It’s only been a few weeks since the official 2023–24 primetime schedule for the fall season was released by CBS, which included some of the most anticipated series, including the beloved police procedural series NCIS: Hawai’i, which has become one of the most requested and popular fans favorites over the years! The official lineup increased the excitement for the show’s return for its third season more than ever!
After all, the show has been successful in attracting millions of people worldwide who faithfully watch the new episodes each season, which are full of drama, suspense, and touching moments. As everything looked positive, the amazement of the fans has unfortunately been overshadowed by some last-minute changes that are heading toward CBS’s fall broadcast season.
We are really disheartened to inform you that it seems like a major shift in the release date for the upcoming shoes is imminent in the coming weeks. If you are curious to know what the major reasons are that have caused such a turn of events, then you have come to the right place! We at Web News Observer have compiled all the latest developments that are occurring behind the scenes in order to fix the schedule with potential new release dates for many beloved shows.
Continue reading to find out more about CBS’s NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3.
NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Release Date Prediction: When will it premiere?
If you recall, the show was officially renewed for a third season back earlier this year in February 2023, for the 2023–24 broadcast season, which was an exciting update for the fans who were eagerly awaiting any confirmation. But sadly, it seems like the surprises and anticipation for its release were short-lived due to the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, which started a few weeks ago.
If you have been keeping up then you’ll know that there are many reports circulating confirming that the writing for the upcoming season has not started, which is quite unfortunate when we consider the fact that filming usually begins by the summer season if the network is aiming for its fall release later this year. So, if we look at the current status, one thing is pretty much clear: the network might be considering some crucial changes behind the scenes for its upcoming primetime schedule.
Hence, providing any updates for its potential release in June seems quite impossible! We assume that the ongoing writer’s strike can lead to a major delay in production, eventually forcing the creators to skip the fall premiere and set the release window for some time in 2024 if the situation isn’t resolved soon. On the other hand, there is still a chance that the only update we get in June might be that the network decides to publish the show’s revised release dates in order to avoid further confusion.
— NCIS: Hawai’i (@NCISHawaiiCBS) February 21, 2023
To add more fuel to the fire, recently, the latest report by Deadline states that CBS seems to be taking measures and might have started to look at alternatives!
George Cheeks, President and CEO of CBS and Chief Content Officer, during a keynote at Banff moderated by Deadline’s Peter White, stated, “We wanted to build our schedule for when the world goes back to normal,” Cheeks said. “Once we had done that, once we locked it in, we spent a lot of time focusing on what it’s going to look like.” He elaborated that a revised CBS fall scheduling plan is expected to be revealed soon. “First of all, obviously it’s going to be very reality-heavy,” he said.
After looking at these official comments, it’s pretty much clear to assume that the content of the CBS schedule can be changed and that most of the shows, including NCIS: Hawai’i, might be put on halt for their production to resume sometime later and eventually be released by late 2023 or even some time in 2024! Of course, this is simply our opinion that the creators may take the late completion of the scripts into account and consider the best plan without any unnecessary hurdles in the future.
In conclusion, we request the fans to be patient and keep a close eye on the social media platforms to get all the details on the potential release date, which will eventually be acknowledged.
NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Plot: What to expect?
Not much has been revealed about the plot of the upcoming season as it is way too early for the network to reveal such crucial plotlines, which can lead to spoilers. But it is certain that the series will expand on its basic premise, which follows:
“The world’s most successful television series continues on the seductive shores of Hawai’i as the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor takes command. She 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. This NCIS: Hawai’i team is a skilled mix of mainland transplants who’ve relocated to the tranquility of the Pacific and wizened locals who know their mahalo from kapu.”
The third season is also expected to pick up right after the cliffhanger of the second season finale episode, “Dies Irae,” in which the viewers got to see that when a figure Jane encountered during her time as an officer with the CIA reappears, she and her colleagues seek help to apprehend a killer who’s threatening to destroy everything she has built; with Jane receiving assistance from Sam Hanna of the OSP team of NCIS: Los Angeles. With tough and regretful decisions made, the NCIS: Hawai’i team is facing some major changes that they are yet to know.
Check out the official promo for the last episode to catch up on what’s transpired thus far. If you haven’t watched the series yet, it will help you gain a sense of the continuous plots and character arcs that have captivated the audience for so long!
NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Cast: Who will return?
The main cast from the previous season who are expected to return include Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant, Ronda Kahana Williams as young Jane Tennant, Alex Tarrant as Kai Holman, Noah Mills as Jesse Boone, Yasmine Al-Bustami as Lucy Tara, Jason Antoon as Ernie Malik, Tori Anderson as Kathrine Marie “Kate” Whistler and Kian Talan as Alex Tennant.
On the other hand, LL Cool J will reprise the role of Sam Hanna from NCIS: Los Angeles as a recurring guest star in Season 3 of NCIS: Hawai’i, which is an exciting update for the fans! “All of us at NCIS: Hawai’i have been huge fans of LL Cool J for years and couldn’t be more thrilled or honored to be adding his spectacular talent to our ohana for season three,” executive producers Matt Bosack, Jan Nash, and Christopher Silber said in a statement.
“One of the most beautiful things about working on NCIS: Hawai’i is the show’s ability to bring the franchise together. We have had so much fun spreading the aloha to NCIS and NCIS: LA with the triple crossover. Now, we have the amazing opportunity to bring Sam Hanna to Hawai’i to help the island solve some cases and maybe have a few laughs in the process. Welcome to the ohana, Todd! It’s going to be a fun ride!” Lachey added.
The recurring cast includes Enver Gjokaj as Captain Joe Milius, Mahina Napoleon as Julie Tennant, Julie White as Maggie Shaw, Sharif Atkins as Captain Norman ‘Boom Boom’ Gates, and Seana Kofoed as Commander (Dr.) Carla Chase. There can be some new additions to the cast, which will be revealed later. Matt Bosack, Jan Nash, and Christopher Silber serve as executive producers. NCIS: Hawai’i is produced by CBS Studios.
NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Episodes: Where to stream?
The next season is expected to include a total of 22 episodes with an average runtime of 44–45 minutes, just like the first two seasons. We would also like to emphasize that the episode count is subject to change, around 18 to 20 episodes, due to the ongoing writers’ strike, and details about the changes will be confirmed later. In the meantime, interested viewers can binge-watch the previous seasons to recall the events before the new one makes its official premiere on the streaming platform.
All the episodes of NCIS: Hawai’i are available to stream on Paramount+, FuboTV, and Netflix, along with all the prior seasons of this major franchise on the streaming platforms.
The viewers can also stream the series by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on CBS’s official website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel on Mondays in the 10/9c time slot. You can also stream NCIS: Hawai’i for free on Pluto, based on the viewers’ location.
— NCIS: Hawai’i (@NCISHawaiiCBS) June 1, 2023