All three instalments of the wildly successful NCIS series are currently continuing on CBS. It now appears the franchise will be heading outside of the mainland United States for a brand new spin-off set in Hawaii.
CBS is reportedly working on a brand new addition to the NCIS series, NCIS: Hawaii.
The upcoming spin-off will mark the third spin-off to the series, following the popular hits NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.
NCIS’s three seasons have returned to considerable fanfare this year after being hit with delays amid the outbreak of coronavirus back in March 2020.
News of a third spin-off was reported by TVLine today, Tuesday February 16, though CBS have so far declined to comment.
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The reports were met with excitement and caution from fans, with some concerns raised that the series could soon become oversaturated.
On Reddit, one fan said: “I’m surprised they didn’t do this years ago considering the naval connections to Hawaii, not to mention CBS network’s own long history of shows from there.”
Another said on Twitter: “Gives them the option of using Hawaii Five-O characters since it crossed over with NCIS LA at one time.”
Several other fans raised hopes for further crossovers after the foundational crime serial Hawaii Five-O was rebooted on CBS back in 2010, though it has since been cancelled.
As the show’s popularity continues to skyrocket, there has even been speculation that CBS is gearing up for a JAG revival in the near future.
However, the network was also developing another spin-off based on a mobile anti-terrorist team prior to the launch of NCIS: New Orleans, which was scrapped back in 2014.
With the franchise about to head to the North Pacific, fans also expressed hopes the series would serve as an opportunity to boost representation for Pacific islanders in front of and behind the camera.
One user asked on Twitter: “How many native Hawaiians will be producers, writers, principle actors?”
And another campaigned: “Please cast and staff Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander talent on NCIS: Hawaii.”
There are currently no stars attached to the cast of the proposed series, nor any news on when the spin-off could be expected to release its first season.
NCIS: New Orleans’ Christopher Silber and Jan Nash as well as SEAL Team’s creator Matt Bosack are apparently on board to helm the new spin-off.
Deadline have also indicated there are currently no plans to introduce the new cast in an episode of one of the existing series, breaking tradition from previous spin-offs.
If CBS gives NCIS: Hawaii the go ahead, the show would join Law & Order as only the second cable franchise with four series airing at the same time.
NCIS season 18 continues Tuesday, March 2 on CBS.