It's official - after months of rumours, CBS have finally confirmed that NCIS: Hawai'i is happening!
The new spin-off will soon become the franchise's third series and is set to look a little different in a number of ways. Not only is it the franchise's first series with a woman in the lead role, but it's also the first set outside mainland USA.
But what else can fans expect from NCIS: Hawai'i? We've done some digging and here's everything we know so far...
WATCH: See the first teaser trailer for new series NCIS: Hawai'i
What is NCIS: Hawai'i about?
Like the other series in the long-running NCIS franchise, NCIS: Hawai'i will follow a talented and tireless team of Naval Criminal Investigative Services agents dedicated to solving criminal cases involving the Marines and the Navy.
What sets the new series apart is that it will take place in a new base in America's 50th state, the island of Hawai'i. The official synopsis for the show reads: "The world's most successful television series continues on the seductive shores of the Aloha State as the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor and her team balance duty to family and country, investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the island itself."
NCIS: Hawai'i will follow a new group of agents living and working in America's 50th state
When the show was first announced, it was titled NCIS: Hawaii, however, the name has been tweaked to include an okina, which is a special kind of apostrophe, to reflect the island name's spelling in the Hawaiian language.
Who will star in NCIS: Hawai'i?
It's been confirmed that actress and TV presenter Vanessa Lachey will take on the lead role of Jane Tennant, the franchise's first female protagonist. According to Deadline, Jane has "thrived in a system that's pushed back every step of the way through equal parts confidence and strategy" but is more than just an NCIS agent. She's also a single mother who is just as dedicated to her kids as she is to her work.
Vanessa Lachey has been cast as Jane Tennant
Sharing the exciting news of her casting to Instagram, Vanessa wrote: "Honored is an understatement! To join the NCIS franchise as the first female lead and to do it on the Beautiful Islands of Hawai'i... I still can't believe it! Thank You CBS for believing in me! Now let's get to work!"
Joining Vanessa in the cast are Yasmine Al-Bustami and Jason Antoon, who will play NCIS agents Lucy and Ernie. Lucy is a junior member of the team who's eager to please and Ernie is a tech whizz who can find just about everyone at the click of a button. Given that the NCIS franchises feature an ensemble cast, we expect more characters to be announced soon, and will be sure to keep you updated with all the latest casting news.
Yasmine Al-Bustami and Jason Antoon will also star in the new series
Is there an airdate for NCIS: Hawai'i?
Yes! It's been confirmed that NCIS: Hawai'i will start airing from Monday 20 September! Viewers can catch it on CBS at 10pm, immediately after original series NCIS, which airs at 9pm. As for viewers outside the US, there's no news yet when it will be made available, but be sure to keep checking back here for updates!
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