NCIS: Los Angeles Is Bringing Back A Fan Favorite Guest Star In Season 11

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 11 premiere Linda Hunt as Hetty Lange CBS

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 11 is now filming and it's bringing back a guy who is pretty much the go-to guest star on every show. When he's not, he should be. He already has an Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy for his appearances on another popular TV show.

So when NCIS: LA starts its 2019-2020 season, prepare to welcome back the one and only Gerald McRaney!

Yep, fan favorite TV star Gerald McRaney will be back once again as Retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride. He'll reprise that role early in NCIS: Los Angeles, per showrunner R. Scott Gemmill to TVLine:

He’s always so much fun to work with.

I bet. Gerald McRaney has an Emmy for guest starring as Dr. Nathan Katowski on This Is Us. The Major Dad, Simon & Simon, and Jericho star is a standout in everything else he's been in since his first TV roles in 1972.

Gerald McRaney's Hollace Kilbride has been in four episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles so far, starting in Season 6 in 2014 and then for three episodes at the start of last year's Season 10. Last year, he jumped into the story for the team's off-the-books mission in Mexico. Here he is with Callen (Chris O'Donnell) in Season 10:

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Gerald McRaney and Chris O'Donnell

This time, Season 11 is starting with a continuation of the JAG reunion that began in the Season 10 finale. Showrunner R. Scott Gemmill didn't reveal exactly when or how Gerald McRaney's retired admiral Hollace Kilbride will show up, but if it's early in the season, it may be tied to the JAG action.

Per CBS, the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 11 premiere is titled "Let Fate Decide." Callen and Sam (LL Cool J) work with Navy Capt. Harmon Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott) to apprehend spies aboard the USS Allegiance. Meanwhile, Hetty (Linda Hunt) partners with Marine Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie (Catherine Bell) to neutralize a missile attack in the Middle East. Also, Kensi (Daniela Ruah) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) are trapped in a mobile CIA unit in Iraq while under attack by ISIS.

Showrunner R. Scott Gemmill told TVLine the problem with the missile attack will be greater than just stopping the damage from the initial launch, since they have to convince everyone that it isn't what it looks like "before the whole thing erupts into a huge Middle Eastern catastrophe." Enter Mac, as the Marine liaison to the State Department to try and calm the situation.

Don't forget that Barrett Foa's Eric will be out of the picture for a little while in NCIS: LA Season 11, and apparently his storyline will take a dark turn. In happier news, it sounds like we're going to learn a bit more about Hetty. It's just great to have her back after she was the one gone for several episodes in Season 10.

Check out the promo for NCIS: Los Angeles' return:

The NCIS: Los Angeles Season 11 party starts Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.