'NCIS' Hawaii-Set Spinoff Near CBS Series Pickup

The broadcast network is nearing a straight-to-series order for a Hawaii-set incarnation of its juggernaut NCIS franchise, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Sources note that the potential series would likely shoot in Hawaii, where production is facing an easier path forward during the pandemic.

NCIS: Hawaii arrives as CBS is also plotting a return of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

As for the timing, a return to CSI and another NCIS serieswould immediately spark interest in the franchise's library, which would be a boon for CBS All Access.

In success, the new CSI and NCIS incarnation would ultimately end up streaming on Paramount+ as well should ViacomCBS look to keep the new jewel in its crown franchise.

The lucrative pacts could also bring with it exclusivity for the franchise, which would be a boon to streamers like Paramount+ at a time when rights for older series are tied up with years-old deals at competitors.

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