and we’ll only know what he’s willing to share with us which, knowing him, will be very little.

    That CBS decided not to go on without Alex was to be expected. It has been said many times in this blog that the producers/networks only think in terms profitability and that they don’t take notice of what fans say or wish. And here I disagree. Profitability is possible only if fans buy the product. WE have said so many times that no Alex = no H50 that they were not going to risk good money in a non-Alex continuity. I believe that we as the audience have more power than we think.

    So it’s up to us to make lots of noise claiming for Alex on screen to encourage the powers that be to offer him succulent projects, the kind an actor cannot turn down. After he has had his much deserved long rest, maybe he will relent and resume his acting career without having us waiting forever. There talks the absolutely selfish fan, I fear!

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  17. D Bruner

    Why couldn’t Hawaii Five O continue with Alec doing less of the physical aspects he has done in the past, still allowing him to be team leader, just not being physically active as he has been.

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    • Willow

      I really think that Alex would have considered all sorts of possibilities if there was another route that he wanted to take with H50. ie less screen time, however it seems clear from what he has said in the past that he really enjoyed directing and perhaps he want to pursue that. I am pleased for Alex that Hawaii Five 0 is finishing up completely because I think he would always feel pressured to do more. Can you imagine if H50 continued without him, he’d be forever asked when he is returning or could he just do the occasional episode? The fans would be relentless. This is a clean break. I think from what I’ve learned over the years about Alex (through this amazing site, in particular) is that Alex gives 100% to whatever he does. Let’s let Alex move on now, please.
      Let’s be grateful that he has done 10 seasons for us to watch over and over, if he’d done movies, we would have seen a lot less of him.
      I’m sure the rest of the cast will be looking back at Hawaii Five 0 with grateful hearts and now looking forward to what comes next for them.

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  18. Brenda

    We the fans will miss you. We hate to see it be over. But it is what it is.

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  19. Ten years for a show is that of something else. It is a rarity for a TV show these days. But yes Alex and the cast and crew felt it was time to move on. Just hope it will end on with a blast. Though not literally saying that LOL. But you know what I mean.

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  20. I hope someone will post pictures of Alex/Steve from 2019/2020. I like his more current handsome self. Wish him and family good luck.

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    • Hi Susan, I gather that you are rather new here.
      You say: “I hope someone will post pictures of Alex/Steve from 2019/2020.”
      Have been thinking of answering your statement in a funny way, but every time I write something, I keep thinking that what I want to say will just sound rude.
      So here is the straight honest answer:
      Please scroll through our site here (there are links here to all the posts and pictures) – I think you will find almost all of the latest pictures of Alex on here somewhere. We do try to share most of what is available as soon as it is available. (On here and on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages as well).
      We might miss out on a few here and there, either because the pictures might be too private and invading Alex’s private world, or because the people who share pictures do not want others to share it freely.

      But I can assure you that a BIG % of all the 2019 & 2020 pictures (and latest information) of Alex have already been shared on here. You just need to look for it. 🙂

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      • I think Alex / Steve is handsome and gorgeous no matter what.
        I’ve watched the first show since the beginning and haven’t missed one and if I’m away I’m sure to DVR it so I can watch it later.
        I’m absolutely having withdrawals knowing it’s coming closer & closer to an end. I’ll probably have a big Glass of Wine and cry thru the whole last episode.

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