‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Here’s What Stars Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen Have Said About ‘Hawai’i’ Spinoff

by Anna Dunn

Before NCIS: Hawai’i was even officially picked up, NCIS: Los Angeles stars Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen had some thoughts. NCIS: Los Angeles has been on the air for over a decade. Its 13th season will air in the fall. Its renewal was announced alongside the pickup of NCIS: Hawai’i.

When asked about the potential for NCIS: Hawai’i, both had a lot to say. These comments have aged considerably well considering the fact that NCIS: Hawai’i is now official. It’s airing this Fall. Vanessa Lachey is cast as the show’s lead.

“I think it’s an exciting opportunity because listen, Hawai’i is Hawai’i. And if there’s anything that we want to watch on TV, it’s people in paradise running around catching bad guys,” Olsen said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I think it’s a great opportunity for an expansion of the franchise.”

Ruah and Olsen also get to run around catching bad guys on NCIS: Los Angeles but they definitely aren’t in Paradise.

“And we obviously know that the recipe for this franchise has worked quite nicely. I mean, we have 18 seasons [for NCIS], 12 seasons [for NCIS: LA], seven for New Orleans, and now a new one’s coming. It’s an attractive franchise. So hopefully they’ll do great,” Ruah added.

Unfortunately, NCIS: New Orleans was later canceled. The cancellation shocked fans and the stars alike. However, that doesn’t mean that the NCIS franchise isn’t doing well. In fact, the franchise is dominating in the ratings.

A Fan Favorite ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Character To Become More Permanent

While two major characters left NCIS: Los Angeles following its finale, there is some good news. The hilariously gloomy Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride will now become a main character. For many fans, this means Killbride is finally getting the spotlight he deserves.

Gerald McRaney, who plays Killbride, has been a recurring cast member on the show since 2014. Now, he’s a full-time part of the cast. This comes after Eric Beale actor Barrett Foa and Nell Jones actor Renée Felice Smith officially parted ways with the show.

Fan-favorite character Hetty, however, will definitely be a part of season 13. Fans worried about Hetty’s future on the show after actress Linda Hunt barely appeared in season 12. Hunt didn’t appear in season 12 due to COVID-19 precautions. Hunt was at a higher risk than the rest of the cast. Now, however, Hunt is ready to get back in the game, so don’t worry. Fans will see plenty of Hetty next season.

Fans have the summer to wait for the 2021-2022 broadcast season. It’ll be especially hard to wait considering that NCIS: Hawai’i will be added to the schedule. If the NCIS: Los Angeles stars were right about the series, its one you won’t want to miss.