NCIS: LA‘s Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) will soon be kicking ass a little west of Los Angeles when she heads to Hawaii Five-0 in an upcoming episode of the show’s second season. But what takes her all the way to the sandy shores of Hawaii? In real life, it didn’t take much, NCIS: LA executive producer Shane Brennan tells EW.
“Interestingly, Daniela has never been to Hawaii, so it took no convincing,” he jokes. He declined to give too many details of the case that finds Kensi working with the team on Five-0. But he did share this: “It’s an appearance on that show that’s important and has impact.” And while Kensi’s business trip to Hawaii is “not a big appearance,” Brennan added that NCIS: LA fans will want to tune in because there will be some references to it in the future.
And fans waiting for a little more inter-franchise crossover action will be happy to hear that even though there are “no current plans” for another NCIS crossover, Brennan is open to it. “There are possibilities,” he says. “The Hawaii Five-0 opportunity popped up and we said, ‘That’s great; let’s do it.’ Those things happen without a lot of planning. It’s not anything you plan and set before. It’s something that pops up in the writing…It has to be organic or else it feels bolted on. It has to be a natural extension of the story that’s going on. For Hawaii Five-0, that’s exactly what it is.”
But he does admit to having one reservation about lending a member of his team. “I’m a bit concerned they might not give her back,” he says with a laugh.