CBS Finally Reveals Why It Canceled ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

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When CBS canceled NCIS: Hawai’i, there was word that the announcement came too late to allow the show to have a conclusive finale. Instead, it ended with a minor cliffhanger that left the door open for the next season’s story. It will never happen, and it made a lot of fans mad.

CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach talked about the cancellation and said she sympathized with fans.

Head Of CBS Talks Canceling NCIS: Hawai’i

CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach said that canceling NCIS: Hawai’i was not easy. She also said she sympathized with fans who were disappointed to see the series ending. However, the decision would not be reversed, and she said it was a decision that had to be made.

NCIS Hawaii - YouTube/TVLine
NCIS Hawaii – YouTube/TVLine

She was asked about canceling NCIS: Hawai’i, CSI: Vegas, and So Help Me Todd. According to Reisenbach, “I’m a big fan of TV first, and I sympathize and relate to all of the fans out there who are disappointed in the fact that these shows are ending” (via Variety).

However, she said they look at all the numbers and determine projections for the future. They want to see what opportunities there are, and they will make tough decisions. In some cases, such as S.W.A.T., the network reversed its decision to cancel the show and gave it one more season to finish its story. However, she said, “Every negotiation is different.”

This means that NCIS: Hawai’i, despite its non-conclusive ending.

How did NCIS: Hawai’i End?

Previously, Amy Reisenbach claimed that all shows would get to finish their stories. This was not true with either NCIS: Hawai’i or CSI: Vegas. The network waited until both shows finished filming their seasons to tell them they would not return, meaning neither show got the finish that Reisenbach promised.

NCIS Hawaii - YouTube/
NCIS Hawaii – YouTube/

For NCIS: Hawai’i, the show ended with a nice finish to the season. Sam Hanna (LL Cool J from NCIS: Los Angeles) attended a going away party from his team. They then toasted him and all the other fallen agents. That was a nice finale for Hanna (whose own show was canceled as well).

Then, the show set up a cliffhanger ending for the next season. Agent Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) returned home, but her daughter Julie was not there. Instead, her former mentor and CIA friend Maggie Shaw (Julie White) sat on her couch with a drink in hand. She said, “You’re probably going to need a drink for what’s coming next.”

Sadly, fans of NCIS: Hawai’i will never know what was coming because CBS canceled it without warning.

What are your thoughts on CBS canceling fan-favorite shows like NCIS: Hawai’i without wanting the showrunners? Do you wish the shows would get their conclusive finishes instead? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. What a crock, CBS is making a huge mistake cancelling NCIS Hawaii. This show has better viewership than many of the shows CBS has not cancelled and a much better story line and cast. I have no interest in watching a Matlock remake (I didn’t like the original) or a prequel to NCIS. If the cost of Hawaii is to high, why doesn’t CBS shorten the season and air it briefer or after NCIS Sydney, as that is a short season as well, and give Hawaii a proper send off. CBS needs to review this horrible decision and correct it before they start to lose viewers. PAY ATTENTION TO FANS AND GET SMART.

  2. To CBS: As a fan of NCIS: Hawaii, I was disappointed, even heartbroken, to hear that you have cancelled NCIS: Hawaii. It had everything going for it. The location, the most beautiful islands on our planet; a cast of characters, well developed and established, that worked so well as a whole. The stories were engaging. I know that there must be a huge fan base all of whom were crushed. Looking back, when Star Trek was cancelled, I didn’t write in. I am doing this today so that I won’t have to keep kicking myself for not adding my voice to the others that you must be hearing. I will miss Hawaii, already do actually. Perhaps a movie to finish what you started, ie: the cliffhanger. Thanks for your time.

  3. It’s all about numbers for TV program’s not about what the Fans want, I’m cutting CBS,ABC from my schedule, I’ll just watch movies

  4. Not happy at all to take a show that a lot of people loved and love the chemistry of the characters and actors. I just stop it at a cliffhanger. They did it to quantum Leap 1 with Sam Beckett and did it to quantum Leap 2.0 not happy you have angered a lot of people More than you will ever know. Which could cause people not to wanna watch the network It’s happening with CW and now it’s going to happen to you

  5. CBS should have cancelled NCIS: Sidney instead of NCIS: Hawaii. All Sidney is arguing. I hate that.

  6. At least have a satisfactory ending. Rather than leaving us hanging. A number of great shows were cancelled. Only one I agreed with, was Walker. A stuttering, hesitant hero, doesn’t quite make a hero. I catch myself trying to finish his sentences, before someone walks out on him.

  7. I find the cancellation to be shameful. I understand cutting costs associated with production and location, but they could’ve notified the show of the cancellation before they wrapped and allowed the show to make the conclusion show to the cliff-hanger. Very DISSAPOINTED in CBS!!!!!!!!

  8. I’m used to CBS doing this. They do it all the time. It’s all about the numbers and $$$ to them. They can care less about the fans. And, sadly, like cattle, we march on and watch and get hooked on their next shows only to get stabbed in the back again and again. Maybe if we tune CBS out and not watch any of their shows things might change, but I doubt it.

  9. I am upset about the cancellation of NCIS Hawaii, Todd, and CSI Vegas. They had strong female leads and interracial teams that worked well together. They had good stories and characters viewers cared about..

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