NCIS, arguably the most popular network television show in the United States right now, will be aiming for a Guinness World Record when they air a 10-day marathon of the show in Japan from December 29 to January 8. This will be the longest uninterrupted transmission of a television series, part of the show’s launch of its current 11th season on Fox Japan in February of 2014.
The network specifically scheduled it during the New Year break because it coincides with the major winter break in Japan with all the school holidays and various festivals. It will begin at 11PM on December 29 and will run 234 episodes of the show from its first 10 seasons, ending at 5PM on January 8 next year. Executive producer Gary Glasberg was excited when he heard about the marathon. “I wish the cast and crew could be in Japan to witness this extraordinary accomplishment. What a wonderful gift to ring in the New Year,” he said.
While NCIS continues to be a popular show not just in the U.S. but also in Japan, some have found the timing of the marathon to be a little off, considering the current issue of people in Okinawa protesting the heavy U.S. military presence in their region, particularly the U.S. Navy. Several personnel have been caught misbehaving the past year, including two sailors who allegedly raped an Okinawan woman a year ago. NCIS is about a naval investigative unit who take on cases involving U.S. navy personnel and is one of the most watched shows since it began in 2003.
[ via Variety ]