Fans went absolutely wild when the first-ever crossover between the flagship series and its two current spin-offs, and , was announced earlier this year. audiences finally know when the three-part event will be hitting screens, and the network has confirmed there will be some slight changes to the usual schedule.
NCIS: Los Angeles is switching up its usual schedule by returning on Monday night for a three-hour crossover on January 2 next year.
The 14th season of the hit spin-off is currently airing Sunday nights on CBS before it takes a break over the holiday period.
It will then return on a Monday night in early 2023 for the first time since 2016.
Next year’s crossover also marks the first time agents G Callen (played by Chris O’Donnell), LL Cool J (Sam Hanna) and the rest of the LA team will crossover with other NCIS agents since the show’s backdoor pilot.
NCIS LA to ditch Sunday night slot as CBS confirms three-way crossover premiere date
NCIS: Torres and Tennant in action
It’s currently unknown if the series will stick to Monday nights, but the series is expected to switch back to Sundays for the remainder of the season.
CBS vice president Amy Reisenbach said in a statement: “We are so excited to finally have the long-awaited, first-ever NCISverse crossover to share with our passionate, loyal viewers.”
“The popularity, longevity and continued success of the franchise is a testament to the immense talent of the casts and writing and producing teams who bring these shows to life.
“They came up with a thrilling story for this epic three-hour event that creatively brings all three NCIS teams together for fans to enjoy in one night and beyond.”
NCIS: Three teams will come together for the first time ever
NCIS LA will air on a Monday for the first time in six years
Further details released via Deadline have confirmed the three-part adventure will involve a high-stakes mission to take down a dangerous hitman.
The description continues: “Team members from the different NCIS divisions will come together in Washington DC to celebrate a FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) professor who taught multiple members from each squad.
“On the eve of the celebration, the professor is found dead of an apparent suicide and his former students immediately suspect foul play.”
The explosive case will bring together the likes of Nicolas Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Jessica Knight (Katrina Law) from the mainline NCIS division, plus relative newcomers Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) and Jesse Boone (Noah Mills) from Hawaii.
CBS’s flagship show will kick off the event at 8pm ET with an episode entitled Too Many Cooks.
Once the agents have all gotten acquainted, NCIS: Hawaii will take the middle slot with Deep Fake at 9pm.
Then, for the thrilling final chapter, NCIS: Los Angeles brings up the rear with A Long Time Coming.
Fans are naturally ecstatic that the network has decided to bring the full NCIS cast together for the first time in over 20 years on screens.
However, there are still some who are lamenting the fact cancelled spin-off NCIS: New Orleans won’t be included, while former team leader Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is also not expected to appear.
Even so, NCIS has become one of the world’s most popular franchises, with CBS claiming it has amassed a staggering 4.1 trillion minutes watched by viewers during its two decades on the airwaves.
In the meantime, NCIS: LA will return this Sunday for another gripping case – this time, Callen, Hanna and the team investigate an abduction with the possibility of finding some buried treasure along the way.
NCIS: Los Angeles season 14 continues Sundays on CBS in the USA. The NCISVerse crossover airs Monday, January 2. A UK release date is yet to be announced.