What Fans Have Wrong About NCIS Hawai'i

"NCIS," a CBS drama focused on a group of Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents who investigate crimes linked to the Navy or the Marine Corp, has been airing since 2003 and will premiere its 19th season this September (via IMDb). The show, proving to be massively successful, has since released spin-offs such as "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "NCIS: New Orleans." The Los Angeles series is currently in its 13th season and stars LL Cool J, while the New Orleans series recently wrapped up its seventh season (via Deadline). The franchise has become so popular that it is expanding once again.

"NCIS: Hawai'i" will premiere this fall and stars Vanessa Lachey. The Twitterverse is offering all kinds of teases for the upcoming release and tagging many posts with #NCISHawaii. While fans are excited for the spin-off, there is one huge misconception about the upcoming show. According to Showbiz Cheatsheet, executive producer Christopher Silber shares that hardcore "NCIS" fans who have been through 18 seasons of the original series are in for quite a surprise.

The big change in the new NCIS franchise

The original "NCIS" follows former marine and man of few words Leroy Jethro Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) who leads his team in the country's capital. Fans might remember how each "NCIS" spin-off team was first introduced in the original series with a connection to Gibbs. 

Showbiz Cheatsheet recalls that in a Season 6 episode of "NCIS," G. Callen (played by Chris O'Donnell) and his team were introduced for "NCIS: Los Angeles," while in Season 11, Scott Bakula (played by Dwayne Pride) and his team were introduced for "NCIS: New Orleans." The shows were entwined, which left a door open to stay connected to Gibbs and his team, even through the spin-offs. 

However, "NCIS: Hawai'i" does not share the same connection and the leads are polar opposites, according to executive producer Christopher Silber. The main character, special agent Jane Tennant (played by Vanessa Lachey), is in charge of the Pearl Harbor division leading 40 other NCIS agents. The divorced mom of two grinds with the rest of the team and isn't afraid to jump right in when needed. 

Deadline reports that there is no link to Gibbs and his team over at "NCIS," or the other teams in Los Angeles and New Orleans. Silber says this is not intended to be a spin-off, but rather, a whole new series. He hopes this doesn't interfere with fans opinion on the show before it premieres September 20 on CBS.