Did Alex O’Loughlin Quit ‘Hawaii Five-0’? Showrunner Peter Lenkov Addresses the Rumors

by Jeremy Spirogis
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After a decade on the air, Hawaii Five-0 is about to log off for the ultimate time. The last-ever episode of the CBS cop drama airs Friday, April 3.

The finish of the present got here as a shock to followers, who reacted with shock and dismay after they realized in late February it had been canceled. Many puzzled why the sequence was coming to an finish. After all, it had stable (although not essentially spectacular) rankings, attracting about 7 million viewers per episode. Now, in an interview with TVLine, showrunner Peter Lenkov is providing some perception into the explanation for the cancellation, together with the function one of many present’s stars might have performed within the resolution.     

Alex O’Loughlin considered leaving ‘Hawaii Five-0’ years in the past 

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Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0 | Norman Shapiro/CBS through Getty Images

Rumors had lengthy swirled that star Alex O’Loughlin, who performs Steve McGarrett, was contemplating exiting the present. The actor suffered a again harm whereas engaged on Hawaii Five-0 a number of years in the past that made him query whether or not he may proceed working.  

“The spinal injury I had, like even two years ago I could still barely move,” he instructed Entertainment Weekly in 2018. “It was just impossible. I was like, ‘There’s no way I can keep working like this. I can’t force that at all.’” 

A stem cell remedy and rehab finally bought the actor again on his toes. He additionally instructed TVLine that he felt a duty to all of the individuals who work on the present. 

“[W]e keep so many people employed in Hawaii who might otherwise be stacking boxes at a grocery mart,” he mentioned in a 2018 interview. “It’s hard to get work out here and this feeds a lot of families, so it’s a really good thing. It’s really, really important.”

O’Loughlin ‘wanted this to be his last year,’ Lenkov says

Though O’Loughlin returned to Hawaii Five-0, it wasn’t clear how for much longer he’d be capable to proceed in his extremely bodily function as McGarrett. Though he agreed to a one-year contract extension in May 2019, the long run past that was unsure. 

“I believe Alex wanted this to be his last year,” Lenkov instructed TVLine. “He didn’t have a contract… however he didn’t have one final yr both, and a deal was made to increase one yr on the final minute, proper earlier than Upfronts. If the studio had wished to carry again the present for Season 11, I’ve to consider they’d have tried to get Alex to remain. But it’s now moot.”

It was the ‘right time’ to finish the present 

While the present’s star was clearly hesitant to return, it seems like that wasn’t the one motive the present was canceled, although Lenkov didn’t get into specifics. 

“I think the network just thought it was a good time” to finish the present, he mentioned. “There are so many different things that factor into this — economics, everything — and I think they felt it was the right time.”

Lenkov additionally mentioned that he was all the time ready for the present to finish, so turning the season 10 finale into the sequence finale was not a problem. He revealed few particulars about what to anticipate from the final episode, however he did tease flashback scenes involving the characters Wo Fat and Victor Hesse, which can tie into the present’s pilot episode.  

Most essential, the ultimate Hawaii Five-0 installment, titled “Aloha,” will ship what followers love concerning the sequence, in addition to some particular moments. 

“It’s got big action,” Lenkov mentioned. “[I]t’s bought some massive surprises and twists, however most of all of the factor is absolutely rooted in coronary heart, which has been a giant ingredient that has performed on this present because the starting.”

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