Outtakes: ‘Five-0′ to return for sixth season
BY MIKE GORDON / email@example.com
CBS won’t say publicly if it has renewed “Hawaii Five-0” for a sixth season, but a key department head said he would be stunned if that didn’t happen.
“There is no doubt in my mind that there will be a season six,” said Jeff Dawn, the Oscar winner who heads the makeup department and has been responsible for the show’s most amazing and gruesome special effects.
“But until CBS comes out with a statement making it official, it is not official.”
The network has repeatedly said it will not reveal the fate of the popular series until May 13, when CBS presents its fall lineup to potential advertisers.
“Five-0” wrapped up shooting its fifth season at the end of last week and will air the season’s final two episodes back-to-back on May 8.
Dawn, an industry veteran with 35 years of experience, shared his thoughts while waiting to catch a flight to his home in Oregon.
Dawn said the show’s department heads are planning on production resuming in July, as it has each previous season, by making budgets, talking about script details and scouting locations. There are other indications “Five-0” will return: They’ve left gear behind and held on to rental homes, he said.
“It doesn’t mean CBS can’t say no at the last minute,” Dawn said. “You were anticipating something you shouldn’t have. But everybody has been doing that, from producers to department heads to first assistant directors.
“Everybody is moving forward as if we were going to have a season six. We would all be incredibly shocked and surprised if we didn’t.”
Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.