Say “Aloha” to Hawai’i in CBS’ newest NCIS installment. NCIS: Hawai’i comes on the back of NCIS: New Orleans‘ cancellation, joining NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles on the network.
Unfortunately, New Orleans ended because of falling ratings. According to Newsweek, “viewers were down nearly a quarter for Season 7 against Season 6, the second-highest ratings drop out of any CBS show.” NCIS: NOLA only aired 155 episodes.
The flagship NCIS hit its 400 episode milestone in February. Can NCIS: Hawai’i hold out that long? At least longer than NOLA? Fans will have to wait until September 20, when the first episode premieres, to find out if NCIS: Hawai’i has staying power.
‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: What We Know So Far
Right now, we know the obvious: NCIS: Hawai’i takes place in Hawai’i. Exactly where in Hawai’i is unknown. But judging by the fact that we’re looking at the Pearl Harbor branch of the NCIS. It could be located on the island of Oahu. In addition, the island includes Honolulu and Waikiki. Hopefully, there’s going to be some gorgeous backdrops for all that murder and crime.
Additionally, what’s exciting about NCIS: Hawai’i is that it features NCIS’ first female team leader. Jane Tennant, played by Vanessa Lachey, is the Special Agent in charge of the team at NCIS Pearl Harbor. Her fellow agents include Yasmine Al-Bustani as Lucy Tara, and Jason Antoon as Ernie Malik.
Producer Jan Nash introduced a few of the characters to TV Insider in August. Among over-achiever Lucy Tara and tech wizard Ernie Malik, there are three others: Kai Holman, the local who’s coming back home to care for his sick father; Jesse Boone, father of three and Jane’s right-hand man; and Kate Whistler, the link between the NCIS and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
After the Bayou Comes Paradise
Riding on the coattails of NCIS: New Orleans‘ cancellation, NCIS: Hawai’i was created by New Orleans producers Christopher Silber and Jan Nash along with Matt Bosack.
According to MEA Worldwide, the official synopsis for NCIS: Hawai’i reads, “She [Jane Tennant] and her team balance duty to family and country, investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security, and the mysteries of the island itself. This NCIS: Hawai’i team is a skilled mix of mainland transplants who’ve re-located to the tranquility of the Pacific and wizened locals who know their mahalo from kapu.”
However, one can only hope the show will take into account respecting Hawaiian culture; not just using it for the butt of a joke or a trope. Hawai’i is such a rich and vibrant chain of islands; it would be a shame to see it disrespected for the sake of a television show. Fingers crossed for NCIS: Hawai’i.