NCIS: Why is the three-way crossover event delayed?

Why is the NCIS three-way crossover delayed?
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When will the Three-Way Crossover Event make its debut on CBS? Continue reading to find out.

NCIS has already made plans for a 2023 television schedule for fans who have adored these beloved drama series are even more thrilled than before! With CBS bringing together NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i, and NCIS: Los Angeles for a special three-hour crossover event, there is no doubt that this crossover is for a lifetime.

You’ve come to the right place because we have gathered all the information you need to get a head start on the upcoming episodes. Therefore, if you’re interested in learning more about the plot and anticipated release date, look no further! For the purpose of allaying any of your worries, we have gathered all pertinent information.

Here is everything we know so far about the brand-new crossover event.

Why is the NCIS three-way crossover delayed?

NCIS Crossover Event: Why is it airing a week later?

It’s unclear at this time why CBS took this action. After watching the coverage of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, TVLine reported the disappointing news.

That was when fans learned that the date for the NCIS three-way crossover would now be Monday, January 9, 2023. The three-way crossover will still start at 8 p.m. ET/PT. This is an hour earlier than we’re used to getting the crime dramas now. NCIS Season 20 will kick everything off in the hour slot that is usually taken over by comedies. Then we’ll get a new episode of NCIS: Hawaii Season 2 and then a new episode of NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14.

In each of the episodes, various characters from the three shows will interact. We are aware that Yasmine Al-Bustami will appear in the second and third episodes of the show, proving that Lucy is not lost forever as some had feared. Season 14 of NCIS: Los Angeles will still premiere on January 8, 2023. Ideally, there were no references to the events in that episode, and it was written as a stand-alone, just in case the three-way crossover’s logistics weren’t successful.

The official Twitter handle of the show also confirmed the news to the fans by posting a short promo clip from the three series by making the awaited announcement, quoting, “Big news, the #NCISCrossover Event is moving to Monday, January 9! Update your calendars and get ready for 3 action-packed hours of television, starting at 8/7c on @CBS. #NCIS #NCISHawaii #NCISLA” Take a look at the official post below: 

NCIS Crossover Event Plot

Amy Reisenbach, executive vice president of current programs at CBS, stated, “We are so excited to finally have the long-awaited, first-ever NCISverse crossover to share with our passionate, loyal viewers.” Further adding, “The popularity, longevity, and continued success of the franchise is a testament to the immense talent of the casts and writing and producing teams who bring these shows to life. They came up with a thrilling story for this epic three-hour event that creatively brings all three NCIS teams together for fans to enjoy in one night and beyond.” 

CBS says in its 20 years on TV, the NCIS-verse has amassed over 4.1 trillion minutes viewed across the entire franchise, which includes the old NCIS: New Orleans. According to Deadline, “The crossover will center around a high-stakes case to take down a hitman. Team members from the different NCIS divisions will come together in Washington, D.C., to celebrate a FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) professor who taught multiple members from each squad. On the eve of the celebration, the professor is found dead of an apparent suicide and his former students immediately suspect foul play.”

Why is the NCIS three-way crossover delayed?

NCIS Crossover Event Episodes

The network has not yet revealed the particular plotlines, but the available episode descriptions are enough to give you the full image of the crossover event, which will help you understand the theme much better. Here’s what we know about NCIS Crossover Event episodes thus far if you haven’t been able to catch up with the prior episodes.

NCIS: Time Slot – 8:00-9:00 PM (ET/PT) on CBS 

Episode 1: “Too Many Cooks” – NCIS agents from Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Hawai’i, all in D.C. to attend the retirement party of a beloved Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) professor, find themselves jointly investigating his shocking suicide, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, January 9, 2023 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

NCIS: Hawai’i: Time Slot –  9:00-10:00 PM (ET/PT) on CBS 

Episode 2: “Deep Fake” – Tennant, Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen), and Sam Hanna (LL COOL J) find themselves captured with a woman who claims to be a CIA agent demanding intel from the team. Also, Jesse, Ernie, Whistler, and Alden Parker (Gary Cole) learn about an asset that arrived in Hawai’i who could be connected to several overseas assassinations, on the CBS Original series NCIS: Hawai’i, Monday, January 9, 2023 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

NCIS: Los Angeles: Time Slot – 10:00-11:00 PM (ET/PT) on CBS 

Episode 3: “A Long Time Coming” – While Agent Rountree and Fatima are searching for Kilbride, who has been MIA, they are ambushed and learn that every member of the team has a $200,000 bounty on their head via the dark web. The NCIS team must save Agent Rountree and find Kilbride while every cartel, hit man, gang and psychopath hunt them down, on the CBS Original series NCIS: Los Angeles, Monday, January 9, 2023 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Why is the NCIS three-way crossover delayed?

Where can you stream the NCIS Crossover Event?

All the episodes of the NCIS franchise are currently available to watch on Paramount+, FuboTV, and Netflix. The viewers can also stream the series by renting or purchasing it on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play, with a vast number of membership plans available according to the preferences of the users.

Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on CBS’s official website and for free on Pluto based on the viewer’s location. On the other hand, NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14 will stay in the time slot on Sunday at 10 p.m., and the series will be followed by the Monday premiere of NCIS: Hawai’i Season 2 at 10 p.m. ET time slot. 

Stream the NCIS Crossover Event to premiere on CBS, and later watch the episodes the following day on Paramount+.