Why is 'NCIS: New Orleans' Season 7 Episode 11 not airing on CBS? Show on another break ahead of final run

Before we get to know all the details about Pride and Rita's big day, CBS is throwing another curveball our way in the form of a painfully long break

                            Why is 'NCIS: New Orleans' Season 7 Episode 11 not airing on CBS? Show on another break ahead of final run
Chelsea Field as Rita Devereaux and Scott Bakula as Dwayne Pride in 'NCIS: New Orleans' (CBS)

Dear all 'NCIS: New Orleans' fans, we've got some news for you and it's all bad. You might tune in to CBS in the hopes of catching another new episode of your favorite crime drama, but spoiler alert: 'NCIS: NOLA' is not airing tonight (March 7). Nor is it airing in the upcoming Sunday nights, for two weeks at least. With the future of Pride (Scott Bakula) and Rita Devereaux's (Chelsea Field) engagement yet to unfold on the show's arc, anticipation builds up about what's next on the final season of the CBS procedural. Unfortunately, the network is yet to tease anything related to the upcoming episode on that department. Wondering why there's no new episode and when the show finally returns? Worry not, we've got your sorted.

Why is NCIS: New Orleans Season 7 Episode 11 not airing?

The go-to answer would have been the halted production that the CBS procedural had to suffer in the month of January 2021, but that is not the case this week. According to TV listings, the much-awaited tell-all '60 Minutes' interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to air on Sunday, March 7, from 8 pm on CBS. It's a two-hour special, so it will be taking up the sister show NCIS: LA's time slot for sure, but should it go on for longer than 10 pm, it would clash with NCIS: NOLA's air time too. Perhaps why the network has decided to keep the show off air, just to be on the safe side.


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When will 'NCIS: New Orleans' Season 7 Episode 11 air on CBS? Show may not return for an entire month

The same, however, cannot be said to excuse the show's off-air status on Sunday, March 15. The answer to why it's not airing is probably the lack of newer episodes filmed and ready. With the Covid-19 rules and regulations already restricting a lot of filming, network shows have been notorious for random breaks and hiatuses in their ongoing seasons. The worst-hit in that department seems to be the sister shows of the NCIS franchise, considering the original show hasn't taken time off airing that frequently as the newer spinoffs have so far.

Network shows are also known to go on steady winter breaks or the designated mid-season break during the end of December till mid-January to avoid low traffic and viewership during the holiday season, but since the NCIS spin-offs aired steadily every week at the time, the shows decided to take time off later in the months of February and March.

Agent Dwayne Pride in NCIS: NOLA (CBS)

When will 'NCIS: New Orleans' Season 7 Episode 11 air?

Usually, TV listings have names of episodes listed against the air dates even for repeat telecasts, but according to Futon Critic, nothing of the sort is going to air on Sunday, March 15. The following Sunday, March 21, is also a blank on the website's schedule with no older episodes to air during the show's usual time slot. Following that, finally on Sunday, March 28, 'NCIS: New Orleans' is expected to return with Season 7's Episode 11, at 10 pm only on CBS. And we know nothing beyond that.

Still, speculations can be drawn based on this being the show's final season and May 16 being the last time Pride and his team members air on CBS. Of course, the big wedding is going to play out and fans expect that will be a major focus of the series finale in the future. But before we get there, it is Hannah Khoury and Quentin Carter's hinted romance that's kept fans on their toes for so long. Will Hannah finally find the love she deserves as the show wraps? Stay tuned to find out!

'NCIS: New Orleans' Season 7 airs on Sundays at 10 pm only on CBS.

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