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NCIS and both spin-offs break popular tradition this year

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NCIS fans will have to revisit past festive episodes this year.

Special episodes based around the various winter holidays have become a tradition for the procedural franchise over the years – ranging from the poignant to the more light-hearted.

In 2011’s ‘Newborn King’, the team had to rally around a pregnant mother to protect her from the same killers who murdered her Navy captain husband at Christmas.

The festive episode in 2018, ‘What Child Is This?’, had Gibbs and the team fatefully finding a newborn baby with no identifiable information on the eve of the holiday.

Unfortunately for fans, TVLine reports that NCIS isn’t planning on adding a new festive episode to its lineup this year – and neither are spin-offs NCIS: Los Angeles or NCIS: Hawai’i.

This news is sure to be disappointing, specifically for NCIS: Hawai’i viewers, because an opportunity to spend an hour on the islands during the festive season seems like a perfect Christmas gift to us!

At least for NCIS, the decision to skip a festive episode this year could be down to writers trying to refocus the show around new leading man Gary Cole following Mark Harmon’s recent exit.

Cole acknowledged there will be a huge shift in the NCIS storytelling for the rest of the season because his character Alden Parker approaches the job much differently than Gibbs.

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“Parker isn’t overly chatty, but he is more verbal. He’s not as old school; he tries to get his hands on new tech gadgets and impress everybody,” he explained. “He’s trying to fit in with the rest of the team. Although he may be reluctant to voice it, he admires that Gibbs breaks rules. Parker bends them. We’ll see if it gets to the point of breaking.”

NCIS airs on CBS in the US. NCIS: Los Angeles airs on CBS in the US and on Sky Max in the UK.

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