NCIS will make significant changes to the CBS schedule when it returns next year for its highly anticipated three-way crossover event.
When the first-ever crossover between the flagship NCIS series and its two current spin-offs, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: Hawaii, was announced earlier this year, fans went absolutely crazy. CBS viewers now know when the three-part event will air, and the network has confirmed that there will be some minor changes to the usual schedule.
NCIS: Los Angeles will return on Monday night for a three-hour crossover on January 2 of next year, reversing its usual schedule.
The hit spin-14th off’s season is currently airing on CBS on Sunday nights before taking a holiday break.
It will then return for the first time since 2016 on a Monday night in early 2023.
Next year’s crossover will also mark the first time since the show’s backdoor pilot that agents G Callen (Chris O’Donnell), LL Cool J (Sam Hanna), and the rest of the LA team will cross paths with other NCIS agents.
It’s unclear whether the series will remain on Monday nights, but it’s expected to return to Sundays for the rest of the season.
“We are so excited to finally have the long-awaited, first-ever NCISverse crossover to share with our passionate, loyal viewers,” CBS vice president Amy Reisenbach said in a statement.
“The franchise’s popularity, longevity, and ongoing success is a testament to the immense talent of the casts and writing and producing teams who bring these shows to life.”
“They devised an exciting story for this epic three-hour event that creatively brings together all three NCIS teams for fans to enjoy in one night and beyond.”
According to additional details released by Deadline, the three-part adventure will include a high-stakes mission to take down a dangerous hitman.
“Team members from the various NCIS divisions will gather in Washington DC to honor a FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) professor who taught multiple members from each squad,” the description continues.
“On the eve of the celebration, the professor is discovered d3ad of an apparent suicide, and his former students suspect foul play.”
The explosive case will bring together mainline NCIS characters Nicolas Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Jessica Knight (Katrina Law), as well as relative newcomers Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) and Jesse Boone (Noah Mills) from Hawaii.
The event will begin at 8 p.m. ET with an episode titled Too Many Cooks from CBS’s flagship show.
NCIS: Hawaii will take the middle slot with Deep Fake at 9 p.m. once the agents have all gotten acquainted.
Then, for the thrilling finale, NCIS: Los Angeles returns with A Long Time Coming.
Fans are naturally overjoyed that the network has decided to bring the entire NCIS cast back together on screen for the first time in over 20 years.
However, some are disappointed that the cancelled spin-off NCIS: New Orleans will not be included, and former team leader Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is also not expected to appear.
Despite this, NCIS has become one of the world’s most popular franchises, with CBS claiming 4.1 trillion minutes of viewership over its two decades on the air.
Meanwhile, NCIS: LA will return this Sunday for another riveting case, this time investigating an abduction with the possibility of uncovering some buried treasure along the way.
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