After fourteen seasons, NCIS will be bidding farewell to its West Coast counterpart as NCIS: Los Angeles finally bows out and heads to the beach after nearly a decade and a half of often ‘off-the-books’ investigations.
The announcement comes several months ahead of a May broadcast to allow the show’s writers and producers to dovetail various story-threads and accommodate them all ahead of wrapping the show.
“For 14 seasons, NCIS: Los Angeles has been a stalwart of our lineup with characters who were a joy to watch. From day one, the cast, producers and crew were amazing network/studio partners, and their teamwork, talent and spirit vividly came through on the screen. We are so grateful for the collaboration and remarkable run of these treasured members of our CBS family, and plan to give them the big sendoff they and their fans deserve,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment in a statement.
“I want to thank both the network and studio for their partnership and support over the years; Shane Brennan for giving us such a great playground; and my partners John P. Kousakis, Frank Military, Kyle Harimoto and Andrew Bartels for their tireless efforts and collaboration episode after episode. Our crew has grown to be a true family, and their hard work and dedication has been fundamental to our success year after year. My deepest gratitude to the cast members, who have brought our characters to life with their impassioned performances – thank you for your talent, professionalism and continuous enthusiasm. And to our loyal viewers who loved our characters and followed their journeys, thank you. We look forward to delivering an end to the series that is both satisfying and does justice to these beloved characters,” said NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer and showrunner R. Scott Gemmill.
The show has moved around the schedules during its decade and half on the air, but it’s always been a decent ratings-winner and the recent three-way crossover with NCIS and NCIS, Hawai’i was a big success for CBS.
The actors also quickly responded to the news…
“This NCIS Crossover was a huge success!!” star LL Cool J (who plays said on Instagram yesterday. “After 14 seasons, this is the perfect time to end @ncisla on top of our game!!!”
“What an amazing 14-year ride with my [NCIS: Los Angeles] family,” Chris O’Donnell wrote on Instagram. “Just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of our amazing fans that tuned in every week. On to the next adventure!”
Eric Christian Olsen, who plays Marty Deeks, posted “What a spectacular journey we all shared.”
“From season 1 to season 14, from 24 yrs old to 39, it has been an absolute dream. So many feelings to process and too many words to say. I will save them for a later date… I’m so so grateful to have been a part of this NCISLA family. The show lasted this long because of all of you ♥️” said Daniela Ruah, who plays sharpshooter Kensi Blye.
Newest recruit Caleb Castille who plays Agent Roundtree posted: “Incredibly sad about the news that @NCISLA won’t be coming back to give you guys another season but man what an amazing accomplishment… 14 seasons! Shoutout to the best fans & crew in the world! I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity. Special Agent Devin Rountree signing off.”
There are plenty of story-threads to finish concerning current and backstory conflicts for the characters and long-term fans will be hoping for more than a few seconds of Henrietta Lang, played by Linda Hunt, who has been mostly missing from the show since a serious car-accident in 2018. The actor was the first performer to win an Oscar for playing someone of the opposite sex in Peter Weir’s 1982 success The Year of Living Dangerously (She played Chinese Australian photographer Billy Kwanin). Hettie last ‘appeared’ as voice-recording during that recent crossover.
So, onto NCIS: Great Lakes, anyone?