Things are heating up on ‘NCIS: Los Angeles‘ – and it’s not just due to the spin-off’s sun-baked setting.
To date, CBS’ just-renewed freshman procedural has regularly retained a massive portion of its mothership’s lead-in audience, averaging a cool 17 million total viewers. Even opposite ‘American Idol’s season premiere, Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J et al drew nearly 16 mil.
“It has a very, very good pedigree,” Shane Brennan, who exec-produces both ‘NCIS’ shows, says with a knowing wink. Turning serious, he notes, “Everyone’s fear was that ‘NCIS: LA’ would be just a clone, and it’s not.”
Now that it has established its distinct ensemble of characters and its own rhythm, ‘NCIS: LA’ is ready to take its game to the next level.
Just last week, the show allowed a peek inside the thus-far mysterious background of Special Agent G. Callen (played by O’Donnell). “For anyone who’s interested in finding out more about him, that’s a real treat,” Brennan says of that glimpse at a “revealing and romantic slice” of Callen’s life.
That is but the tip of the storytelling iceberg, however.
“The other big thing that’s coming up,” says Brennan, “is a pretty shocking episode that will leave audiences with a big question mark.”
Brennan shares no other details on the incoming bombshell other than to note that the storyline is “something I’m personally very proud of.”
The arc in question will kick off soon and deliver its payoff toward the end of the season.
“This story is very surprising,” Brennan says, “but at the same time it’s very emotional and moving.”
‘NCIS: LA’ airs Tuesdays at 9/8c, on CBS.