CBS will usher in NCIS and NCIS: Hawaii in their new seasons along with a crossover premiere event where the cast of both series will take part in a manhunt for a dangerous criminal. The two-hour premiere marks the beginning of NCIS‘s landmark 20th season on the network, featuring NCIS: Hawaii goes on his second outing. It all kicks off on September 19 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+.
Leading the event is NCIS with a premiere that picks up where Season 19 left off – featuring Special Agent Alden Parker (Gary Cole) and his ex-wife Vivian (Terri Polo) on the run after the former is accused of fraud. The rest of the team, meanwhile, works tirelessly to clear his name and investigates any old connections to find someone who might have it for him. They come by for some extra help NCIS: Hawaii‘s Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) and Ernie Malick (Jason Anton) to help track down The Raven, last season’s big bad extremist who seems to be the prime suspect. Jane and Ernie happened to be in the nation’s capital to meet Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) about a global military operation going directly to the NCIS Hawaii premiere.
The second half of the event follows Tennant as she teams up with NCISNick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Jessica Ridder (Katrina Law) to hunt The Raven on the island of Oahu. However, the stakes are unbelievably high when they learn that he is preparing an attack on RIMPAC (The Rim of the Pacific Exercises), the world’s largest military exercises in international naval warfare. More NCIS cast members including Gary Cole, Brian Dietzenand Diona Reasonoverwill also appear throughout the episode.
This is the second time the two shows have met for a crossover, although CBS certainly has fun promoting this latest union. An exclusive and hilarious teaser courtesy of People shows Lachey being constantly interrupted by Valderrama as she tries to tell everyone about a top secret, fan-favorite guest arriving in Hawai’i. Both Valderrama and Law should be familiar with the crew of NCIS Pearl Harbor by now after moving on for their Season 1 crossover, so expect to fit right in with Lachey as the case unfolds.
The trilogy of NCIS series, including: NCIS: Los Angeles, was renewed in March after continuing to attract a lot of viewers for CBS. Heading into Season 20, NCIS is still the #1 broadcast television series and continues to create a furore on social media, with a skyrocketing “95.8 billion potential social media impressions” over the course of Season 19. NCIS: Hawaiimeanwhile, shared for #1 new drama following fans’ introduction to the first female NCIS team leader in Lachey’s Jane Tennant last year.
NCIS and NCIS: Hawaii air back-to-back on September 19. Watch the original trailer for the Hawai’i spin-off below.