Tomorrow night, CBS premieres its new series, NCIS: Hawai’i
. The series follows a team of navel investigators, led by Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) as they solve crimes on the islands.
Recently, to promote the series, cast members Lachey, Alex Tarrant (Kai), Noah Mills (Jesse Boone), Yasmine Al-Bustami (Lucy Tara), Jason Antoon (Ernie Malik), Tori Anderson (Kate Whistler), along with executive producers Matt Bosack, Jan Nash, and Christopher Silber, talked to the media during a TCA panel.
Executive Producer Jan Nash talked about creating a unique series with a female lead. “
It seems like a long time ago when we started talking about the idea of developing a new version of this franchise set in Hawai’i. When we did start talking about it, what we wanted to do was figure out how we could make it feel different than the other three very successful series that have preceded us. We get no points for landing on the obvious solution, which is a female team leader, but once we'd gotten to that idea, we very quickly had three subsequent ideas that have come to sort of defining our pilot: a jet crashing into a mountain, which gave us a Navy crime, a bunch of nine-year-old girls on a soccer field being coached by Jane Tennant, our hero, wearing a pink camo sweatsuit, and then later in the episode Jane Tennant jumping off a cliff into the ocean to catch the bad guy, that will then help us solve our Navy crime. Those three scenes…really do create a framework for what we think our show is. This incredibly smart, charismatic, courageous, intelligent woman who leads a family of agents at work and goes home to her family.”