‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: Vanessa Lachey confesses she “can’t believe” she got the lead role – and some fans can’t either


NCIS: Hawai’i has announced that Vanessa Lachey will be the leader of the company’s new Pearl Harbor team. She will play the role of Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant, the first female lead in the NCIS franchise. Lachey recently admitted that she “can’t believe” she got the role. According to social media, numerous fans can’t believe it either.

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ is scheduled to premiere this fall

CBS gave NCIS: Hawai’i a straight-to-series order recently, and the spinoff is expected to premiere this fall. The network canceled NCIS: New Orleans after seven seasons, and Hawai’i will most likely take its broadcast slot. But that’s no guarantee.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ revamped, Hawai’i spinoff canceled at CBS https://t.co/E1LEHYrARw

– The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 23, 2021

CBS has yet to announce its fall primetime schedule. But they have renewed NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles. Other series returning for another season include SWAT, Blue Bloods and Magnum P.I.

CBS has announced 3 cast members

details about NCIS: Hawai’i have been hard to come by. But CBS has announced three cast members for their latest spin-off. In addition to Lachey, they’ve cast “The Originals” and “I Ship It” veteran Yasmine Al-Bustami as Lucy and “Claws” and “Famous in Love” alum Jason Antoon as Ernie.

Jane is described as an intimidating but fair leader who has fought hard to succeed in a male-dominated profession. She is also a single mother who must balance her career and personal life. Lucy is a junior agent who is passionate about her job and brimming with confidence.

Ernie is an NCIS Cyber Intelligence Specialist and Hawaii expert who speaks numerous languages. He is a computer whiz and a walking encyclopedia when it comes to literature, history and technology.

Vanessa Lachey can’t believe she landed the lead role on ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

After it was announced that Lachey landed the lead role of Jane Tennant, she let her 882K followers know on Instagram how surprised she was.

“Honored is an understatement!” wrote Lachey.” Joining the NCIS franchise as the first female lead and in 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 👊🏽🌴”






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Oddly enough, the vast majority of comments on Lachey’s post were from verified blue tickers. Among them was NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama.

“Absolutely outstanding, no other person was made for this! So proud of you my sister!!!” wrote Valderrama. “Welcome to the fam bam… even if we were already bam fam! Lead with love and joy…. you will make great TV!”

Fans can’t believe it either.

While it’s hard to find comments from fans about Lachey’s post, they are popping up on Twitter. However, not everyone is thrilled with Lachey’s casting news. In fact, the majority of comments expressed disappointment.

“NOT VANESSA LACHEY!!!!. WTH?!?!? WEAK,” wrote one skeptic. “Loved the franchise from day one. I will NOT tune in to see a wannabe beauty pageant try to run a team, let alone a show! What a stab in NOLA’s back! Way to dumb down an intelligent show. Maggie Q? Cote? ANYONE else!?”

Another added, “As a long time fan of NCIS (of all of them) your casting choices for NCIS Hawaii are absolutely atrocious. Vanessa Lachey…are you guys kidding me? You could have used anyone else with more acting skills for the lead role. Katrina Law? Michelle Yeoh? Grace Parks? I’m out. @NCIS_CBS.”

Vanessa Lachey promises she won’t let “NCIS: Hawai’i” fans down

More negative comments poured in on Twitter, with one fan writing that he would “never watch Vanessa Lachey on TV again.” Another wrote that he was “disappointed” by the casting news.  A third was unhappy with the character description, writing, “The first female SAC is basically a single mom? How original…”

Despite the fan backlash, Lachey promised she won’t let NCIS: Hawai’i fans down. In another Instagram post, she said she’s still on “cloud 9 and feeling incredibly grateful.”

“NCIS: Hawai’i” has found its series lead in Vanessa Lachey, while at the same time adding both Yasmine Al-Bustami and


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