NCIS LA season 14 won’t deliver fan-favourite special in disappointing blow to series

NCIS Los Angeles is no stranger to giving fans a festive treat during its 14-season on CBS. From season six’s Humbug to season eight’s Tidings We Bring, the likes of G Callen (played by Chris O’Donnell), Sam Hanna (LL Cool J), Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) and co often combine their cr***e-fighting with Christmas plans. However, season 14 will go without a festive episode.

The 14th season of NCIS LA is only two episodes in, with episode three, The Body Stitchers, set to air on Sunday, October 23.

Despite there still being a fair few months until the festive season, every year fans are keen to know if Christmas will grace the series.

But according to TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich, there are no such plans to see the likes of Deeks and Kensi (Daniela Ruah) celebrate the occasion.

In his latest column, Mitovich revealed: “There was no mention of the procedural in CBS’ recent blast about Christmastime fare, and I have since confirmed that, alas, its viewers won’t get one [a Christmas special] this year.”


NCIS LA season 14: CBS won't air Christmas special

NCIS LA season 14: CBS won’t air Christmas special (Image: GETTY/CBS)

NCIS LA season 14: Callen

NCIS LA season 14: Callen in a previous Christmas special (Image: GETTY/CBS)

But the TVLine expert wasn’t done with the bad news quite yet.

He also revealed that a fan-favourite character, who popped up in season 13, wouldn’t be making a return.

He added: “Ugh, I hate bearing the bearer of bad news twice in a row.

“But nope, no plans at this time for another visit from Peter Cambor.”


This means popular actor Nate Getz will be absent from the rest of the 14th run.

While there may not be a Christmas special on the horizon, there is still plenty of drama for fans to get stuck into.

In season 14, episode three, a new group of villains rear their heads again, and it doesn’t sit well with Sam.

The synopsis reads: “NCIS team join forces with the FBI when a group of grisly m******s known as ‘The Body Stitchers’ returns after evading capture by NCIS years ago.”

And a sneak peek shows just how on edge their comeback has left Sam and the rest of the team.

“Four people, Deeks,” an anxious Sam says to his colleague at the boat house.

He goes on: “They lied right to my face. They k****d these people, they dismembered the bodies and they sewed them together. And we had them!”

“Sometimes bad guys get away,” Deeks says, trying to calm his fellow agent but Sam is enraged: “This is different!”

Kilbride (Gerard McRaney) is also present and keen to learn more about the m*******s group.

He urges Sam to quit “wallowing” in the fact he failed to arrest and encourages him to learn from his mistakes.

But will Sam and the team be able to put their historic connection to the case aside and finally track down the bad guys?

Or will passions run too high and see the Body Stitchers evade capture once again?

NCIS Los Angeles season 14 continues Sunday on CBS in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.

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