CBS has broken a lot of hearts with the announcement that they are ending a beloved and long-running series.
What did they cancel? In addition, when is the last episode? Moreover, do we know why the series is ending? Here is the latest news on the end of this beloved franchise.
CBS Breaks Viewers’ Hearts With Cancelation
Just a couple of days ago, NCIS: Los Angeles fans got the biggest shock when CBS announced that the series is ending.
On Friday, Deadline reported that the network decided to end its longest-running series, NCIS: Los Angeles.
This series stars Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Medalion Rahimi, Caleb Castille, and Gerald McRaney.
When Is NCIS: Los Angeles Ending?
The NCIS: Los Angeles series finale will be on Sunday, May 14. This will air on both CBS and Paramount+.
When the series ends, it will have a total of 322 episodes. In addition, they just announced that Marilu Henner will be guest-starring in an upcoming episode.
Will There Be Another Crossover Event?
This cancellation is especially surprising as CBS just aired their first-ever NCIS Universe Crossover Event. They continued the same storyline through all three franchise series. Moreover, this was a series success.
According to Deadline, all three franchises did well. Most of all, the episode was the Los Angeles franchise’s best seven-day viewer ratings since March 17, 2019.
The publication declared that the huge success definitely indicated that CBS would do more of these sorts of crossovers again.
But, will they do it before the final NCIS: Los Angeles series episode?
Why Was NCIS: Los Angeles Canceled?
Although CBS did not explain why they ended, the publication alluded to the high price tag. “A cancellation of a long-running drama with big-name leads filming in L.A. should not come as a shock given the big price tag involved, especially at a time when networks across the board are looking to cut their spending.”
Moreover, many in the cast were surprised because the NCIS Universe Crossover was a huge success. However, the current economic landscape has been rocky for many series.
This NCIS Crossover was a huge success! After 14 seasons, it’s the perfect time to end @NCISLA on top! I look forward to continuing my partnership with @CBSTVStudios. They invested in our series B round and became a strategic partner with @RockTheBells—more exciting things ahead! pic.twitter.com/AE0JcDa2El
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) January 21, 2023
Could CBS Bring NCIS: Los Angeles Back?
Deadline brought up a big point that NCIS: Los Angeles fans may want to remember. First, they pointed out that this is the network’s fifth longest primetime scripted series ever.
Next, based on history, they give big odds that this fan-favorite series will be back.
The NCIS spinoff, starring LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell, is tied as the fifth longest-running CBS primetime scripted series ever, only behind Gunsmoke, Lassie, CSI, and Criminal Minds. Among the four, the two shows that have aired in the last 50 years, CSI and Criminal Minds, both have since been revived, which bodes well for NCIS: Los Angeles’ future.
However, CBS has not indicated that they would like to bring back this series.
NCIS fans, what are your thoughts about the end of this era of the franchise? Would you have liked to see more episodes? Or, do you think it is time for the series to be over?
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