NCIS: Hawai’i is the fourth show about how the Navy investigates crimes. But don’t count on the characters being connected to others in the franchise.
Writers didn’t create Jane Tennant, played by Vanessa Lachey, with traits shared by other characters on NCIS, or the spinoffs in Los Angeles or the now canceled New Orleans. She won’t be like Gibbs with his well-quoted rules. And she won’t be like Hetty, who has enjoyed a secretive, yet impactful career from the Los Angeles office.
“We live in the same universe,” NCIS: Hawai’i producer Christopher Silber told TV Line. “But every one of them were spin-offs.
“We don’t make any connection to the other shows.”
NCIS: Hawai’i Is a Stand Alone Kind of Spinoff
So, NCIS: Hawai’i will be a unique, stand-alone kind of show. That makes creative sense, considering the Pearl Harbor office is in a far different time zone. When Gibbs and company are checking in at 8 a.m. in Washington, D.C., it’s 5 a.m. in Los Angeles and 2 a.m. in Hawai’i. Plus, the beautiful locale will furnish the show with a lot of plot lines.
And by design, NCIS: Hawai’i also is featuring it’s first female, special agent in charge. That’s Lachey’s Tennant. The show is dropping some introductory details as it begins the countdown for its network debut, Sept. 20. NCIS moves to Monday nights and will make its season 19 premiere. Then, it’s time for Hawai’i.
Lachey revealed to TV Guide that the opening scene definitely will be different, while still having an NCIS vibe to it. She’s coaching her daughter’s soccer team when she gets a request from the office. They send a Black Hawk helicopter to pick her up at the soccer field. She hops a ride to the crime scene.
“Day 1, Hour 1, I’m in a Black Hawk,” Lachey told TV Guide. “I’m going up, I’m landing, I’m walking off, standing tall and proud, [as she heads] toward a crime scene. I feel like I’m in a dream.”
Tennant is the divorced mother of two on the show as she juggles a family while overseeing NCIS: Hawai’i. There’s her 10-year-old daughter, Julie. Her oldest is Alex, her 16-year-old son.
Silber said he may put some romance in Tennant’s life, but who knows. He also was the executive producer on NCIS: New Orleans. And that show ended with the wedding of Dwayne Pride, the special agent in charge, who married his girlfriend.
Lachey said her character is “making it work in a man’s world, 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.”
But fellow NCIS fans will appreciate this news from Silber. There could be crossovers. That’s a tradition. However, NCIS: Hawai’i won’t be using another NCIS show for a back door pilot. It’s a special show with a unique location, so it gets a very up-front introduction.
Stay tuned to Outsider for more NCIS: Hawai’i news.