Monday, May 27, 2024

UPDATE CBS Cancels “NCIS: Hawai’i” After Three Seasons: Did LL Cool J Cost Too Much? Was It the Female Lead?


CBS has cancelled “NCIS: Hawai’i”? Was it the apostrophe? Was it LL Cool J’s salary? Did focus groups not like Vanessa Lachey as a female leader of the NCIS?

Alas, it’s gone, leaving just regular “NCIS” and the one based in Sydney, Australia, both of which are coming back. Last year “NCIS Los Angeles” ended its run after the New Orleans branch shut down, too.

This is what I wrote earlier: t all comes down to money. CBS added LLCool J, who was the co-star of “NCIS: LA” to the Hawaii show this season for a few episodes. But “Hawai’i” already has stars in Jason Antoon and Vanessa Lachey. Would paying CBS’s favorite rapping actor tip over the budget? May be!

CBS just renewed “The Equalizer” with Queen Latifah after a long negotiation. These shows are all hits, given the declining number of viewers overall on TV. The Tiffany network has already cancelled the popular “So Help Me, Todd.” Considering the whole “NCIS” universe, you’d think they’d want “Hawai’i” back, too, just for the extra apostrophe.

Me? I’m waiting for “NCIS Hartford.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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