NCIS Hawaii is redefining the franchise in a new and exciting direction. With a gorgeous tropical setting and the first female lead in NCIS history, Jane Tennant (played by Vanessa Lachey). However, fans expect a tradition from the previous series to be maintained, namely the expected crossovers with the other CBS NCIS universe instalments.
Will there be a crossover between NCIS Hawaii and NCIS Los Angeles in season one?
NCIS Fans know that there will be crossover with other shows in the franchise, as well as with television as a whole. Notably, NCIS: Los Angeles crossed over with Hawaii Five-0 before being canceled in April 2020. Way back in 2012, the two shows crossed over during the NCIS LA episode Touch of Death – episode 21 of season three.
It was a huge hit with fans, and set a new standard for crossovers in the franchise.
Since CBS‘ newest series is set in the same location as Hawaii Five-0, many viewers are hoping for a crossover episode in the show’s first season.
However, co-creator of NCIS LA Christopher Silber recently poured cold water on that idea and basically ruled it out – at least for now.
Silber told TV Insider that the series “live in the same universe,” but that doesn’t mean the characters will meet. Silber confirmed: “We don’t make any connection to the other shows.”
Before distracting viewers with more established characters, the writers of NCIS Hawaii will want to give the show time to stand on its own two feet. Jane Tennant will be breaking an NCIS tradition, as she’s a new character who had not yet been established on another show.
NCIS has traditionally introduced viewers to characters in one of the main series before giving them their own spin-off.
Longtime NCIS viewers will recall, that even Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) was also not a new character when the main show first aired in 2003.
Agent Gibbs first appeared in JAG, a television series that aired between 1995 and 2005 and followed the events of USA’s Navel criminal hearings.
Although Silber has ruled out a crossover for now, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen at all. Depending on the popularity of the show, fans can expect to see Jane appear in other NCIS shows, or characters meeting her in Hawaii starting in the second season.
CBS obviously has high hopes for the new show, as it will air immediately following the new season of the main NCIS series, which also returns for season 19.
The exact plot of Hawaii has not yet been revealed, though CBS did release a season teaser in August.
Jane is seen in the teaser with Kai Holman (Alex Tarrant), Jesse Boon (Noah Mills), Lucy Tara (Yasmine Al-Bustami), and Joe Milius (Enver Gjokaj).
Jane says in the trailer, “When anyone on my team gets in trouble, I’m the first call.” Later, she is heard saying: “You haven’t had the pleasure of my, we work as a team speech, but you can guess the bullet points.”
NCIS: Los Angeles will also return soon, with season 13 premiering October 10 on CBS.
There’s a lot going on in the NCIS universe right now, with all three shows promising major changes to the franchise.
One of the most significant will be Agent Gibbs‘ gradual exit from NCIS, with Harmon only appearing in a few episodes.