‘NCIS’ Star Rocky Carroll Explained Why Show Doesn’t Cross Over with ‘Los Angeles’ as Much Anymore

by Madison Miller

As of right now, there are three different shows co-existing within the same “NCIS” universe.

From the sandy beaches of Hawaii to the crime-ridden streets of Los Angeles, “NCIS” has been able to create an expansive narrative for the show. It all started when “NCIS” first aired from a backdoor pilot on “JAG.”

Both “NCIS: Los Angeles” and the now-canceled “NCIS: New Orleans” both started from backdoor pilots as well. It didn’t stop there, either. The characters from all three worlds would often meet up to solve crimes that intersected over the years.

Crossover Events Rare on ‘NCIS’

Some fans have noticed, however, that crossovers seem to be a thing of the past. For example, we haven’t seen anyone stop by for a visit on the sandy beaches where “NCIS: Hawai’i” takes place. The most common type of crossover existed between “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

“NCIS: Los Angeles” also had a crossover with “Hawaii Five-O” before it got canceled. Fans tend to love seeing crossovers because it brings together their favorite characters in the universe. So, why don’t we see them very often?

“We haven’t done much of those. The big push when the show came about was there was this tie-in that Vance was connected to both shows and there was a sense of continuity with the NCIS brand. I think the network was more willing to do a crossover then because they wanted to make sure they could build an audience that would stay. Once that was established, the desire to do the crossovers was not as great,” Rocky Carroll told Parade in 2018.

In many ways, crossovers are a tool for producers more than anything. Odds are, however, crossovers would help spike interest in the spin-off shows.

Fans are still holding out for Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) to get a visitor.

‘Blue Bloods’ and ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Crossover

Meanwhile, some fans even want to see “NCIS: Los Angeles” branch out for a crossover outside of the show’s universe.

In a video from the “Blue Bloods” YouTube page from 2013, Donnie Wahlberg from “Blue Bloods” spoke out about how much he would enjoy doing a crossover with the other CBS show.

“I’d like Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J to come on and do an ‘NCIS: LA,’ ‘Blue Bloods’ mashup, so we could shoot one in LA and I could have some warm weather right around February. They can come to New York and be cold for a week and we can go to L.A. and be warm for a week,” Wahlberg said.

Seeing as this was back in 2013, this doesn’t seem to be something happening anytime soon. It draws back to what Rocky Carroll said about the network and crossover events.