Hawaii Five-0 is closing in on a Season 9 renewal and Alex O’Loughlin is open to returning, having previously stated he would depart at the end of Season 8.
Speaking to EW, the actor revealed his desire to hatch a new deal for H50 Season 9 and 10:
“I’m more open to continuing on than I was when we spoke a couple years ago. It’s a hard question to answer at the end of the season. I’m literally shooting episode 25 right now, and it happens to be episode 193 as well. All I want to do is collapse into my hiatus and go to bed for a couple weeks, but I am open to doing another couple of years. Hopefully we can make a deal.”
So what’s caused this about-turn? O’Loughlin says his previously exit plan stemmed from a spinal injury he suffered years ago:
“The spinal injury I had, like even two years ago I could still barely move,” he says. “It was just impossible. I was like, ‘There’s no way I can keep working like this. I can’t force that at all.’ I got in a stem cell trial, and I’ve got all these stem cells in my back, and I built a rehab gym in my garage, and I’ve been doing lots of workouts the last couple years, and I feel physically a lot better.”
How do you feel about O’Loughlin’s desire to remain on H50 beyond Season 8? Do you want H50 Season 9 and 10? Should the show be axed?
Stay tuned for the outcome…