Is it time for an NCIS three-part crossover to take place at some point during season 15? Really, it feels like the interest has been there among many people for a long time now. We’ve seen several crossovers between the flagship show and the New Orleans spin-off, and there have been some minor ones with the Los Angeles version of the show. (Yet, it’s been a while since Michael Weatherly made an appearance — it’s been more than a year since he was even on the show at all!)
So is the time now to make the three-part crossover happen? There are a number of reasons to think about it.
1. Stability – All of these shows are now established hits at the moment, and there’s no reason to worry about the ratings and whether or not they will carryover from one version of the show to the next. We do imagine that all three of these shows will perform well, so there is no real reason to worry about that.
Also, there is some relative stability with the cast. While there may have been some departures in the late Miguel Ferrer and Jennifer Esposito, the majority of the casts for the show have stayed the same.
2. Audience crossover – Does ever viewer of NCIS watch the spin-offs? No, but we think that there is enough of a viewership across all three for them to really reap the benefits of something this big.
3. Scheduling possibilities – Remember that NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, and NCIS: Los Angeles all air more episodes than Bull. Therefore, why not preempt Weatherly’s new show in order to put all three of these shows on the same night? There’s a definite reason to make that happen.
4. A cool story – While these shows do craft great episodes for their audience as is, we do think that it benefits them heavily to have a venue for this sort of creativity. You can tell a much larger story with a central villain, and get a chance to raise the stakes from weeks to the next.
In the end, it’s really not that often that you get three shows in a franchise at the same time. Therefore, it does make some sense that NCIS and the entire franchise just go for broke. If it doesn’t work, here is the silver lining: You have another 23 or so episodes to work through. You’re just losing one hour of all of the shows in order to make something like this happen.
What do you think: Should there be an NCIS three-part crossover coming at some point in the future? Be sure to share in the comments below!
Meanwhile, head over to the link here in the event you do want to get some other news, including the full interview with Maria Bello and Mark Harmon on The Talk recently. (Photo: CBS.)