Power to the viewers on ‘Hawaii Five-0’

Ever been disappointed with the ending of a TV episode?

After you’re done screaming “YES” and thinking about the season two finale of “Homeland,” rest assured that social media pioneers have crafted a solution that doles out a level of power to viewers when it comes to, as of now, CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0.”

During Jan. 14’s broadcast of the primetime drama, viewers will be able to choose the ending of the episode in real time by voting on CBS.com or Twitter during both the East and West coast airings of the show.

Viewers can choose either #theBoss, #theTA or #theStudent as the culprit who committed the crime explored in the episode. Viewer interaction via social media is common in unscripted programming where, on “Ink Master” for example, auds could vote in real time during the East Coast feed for the contestant that would be given a guest spot on next season’s competition. However, this level of social media integration into scripted fare as seen with ‘Five-0’ is a TV first.

always felt the most fun aspect of watching a mystery is trying to
figure out whodunit,” said Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.  “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.”

Of course, the fate of your viewing experience rests in the hands — and second screen devices — of your fellow viewers, so there will still be plenty of people to blame if the ending doesn’t suit your tastes.

Don’t worry, though: CBS will make all three endings available online after the broadcasts. Here’s hoping you gain the episodic closure you have always craved.


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