NCIS: Los Angeles
|NCIS: Los Angeles|
|Created by||Shane Brennan|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||136 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Shane Brennan|
|Running time||42–44 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Shane Brennan Productions
CBS Television Studios
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original run||September 22, 2009 – present|
NCIS: New Orleans
NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of the successful series NCIS, itself a spinoff of another CBS series, JAG. On October 7, 2009, CBS gave the series a full-season pickup, extending the first season to 22 episodes. The season was extended again on November 4, 2009, when CBS announced its order for an additional two episodes.
Season 2 began airing on September 21, 2010. On May 18, 2011, CBS renewed the series for a third season. On August 18, 2011, CBS announced that the series would crossover by having Daniela Ruah guest star as Kensi Blye on Hawaii Five-0. On January 11, 2012, CBS announced that the series would do a second crossover with Hawaii Five-0 by having Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan guest star on an episode in May which occurred in May 2012 with the Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 episode "Pa Make Loa" and the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 3 episode "Touch of Death".
On March 14, 2012, CBS renewed NCIS: Los Angeles for a fourth season. On February 6, 2013 Miguel Ferrer was promoted to a series regular for the next season. On March 27, 2013, CBS renewed NCIS: Los Angeles for a fifth season. The fifth season premiered on September 24, 2013. On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed the series for a sixth season, when it moved from Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. to Mondays at 10:00 p.m. Season 6 premiered on September 29, 2014.
The show was known as NCIS: Legend while in production (referring to the episodes of NCIS in which the spin-off was introduced), and other names considered included NCIS: OSP (Office of Special Projects) and NCIS: Undercover. Filming started in February 2009, with the characters being introduced in the two-part NCIS episode titled "Legend", the first part of which aired on April 28, 2009. This episode served as a backdoor pilot for the series, in a manner similar to the introduction of NCIS, which was introduced by way of a two-part episode of JAG.
Chris O'Donnell plays the lead character, G. Callen, the Special Agent in Charge of OSP, whose natural talent for undercover work is legendary. LL Cool J plays the role of Senior Field Agent Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL, who is fluent in Arabic and an expert on Middle Eastern culture. Daniela Ruah plays Junior Special Agent Kensi Blye. Adam Jamal Craig playing rookie field agent Dominic Vail was credited as a regular through the first dozen episodes of season one, but was subsequently written out of the show, and the character was killed off in episode 21. Eric Christian Olsen plays LAPD Detective Marty Deeks, the team's liaison with the Los Angeles Police Department. Olsen appeared in two episodes of the first season as a guest star, and joined the cast full-time in season two as Craig's replacement.
Peter Cambor plays Nate Getz, the team's operational psychologist, who supports their missions through surveillance and profiling of targets and ongoing monitoring of the OSP team members' mental health. Cambor was listed as a main cast member throughout the first season but was downgraded to recurring status at the start of season 2.
The cast is rounded out by Linda Hunt playing the OSP's operations manager Hetty Lange, a legendary former intelligence agent with a mysterious past, and Barrett Foa as Eric Beale, the team's tech operator and resident geek. Beale was joined by intelligence analyst Nell Jones (Renée Felice Smith) in season 2.
Louise Lombard, who had originated the role of NCIS operations manager Lara Macy in the back-door pilot, was not picked up as a regular in the new series, and the character was killed off in an episode of NCIS.
Rocky Carroll, who plays Director Leon Vance on NCIS, appeared in five of the first thirteen episodes. He made a seventh appearance in "Hunted". Vance appeared in the season 2 finale and season 3 premiere. He made his tenth appearance during the sixth season.
|Chris O'Donnell||G. Callen||Special Agent||Special Agent In Charge||Main|
|Daniela Ruah||Kensi Blye||Field Agent||Main|
|Peter Cambor||Nate Getz||Operational Psychologist||Main||Recurring|
|Eric Christian Olsen||Marty Deeks||LAPD Detective||Liaison||Recurring||Main|
|Adam Jamal Craig||Dominic Vail||Special Agent||Probationary Agent||Main||N/A|
|Barrett Foa||Eric Beale||Technical Operator||Main|
|Renée Felice Smith||Nell Jones||Intelligence Analyst||N/A||Main|
|Miguel Ferrer||Owen Granger||Special Agent||Assistant Director||N/A||Recurring||Main|
|Linda Hunt||Hetty Lange||Special Agent in Charge, Operations Manager||Main|
|LL Cool J||Sam Hanna||Senior Field Agent||Main|
|Rocky Carroll||Leon Vance||NCIS Director||1–3, 6|
|Brian Avers||Mike Renko||NCIS Special Agent||1 & 3|
|Kathleen Rose Perkins||Rose Schwartz||L.A. County Coroner||1–4|
|Ronald Auguste||Moe Dusa||Sam's Sudanese "brother"||1–2|
|Claire Forlani||Lauren Hunter||OSP Operations Manager||2–3|
|Vyto Ruginis||Arkady Kolchek||Retired Russian operative||1–6|
|Louise Lombard||Lara Macy||Operations Manager||Character transferred before series start; found dead in NCIS episode "Patriot Down".|
|Julie Chen||Nancy Kelly||US Embassador to Tunisia||Guest star in Season 6 episode 13, "In The Line of Duty".|
"Identity", the show's first episode, garnered 18.73 million viewers with a 4.4/11 share in the 18–49 year old demographic and therefore won its timeslot. It was the second most watched show of the week, behind only the original NCIS.
