NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: Showrunner reflects on what to expect in the episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode
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Are you ready for NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i casts to solve the case together? Continue reading to find out more. 

Only two days remain till the premiere of the most anticipated and cherished TV series franchise spin-off, NCIS: Hawai’i, for its second season with the most popular series in the franchise, NCIS, which is celebrating its 20th season this year. All the die-hard NCIS fans are prepared for this moment to delve right back into this universe. If you are one of them, then you have reached the right place to know every major detail highlighted by the series’s showrunner.

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

Steven D. Binder has reflected some major insight for the upcoming episode, which is great for tuning the viewers in for some clues about the plotlines and character arcs. For your convenience, we’ve compiled everything you need to know before the new season premieres that will help you recap the events from previous seasons and connect the dots when it becomes available on the streaming platform next week.

Here are the new details we know about the crossover episode of NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i.

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover Release Date

In a crossover premiere event, CBS will launch NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i into their new seasons together while having the casts of both shows participate in a manhunt for a deadly felon. The record 20th season of NCIS on the network will begin with the two-hour premiere, and NCIS: Hawai’i will enter its second season. The episode begins airing on September 19 at 9 p.m. (ET) on CBS and streams live and on-demand on Paramount+ to watch the episode premiere on the platform exclusively.  

The official CBS Twitter handle also released a new short BTS clip of the episode with the star cast, quoting, “What’s better than one NCIS squad? TWO NCIS squads! Don’t miss the season premiere of @NCIS_CBS and @NCISHawaiiCBS this Monday, 9/19 on CBS!” Take a look at the post below: 

What does Showrunner Steven D. Binder have to say about the episode?

Showrunner Steven D. Binder has reflected on what’s to come in the new season, saying in an interview with TVLine that it is, surprisingly, going to be more about love this season than anything else. Binder told the outlet: “I’ve been calling it ‘the season of love.’ So we may see a bunch of things happening, with a bunch of our characters.”

So there’s a chance for Tony and Ziva to play the famous “Will They/Won’t They” game from NCIS, or they will finally be together officially. “It became a thing that externally was more of a thing than it was in our heads,” Binder recalls. And with Torres and Special Agent Ellie Bishop (former cast member Emily Wickersham), the writers sensed some sparks and “took the football and ran with it,” says the EP.

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

“This one is something that we birthed ourselves, in a vacuum,” says Binder. “We didn’t want to go down the same road we went down before. Instead, we wanted it to play out more realistically — two people at work, who actually having feelings towards each other, and they’re not being so coy about it.”

Breaking away from the age-old, time-tested rhythm of “Regular case, regular case, Gibbs episode!, regular case, regular case, Ducky episode!,” NCIS this season will “really be focusing each episode on one of our characters,” Binder reveals. “We’re really leaning into our characters this time around and focusing full episodes around them.” Looking ahead, teasing one of the new season’s early episodes, Binder says, “We see McGee as an agent, but he’s also a dad, so we’re going to have a show that focuses around him being a dad, which should be fun.”

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

According to another statement for TVline, In the season-opening crossover event, one might think that our McGee (played by Seam Murray) and NCIS: Hawai’i’s own keyboard warrior, Ernie, might regard one another with a certain “Hey, I’ve heard about you!” awe. But that is not the crossover dynamic to be on the watch for.

“I think that just by virtue of Tim having been around the block for 20 years, he’s inherently not going to be as in awe of Ernie as one might expect,” says showrunner Steven D. Binder. “Now, Ernie might feel differently about that, but Ernie is the new kid on the block, so to speak.”

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover Official Trailer

The official trailer reflecting on NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover for the 1:30-minute episode was recently released, and it did not reveal any major plotlines or spoilers, instead indicating that the first episode will pick up right where last season’s Raven-centric cliffhanger left off. Take a look at the official trailer below:

Where to stream all the NCIS series?

When released on their respective release dates and time slots, all the NCIS series, which are NCIS Season 20, NCIS: Hawai’i Season 2, and NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14, will be 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 it 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. You can also stream NCIS for free on Pluto, CBS, and NBC based on the viewers’ location.

Take a look at some official stills from NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

NCIS and NCIS Hawai’i Crossover: The Showrunner Reflects on What to Expect in the Episode

Let us know in the comments what you are most excited to see in NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i crossover episode.

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