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‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: Cast, premiere, trailer and everything else you need to know

NCIS: Hawai'i
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The NCIS franchise has slowly been moving its way westward with its spinoffs and with NCIS: Hawai’i they’ve gone as far west as you can get within the U.S. The new spinoff will keep the CBS crime franchise as a trio as it replaces the recently ended NCIS: New Orleans and joins the original NCIS, on-air since 2003, and NCIS: Los Angeles.

NCIS: Hawai’i is being executive produced and written by NCIS: New Orleans vets Christopher Silber and Jan Nash, along with Matt Bosack, who previously worked on another CBS property, SEAL Team.

Here is what we know so far about NCIS: Hawai’i.

What is the premise of ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’?

NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Like its predecessors, NCIS: Hawai'i will follow the team stationed in a particular area of the country; this time it is the beautiful islands of Hawai’i.

More specifically, NCIS: Hawai’i takes place as Jane Tennant is appointed the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor. She and her team must balance their duties as NCIS agents, their family lives and the mysteries of the island itself.

Who is in the ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ cast?

The role of Jane Tennant is being played by Vanessa Lachey, whose past credits include a three-episode run on Call Me Kat, Dads, a host of Lifetime movies and even a previous trip to the islands with a role on Hawaii Five-0.

Other members of the NCIS: Hawai’i team will include Yasmine Al-Bustami (The Originals, Nashville) as Lucy, Tori Anderson (Blindspot) as Kate Whistler, Jason Antoon (Claws, Minority Report) as Ernie and Noah Mills as Jesse.

When does ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ air?

NCIS: Hawai’i will be airing on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET starting Sept. 20, right after its big brother NCIS at 9 p.m. (a new day and time for the series). The other NCIS series, NCIS: Los Angeles, will air on CBS on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

NCIS: Hawai’i lands one of CBS broadcast slots after the network has been making moves and shifting previous broadcast shows, including SEAL Team and Evil, over to its new Paramount Plus streaming service.

NCIS: Hawai'i, as well as other CBS shows, will also have their new episodes available on Paramount Plus following their broadcast airings.

UPDATE 10/11: NCIS: Hawai'i has been given a full-season order by CBS, per Variety.

Is there a trailer for ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’?

The official trailer for NCIS: Hawai'i has been released ahead of its series premiere. Vanessa Lachey taking center stage as the NCIS team leader and a single mom. Hawai'i may be known for its perfect sunsets, but the trailer shows that doesn't mean things will be slow on the island for this new team.

Are there 'NCIS: Hawai'i' reviews?

The first word on the NCIS spinoff comes from The USA Today, essentially describing it as a serviceable outing that combines the best of NCIS and Hawai'i Five-O.

Giving it two-and-a-half out of four stars, reviewer Kelly Lawler says the cast, which differs itself from its predecessors with a female lead and more diverse team, and the gorgeous settings are about the only breaks from format, but it all still results in an enjoyable package.

Variety, in its review, essentially backed that up - you know what your getting with NCIS: Hawai'i, just wrapped in a different package.

How to watch 'NCIS: Hawai'i'

CBS is one of the four major broadcast networks, meaning that it is very easy to tune in to watch NCIS: Hawai'i on the network. A traditional cable/satellite pay-TV subscription will get you access to the network as all providers are required to carry CBS. A TV antenna can also pick up viewers local CBS station.

Other options include a live TV streaming service, including Fubo TVHulu with Live TV and YouTube, all of which carry CBS with their basic subscription package.

Also, as mentioned above, the latest episodes of NCIS: Hawai'i will be available to stream for anyone subscribed to Paramount Plus the day after it airs on broadcast TV.

If none of these options are easily available for you, there's a solution in the form of a virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN is designed to route network traffic through a specific set of servers in a specific country, allowing viewers to watch content on an encrypted feed over a computer. 


ExpressVPN is one of the easiest and affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. Plus it'll help keep your network traffic away from any prying eyes on public networks.

And it's a great way to keep up with action from anywhere in the world.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.