Hold onto your hearts, beloved NCIS: Hawai’i fans, because the beloved show will be back for another round! Here is everything we know so far about NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3.
After completing six months of 2023, the fans are wondering what the current status of the beloved series has been since the second season ended earlier this year, which has caused fans to speculate what’s in store for Special Agent Jane Tennant and her elite team of investigators. The fandom is wondering if they will be tackling a whole new wave of complex cases with stunning locations, heart-pounding action, and unexpected twists at every turn that promises to be an exhilarating ride!
To say the least, it will be interesting to see how the story of these beloved characters and their journey will be continued for another season. Hence, if you want to know everything about the next chapter, then we can assure you that you have reached the right place to get all your answers about the potential release date of the much-anticipated third season, which we definitely think is going to captivate the audience once again, just like the prior seasons have been able to do!
So, it’s time to buckle up and get ready to know all about CBS’s NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3.
NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Release Date: When is the series expected to return on CBS?
As of writing this, no official release date for NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 has been confirmed! Hence, it is currently unknown if the season will be released in 2023 or not. Moreover, it’s only been a few weeks since the third season finale episode premiered on CBS, so there is still plenty of time left for the series to return with a brand new season, which was renewed back in February 2022 as a part of the 2023–24 fall broadcast season.
But sadly, all the good news was shortly overshadowed due to the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, which started a few weeks ago and doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, causing many production houses to halt their work temporarily with reports circulating 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.
If we look at the current status, one thing is clear the network might be considering some crucial changes behind the scenes for its upcoming fall primetime schedule because we assume that the writer’s strike has already started to cause a major delay in production, eventually forcing the creators to skip the 2023 fall premiere, which was confirmed last month by the network, and eventually modify and set the release window for some time in 2024 if the situation isn’t resolved anytime soon.
There is still a chance that the network might decide to publish its revised release dates in order to avoid further confusion!
As the latest report by Deadline states, CBS already seems to be taking crucial measures and might have started to look at alternative dates for the release of these popular shows. George Cheeks, President and CEO of CBS and Chief Content Officer, stated during a keynote at Banff moderated by Deadline’s Peter White, “We wanted to build our schedule for when the world goes back to normal.”
“Once we had done that, once we locked it in, we spent a lot of time focusing on what it was 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.
In conclusion, it’s not farfetched to assume that the content of the CBS fall schedule can be changed as production is assumed to resume later this year, which makes the chances of the show’s return this year seem very minimal! It can eventually premiere sometime in early to mid-2024, with new episodes airing every Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and later on Paramount Plus along with its long-running series, NCIS, with September being the likely release window.
We would also like to highlight that the other reason that could have contributed to the delay in the season’s release is the actor’s strike!
The 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike has been scheduled between actors in the labor union SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The strike began at midnight PDT on July 14, 2023, after SAG-AFTRA’s national board of directors held a vote approving the strike. Due to this, the release of the series will now be delayed further, as there is no timestamp until when the strike is going to last, so the chances of the show’s return in 2023 seem bleak.
“The parties will continue to negotiate under a mutually agreed-upon media blackout,” the actors union and the studios and networks group said in a joint statement. Due to this, actors might still stay on the job for now, but everything can change once the writers and actors join hands in the strike, causing major hurdles for the network to postpone many series, including NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3, despite it being slated to premiere in the fall of this year, which will be quite unfortunate.
In conclusion, it’s only a matter of time before the modified schedule becomes known to the viewers. Until then, this is only a prediction that the show’s creators might consider the late completion of the scripts and come up with the best approach to avoid any unneeded obstacles in the future. As a result, we ask fans to be patient and keep an eye on social media channels for more information on the probable release date, which will ultimately be acknowledged.
— NCIS: Hawai'i (@NCISHawaiiCBS) February 21, 2023
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.”
— NCIS: Hawai'i (@NCISHawaiiCBS) May 26, 2023
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.
For a recap of everything that has happened so far, we recommend that readers watch the official teaser for the final episode of the second season. It will help you gain a sense of the continuous plots and character development that have captured the audience’s interest for such a long time if you haven’t watched the series yet.
NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Cast: Who will return to reprise their roles?
The main cast from the previous season who are expected to return in the third season includes the following actors: 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 who are also expected to return 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.
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 (@NCISHawaiiCBS) May 26, 2023
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 network.
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 Season 3 Official Trailer: Is it available or not?
As mentioned above, the new episodes have not yet been filmed due to incomplete scripts and the network holding up production for a while due to the ongoing writer’s strike along with the possibility of an actor’s strike! Consequently, no official teaser or trailer for the upcoming season has been released due to a lack of content.
Moreover, it takes time for such promotional stuff to be published, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere of the new episodes. Hence, it’s impossible for the network to create and promote a teaser with new clips to reveal some plotlines. Therefore, we urge the readers to be patient for some time and see what happens next!
— NCIS: Hawai'i (@NCISHawaiiCBS) June 1, 2023
Catch up on the previous seasons, and let us know what you think NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 plotline is going to be like.