Saturday, June 22, 2024

NCIS Los Angeles Ends 14 Year Run Without Series Star Linda Hunt, Who Never Really Returned to Show


NCIS Los Angeles ended its 14 season run last night.

Linda Hunt, winner of an Oscar years ago and the heart of this procedural, did not make an appearance. The actress who played Hetty has not been on the show since October of 2021.

In the two preceding seasons, she appeared only once each year.

Hunt was in a car accident in 2018, and it seems like she never recovered. Once it was clear she wasn’t coming back full time, “NCIS LA” brought in Gerald McRaney as the new chief of the unit. Hetty’s absence was never fully explained, and Hunt was never given a proper send off.

No one expects older actors to full time forever, but it would be smarter to write a finale for them instead of telling reporters at press conferences that its only a matter of time before they return.

Let’s hope Hunt is comfortable and well cared for. She deserves at least that in her retirement at age 78.

PS The show is over but we will never get LL Cool J off CBS. He’s joining “NCIS Hawai’i” in fall, according to reports.

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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