Here's a pretty exciting story that you don't get every day: the next step in interactive television storytelling!
Fans of the CBS police drama 'Hawaii Five-0' will get to make history on Monday, January 14 when they will be given the opportunity to decide the outcome of an episode in real time--something never before accomplished by a primetime drama.
'Hawaii Five-0' is a reimagined version of the hit 1968-80 television series of same name, following a police task force investigating serious criminal activity in Hawaii. In the January 14th episode, the team investigates the death of an O'ahu State University Professor, with three very possible suspects. The deceased's boss, his teaching assistant, and a disgruntled student are all presented as potential killers in the investigation... and viewers will be able to decide whodunit.
Fans will be able to vote directly on CBS.com over the course of the episode, or they can take their voting to twitter by tweeting at the show using one of the three hashtags provided. Voting will be tallied instantaneously and the most popular ending will conclude the broadcast. I’ve always felt the most fun aspect of watching a mystery is trying to figure out whodunit,” said Hawaii Five-0 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."
What if the ending you vote for doesn't win the contest? Well have no fear: you will be able to view the other two endings on CBS.com following the broadcast. That way, you can pick which ending you liked best and pat yourself on the back for voting for the most intriguing killer.
Several television networks have dabbled in interactive storytelling, however this is the first major move to real-time viewer interactivity on a scripted drama. Will this gimmick be the harbringer of things to come? Or will it come and go in a flash?