Hawai’i Premiere – Additionally, EP discusses if LGBTQ reveal is a major franchise milestone
Broadcast on Monday evenings at 10 / 9c (at the exit of the OG moved NCIS), Hawaii stars Lachey as Jane Tennant, a single mom who, when premiered, was taken out of training for her daughter’s football team to investigate the crash of a top secret manned plane. Arriving by helicopter at the scene of the accident, she ran into Captain (N) Joe Milius, played by Enver Gjokaj (Doll house).
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Tennant’s team includes Lucy Tara (played by Yasmine Al-Bustami), the enthusiastic young member; Kai (Alex Tarrant), a local who, after spending most of his adult life fleeing his home, returned to Hawai’i as an NCIS agent (and to complain a lot about his father) ; and Jesse (Noah Mills), a former homicide detective from a big city who has settled into a new life in Hawai’i.
Additionally, Tori Anderson plays Kate Whistler, a Defense Intelligence Agency agent who intends to move up the professional ladder and therefore has little patience for some of the tactics of NCIS agents. Talking about thatâ¦.
During our meeting with the Tennant team, we witnessed a seemingly deep professional friction between Special Agent Tara and DIA Agent Whistler – only to see them later fall into a bind, when Lucy showed up at Kate’s house that night. Although they are no longer in a relationship now, it has been made clear that the women share a romantic past, which means that unlike anything else NCIS series before her, NCIS: Hawaii right out of the door, an LGBTQ special agent. (NCIS: New Orleans didn’t introduce Tammy Gregorio until Season 3.)
NCIS: Hawaii executive producer Jan Nash, who previously worked on Rizzoli and islands and NCIS: New Orleans (from Season 6), tells TVLine that making a member of the LGBTQ team was not meant to claim a franchise first. Instead, âOur desire was to create a show that had a really diverse character palette – and we thought so in every way. And having these two characters was part of it.
During development NCIS: HawaiiLucy’s character was LGBTQ âfrom the get-go,â Nash says, although the idea of ââhis relationship with Kate came later. âWe want these characters to feel like they have full lives – they have families, they have interests, they struggle with things – and relationships are definitely part of that,â says Nash. âBut on a procedural show, when you have a case going on, it’s hard to be like, ‘But I have a date tonight!’ So having Whistler in our world, in a role adjacent to NCIS, seemed like a way to add relationship qualities to our show that wouldn’t hamper our procedural storytelling.
Nash says that although the labels (eg lesbian, bi) have not yet been applied to either character, “This is not a situation where either of them is female. straight guy who was suddenly magically attracted to someone else. That’s not it. “
Asked about the couple’s marked height difference, Nash explained that when casting via Zoom, âeveryone’s head and shoulder size in a box, so we had no idea! [Yasmine and Tori] got these roles because these are the actors who really sold the roles in their auditions, and then they showed up and we were like, “Oh my God!”
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