CBS has announced that the Hawaii Five-O episode airing Monday, January 14, will have an ending determined by a real-time audience vote. Votes will be taken at their website or on Twitter to determine which person killed a university professor: his boss, his teaching assistant, or a student. “Separate voting will occur for East/Central and Pacific Time zone broadcasts. The three different endings will all be available at CBS.com after the broadcasts.” Well, that’s good to know — because when you do something like this, as Clue did back in the 80s, I want to see all the options. Here’s a promotional quote:
“I’ve always felt the most fun aspect of watching a mystery is trying to figure out whodunit,” says 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.”
Weirdly, I thought whodunits were determined by logic, not popular vote. I can only imagine what Ellery Queen would say! I’ve also noted that CBS is billing this as a “live event”, which is one way to bump viewers off their DVR-delaying viewing, if you want to try and get your ratings up.