How NCIS: Hawai'i Star Vanessa Lachey Reacted The First Time She Saw The NCIS Spinoff's First Trailer

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NCIS: Hawai'i is on the way in less than a month to take the long-running franchise in some fresh directions, not too long after NCIS: New Orleans came to an end. Unlike the other shows in the shared universe, this NCIS spinoff isn't launching via a backdoor pilot and will instead introduce brand new characters in its series premiere, with a strong cast led by Vanessa Lachey. Now, a first trailer has released to give a good look at what's on the way, and the leading lady shared her touching reaction to it.

Vanessa Lachey, who makes franchise history as the first woman who will be the top-billed lead character in an NCIS show, took to Instagram with an exclusive look at the first trailer for the Hawai'i spinoff. After saying "Jane Tennant reporting for duty" in reference to her NCIS: Hawai'i character, Lachey shared her reaction to the first trailer of footage:

Not gonna lie, I cried when I saw it, but happy tough kick ass tears! Haha.

Apparently, Vanessa Lachey found herself in tears after watching the first NCIS: Hawai'i trailer for the first time, but they were happy tears rather than any kind of despair that the show didn't look as good as she hoped. And it's fitting that her tears were "tough" and "kick ass" considering the part that Lachey plays in the new show.

Vanessa Lachey is on board NCIS: Hawai'i to play NCIS Pearl Harbor Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant, who earned her position of authority with confidence and a strategic mind, despite working in a field dominated by men. At the same time, she's a mom with young kids, so she faces the challenge of balancing a job that's bound to be intense (if Hawai'i is anything like NCIS, that is) with parenting her children. Plus, the trailer reveals that Tennant will be devoted to both sides of her life. Take a look:

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Viewers presumably won't all be able to relate to Jane Tennant's work as an NCIS Special Agent in Charge, but I think plenty will be able to relate to Vanessa Lachey's character's need for a caffeine fix! Although the trailer only gives about 30 seconds of content, it's enough to show that Tennant values teamwork and has her team members' backs whenever they need her. Plus, it looks like she'll be fighting somebody while wearing civvies in the trailer; if that's her at her own home, then she definitely is living a high-stakes life on and off the clock!

Fortunately, the wait to meet Vanessa Lachey's Jane Tennant isn't too much longer, as the series premiere of NCIS: Hawai'i airs on Monday, September 20 at 10 p.m. ET, following the Season 19 premiere of NCIS at 9 p.m. ET. NCIS is switching nights for the 2021-2022 TV season, as the launch of a third FBI series sent NCIS over to Mondays to be paired with the latest spinoff. NCIS: Los Angeles will continue airing on Sundays once Season 13 premieres in October.

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