NCIS Season 21 and NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 are coming to CBS in February 2024

NCIS Season 21 and NCIS Hawai’i Season 3 are returning in February 2024
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It’s time to buckle up for an exhilarating start to 2024 as two beloved crime dramas, NCIS Season 21 and NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3, are returning much sooner than everyone initially expected! After months of anticipation, the cliffhangers from both long-running series are about to get some major answers.

So, if you want to learn more about the release dates, then look no further! 

In order to address your concerns, we have gathered all the necessary information right here for you. To get all of your answers, continue on to the very end, as we are delighted to share the good news because the reports have confirmed that the two shows will be part of CBS’s 2024 primetime schedule.

NCIS Season 21 and NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3: Official Release Date and Time Slot

If you recall, back in February 2023, NCIS Season 21 and NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 were renewed to expand the NCIS-Verse!

Since then, a lot has transpired as the dual Hollywood strikes (WGA and SAG-AFTRA) began earlier this year, which ultimately ended with fair details being made by the parties involved for both writers and actors. Due to this, the production of both seasons has been delayed, and it is expected to commence by late 2023 in order to premiere next year.

After months of waiting, the network has finally confirmed that the official release date of NCIS Season 21 has been set to premiere on Monday, February 12, 2024, at the same time slot of 9 to 10 PM. On the other hand, NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 is also set to premiere its new season on the same day, Monday, February 12, 2024, as it will follow the NCIS premiere at the same time slot of 10 to 11 PM on CBS and later be available to stream exclusively on Paramount Plus.

In the meantime, take a look at the official announcement below, which was released by CBS a few hours ago, quoting, “The countdown starts now—#NCIS Season 21 and #NCISHawaii Season 3 premiere February 12 on CBS. We can’t wait to see you there! #NCISverse” 

NCIS Season 21 and NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3: Episode Count and Streaming Options

When the two series were renewed, they were given a standard 21–22 episode count with an average duration of 39–44 minutes. But, due to cost-cutting and the dual strikes, the seasons might be shortened to only 15 to 18 episodes. One of the main reasons is that there will be no time left for the crew to shoot all 22 episodes if the network wants the show to return by next year. To avoid early spoilers, all information on the episode titles and synopsis will be revealed later as the release date approaches.

You can watch all the earlier episodes exclusively available on the CBS official website or the CBS app, depending on the user’s location, which will also later be available to watch on the official website. The viewers may also watch as it airs live through platforms like YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Hulu + Live TV.  In order to receive updates on when the show premieres, interested viewers can also enable notifications on the streaming services. 

Both the series are also available on Paramount Plus, FuboTV, and Netflix, along with all the prior seasons. The viewers can also stream it by renting or purchasing it 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 Pluto for free based on the viewer’s location. If you don’t have access to the content because of geo-blocking, we recommend trying out any suitable VPN to stream the series.

NCIS Season 21 Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect from the new season?

This series revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, combining elements of military drama, police procedural genres, and comedy. So, even though not much has been revealed about the new season, we are sure that it will be true to the theme, which follows: 

NCIS  is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.”

Moreover, the new season will definitely pick up major plotlines from the final episode of NCIS Season 20, “Black Sky,” which is directed by Diana Valentine and written by Brendan Fehily and David J. North. In the episode, the viewers finally get to see that Agent Torres finds himself in prison as the team tries to stop an impending terror attack on U.S. soil.

Who will reprise their roles in the new season?

The main cast members who will return are as follows: Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres, Katrina Law as Jessica Knight, Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer, Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines, Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance, and Gary Cole as Alden Parker. 

On the other hand, David McCallum, who portrayed Ducky Mallard, sadly died from natural causes on September 25, 2023, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Having appeared in every season of NCIS spanning 20 years, this will be the first time Ducky Mallard won’t be a part of the show. For now, it’s unknown what will be Ducky’s fate when season 21 returns.

Lastly, the series is created by Donald P. Bellisario, and NCIS is produced by Bellisarius Productions in association with CBS Studios. Steven D. Binder, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon, Scott Williams, David North, and Bellisario serve as executive producers.

NCIS: Hawai’i Season 3 Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect from the new season?

Not much has been revealed about the plot of the upcoming season, 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 from Tennant’s CIA past reemerges, the NCIS team seeks help from the most unlikely place to catch a killer who threatens to destroy everything Tennant has built.

Who will reprise their roles in the new season?

The main cast who are expected to return are 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. That’s not all! In a big surprise, 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.

The recurring cast who are expected to reprise their roles 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.

At last, let us know in the comments below if you’ll be streaming the shows or not.