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Japanese TV station plans record-setting ‘NCIS’ run

"NCIS" will air Dec. 29-Jan. 8, continuously, on a Japanese TV network. (CBS via USA Today)

“NCIS” will air Dec. 29-Jan. 8, continuously, on a Japanese TV network. (CBS via USA Today)

The CBS drama “NCIS,” now in its 11th season, reigns supreme in the weekly Nielsen TV ratings (football excluded) and has fans at the highest level of the sea service. It’s launched one successful spinoff and has plans for a second.

Thanks to reruns on cable, the Mark Harmon-led procedural is rapidly becoming this generation’s “MASH” when it comes to the most likely show to pop up when you turn on your television.

But there has to be a limit. And the folks at Fox Japan are testing it.

From Dec. 29 to Jan. 8, the network will air 234 episodes of “NCIS,” covering seasons 1-10, in an effort to set a Guinness World Record for “longest uninterrupted transmission of a TV series,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

The current record holder? Why, Fox Japan, of course, which aired the entire 168-hour run of “24″ in January 2011, according to the Guinness website. Spoiler alert: There’s a clock.

So, for our readers in Japan or those with very legally questionable long-range satellite dishes, get ready for a long winter’s dose of Agent Gibbs come next month. Or think about setting your own record.

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