NCIS: Los Angeles Producer Speaks on Crossing Over

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Shane Brennan has a nice gig: he's the producer of both NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Also known as: the top rated shows on all of television last week.

In a new interview with TV Guide Magazine, Brennan said he has plays to integrate the shows often with one another, starting with the appearance of Abby in Los Angeles.

Here's what the producer had to say about upcoming crossovers between his pair of hits:

On crossovers: Abby will visit Los Angeles. It’s a story that will be self-contained, but the ripple effect of what she’s involved in will go back to Washington with her, and it will play out in the second half of [the original show’s] season. It’s a two-way street here.

When we do these crossover episodes, they’re about making sure that both shows are taking something from it. It’s not about one show supporting the other... And we’ve got a crossover bad guy. There’s someone that we see on NCIS: Los Angeles who will actually end up in the other show as well, so that’ll be a bit of fun. 

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On this new character: The bad guy is a woman. It’s someone who Vance knows, this particular bad guy. And Vance, being the director of a federal agency and everyone’s boss, has that wonderful opportunity of being able to move back and forth at will between the shows. And the involvement he has with this particular bad guy begins in Los Angeles and basically ends in D.C.

Having said that, there are other stories and other opportunities for both shows where you have a bad guy who can start the journey in D.C. and end up in Los Angeles, or who they jointly investigate. So I think there’s great potential there. It’ll be interesting to see how the audience reacts to that kind of story.

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NCIS Quotes

Palmer: I take it you heard?
Gibbs: Mmm hmm.
Palmer: Yeah, she saw the baby and just....I guess she felt the same way we felt when we first saw him. Can't fault her for that, right?
Gibbs: You should go home.
Palmer: I will. Yeah Breena and I, we just wanted to get all this stuff out of the house. You know, we wanted to give it back as soon as possible.
Gibbs: We.
Palmer: Me. She's hurting too, but she is so much stronger. She's ready to try again. And me - I feel like I can't breathe. I never felt this bad in my life, Gibbs.
Gibbs: Well, just wait until it's 3:00 in the morning, and your kid's running 104. You're just getting started.
Palmer: That's the point. I'm not starting, you know? Maybe I never will.
Gibbs: Well then fight for it, Palmer! That's what you do. You fight for your family. And sometimes, you fight like hell just to have one.
Palmer: You want me to fight, I feel like I just went ten rounds with Joe Louis.
Gibbs: Do you want to be a dad, Palmer? Because right now, this is being a dad.
Palmer: Maybe I'm not ready.
Gibbs: You wouldn't feel the way you feel, right now, if you weren't ready.

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