NCIS: Hawai'i officially started production in June 2021. On July 13 it was announced the series premiere will air on Monday, Sept. 20, at 10 p.m. ET. Season 19 episodes of the original NCIS (2003) will air just before it at 9 p.m. ET.
In February 2021, NCIS showrunners announced that they are working on another series set within the NCIS universe, titled NCIS: Hawaii. While details are still a little bit sparse, rumors are swirling, with some reports claiming that Chris Silber, the showrunner from the now-canceled show NCIS: New Orleans (2014) taking over production duties.
Enver Gjokaj (Navy Captain Joe Milius) appeared as the character, Marku, in Hawaii Fivo-0, which is part of the same 'TV Universe' as NCIS.
May 2, 2021, CBS announced the official name of the series will be NCIS: Hawai'i (with the okina or glottal stop between the two i's) reflecting the state's name in the Hawaiian language and the official name for the Big Island of Hawai'i.
This is the first show in the NCIS series that doesn't have a 'back-door' episode connecting it to either of its predecessors.
On April 23, 2021, CBS officially gave a full series order for NCIS: Hawai'i.
After news of this show was announced, fans started chatting online about which characters from the other shows may pop up in the series, and many of them stated they'd love to see Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) return, if not full time because of his commitment to his series Bull (2016), then possibly as a guest star. Tony was a continuing character on the original NCIS (2003) until 2016,
TVLine reported in April 2021 that this spinoff may feature a woman in the starring role. They said A CBS rep declined to comment, but sources confirm that the character, tentatively named "Jane Tennant," will also break ground on-screen, serving as the first NCIS Special Agent in Charge.
On April 30, 2021, CBS announced that Vanessa Lachey signed on to play the first female NCIS series lead. Lachey has some experience solving crimes in the Aloha State, having guest-starred in the Hawaii Five-0 revival that ran from 2010 to 2020. Yasmine Al-Bustami and Jason Antoon have also signed on as series regulars.
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