‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: Here’s How New Series Might Kick Off the Show

by Anna Dunn

NCIS: Hawai’i is set to premiere next month. It’ll be the third spinoff show in the franchise after NCIS: Los Angeles, which is airing its 13th season this fall, and NCIS: New Orleans, which CBS canceled earlier this year. Fans know a lot about the cast of the show, but not many plot details have been revealed. We do know, however, how the series will start.

NCIS: Hawai’i begins by introducing fans to the main character Jane Tennant as she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. However, during practice, Tennant is whisked away in a Black Hawk helicopter and taken to a crime scene where an experimental aircraft crashed into a cliff, and foul play could be involved.

Leading actress Vanessa Lachey described what it was like shooting the opening moments in the episode.

“Day 1, Hour 1, I’m in a Black Hawk. I’m going up, I’m landing, I’m walking off, standing tall and proud, [heading] toward a crime scene,” Lachey told TV Guide earlier this month. “I feel like I’m in a dream.”

Jane Tennant is the first woman in an NCIS franchise series to be the leading character. Tennant is also a single mother of two children who she loves fiercely, and she constantly has to juggle motherhood and her incredibly dangerous job.

“She’s making it work in a man’s world,” Lachey explained to TV Guide. “And she doesn’t take no for an answer. She finds her way into every opportunity she gets and comes out on the other end unscathed. At the same time, she’s human and she’s learning how to juggle her emotions and being a mother.”

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ May Have Crossover Episodes With other ‘NCIS’ Franchise Series

While all of the characters are separate for each other, NCIS: Hawai’i does take place in the same reality as all the other NCIS series, and according to TV Guide, producers are very open to crossovers. This is even true for a crossover between NCIS: Hawai’i and NCIS: New Orleans, which was canceled.

A crossover between any series would follow a precedent of highly successful crossover events within the NCIS franchise. NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles have had crossover events as did NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans.

Whatever happens during the first season of NCIS: Hawai’i, it’s sure to be a refreshing new start brought to you by many of the same producers that make the franchise what it is. NCIS: Hawai’i will premiere after the premiere of NCIS season 19 on Monday, September 20th. If you want to catch the other series in the franchise NCIS: Los Angeles, you won’t have to wait long after that. It’ll premiere its 13th season on Sunday, October 10th.