‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Has the Premiere Episode Finished Filming?

by Joe Rutland
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“NCIS: Los Angeles” is definitely back in production, filming new episodes for the upcoming season. But is the premiere episode done?

We don’t know for sure. What we do know, according to an article from cartermatt.com, is that producer Rick Tunell said on Twitter that one episode is done. It’s totally done. Now, Tunell did not specify that the one episode finished would be the premiere episode.

Other “NCIS: Los Angeles” episodes are being filmed right now as the show prepares for its 13th season on CBS. Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, and Daniela Ruah are among the stars on the show. It is the longest-running spinoff from “NCIS.”

Linda Hunt will return as “Hetty” Lange this season and Gerald McRaney joins “NCIS: Los Angeles” on a full-time basis as Retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride. Renee Felice Smith and Barrett Foa, though, will not be coming back after 12 seasons on the show.

Showrunner R. Scott Gemmill revealed that Hunt will return in an interview with TV Land. Since Hunt is older, she had to quarantine due to COVID-19. This meant that she couldn’t film on the set. They actually came to Hunt’s home driveway to shoot the scenes she was in last season.

“The minute I saw her, she’s like, ‘Let’s talk about next season,'” Gemmill said.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Opening Scene Might Have Some ‘Chaos’ In It

Outsiders are always busy having fun in their lives. Sometimes, the fun might be so much that they miss their favorite TV shows like “NCIS: Los Angeles.” 

So, for those fans who may not be able to get in front of a TV on Sunday nights, there are other options. You can watch the live stream and on-demand on the CBS app as well as on Paramount+. Want to catch up on old episodes of the show? Check those out on Paramount+ and USA Network.

Now, what’s all the hubbub about “chaos” for the 13th season’s opening scene? We turn to Eric Christian Olsen and some “NCIS: Los Angeles” crew members for more information.

The show posted a behind-the-scenes video on its Twitter account. It shows Olsen, sporting a mask, chatting with one of the showrunners.

“We’re here in visual effects,” Olsen said before asking the showrunner to “tell us more about your first scene.”

“Oh my god! You’re going to love it, but I can’t say,” the showrunner said. He did say, though, that “it’s going to be stormy. A dark and stormy night.”

Olsen said that he was “already here for” it. Olsen followed that up and asked, “Then what?”

“There’s chaos” and “Things explode,” another person said. In other words, that premiere episode will have lots of action in it.