NCIS: Hawaii has been moved up in the rotation. NCIS: Los Angeles had been the second-most popular show in the NCIS franchise for years, but now that it’s off the air, Hawaii has the chance to step up and take its place. The naval procedural drama is hitting its groove as it heads into its third season, which has already been confirmed by ABC.
Of course, the writers and actors strike complicated the rollout for season 3, which has many fans wondering when they will get to see Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey), Jesse Boone (Noah Mills) and the rest of the team back in action. On that note, we’ve decided to assemble all the info we have on the show, so that you will be caught up to speed for Hawaii in 2024.
Does NCIS: Hawaii season 3 have a release date?
We know for a fact that NCIS: Hawaii will be released in 2024. The answer that continues to elude us, however, is what month the show will return. ABC has not announced an official date because the actors strike was just resolved, making it impossible to gage when new episodes will be ready.
There were steps taken to prepare ahead of the strike resolution. In October, for example, the decision was made to open the writers rooms for procedural dramas, and the decision to prep soundstages for the One Chicago was made on November 1.
TV Line has confirmed that the writers room for Hawaii opened on October 16, which means the stories for the upcoming season were already being pieced together. when the actors reached a new agreement.
Who is part of the NCIS: Hawaii season 3 cast?
While ABC has yet to provide an official confirmation regarding the complete roster of actors for season 3, we are expecting the return of most of the major cast members for NCIS: Hawaii. Here’s a breakdown of the cast members who we anticipate will be back for the upcoming season:
- Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant
- Yasmine Al-Bustami as Lucy Tara
- Tori Anderson as Kate Whistler
- Noah Mills as Jesse Boone
- Alex Tarrant as Kai Holman
- Jason Antoon as Ernie Malik
- Katrina Law as Jessica Knight
There was some concern that Al-Bustami would be leaving the show, given that she missed a few episodes during season 2. Thankfully, the actress was only away from the show for a brief time, and will be back to full-time in season 3.
“I was able to get back to the mainland”, she told TV Line regarding her absence. “[It] was really nice for me, just to spend some time with my friends and my family and do some travels, and to fulfill some work obligations.”
Will LL Cool J be in NCIS: Hawaii season 3?
NCIS: Hawaii will also be adding LL Cool J to the mix in season 3. The actor, who spent a decade and a half playing Sam Hanna on NCIS: Los Angeles, met the Hawaii team during the crossover event, and will now serve as a recurring guest star. Variety broke the news of LL’s involvement, and Vanessa Lachey voiced her excitement in a written statement.
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“One of the most beautiful things about working on NCIS: Hawaii is the show’s ability to bring the franchise together”, she noted. “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 Hawaii 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!”
Is there an NCIS: Hawaii season 3 trailer?
Unfortunately, there is not yet a trailer for the new season of NCIS: Hawaii and it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be getting one for season 3 at any point in the near future. Filming on the new season has not yet begun and with the show’s release date still undecided, there is a good chance we won’t get a trailer for season 3 for several months.
As soon as a trailer for the season is released, we’ll update this piece with said trailer or promo.
Has NCIS: Hawaii season 3 started filming yet?
The production for NCIS: Hawaii is no longer on hold, but the fact that the strike just ended means that the show will need several weeks to prep. There were numerous failed attempts between the actors and the studios in terms of reaching an agreement in October, but the fact that the writers strike was resolved early allowed writers to get back to work on shows such as NCIS, has given many fans and industry insiders hope that filming could begin as early as late November or early December.
The production schedule for season 3 will be radically different than seasons prior, due to the fact that it will be starting so many months later. There’s a possibility that the show could film through the holidays, but it’s all dependent on whether the cast and crew want to do so (which they usually do not).
NCIS: Hawaii season 3 might be longer than expected
The episode count for NCIS: Hawaii has been consistent during its first two seasons. Both had 22 episodes a piece, but given the scheduling constraints and the late start that the show will get due to the strike, we can expect the episode count to be closer to 10-13 episodes.
While it’s technically a downgrade from what fans are used to, this is actually good news given the bleak predictions that insiders were making during the summer (when the strike didn’t have an end in sight). Some predicted 6-8 episodes, which would have effectively made up a miniseries version of NCIS: Hawaii.
The fact that we’re going to get double digits at all will be a testament to the hard work of the people who make the show possible.
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