‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Is a ‘Professional Badass’ in New Photo

by Suzanne Halliburton

NCIS: Hawai’i special agent in charge Jane Tennant has a nice line to sum up her character. Truthfully, we’d all want something similar.

Check it out. The NCIS: Hawai’i social media account spilled the details, Sunday, tweeting “The Boss – Mom, professional badass, Air Force brat.” Tennant’s slogan “Let me do the worrying,” was stamped across the character’s photo. Vanessa Lachey, who brought Tennant to life starting last month, probably could describe herself the same way.

As per usual, NCIS: Hawai’i follows NCIS in the CBS lineup, Monday night. The next episode is entitled Gaijin. And the plot details provided by CBS look mighty interesting. “When a Japanese sailor is killed on American soil and evidence links the case to the previous murder of the victim’s girlfriend back in Japan, NCIS must find the murderer before the wrong person is accused and the case triggers a diplomatic crisis. Also, Captain Milius makes a personal request to Tennant.”

CBS Recently Picked Up ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ for Full Season

The cast received some terrific news last week. CBS picked up the rookie show for an entire season. The network also did the same with another first-year show that’s doing almost as well, FBI: International, which is part of the CBS Tuesday lineup.

Lachey uses her social media skills to hype the show. She was filming with Alex Tarrant (Kai) and Enver Gjokaj (Milius) when the cast received the news about the full order of shows for NCIS: Hawai’i. 

“We want to thank CBS and all of you guys,” Lachey said in a video clip, “the amazing fans who watched every week and made us number one in our time slot. We can’t wait to bring you more action-packed episodes from the beautiful island of Hawai’i.”

The NCIS: Hawai’i premiere drew an audience of 6.6 million. When streaming and DVR numbers were added, the audience swelled to 9.3 million. That was the best debut by a rookie show this fall. According to TV Line, that’s a 400 percent improvement from last year’s audience for the Monday time slot.

Viewership Numbers for FBI: International Also Are Up

FBI: International, which is produced by Dick Wolf Entertainment, drew an audience of 6.4 million in its premiere. Adding in the streaming numbers, the total audience increased to 8.8 million. It’s third among first-year shows, behind NCIS: Hawai’i and NBC’s La Brea. TV Line said that the new FBI spinoff is a 350 percent audience improvement from the time slot this time a year ago.

“These two terrific new dramas are off to a tremendous start,” CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl said in a statement to the media. “They have significantly strengthened and improved our lineup on their respective nights and are generating huge increases on our streaming platforms as well. We applaud the talented producers, writers and casts on their compelling storytelling and performances, which are clearly resonating with viewers.”