NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14: Is Hetty Lange returning for the new season?

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14: Is Hetty Lange returning for the new season?
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Will the fans see more of Hetty Lange in NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14? Continue reading to find out. 

Linda Hunt plays Henrietta “Hetty” Lange in the series as NCIS Supervisory Special Agent and Office of Special Projects Operations Manager. She supervises the OSP team while they are on missions and offers them a wide range of support, including advanced surveillance technology and transportation to other countries.

She is shown to have adopted and “raised” a number of orphans throughout the course of the series, including Callen, training them to become highly-skilled operatives for the American government. She routinely departs from OSP headquarters after season 9, going on extended and perilous missions in other countries without the team’s knowledge.

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14: Is Hetty Lange returning for the new season?

Like many others in the NCIS franchise, this character has grown in popularity over the course of the seasons. As the 14th season is all set to premiere on CBS next month, many reports surrounding Hetty Lange’s return have gained momentum as the anticipating of the fans is at its peak. As the viewers know, NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14 will be premiering new episodes on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

The official Twitter handle of NCIS: Los Angeles also shared the update among its followers on June 23, 2022, quoting, “Put on cruise control — we’re coasting all the way to October 9 for Season 14 of #NCISLA. You coming along for the ride?” Take a look at the official post below:  

The production for NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14, along with other NCIS shows, began on a timely schedule as it is one of the most admired dramas airing on CBS. As a result, premiering on the scheduled release date is critical, as the show has become one of the season’s top-rated broadcast series, averaging 7.27 million viewers.

Over 6 billion social media impressions have been accumulated so far this season. Due to these reasons, many big television networks do not want to lose any potential success from a long-running franchise anytime soon, so it is not surprising that the network has opted to approve the series for another season.

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14: Is Hetty Lange returning for the new season?

Will Linda Hunt return to NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14?

In an exclusive interview with TVLine, Gemmill described how he plans to incorporate Hetty into the story by using Callen and Anna’s wedding as justification for her return. He hinted, “[Callen] realizes he has unfinished business and wouldn’t want to get married without Hetty present. The plan is to go and rescue her at some point, find out what she’s gotten herself into,” Gemmill said. 

Further adding, “We’re just trying to figure out schedule-wise when we can pull that off. That was the plan last year, too, but it didn’t come to fruition. We had a bit of a [COVID variant] surge, but things seem to be settling down a bit. Hopefully, nothing new comes along and we can make the happen this year.”

“We’ve pitted her a little bit against Callen in terms of what he went through as a child, so that’s something we’re very eager to explore and have fun with. We saw a little bit of that confrontation earlier this year, but before they could really have it out, she disappeared again. That’ll be focus for us in season 14 when we come back.”

When asked if Hetty’s return would mean a departure for Admiral Kilbride (Gerald McRaney), Gemmill answered with an adamant “absolutely not,” adding: “It took me forever to get Gerald on the show. I wanted Gerald for so long. I had him on an episode and kept bugging CBS to let me hire him. Finally, they relented. I am not going to get rid of him.”

“Her story continues,” showrunner Scott R. Gemmill reassured at PaleyFest—A Salute to the NCIS Universe event. “She was in at the beginning of season 13 and then we had her disappear. The plan is to follow that up next year with some reveal.”

Further adding, “Linda Hunt hasn’t been around much as a result of the strict protocols that were put into effect as a result of the shutdown in March 2020 due to COVID-19. The few scenes she did film were mostly done in her driveway, so it will be great to have her back on set. And as a little more of a tease, Gemmill also told TV Insider, “Part of next season will be our guys finding out where she is, what happened, and probably having to go in and pull her out of the fire.”

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14: Is Hetty Lange returning for the new season?

Is there any trailer for NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14?

No, the network has not released any new teasers or trailers for the upcoming season as of August 25, 2022. It is speculated to premiere in the coming weeks. In the meantime, watch last season’s finale episode, which is expected to expand on this already established premise from the prior seasons, and continue the storyline, which the viewers got to see on the CBS channel on May 22, 2022. 

The final episode, “Come Together,” was projected to have been watched by 4.44 million people in the United States. John P. Kousakis directed the episode, which was written by Kyle Harimoto. The official synopsis of the episode states, “The NCIS team continues to search for Callen as they realize they’re being tricked by multiple deep fakes; Kensi and Deeks hear exciting news regarding the adoption.” The viewers got to see glimpses of the NCIS team hunting for a crew that robs a Los Angeles casino with military-grade power, and Callen takes a big step in his relationship with Anna.

NCIS: Los Angeles 13x22 Sneak Peek Clip 3 "Come Together" (Season Finale)

Where to stream NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14?

Apart from CBS’s official website, all the previous seasons of NCIS: Los Angeles are currently available to watch on Paramount+ and fuboTV. The viewers can also stream the series by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users.

On the other hand, the series is also available to watch exclusively for free on CBS’s official website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel. You can also stream NCIS for free on Pluto and NBC based on the viewers’ location. 

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14

NCIS: Los Angeles Official Synopsis

The official synopsis of the series, according to the CBS website, states, “NCIS: Los Angeles is a drama about the high-stakes world of a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals, who pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets.”

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14

Catch up on the previous seasons while you wait for more NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14 updates.