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NCIS: Hawai'i cast and creators react to cancellation

NCIS: Hawai'i cast and creators react to cancellation
Published 4 weeks ago on Apr 27, 2024

NCIS: Hawai'i Cast and Creators React to Shocking Cancellation.

NCIS: Hawai'i Cast and Creators React to Shocking Cancellation

The sudden cancellation of "NCIS: Hawai'i" by CBS on Friday afternoon sent shockwaves through the cast and crew. Vanessa Lachey, who made history as the first female lead of color in the NCIS franchise, took to Instagram Story to express her initial reaction.

Lachey Heartbroken by Cancellation

"Gutted, confused, blindsided," Lachey wrote, followed by, "Grateful, confident, beloved fans!"

She acknowledged the difficulty of processing the unexpected news while prioritizing her family. Lachey concluded with a message of appreciation for the show's fans: "I love you all! Maholo Nui Loa" (Thank you very much in Hawaiian).

Outpouring of Disappointment from Cast

Other cast members joined Lachey in expressing their disappointment. Tori Anderson, who portrayed FBI Agent Kate Whistler, posted on a social media platform (platform not specified) about her struggle to accept the news.

"Having a really hard time processing this one," Anderson wrote. She expressed gratitude to the crew and fans, acknowledging the show's significance for representation. "This is a huge loss for representation," she noted, before concluding with a message of love for the fans.

Jason Antoon, who played cyber intelligence specialist Ernie Malik, echoed the sentiment on Instagram, stating, "This business is brutal and makes no sense. But we had soooo much fun. Love you all and mahalo."

Creators Reflect on Legacy

Co-creator and executive producer Christopher Silber took to social media (platform not specified) to reminisce about the show's origin. He expressed his gratitude towards the cast, crew, and the "ohana" (family) created during production.

"Four years ago, @JanNash100 @mattbosack and I started something very special," Silber wrote. "We joined with an incredible cast, amazing writers and crew… and gathered in Hawai’i to make a show. But ended up creating an ohana. I’m so grateful to you all."

Showrunner Shares Gratitude

Matt Bosack, the showrunner and co-creator/executive producer, retweeted Silber's message before sharing his own thoughts. He described "NCIS: Hawai'i" as a dream and expressed his gratitude to the collaborators, crew, and the island of Hawaii.

"NCIS: Hawaii was a dream," Bosack wrote. "And while it’s ended, I am forever grateful to my partners, @csilb and @JanNash100, our amazing cast, led by @VanessaLachey, the entire crew, and this wonderful island I call home…"

He emphasized the pride he takes in the stories told over three seasons, highlighting the exploration of "family, life, love, identity." In closing, he addressed the fans, particularly those who saw themselves reflected in the characters, stating, "mahalo nui loa. A hui hou" (Thank you very much. Until we meet again).

A Loss for Representation

The cancellation of "NCIS: Hawai'i" not only leaves a void in the franchise but also signifies a loss for representation on television. Vanessa Lachey's role as the first female lead of color in the franchise held significance for viewers. Tori Anderson's acknowledgement of this aspect reflects the importance of diverse representation on screen.

Looking Ahead: A Legacy of Storytelling

While the future of an "NCIS: Hawai'i" revival remains uncertain, the show leaves behind a legacy of storytelling set in the beautiful Hawaiian landscape. The heartfelt messages from cast and creators showcase the genuine connections formed during production. Hopefully, the stories told during its three seasons will continue to resonate with fans.


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