CBS to bid farewell to NCIS: Los Angeles with one-hour special

CBS To Show NCIS: LA Series Finale in ET's Retrospective Special

By Betty Cruise May 22, 2023
CBS To Show NCIS: LA Series Finale in ETs Retrospective Special
CBS To Show NCIS: LA Series Finale in ET's Retrospective Special

NCIS: Los Angeles, the long running CBS procedural starring Chris O’Donell and LL Cool K, bid adieu on Sunday at 9 pm ET with its very last episode.

Following the series finale, Entertainment Tonight particularly held a one hour retrospective special, A Salute to NCIS: Los Angeles, as hosted by Kevin Frazier. 

It will show and discuss the 14 season run at 10 p.m. ET.

 The special will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

In the final episode of the series New Beginnings, Part Two it gave a first look where the NCIS team continued its case with the ATF and stolen military-grade weapons while Callen played by O’Donnel and Anna played by Bar Paly decided to get married suddenly.

Meanwhile the show will air from the NCIS: LA set. The one hour special has footage and interviews with cast members from the past 14 seasons and new memories and BTS moments.

The show followed the LA based Office of Special Projects that was an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specialize in undercover assignments.

It is a fitting end to the teams at NCIS:LA which began on September 2009 and it was the second series in the NCIS Franchise, the show has aired 322 episodes over the course of its impressive 15-year  run.

On average, it has gotten 6 million views every week making it the top scripted program in its regular Sunday 10 pm slot.

The ensemble included Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Medallion Rahimi, Caleb Castille, and Gerald McRaey. Showrunner R. Scott Gemmill, John P. Kousakis, Frank Military, Kyle Harimoto, Andrew Bartels and Sae Brennan who created the series serve as exec producers.

"It's a weird sensation because it doesn't hit you in one big slap. I think it'll hit me when we don't come back in July to shoot another season," Ruah stated. 

Olsen reminisced that it hit him on a drive to home from work saying, "The first round of it really hit me, which is like, 'I'm not going to be driving to work on NCIS: Los Angeles anymore.' And that's just a full cornucopia of emotions."

"We made a show that made so many people happy and that built up such a following around the world, it was pretty amazing," O'Donnell added.

ET spoke to the NCIS: LA cast in March and they reflected on saying goodbye after a 14 season run. "It was an amazing run. I'm just so grateful. So grateful for the opportunity and the success and the fans tuning in and for the friends that I made along the way," O'Donnell said.

For the writing, Gerald McRaney said, "I think the writers did a very good job of wrapping this show up," he said of the final episode. "They've always been good but a lot of the shows that I've seen here lately, when they come to an end, they just stop. This one has an ending and it has a beautiful ending.

The series finale of NCIS: LA airs on Sunday in May 21 at 9 PM ET on CBS followed by A Salute to NCIS: Los Angeles, an Entertainment Tonight primetime special hosted by Kevin Frazier at 10 pm ET.