‘NCIS: Hawaii’: Franchise Developing A New Spin-Off Series For CBS

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17 Feb 21

‘NCIS: Hawaii’: Franchise Developing A New Spin-Off Series For CBS

The juggernaut that is the ‘NCIS’ franchise is looking to add a fourth series to the lineup, as news drops that ‘NCIS: Hawaii’ is currently under development for CBS.

This would be the latest instalment of the hugely popular franchise, which itself began life as a spin-off from another show… *wibbly back in time effect*… Way back in 2003, in the eighth season of military legal drama ‘JAG’, two episodes were used as a backdoor pilot for a potential new show called ‘NCIS’, following the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, who conduct criminal investigations involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. This new show was picked up, premiering in September 2003, and the rest is history. Whilst ‘JAG’ eventually ended after ten seasons, ‘NCIS’ is currently up to Season 18, and itself has already spawned two more spin-offs in ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ and ‘NCIS: New Orleans’.

Exact details on ‘NCIS: Hawaii’ are somewhat sparse at the moment, however, it does seem like a natural progression for the franchise. CBS Studios invested in a large studio base on the tropical islands for ‘Hawaii Five-O’, which is also currently used by fellow CBS series, ‘Magnum PI’. Should the new NCIS go to series, that would be the base of operations.

The potential new series is being developed by ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ EP/Showrunner Christopher Silber and EP Jan Nash, alongside ‘SEAL Team’ writer/producer Matt Bosack. It is likely to feature an entirely new team, and (unlike the previous spin-offs) would not be aired as a backdoor pilot, but piloted separately, or be handed a straight-to-series order.

This wouldn’t be the first time NCIS has visited Hawaii, with the ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ team previously visiting the islands in 2012 for a crossover with ‘Hawaii Five-O’. This established that the ‘NCIS’ shows, ‘H5-O’, ‘Magnum’ and ‘MacGyver’ all sit within the same CBS procedural-verse, meaning you could potentially see characters from the Hawaii-based ‘Magnum’ pop up in ‘NCIS: Hawaii’ episodes in future.

‘NCIS: Hawaii’ is currently classed as “in development” so it may not go to series, but we’ll let you know if we hear more.