Disappointment as “NCIS: Hawai’i” Becomes Latest Casualty in CBS Lineup!

Parag Nanda

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Disappointment as "NCIS: Hawai’i" Becomes Latest Casualty in CBS Lineup!

CBS has decided not to renew “NCIS: Hawai’i” for a fourth season, marking the end of the franchise’s first female-led series after three seasons. The announcement came just days before CBS is scheduled to unveil its fall lineup on May 2, and ahead of the Season 3 finale set to air on May 6 on CBS. While the episode was not intended to serve as a series finale, it will reportedly include a tease of what could have been in future seasons.

The decision to cancel the show wasn’t entirely unexpected, as “NCIS: Hawai’i” had been on the bubble for renewal. Efforts were made to negotiate for at least a shortened fourth and final season, with producers even agreeing to significant budget cuts and other concessions. However, CBS ultimately chose to end the series, making it the first show in the NCIS franchise not to receive a proper sendoff after a relatively short run compared to its predecessors.

“NCIS: Hawai’i” starred Vanessa Lachey as Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant, leading a team investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel and national security on the island of Oahu. The show garnered a sizable viewership, averaging 7.8 million linear viewers and 10 million in Live+35 multi-platform viewing, making it the #12 most-watched non-sports program on broadcast television.

Despite its strong performance, CBS opted to cancel the series, citing the challenges of attracting viewers on a linear network. The decision also reflects CBS’s commitment to refreshing its lineup, with several new scripted series already planned for the next season, including dramas like “Matlock,” “Watson,” and “NCIS: Origins,” as well as comedies such as “Poppa’s House” and a “Young Sheldon” spinoff.

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The cancellation of “NCIS: Hawai’i” is part of a broader trend at CBS, which recently announced the axing of other series like “So Help Me Todd” and “CSI: Vegas.” The network, now under the ownership of Paramount Global, is undergoing a period of transition, with a focus on managing costs and building a strong slate of new programming.

Despite the cancellation, “NCIS: Hawai’i” was praised for its unique setting and its status as the first NCIS series with a female lead. CBS Studios President David Stapf described the show as “wholly unique” in an interview with Deadline, highlighting its success in capturing the spirit of Hawaii and its appeal to a global audience.

Looking ahead, CBS has already locked in three other NCIS series for the next season, including the original series, “NCIS: Sydney,” and the upcoming “Young Gibbs” prequel, “NCIS: Origins.” Additionally, a “Tony & Ziva” NCIS spinoff series has been greenlit by Paramount+, adding to the crowded NCIS lineup.

In conclusion, while the cancellation of “NCIS: Hawai’i” may come as a disappointment to fans, it reflects CBS’s strategic decisions as it prepares for a new season. The show’s legacy as the franchise’s first female-led series will be remembered, and its impact on the NCIS universe is sure to be felt for seasons to come.

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