‘NCIS: Hawaii’ Sets a Franchise Record With This Move

NCIS: Hawaii is the latest NCIS franchise spinoff, and while very little is currently known about the series, fans are excited nonetheless. The series was unveiled in the spring of 2021, on the heels of the revelation that the fan-favorite show NCIS: New Orleans was getting canceled.

Most details for NCIS: Hawaii are still under wraps, but slowly, some information is beginning to emerge that signals not only a major shift for the NCIS franchise, but for television in general. Most notably, a recent report that details how the show will feature the first female lead in franchise history. 

What do fans know about ‘NCIS: Hawaii’?

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In February 2021, details emerged regarding a brand-new NCIS spinoff, tentatively titled NCIS: Hawaii. While showrunners didn’t make an official announcement (and still haven’t spoken out much about the show, beyond a recent confirmation), leaks and rumors have started to paint a very interesting picture of the new series.

Most reports indicate that NCIS: Hawaii will be filmed on location in Hawaii itself, and some details indicate that some of the production team from NCIS: New Orleans will be on hand to help make NCIS: Hawaii a hit. As for the cast, most things still remain unconfirmed — but if a recent report from TV Line is any indication, fans can expect a strong female role model to take the lead in the show. 

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Vanessa Lachey at the “It’s A Wonderful Lifetime” Holiday Party in 2019 | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

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In a recent report from TV Line, it is revealed that the likely lead in NCIS: Hawaii will be a female character named Jane Tennant, who will be serving as the first Special Agent in Charge of “NCIS Pearl.” While it is important to note that this report is unconfirmed by CBS, Variety reports actor Vanessa Lachey has been given the coveted spot.

The ‘NCIS’ franchise features a lot of male leads

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Historically, all of the series leads in the NCIS franchise have been male. The most popular and longest-running NCIS lead is, of course, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon. He has been a mainstay in the NCIS universe since NCIS first debuted on television 2003. While Gibbs is the most popular series lead in NCIS history, there are several other leading males of note, including Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J in NCIS: Los Angeles, and Scott Bakula in NCIS: New Orleans, which is soon to wrap up entirely. 

‘NCIS: Hawaii’ could be the most important ‘NCIS’ installment yet

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All of the series leads in the NCIS franchise are beloved by fans, and have brought their own special touch to roles that could have been otherwise unmemorable. Still, NCIS: Hawaii gives fans all over the world a reason to celebrate with the hiring of Lachey. While there was, at one point, a female lead attached to the ill-fated NCIS show NCIS: Red, the show itself never came to fruition, leaving fans to wonder what might have been. 

With NCIS: Hawaii, pop culture fans might actually get to enjoy the presence of a strong female role model in the leading role, providing inspiration to countless young women and little girls. It might actually be the best thing to happen to the NCIS franchise since the iconic original series first debuted in 2003.