NCIS: Sydney could not be released at a better time. While it was originally slated for release to Australian audiences only, CBS decided to make it available worldwide after the other shows in the NCIS universe were pushed back to 2024. This means longtime fans will have new cases to enjoy, and a completely new cast of characters to boot.
NCIS, like most procedural franchises, though, have had crossover events. Last year, there was a multi-part storyline that included characters from NCIS, NCIS: Hawaii, and the recently completed NCIS: Los Angeles. Will the crossover fun continue into the first season of Sydney?
Will NCIS: Sydney have cameo appearances?
Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case. The time period in which the season was filmed, aka summer 2023, lines up almost exactly with the actors strike in Hollywood, which prohibited American actors from appearing in scripted TV shows. In other words, NCIS stars like Gary Cole and LL Cool J could not have appeared in the first season of Sydney even if they wanted to.
This not inherently a bad thing. There’s been a precedent, historically, of allowing the NCIS shows to establish their own identity before they start crossing paths and interacting with people from other shows. It’s a smart practice, as too many cameos early on could suggest that the network fears the new cast isn’t strong enough to entice viewers on their own.
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That’s partially why it took NCIS so long to stage a three-part crossover. It had to be organic to each show, and we’re thankful that it happened when it did since NCIS: Los Angeles wrapped up shortly thereafter.
NCIS: Sydney will have the entire first season to flesh out their team of investigators, so by the time they cross paths with the likes of Alden Parker and Sam Hanna, fans will be comfortable with them and their unique working style. We’re excited to see a crossover when it does occur, but we’re happy to wait until all the pieces fall in place.
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