Reviews for the show have been mixed. It has a score of 59/100 on Metacritic. According to Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, "The crime is intriguing and multifaceted, its resolution requiring a nice balance of street smarts and lots of gunfire. But as with the original "NCIS," the emphasis is on the characters of the team... Los Angeles, meanwhile, looks fabulous, a pleasing mixture of noir and gridlock, and there's an air of stability that's comforting in these uncertain times." The New York Daily News reviewer, David Hinckley, was more critical of the show saying that although "It all adds up to an hour of decent entertainment, and there's room for enough character development to give "NCIS: Los Angeles" a personality of its own, ... a premiere episode shouldn't feel even a little like something we've already seen."
Tom Shales of The Washington Post felt that, "NCIS: Los Angeles gets the job done ... It's a procedural that follows strictly the established procedure, but it has likable characters, dislikable bad guys and the occasional flabbergasting shot of L.A." Robert Bianco of USA Today summarized it as a "serviceable hour that takes the NCIS formula—a light tone and a lot of banter wrapped around a fairly rudimentary investigatory plot—and transfers it to a special, undercover NCIS division in Los Angeles. Nothing more, but also nothing less." The Hollywood Reporter compared the show to The A-Team with "the same lighthearted approach to life-or-death situations. Maybe the biggest change is that 'NCIS: L.A.' achieves its inevitably favorable outcomes with a little more intellect and a little less testosterone." IGN stated that although "NCIS: Los Angeles doesn't exactly reinvent the police procedural... it's another above-average entry, aided by the fact that the people behind the show know what they're doing" and ultimately gave the episode a 7.7/10.
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.
- Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||No. of
|1||Tuesday 9:00 pm/8c||24||September 22, 2009||18.73||May 25, 2010||13.12||2009–10||9||16.08|
|2||24||September 21, 2010||15.76||May 17, 2011||15.61||2010–11||7||16.54|
|3||24||September 20, 2011||16.71||May 15, 2012||15.19||2011–12||7||16.01|
|4||24||September 25, 2012||16.74||May 14, 2013||13.52||2012–13||4||17.31|
|5||24||September 24, 2013||16.35||May 13, 2014||14.85||2013–14||4||16.03|
|6||Monday 10:00 pm/9c||24||September 29, 2014||9.48||May 2015||TBA||2014–15|
Awards and nominations
|2010||36th People's Choice Awards||Favorite New TV Drama||–||Nominated|
|2010 Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Won|
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Nominated|
|Choice Actress Action||Daniela Ruah||Nominated|
|2010 Portuguese Golden Globes||Revelation||Daniela Ruah||Won|
|2011||2011 Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Won|
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Nominated|
|Choice Actress Action||Linda Hunt||Won|
|2012||64th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stunt Direction||Troy James Brown||Nominated|
|2012 Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Nominated|
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Nominated|
|Choice Actress Action||Linda Hunt||Won|
|2013||2013 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Action||–||Won|
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Won|
|First aired||Last aired|
|Intro||2||April 28, 2009||May 5, 2009|
|1||24||September 22, 2009||May 25, 2010|
|2||24||September 21, 2010||May 17, 2011|
|3||24||September 20, 2011||May 15, 2012|
|4||24||September 25, 2012||May 14, 2013|
|5||24||September 24, 2013||May 13, 2014|
|6||24||September 29, 2014||TBA|
Crossover with Hawaii Five-0
The episode "Touch of Death" concludes a crossover that begins on the Hawaii Five-0 episode "Pa Make Loa" (also "Touch of Death" translated from Hawaiian) in which Callen and Sam team with Danny and Chin Ho to track down a suspect carrying a deadly virus.
Additionally, Kensi appears in the Hawaii Five-0 episode "Ka Hakaka Maika'i".
On November 5, 2012, Deadline.com reported the first news about a spin-off of NCIS: Los Angeles titled NCIS: Red. The new characters were introduced during a two-part episode of NCIS: Los Angeles. The spin-off was to feature a team of mobile agents, who travel around the country to solve crimes. This would have been the third successive spin-off, with NCIS: Los Angeles being a spin-off of NCIS, which itself was a spin-off of JAG. However, on May 15, 2013, CBS confirmed that NCIS: Red was officially passed on and would not be moving forward.
Home video releases
The first five seasons have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4, and Season 1 was released on Blu-ray Disc in Region A. The first season DVD release includes the two-part pilot episode that aired as part of the sixth season of NCIS, which were also included on the Season 6 DVD of NCIS. All releases are distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment.
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