March 13th, 2014 by bahamabert
Jorge Garcia’s Jerry Ortega will join the Five-0 Ohana as a series regular for Season 5
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)
Season Five is a go! CBS issued a press release today confirming Hawaii Five-0 as one of 20 shows picked up for the Fall 2014 season.
While there were many who felt the move to Friday would be the death of Five-0, the show’s performance in tandem with Undercover Boss and Blue Bloods has proven them wrong. Ratings have remained good and, above all, steady, while total viewer figures have trended steadily upwards — both likely factors in CBS’s decision to renew.
The renewal announcement wasn’t the only Season 5 news; The Hollywood Reporter (THR) revealed in an exclusive report that LOST alum Jorge “Hurley” Garcia will be joining Hawaii Five-0 as a series regular in Season 5. Garcia’s character Jerry Ortega, who will have appeared in at least four episodes by season’s end, is an old high-school buddy of Daniel Dae Kim’s Chin Ho Kelly. Jerry’s knowledge of conspiracy theory and so-called black projects makes him an invaluable, if unorthodox, asset to Five-0.
THR spoke with executive producer Peter Lenkov about Garcia’s contribution to the stories and his addition to the cast.
“Jorge very quickly made Jerry an unlikely and valuable part of the Five-0 Ohana,” said Lenkov. “We have many opportunities planned to put Jerry’s unusual and infectious desire to put the bad guys to good use.”
Garcia will appear in both the upcoming March 14th and March 21st episodes.
Press Release courtesy of CBS and Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers
CBS ANNOUNCES RENEWALS FOR 18 PRIMETIME SHOWS FOR NEXT SEASON
Combined With Two Previously Announced Renewals, Network Has Now Picked Up 20 Returning Series for 2014-2015
Returning Series Will Include the #1 Drama, #1 Comedy, #1 New Comedy and #1 News Program
CBS, America’s most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming.
“The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. “The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television.”
The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS’s weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs.
The nine dramas picked up are: NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted program for the fifth consecutive year; NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the #2 drama for the fourth straight year; time-period winners Person Of Interest, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods; as well as Criminal Minds, Elementary and the acclaimed drama THE Good Wife.
The renewed comedies are 2 Broke Girls, THE MILLERS, which is the #1 freshman comedy of the 2013-2014 season, MIKE & MOLLY, MOM and the long-running hit Two and a Half Men.
In alternative programming, the Network announced pick-ups for its Emmy Award-winning reality series THE Amazing Race and Undercover Boss.
Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 Minutes, television’s #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #1 non-sports program.
In addition to these 18 series, CBS yesterday announced a three-year broadcast deal for The Big Bang Theory. Previously, the Network announced two more editions of the reality series SURVIVOR for next season.
Season-to-date, CBS is television’s #1 network in viewers for the 11th time in 12 years, averaging 10.84 million viewers.