Is NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 canceled?

NCIS Hawai’i Season 3: Has it been canceled?
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As the second season ended, the anticipation for a potential third season has reached its peak! If you want to know if the new season is secure or not, then continue reading to find out more about NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3. 

After looking at the current status of the various television networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS, it’s not far-fetched to say that the 2023–24 fall streaming season has been rough for them, as the plans to include all the new and old legacy series have sadly been revised due to the halt in production caused by the ongoing 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. The dual strikes have put the majority of Hollywood production houses into a complete standstill as both actors and writers have joined hands in solidarity to protest for a fair compensation agreement for the first time in 63 years! 

This is a big deal for the entertainment industry, making it one of the reasons why the remaining broadcast schedule had to be changed in order to ensure that the rollout of content is still intact and that viewers around the world would get a chance to at least see some unscripted shows along with reruns of many shows previous seasons if they aren’t getting any new seasons. Negotiations about these strikes are still ongoing and they don’t seem to end anytime soon, as many reports have suggested that they might get extended until October 2023. 

NCIS Hawai’i Season 3: Has it been canceled?

It’s safe to say that fans should not raise expectations! They have many other things to be worried about, like the biggest question, which has been spreading like wildfire all over social media, with fans questioning whether the reports hold any truth to them as rumors about many of CBS’s legacy shows, including the one and only NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3, being canceled, are circulated on the web, and the fans of this popular crime procedural series are eagerly seeking answers as they anxiously await news about this beloved show that has ruled television screens since its inception

There is no doubt that the show has managed to capture the hearts of viewers around the world! 

However, amidst swirling rumors and speculation, these concerns are understandable, as the fate of the many series has been uncertain since the dual strikes have gained more momentum each passing week. If you are curious to know about the future of this series with the third season that was renewed back in February 2023, then you have reached the right place to get all the answers! Firstly, we want to clarify the air by assuring the readers that there is nothing to be worried about as NCIS: Hawai’i isn’t being scrapped anytime soon! 

NCIS Hawai’i Season 3: Has it been canceled?

It has managed to stay on the top of CBS’s charts by being a part of the NCIS franchise, which has been one of the reasons why the network has kept it safe from being discontinued prematurely. The show’s dedicated fanbase has also taken to social media, showcasing their love, which makes further clear that the demand for the series is still skyrocketing and there is no chance that the network will cancel it this early on, especially when another spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles, became the second series in the NCIS franchise to end its entire run with the 14th season earlier this year on May 21, 2023.

In short, there is nothing for the NCIS: Hawai’i fans to fear about the third season, which is still happening with a few exceptions, as it will not be a part of the 2023–34 fall broadcast season. 

Moreover, a revised release date has also been confirmed by the network for the official comeback of the series on the CBS network, which has been set for sometime around next year. Yes, you read it right! Right now, the beloved series will most likely premiere in the first quarter of 2024 (January, February, and March) of the broadcast schedule, with the new episodes airing at the same time slot every Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and later available to stream on Paramount Plus. As a result, we can assure the readers that there is no chance that NCIS Season 21 will be back in 2023! 

On the other hand, we have some good news to share with you for the fans. As a bonus for the lack of NCIS content, the 20th anniversary NCIS marathon will air on September 25, 2023. Take a look at the official revised fall CBS’s 2023–24 schedule, which includes the release date for the marathon below:

NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Plot: What to expect from the new season?

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 get 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 sneak peek clip for the second season’s finale episode to catch up on all the previous events. In case you haven’t watched the show yet, it will help you get a feel of the ongoing plotlines that have held the audience’s attention for so long.

NCIS: Hawaii 2x22 Sneak Peek Clip 1 "Dies Irae (Season Finale)"

NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Cast: Who will return to reprise their roles?

The main cast members from the previous season who are expected to return for the third season include the following: 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. 

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. Additionally, the crew of the show includes Matt Bosack, Jan Nash, and Christopher Silber, who serve as executive producers. Lastly, NCIS: Hawai’i is produced by CBS Studios.

NCIS Hawai’i Season 3: Has it been canceled?

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 has 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. 

NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Official Episode Count: How many will be there, and where to stream?

When renewed, the series was given a standard 21 to 22 episode count with an average duration of 39 to 44 minutes for a third season, which will be premiering on a weekly basis. Due to cost-cutting or the ongoing two strikes, the episode count might vary if the network decides to air a shorter season with only 15 to 18 episodes, which will help to conclude the run of the third season earlier rather than stretching the plot unnecessarily just for the sake of premiering all the episodes. 

There is another alternative to compensate for the few episodes the network can opt to make the fourth season (if renewed) a supersized one, which will make the fans satisfied and the network consistent with the series plotlines and character arcs without compromising much with the quality of content being produced. All details on the episode titles and synopses will be released later, once the release date draws near, in order to prevent early spoilers. 

All the episodes of NCIS: Hawai’i are available to stream on Paramount+, FuboTV, and Netflix. 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. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on CBS’s official website and app, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel on Mondays in the 10/9c time slot. You can also stream it for free on Pluto. 

NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the production status?

The filming has not begun as the ongoing dual strikes have halted the production of the show until a proper resolution is made. Recently, The Writers Guild said Wednesday that the AMPTP’s latest counteroffer for a new contract “is neither nothing nor nearly enough.” In a message to its members released today, the guild said it “will continue to advocate for proposals that fully address our issues rather than accept half measures like those” offered by the companies in its latest offer on August 11, 2023. The guild said that “we remain committed to direct negotiations with the companies.” 

The strike is now in its 115th day! Hence, it will cause more delays in the commencement of writing and the production of the third season.

Is there any official teaser or trailer?

The network hasn’t released any new promos for the third season as filming hasn’t yet commenced due to a lack of writers with complete scripts and actors, leaving a lot of time for the official marketing to begin, which usually begins a month or two before the official premiere on the network. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next few months have in store for us in relation to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, as everything concerning the filming status is also neither here nor there!

Ultimately, there is a huge chance that there will be a delay in the release of such promos. Hence, we urge the readers to wait and be patient for some time! 

While you wait for more updates on NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3, catch up with the previous seasons and let us know what you like the most about this series.