NCIS's new Hawaii-based spin-off will likely have a female lead, it has been reported.
While the latest show within the long-running franchise has yet to be confirmed, TVLine says that a character – currently named "Jane Tennant" – will serve as the first Special Agent in Charge of "NCIS Pearl".
If these plans were to go ahead, the outing would mark a huge step forward for the series, which has typically centred on men since its inception in 2003.
Its main title, NCIS, is fronted by Mark Harmon's Leroy Gibbs. Meanwhile, Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J's G Callen and Sam Hanna are lead characters on NCIS: Los Angeles, and Scott Bakula's Dwayne Cassius 'King' Pride is the head honcho in the soon-to-conclude NCIS: New Orleans.
Failed spin-off NCIS: Red appeared as if it was going to shake things up in 2013, when it emerged that Grey's Anatomy star Kim Raver and Sex and the City's John Corbett would be co-leads, reprising their roles from backdoor pilots 'Red' and 'Red-2' (which aired as part of NCIS: Los Angeles).
Unfortunately though, CBS ultimately chose not to move forward with the project.
As for the main NCIS, be aware that season 18 spoilers follow after the picture.
Last month, NCIS aired an episode that saw Gibbs get suspended indefinitely, which has led some fans to assume that Harmon may not appear in any subsequent seasons if the broadcaster was to renew the show.
The Hollywood Reporter previously claimed that the actor was keen to have a lesser role going forward if the series does continue. The actor's contract is said to be up this season, and it's rumoured he may only appear in "a handful of episodes" in the future.
NCIS airs on CBS in the US, and on FOX UK in the UK.
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