Thanks to the pandemic, NCIS season 18 got off to a late start.
Owing to production delays, the season began two months later than usual.
Then – after screening just three episodes – a six-week hiatus was scheduled by the network, with no new episodes until mid-January.
Now, thanks to an increase in COVID cases in California, there’s even more bad news about the shortened season.
‘NCIS’ is coming back in one night with two new episodes.
CBS will reveal two in one night as NCIS returns later this month with new episodes.
It will air back-to-back in Episode 4, “Sunburn,” and Episode 5, “Head of the Snake,”
The first episode features the return of Delilah, wife of McGee (Margo Harshman).
In February 2019, she will make her first appearance on the CBS series.
The second episode will feature a long-running drug ring case at its climax.
The NCIS team will experience another exciting case in episode 4, according to Stanford Arts Review, when McGee (Sean Murray) and Delilah are on vacation in the Bahamas.
The episode will be directed by performer Rocky Carroll (Leon Vance).
And the case revolves around the assassinated founder of the escape room with ties to the island.
#NCIS landed on Variety’s 2020 top-rated series list with the most episodes, while Uber producer Dick Wolf won with 20 slots, split between “FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P. D.” and “Chicago Med.” https://t.co/wLNVJ2TM5u pic.twitter.com/lO0IgZVpg3- Variety (@Variety) December 30, 2020 In Episode 5, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Fornell’s (Joe Spano) crusade to find him.
The duo hunted for the man responsible for the overdose of Emily, Fornell’s daughter (Juliette Angelo).
The review of the episode also shows that Gibbs and Vance “finally let the team in on a case that has dangerous implications.”
Several productions were deferred by CBS Studios, including ‘NCIS’
The latest surge of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles has led to further production shutdowns, as reported by the New York Post.
Development on five of its programs has officially been halted by CBS Studios – NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, SEAL Squad, Why Women Kill and Diary of a Potential President.
After the holiday break, the production teams were expected to return to work on Jan. 4. However, production was held back a week after the holidays by the spike in cases. Now, at the earliest, the cast and crews from these five shows would not return to work until Jan. 11.
A message was also posted on its website by SAG-AFTRA, the union representing film and television performers, suggesting that further production breaks are coming.
NCIS Season 18: Return to postponed shooting amid the wave of viral cases #NCIS https://t.co/Bv91NPGea4- Jessica Carter (@dangergirl101) December 30, 2020 A decade before ‘NCIS’, Mark Harmon and Sean Murray worked together
The group wrote in a recent statement, “Most entertainment productions will remain on hiatus until the second or third week of January, if not later,” “This means that the number of our members working on set is reduced at this time.”
The memo goes on to state that safety procedures “require additional time for testing before production resumes.”
Outbreaks of COVID-19 occur on television sets
The Daily Mail reports that more delays could result from the current COVID wave in Southern California.
Because of the increase in cases, CBS Studios was the first major Hollywood studio to pause production.
But it will certainly not be the last.
Film LA, the organization that manages all production permits in Los Angeles, reported last week that studios were ordered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to “consider pausing production for at least a couple of weeks.”
“Identify and delay higher-risk activities and focus on lower-risk work for now, if at all possible,” the email says.
Amid COVID-19 boom in Los Angeles, ‘NCIS’ and other CBS series prolong hiatus.
COVID-19 Surge https://t.co/6B5rbnYoHx- Variety (@Variety) December 30, 2020 ‘NCIS’: Maria Bello confirms ‘That’s a Wrap For Jack Sloane’ – which is her last episode?
A FilmLA spokesperson says production in the last two weeks has “slowed down significantly in the last two weeks.” And that’s not just because of a “catastrophic” rise in state cases.
On TV sets, there has also been a recent increase in COVID outbreaks.
Production on Sh’s latest season