NCIS, the most popular American TV drama, could win another member of the family. CBS, the leading audience network and responsible for showing the three series of the franchise, is developing a third spin-off, based on the original production and located in Hawaii. The derivative will win the title of NCIS: Hawaii.
According to Deadline, Christopher Silber e Jan Nash, showrunners from NCIS: New Orleans, are the creators and executive producers of the project. Matt Bosack, one of the scriptwriters for SEAL Team, also from CBS, will be one of the producers.
Also according to the publication, the new series would have a pilot produced unrelated to its “sisters”. This means that, unlike the strategy used with NCIS: Los Angeles and New Orleans, the spin-off would not have an introductory episode as part of the original drama calendar. CBS did not comment on the information.
Launched in 2003, NCIS is a hit in the US and remains the most viewed drama in the country after 18 seasons. Los Angeles, the series’ first spin-off, was released in 2009, while New Orleans came to life in 2014. Both productions are also very profitable for CBS.
The curious thing about the franchise is that the original series is also derived from another North American success. The first NCIS was initially presented in an episode of the eighth season of JAG: Aces Invincible (1995-2005), a success for CBS in the 1990s and 2000s.
For the production of NCIS: Hawaii, CBS ‘intention is to revamp the structure that was used for the recordings of Hawaii Five-0 (2010-2020). This would facilitate the production of crossovers between the franchise series. Magnum PI, another production of the station, also has its plot located in the island of the Pacific.
If the spin-off is made official, NCIS would reach the Law & Order franchise mark, which had four series on display at the same time. At rival NBC, One Chicago achieved the same feat by showing the productions Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD and Chicago Justice in the same season. The latter was canceled after the production of just 13 episodes.
Currently on show, NCIS ’18th season will be shorter than usual. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the new wave will have 16 episodes in total.
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