Something has happened to NCIS in Britain. Or more correctly, nothing seems to be happening at all. There has been a pattern so far. Season X begins screening at home in the US. Some months later it appears on the non-terrestrial FX channel in the UK. When they’re done with it, Channel Five take over, usually with a season start in January, 16 months behind.
It’s not good, but it is something. Not all people have satellite television. And not all people live in America.
But so far I have seen neither hair nor hide of season eight on terrestrial channels. I happened to notice a query on Twitter regarding this a couple of weeks ago and happily replied that it should be starting any day now. Hah. As if. In fact, the original tweet was from someone who had asked Channel Five, only to be told they don’t divulge that kind of information.
Quite. Why would a television channel want to tell fans about their programmes? They might actually watch them if they knew. The Twitterer pointed out that R2 DVDs of season eight are already for sale in Britain. And that can only mean no one is about to offer it on the small screen.
I suspect that Five have lost (alternatively not sought to buy) their rights to NCIS. They are busy with old repeats on Saturday nights, and that’s good, but not terribly satisfying for keen fans.
Maybe it was felt there would be no one left to watch almost a year and a half later? Maybe it became too expensive, now that it’s the top US show? I tried an online search and got nowhere. I suppose CBS have no need to inform about what other countries do, especially after so much time has passed.
But what are fans to do? (I know. Buy the box of DVDs.)