NCIS: L.A. will join mothership NCIS on CBS’ 2021-22 schedule as the latter was renewed for a 19th season earlier in April, with lead Mark Harmon set to return. The network is bringing NCIS: New Orleans to a close, but the series order for NCIS: Hawaii will keep the franchise at three series on-air next season.
The Hawaii-set spinoff, which has been in the works for several months, will feature a female lead — a first for the long-running franchise that began with JAG in the mid-1990s. It will follow the first female special agent in charge at NCIS Pearl Harbor as she and her team balance duty to family and country while investigating cases involving military personnel, national security and the secrets of the island.
NCIS: New Orleans showrunner Chris Silber will segue to the new show, writing and executive producing with fellow New Orleans veteran Jan Nash and Matt Bosack (SEAL Team). Larry Teng (Nancy Drew) will direct and exec produce. CBS Studios produces.
As for NCIS: Los Angeles, the series continues to be a reliable performer for CBS. The show, starring LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell, draws about 7.8 million viewers per episode (including a week of delayed viewing) and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49. R. Scott Gemmill, John P. Kousakis, Frank Military and Kyle Harimoto executive produce.
The JAG/NCIS franchise spans more than 1,000 episodes and a combined 47 seasons to date. CBS is also reviving the CSI universe in 2021-22 with CSI: Vegas, which will feature original series regulars William Petersen, Jorja Fox and Wallace Langham alongside several newcomers.