NCIS has returned from its holiday hiatus to begin the second half of season 19 on CBS. However, production was recently halted after someone on set tested positive for C0V1D 19. What does this pause in production mean for the upcoming crossover with NCIS: Hawai’i?
The upcoming crossover episode of ‘NCIS’ and ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ has been announced
When NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i returned to CBS after their winter break, the stars of both shows announced a crossover event on social media. NCIS stars Wilmer Valderrama (Nick Torres) and Katrina Law (Jessica Knight) both confirmed that they would be heading to Hawaii to film the special episode.
“It’ll be great to be back on the island solving cr1mes,” Law, who played Quinn Liu on Hawaii Five-0, said to the camera.
Vanessa Lachey (Jane Tennant) revealed that the CBS special crossover event will air at the end of March.
In the ‘NCIS’ universe, crossovers are common.
Crossovers occur so frequently in the NCIS universe that fans have grown accustomed to them. The franchise is known for launching spinoffs through backdoor pilots. And the stars of the universe occasionally appear in each other’s series.
Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo), Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto), and Rocky Carroll (Leon Vance) have previously appeared as guest stars on both NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.
Before NOLA was canceled, there were two separate two-part crossovers between NCIS and New Orleans. Crossovers have even reached the parent show of NCIS, JAG. David James Elliott and Catherine Bell returned to Los Angeles in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Hawai’i, on the other hand, did things differently. It was the franchise’s first series to premiere without a backdoor pilot. As a result, the upcoming crossover will be the new spinoff’s first opportunity to interact with the flagship series.
Due to C0V1D concerns, CBS has put a number of shows on hold.
According to Deadline, NCIS season 19 production was recently halted after a cast member tested positive for C0V1D. The delay occurred as a result of a positive test result from “Zone A.” Zone A is said to include the regular cast and crew members who work with them on a regular basis.
NCIS was not the only CBS show to be halted due to C0V1D concerns. The production of all three FBI dramas — FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, and FBI: International — was halted for a day to conduct contact tracing and assess the situation.
“It’s a mess, people keep getting C0v1d,” said a production source.
NCIS: Los Angeles is also on indefinite hiatus until February. However, this was done simply as a precaution because they had already completed enough episodes and could afford to take a production break.
What effect does the delay have on the crossover?
Fortunately, despite the production halt, the upcoming crossover appears to be proceeding as planned. According to some sources, NCIS may go dark for a few weeks, but filming for the crossover episode is still set to begin the week of January 10.
However, the rapid spread of C0V1D infections may cause plans to change. Despite all of the safety protocols and restrictions, the Omicron variant is wreaking havoc throughout California. And it’s causing problems all over Hollywood. If the production delays continue, it may have an impact on broadcast schedules.
The crossover between ‘NCIS’ and ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ is set to air in March.
The special NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i crossover event is currently scheduled to air on Monday, March 28. That date, however, is subject to change if the production delays continue for a longer period of time than expected.
Other studios, such as Disney and Amazon, have delayed production until mid-January. In addition, the Recording Academy has postponed the Grammy Awards indefinitely due to v1rus concerns. For the second year in a row, the Sundance Film Festival has gone virtual.
Fans should, however, remain optimistic about the crossover. It may air later than expected, but it will happen.
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