‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Talks ‘Hardest Part’ of First-Ever ‘On Scene Shooting’

by Madison Miller
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The brand new “NCIS: Hawai’i” team has been showing how they take care of things as the newest spin-off of the popular franchise.

So far, the new show has been on for three weeks. It closely follows behind the mothership “NCIS” series on Monday nights.

During these three weeks, fans have been introduced to Vanessa Lachey, Alex Tarrant, Noah Mills, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Jason Antoon, and Tori Anderson as the new crew.

Vanessa Lachey Talks Shooting Series

Although fans have only seen three episodes so far, the cast has already put a lot of time into the filming process. Vanessa Lachey, who plays Jane Tennant, the first female Special Agent in charge of the Pearl Harbor base, reflected on a particular shooting day.

“This was also my first on scene shooting. We shoot blanks obviously, but the hardest part was that I had to shoot a quick draw and look like a badass. Harder than it looks. Haha. No blinking, thumbs clear of the kickback,” she wrote on Twitter.

When it comes to her acting career, “NCIS: Hawai’i” is really unlike anything Lachey has been a part of in the past. She had other small roles in projects like “Dads,” “Disaster Movie,” “A Twist of Christmas,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

When it comes to convincingly drawing a gun in a menacing, cool way, Lachey had to have some practice on set.

Although she was self-conscious of the difficult-to-film scene, fans hyped her up. One person wrote, “This was an awesome scene, Vanessa and you did an awesome job!!”

Good News for ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

For fans of the “NCIS” world, last night was likely a mixture of good and bad emotions all stockpiled into one.

Mark Harmon left his role as Leroy Jethro Gibs after 19 seasons on the mothership series. He first made an appearance as his character in “JAG” back in 2003. He will still be a producer on the show, but he is now stepping away as the main lead of the series. It was expected, seeing as fans knew he had a limited appearance contract this season.

For “NCIS: Hawai’i” fans, good news came their way yesterday. According to Deadline, the series received a full-season pickup from CBS. “FBI: International” did as well.

Both shows are amidst a huge assortment of procedural drama shows that are still doing very well on broadcast TV. This includes the entire “Law & Order” franchise, the “FBI” franchise, the “NCIS” world, as well as the three “Chicago” shows.

All of them continue to rack in high ratings, despite a decrease in people adhering to cable and broadcast television. “NCIS: Hawai’i” is actually the most-watched new series. The show averages 8.05 million viewers.

Given the success of the series so far, it certainly made sense for CBS to approve a full season.