NCIS: Hawaii: Vanessa Lachey discusses her lead role on show
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The CBS drama’s New Orleans-based series came to an end with a touching finale after seven seasons this May. With yet another NCIS offshoot, NCIS: Hawaii, on its way to screens, producers Jan Nash and Christopher Silber have given good odds on Dwayne Pride (played by Scott Bakula) and the team dropping by for a visit.
The new NCIS spin-off, NCIS: Hawaii, could feature numerous crossover episodes with the mainline series and its previous two spin-offs.
NCIS: New Orleans sadly came to an end after just seven instalments this year, but sister series NCIS: Los Angeles is still going strong.
With NCIS and LA heading into their 19th and 12th seasons, respectively, it’s only a matter of time before the three ongoing action dramas cross paths.
Indeed, the Hawaii team is expected to follow NCIS tradition and make their first appearance in an upcoming episode of the original series.
Additionally, many fans are still wondering what’s next for Pride, Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich) and Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder) after NCIS: New Orleans came to a sudden end earlier this year.
Speaking with TV Insider recently about NOLA’s final season, producer Jan Nash and showrunner Christopher Silber detailed some of their plans for the now axed eighth season.
While these potential storylines won’t get the chance to play out on screens, Silber didn’t want to rule out ever seeing these characters again.
When asked about crossing over with NCIS: Hawaii, Silber teased: “Never say never.”
“I’ll be a hundred percent honest with you. We are happy for all crossovers. It’s fun.”
The long-running franchise has featured several crossover events in the past.
Most recently, team leader Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) caught up with Pride in 2018’s season five opener, ‘See You Soon’.
The series has also crossed over with a number of action shows outside of the main NCIS franchise.
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Itself a spin-off from original series JAG, NCIS played host to the pair who started it all, Harmon Rabb (David James Elliott) and Sarah MacKenzie (Catherine Bell) in 2019.
A number of NCIS characters have also appeared in the likes of Hawaii Five-0 and Scorpion.
Some fans have even speculated NCIS shipping its new cast to the North Pacific could pave the way for a Hawaii Five-0 revival.
Speaking further, Silber indicated there’s no reason viewers shouldn’t expect the original cast to make appearances in NCIS: Hawaii at some point in the new show’s future.
He explained: “I was fortunate enough to be involved in the NOLA and mothership crossovers the couple of times we did it.
“I know the shows like it, the writers like it, the actors like it, and the audiences like it.”
Actress and TV host Vanessa Lachey is taking the lead as Jane Tennant in Hawaii, but it may only be a matter of time before she’s rubbing shoulders with the likes of Gibbs, Pride and Callen (Chris O’Donnell).
NCIS is available to watch on CBS.
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