Is the beloved drama series returning sooner than you think? Here is everything we know so far about NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3.
We are certain that the fans don’t want to miss a single moment of the action when NCIS: Hawai’i makes its official comeback for a third season, as this is the time to unravel the truth that was left unanswered by the massive cliffhanger of the second season finale! So, if you are one of those who want to get clarity about the series’ release date, plot, and other crucial details ever since the renewal was announced, then look no further. For you, we’ve compiled all of the relevant information right here!
All we can say is that it’s time to fasten your seatbelts and get ready for another unforgettable journey into the unknown, as NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 seems to take you on more exciting tales! Continue reading until you reach the end to find all of your answers.
NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere on CBS?
Firstly, as of writing this, no official release date for NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 has been confirmed, despite being renewed for a brand new season earlier this year in February 2023, even before the second season aired its finale episode on May 22, 2023! Hence, it is currently unknown when the third season will be released, but we are certain to report to you that the chances of it premiering in the fall season for the CBS 2023–24 broadcast season seem pretty close to zero, to begin with!
We say this due to the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which started weeks ago and doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, causing many Hollywood 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.
Right now, it looks like the eagerly awaited new season of the series, which has been one of the highest-rated and loved series on CBS for a while now, will not be available to stream anytime soon, especially in the fall season of 2023, making the fandom wait for longer than they anticipated! If we look at the current status, one thing is noted the network has also considered some crucial changes behind the scenes for its primetime schedule, just like ABC and NBC.
These competing networks have decided to shift the fall schedule for the next year, which will be ideal to avoid any further delays in production. In conclusion, if the strikes don’t reach an agreement by August 2023, then the creators of the show and the network will be forced to skip the previously confirmed fall premiere and eventually modify and release it some time for the first quarter of 2024 (January to March), with a new update schedule to be confirmed by CBS in the coming weeks.
The new episodes are still expected to air at the same time slot every Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and later on Paramount Plus in order to avoid any further disruption caused by the strikes and disclose new details in the near future! It’s only a matter of time before the modified broadcast schedule becomes known to the viewers. So, to answer your question, we predict that there is no chance for the popular police procedural series to make its comeback anytime soon this year!
Moreover, George Cheeks, President and CEO of CBS and Chief Content Officer, also stated the chances of a revised schedule 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.” Further adding, “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 added. George Cheeks was also questioned about the studio’s discussions with the leading Hollywood guilds and the ongoing WGA strike. He also discussed the variations between the broadcast and streaming economic models and referred to the recently achieved preliminary deal with the DGA as “helpful.”
Hence, after looking at these comments, it’s pretty much safe to say that the majority of the show’s release date from the CBS fall schedule will be changed for good to avoid further confusion. So, we recommend readers follow social media to catch up with all the details whenever they are published and follow the announcements made by official sources in order to be up-to-date with the status of the strikes and series production, which will ultimately be acknowledged sometime in the near future.
— 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.”
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 if you haven’t watched the show yet, it will help you get a feel of the ongoing stories and character development that have held the audience’s attention for so long.
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 serve as executive producers. Lastly, 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?
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. But 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 count of 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 premise of NCIS: Hawai’i?
The series follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents who work out of the Pearl Harbor Field Office, which is led by Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant. The team investigates crimes related to the military and national security.
When was the series renewed for a third season?
The show, a spin-off of the long-running series NCIS and the fourth series in the NCIS franchise, was renewed for a third season in February 2023.
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!
— NCIS: Hawai'i (@NCISHawaiiCBS) July 18, 2023
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.