‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Eliminated One Type of Scene for Season 12 Due to 2020 Restrictions

by Jennifer Shea

“NCIS: Los Angeles” star Chris O’Donnell has had to make some adjustments in light of the pandemic. And while he was grateful to finally get back on set, some of the pandemic-related precautions were a bit much for him.

For one thing, the actors had to get tested for COVID-19 five days a week. For another, the cast and crew were separated. As a result, O’Donnell said, he hasn’t even seen some familiar faces at all this year.

“They also eliminated scenes with all eight actors together,” O’Donnell told CBS in March. “It was really kind of 1-on-1 and that sort of thing. They limited the amount of hours that we were able to shoot per day. It’s interesting. Usually at the end of the season, I’m absolutely physically and mentally exhausted. Tomorrow is my last day of work for the season. I feel pretty good. We made it through so far and I’m grateful for that.”

Fans Would Like to See Crossover Episode

There are currently three NCIS shows: “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and the new spinoff, “NCIS: Hawaii.” CBS is airing all three hour-long shows this autumn. Moreover, they will air back-to-back on Sunday (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) and Monday (“NCIS,” “NCIS: Hawaii”) nights.

The executive producer of the new spinoff, Christopher Silber, has even discussed the possibility of a three-show crossover episode with TV Insider.

“Never say never,” he told TV Insider. “I’ll be a hundred percent honest with you. We are happy for all crossovers. It’s fun. I was fortunate enough to be involved in the NOLA and mothership crossovers the couple of times we did it. I know the shows like it, the writers like it, the actors like it, and the audiences like it.”

So TV Insider polled fans on the possibility of a crossover episode. And they were overwhelmingly in favor of a three-show event, with fully 59% of respondents saying, “Bring it on.”

Only 10% of fans said no to the prospect of a crossover episode. The rest were a little leery of the new spinoff, saying that either the crossover should be limited to “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” or that they’d like to meet the “NCIS: Hawaii” cast first.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Is Filming Season 13

Meanwhile, “NCIS: Los Angeles” was recently renewed for Season 13. And it’s set to premiere on Oct. 10.

Production manager Rick Tunell recently shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the production process with fans of the show. He let them know the episode title for the third episode of the season and showed them a scene from the show.

“First shot 6:50am. Ep#1303,” Tunell posted. “‘Indentured.’ Day#2. #ncisla #bestcrewinhollywood.”

Accompanying that was a picture of a body of water shrouded by haze and some overturned canoes, alongside a yellow sign for the catering department.

What will Season 13 of “NCIS: Los Angeles” bring? Fans will have to tune in to find out. But one thing’s for sure: after all the precautions O’Donnell et al. have taken, it had better not bring any COVID-19 infections among the cast or crew.