As I’m sure many of you have already heard, today, May 15, 2019, CBS had it’s day at the Upfronts. For those of you who aren’t aware, the Upfronts are a yearly “gathering at the start of important advertising sales periods, held by television network executives and attended by major advertisers and the media”. This is when the networks lay out their broadcast lineups for the new TV season. In other words, for shows whose status hasn’t already been announced, it’s do-or-die time.
Happily, we already knew over a week ago that Hawaii Five-0 was renewed for its 10th season. To be perfectly honest, as I sat my desk in my office working, I didn’t even think about following what was going on at the Upfronts today. Why bother? I already knew H50 was coming back and I felt pretty secure that the Friday night lineup which as been CBS’s most dominate night for years, would remain intact.
Just goes to show, you should never assume a damn thing. It’s not bad news, however. H50 is indeed still remaining on Friday nights however, our time slot is changing. H50 will now be seen at 8pm EST, one hour earlier than in previous years. H50’s old 9pm time slot will be taken over by Peter Lenkov’s newest reboot, Magnum PI. Blue Bloods remains in their original 10pm home.
The odd man out here is Peter’s other reboot, MacGyver. While we’d already gotten word that MacGyver has been renewed for it’s 4th season, it will not have it’s season premiere until mid-season. I’m not sure what that means for MacGyver but I hope it’s just a delayed season and not a shortened one. I really like that show. As a matter of fact, I like it more than Magnum.
Regardless, it looks like Friday nights will be our own little 2 hour mini-vacation to Hawaii each week. The new hashtag of #AlohaFriday has already sprung up on Twitter. And while I know they are not a favorite among some, I personally like crossovers so having all our Hawaii based crime fighters back to back on Friday could mean, if not actually crossovers, maybe at least more cross-mentions between the shows. That has to be a lot of fun.
With only one episode left for this season coming Friday night, the long summer hiatus will be upon us. Well, not horribly long since early July, when the new season blessing will take place and when we should start to get behind-the-scenes-pictures again, is only a couple of months away. Friday nights should be fun this fall. Be there! Aloha!