‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Production Temporarily Paused Until February: Here’s Why

by Courtney Blackann

Due to growing cases of the latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, “NCIS: Los Angeles” announced it would push back its production of the 13th season another month until February. Though the news is disappointing, fans of the show need not worry.

According to TV Line, the actual airing schedule of “NCIS: Los Angeles” won’t be pushed back any further. So fans will definitely still see the remaining season on time.

There have been additional pushbacks to TV series, including the original “NCIS.” The rising cases of COVID-19 half increased to more than half a million, though the latest variant is far less lethal than previous variants.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” originally took a break over the holiday season and was set to resume filming in January.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Speaks About Filming Torture Scenes

While the drama series is typically mild when it comes to gruesome scenes, during season five, there were a few torture scenes. And one star says he definitely didn’t like filming that part.

Eric Christian Olsen has taken on a more serious role in “NCIS: Los Angeles.” He’s known for acting in funny, feel-good movies like the sequel to “Dumb & Dumber.” However, in the fifth season of the show, there were some torture scenes he couldn’t avoid.

The actor spoke candidly about those scenes and how he’s not a fan.

 “It was awful,” Olsen admitted. “I couldn’t do a horror movie. I know that.”

Further, Olsen admitted that he was almost cast once in one of the “Hostel” films along with a friend. But he couldn’t stomach the idea.

 “But I couldn’t have done it. Daming that thing in my mouth and I’m all tied down,” he says.

Further, the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star says that he took a summer to read about PTSD and torture. He shared how it really affected him.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Discusses Character and PTSD

“I can’t even imagine what that’s like for someone to go through when that’s real because even when it was fake and they yelled ‘cut’ it still goes in my head.”

He also addressed the torture scenes from the police procedural and whether or not he was able to watch those scenes after filming wrapped up. The actor says the sounds of screaming are what really got him.

“I think what’s so heartbreaking is that you see a character that I think for some reason has made so many emotional attachments with fans that they and you saw him just at the bottom.”

Further, Olsen said the torture scenes were foreign for his character, which added another layer for him as an actor.

 “He was a lawyer, He got into being a detective. And then all of a sudden, he’s tortured for seven hours. And he doesn’t have the ability, at this point, to compartmentalize and fight through it.”