Tonight is finally the fall premiere of the long-running crime drama, “NCIS.”
The show is airing Season 19 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. It’s also bringing along a rookie friend. The brand new spinoff series, “NCIS: Hawai’i” is also airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
Since the announcement of “NCIS: Hawai’i” was made months ago, fans have wondered if it would have any connection to the rest of the “NCIS” world. Will it connect back to Gibbs’ team over on “NCIS?” Will any of the “NCIS: Los Angeles” squad pay a visit to the sunny beaches? Although “NCIS: New Orleans” was canceled, could any of the characters switch over to the spinoff?
All are reasonable questions that will likely be answered in the next few weeks as the new episodes air. It’s actually the common pattern so far for spinoff shows to have a crossover with the mothership series before airing separately. Both “Los Angeles” and “New Orleans” were introduced using a backdoor pilot on the original series.
It’s clear that “NCIS: Hawai’i” will actually break this tradition now. However, that doesn’t close the doors to any future crossovers. Some of the showrunners have discussed this possibility for the two series.
Conversations About Possible ‘NCIS’ Crossovers
The “NCIS: Hawai’i” showrunner, Christopher Silber, and the “NCIS” showrunner, Steven D. Binder, have both discussed the possibility with news outlets. For example, Binder told TV Line that nothing official has been discussed regarding bringing some characters over to Hawai’i. He did say that he and Silber had worked together “for a really long time,” which makes it all even more possible.
Similarly, Silber is beyond open to the possibility. “I’ll just say, and I only speak for myself as one of the executive producers, but I am always open to any sort of crossover that CBS will allow. I’ve experienced it certainly just in the world of the NCIS franchise. It is always exciting and fun. It is fun for those of us participating in it. It’s fun for the audience. So if they want to come play with us, we would love that opportunity. Name the show, name the day. I at least will be there for it,” he said during a CBS summer press tour.
Silber has connections with the original series too. He helped launch “NCIS: Hawai’i” but was also a co-executive producer for the mothership series for several years prior to that. He was also the executive producer of “NCIS: New Orleans” prior to its cancelation. He’s got his connections with the rest of the “NCIS” universe and could definitely make it happen.
Some fans are even theorizing about possible “Magnum P.I.” or “Hawaii Five-O” crossovers due to the filming location. “Hawaii Five-O” ended after 10 seasons in 2020, however.
“NCIS: Hawai’i” head agent Vanessa Lachey even joked about a dodgeball tournament between the three Hawaii-based TV shows.