While we’d argue that the past two seasons of “NCIS: Los Angeles” have each been very important in their own way, the one coming up this fall may be the most critical one to date on CBS. Why is that? There’s a wide array of different reasons for it.
1. Timeslot – Yet again, the show is jumping to a different night of the week. For the past couple of years, it’s been on Mondays. Before that, it aired on Tuesdays. In some ways, you could argue that a Sunday night spot is good for the show given that it will get some of those big NFL lead-ins, at least so long as people keep the TV on “60 Minutes” and don’t change it for an hour. Yet, at the same time it could be tricky for the show to be subject to so many different overruns from various sporting events.
2. Longevity – At a certain point, you do always wonder if people want to move on, and eight seasons is a long time for any show to last. “Castle” just ended after eight years on the air, and so did “Royal Pains” this summer on USA. If the cast and crew wanted to do other things, could you really blame them.
3. Cost – The show may need good ratings to justify the bottom line, given that shows do tend to cost more and more the longer that they stay on the air.
So after looking at the evidence, is there a way we could see season 8 being the final one for the show? Sure, but we think most evidence is pointing still towards the contrary. CBS has many shows with lower numbers on the air, and we wouldn’t be shocked to see a slight bump for “NCIS: LA” this season. One intangible in the Sunday move is that it won’t be up against so many similar shows anymore like “Castle” and “Blindspot.” We’ll see how things go, but we could envision another year or two for Sam, Callen, and the rest of the cast beyond this one.
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