'NCIS Hawaii': Everything We Know About the New Series

NCIS will soon be saying "aloha" to a new spin-off, NCIS: Hawaii. As NCIS: New Orleans is set to end this season, the CBS franchise will launch a new show, which if casting reports are to be believed it will have a major difference from the NCIS shows that have preceded it.

When will NCIS: Hawaii air?

No release date for the show has been released yet. However, with NCIS: NOLA on its way out, the show would be the ideal candidate to take its timeslot at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT on Sunday nights, directly after NCIS: Los Angeles.

This also means that the show could be introduced via a crossover episode between NCIS Hawaii and Los Angeles, especially as the L.A. team previously headed to the island for a Hawaii Five-O crossover. Deadline, however, reported that a so-called "backdoor pilot" that would see the Hawaii team first appear on another show first will not happen, with the difficulties of mixing two casts during the pandemic a likely reason why.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote in February 2021 that a writers' room was being assembled for the show, which suggests they may be aiming for a fall 2021 release—though casting for the leads has not happened yet.

The show is believed to be at pilot stage, with a full season yet to be ordered. Though the show seems primed for a pick-up, a previous NCIS spin-off was not ordered to series after its pilots, so there are no guarantees.

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'NCIS: Los Angeles' previously crossed over with 'Hawaii Five-O,' but 'NCIS: Hawaii' would be the first 'NCIS' show fully set in the state. CBS

Who is in the cast of NCIS: Hawaii?

Per TV Line, casting is currently underway for the Special Agent in Charge of the Hawaii team, which is set to be called NCIS Pearl.

Unlike the three previous NCIS shows, which have as their leads Mark Harmon (NCIS), Scott Bakula (New Orleans) and LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell (Los Angeles), Hawaii looks set to be led by a woman, with the lead character currently called Jane Tennant.

This will be a disappointment to many NCIS fans, who have been campaigning online for this new show to be the return to the franchise for Tony DiNozzo (played by Michael Weatherly) and Ziva David (Cote de Pablo).

Notably, NCIS proper has just added a former Hawaii Five-O star to its cast in Katrina Law, who is set to play hostage negotiator Jessica Knight. Though her contract has an option for her to appear in Season 19 of NCIS should the show be renewed, she could return to Hawaii eventually, especially as Season 19 is rumored to be the final season of the CBS mothership.

What is NCIS: Hawaii about?

So far, we do not know much about what will happen within the Hawaiian spin-off. However, it is coming from NCIS: New Orleans executive producers Christopher Silber and Jan Nash, so may feel similar in tone to the departing NCIS show.