Saturday, May 25, 2024

“NCIS” Will Take Page from “Law & Order” Playbook with Three Way Crossover Night


If it works, it works.

Two weeks ago, “Law & Order” opened its season with a three way crossover event that combined characters from all the shows including the classic, “SVU,” and “Organized Crime.” It was a big ratings hit, and fun for fans.

Now “NCIS” will do the same thing over on CBS come January. They’ll have a big night with the original show, the “Los Angeles” and “Hawaii” editions. All the characters from each show will mingle together, except for Mark Harmon unless, of course, they make him a surprise character.

All this stunt programming is long overdue at the networks. I’m sure the “Chicago” shows on NBC will do it this season. “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” always do it. Soon “House of the Dragon” and “Succession” can try it on HBO, or “Sex and the City” will get into a long night with “Hacks” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” I’d love to see Susie from “Curb” mix it up with Carrie Bradshaw!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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