The tropical spinoff stars Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant, the first female special agent in charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor. She has fought her way to the top despite everything seemingly working against her.
“Honored is an understatement!” Lachey, 40, said in an Instagram post in April when she was announced as the lead. “To join the NCIS franchise as the first female lead and to do it on the Beautiful Islands of Hawai’i… I still can’t believe it! Thank You CBS for believing in me! Now let’s get to work! #NCISHawaii.”
She’ll balance the fight for justice with single mom life. The divorcee is mom to 16-year-old Alex (Kian Talan) and 10-year-old Julie (Mahina Anne Marie Napoleon).
Alex Tarrant, Noah Mills, Jason Antoon, Yasmine Al-Bustami and Tori Anderson round out the cast of the new drama, which premieres Monday, September 20, on CBS, and it’ll air at 10 p.m. ET, right after NCIS returns for season 19 at 9 p.m. ET.
Despite the latter being the only NCIS show without a location in the title, that’s not where the franchise started over 25 years ago. The flagship NCIS show didn’t even have Naval Criminal Investigative Service in the title, and it didn’t premiere on CBS.
JAG debuted on NBC in 1995. The show followed military lawyers in the Department of the Navy’s Office of the Judge Advocate General who could prosecute and defend criminal cases under the code of military justice. NBC canceled the show after one season, but CBS picked it up.
JAG went on for 10 years total with NCIS launching in the eighth season. It’s the only NCIS show to take home Emmys, with three wins — two for costume design and one for single camera editing.
The original drama, which starred David James Elliott and Catherine Bell, introduced Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team in the eighth season finale in 2003. The excitement around the backdoor pilot led to CBS ordering a full first season, which premiered the following September.
More than 25 years after JAG started, the NCIS franchise is still alive and well. Scroll down to see all the spinoffs: