If the series will be back this fall for a thirteenth season, the Los Angeles team will not be complete: in the finale of season 12 which promises to be explosive, two emblematic characters will be on the departure.
While the fate of the series hung in the air, NCIS: Los Angeles was renewed for a season 13 on CBS, alongside a season 19 (!) Order for the parent series NCIS: Special Investigations, from the ‘NCIS: New Orleans cancellation following Season 7 and the commissioning of a brand new spin-off, titled NCIS: Hawai’i.
A delay in confirmation for NCIS: Los Angeles which is explained by the fact that some actor contracts were not yet finalized. And if LL Cool J (Sam Hanna) and Chris O’Donnell (G. Hallen) will be back for this new season, it will not be the case for two of the emblematic characters of the series, created in 2009 by Shane Brennan.
Indeed, Renée Felice Smith and Barrett Foa, who play Nell Jones and Eric Beal, the duo of computer technicians present since the debut of the series (Smith having integrated production in season 2) will leave Los Angeles at the end of the final of season 12, as reported by current showrunner of the series, R. Scott Gemmill.
“Both Renée and Barrett have been on the show for a long time. They are both very ambitious individuals, with projects that they want to carry out on their own – and we have given them free time to do so.“, he revealed to the site TVLine.
“It seemed like the perfect time to let them go and do other things, and to give [à leurs personnages] which will hopefully be a happy ending.“
Fans of the series will have to say goodbye to the duo formed by the technician with the eccentric look and the reckless field analyst. At first antagonistic, the two partners quickly fell in love with each other.
According to the showrunner, the season 12 finale will therefore leave a temporary way out for their two performers, with a brief ellipse in which Nell will be absent for several weeks because she will join Eric in Tokyo.
“In a way, it’s good to have a little bit of unpredictability on the show. This helps keep her fresh and sincere. But as I said, we also keep ellipses in order to be able to bring people back.“
Broadcast since 2010 on M6 in France, NCIS: Los Angeles is currently visible on Paris Première in rerun, while season 12 remains unseen.