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Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Douglas Wolfe and Christine Orlando have assembled for our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of various events and topics from this installment.
Join in as we analyze this season-ending, entertaining hour of TV's #1 show!
1. How would you describe this week in one word (or two, or three, or four)?
Doug: Together in separation.
Christine: Walk away.
2. What was your favorite quote or scene from "Damned If You Do?"
Doug: I actually laughed out loud when Franks started shooting the fish. The grin on Gibbs' face was pretty cool to see too.
Christine: Admiral Aj Chegwidden! As a fan of Jag, the show NCIS spun off from, I was positively giddy when he walked in as Gibbs attorney. These two are kindred spirits. Heck, "Aj" even stands for Albert Jethro! »
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With familiar faces from the past, dramatic endings and hints of the future, "Damned If You Do," closed out the 10th season of "NCIS" Tuesday (May 14). It also showed why this series just keeps on going -- it reveres its past while not being afraid to blow things up.
The episode opens with a dream sequence in which Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is fishing with his late mentor, Mike Franks (Muse Watson, proving once again that death is no impediment to ongoing guest appearances). After some talk about the inadequacies of catch-and-release fishing, Franks pumps gunshots into the water. He vanishes, but Gibbs soon finds himself surrounded by floating bodies that just keep rising to the surface.
By the end of this labyrinth episode, Department of Defense Investigator -- and apparently experienced blackmailer -- Richard Parsons (Colin Hanks) fails, at least for the moment, in his quest to »
On TV this Tuesday: Taylor Swift is the New Girl at Cece’s season-ending wedding; tons of hopeful hoofers think they can Dance; NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Mindy Project come to a close and nothing Golden can stay. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | Season finale: Now that the manhunt for Bodnar has turned into a witch hunt targeting Gibbs, it’s time to bring in Chegwidden! John M. Jackson reprises his Jag role, while Muse Watson “reappears” as Mike Franks. (Check out some preview photos and get some scoop.) (Yep, renewed.)
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- Kimberly Roots
Dr. Joyce Brothers, longtime newspaper columnist, popular psychologist and TV personality has passed away at the age of 85. No details were readily available about the cause or circumstances of Brothers' death, however the Associated Press reports she passed away in her home state of New York.
Brothers first found fame in 1955 as a winning contestant on the game show, "The $64,000 Question." Within a few years, she had her own advice program on a New York television station.
Brothers would go on to write a column for Good Housekeeping magazine, which ran for nearly four decades. Her syndicated newspaper column was first published in the 1970s, and was carried in 300 papers at the height of Brothers' career.
She was also a frequent guest on several game shows and talk shows, and made many guest starring appearances on TV series such as "The Love Boat, "Charlie's Angels," "CHiPs," and "Married with Children. »
Even dead, Ilan Bodnar may be the NCIS team’s undoing in the season finale. Also on May 14, NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Callen “suits up” as part of what promises to be the spin-off’s darkest season ender ever.
In NCIS‘ Season 10 finale, “Damned If You Do,” the aftermath of the Bodnar manhunt turns into a federal witch hunt against Gibbs and his team, questioning their unconventional methods and threatening their future at the agency. Cue guest star John M. Jackson, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
EW has learned exclusively that the former Jag star has booked a multi-episode arc on TNT’s forthcoming drama, which stars Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn, and comes from NCIS: La executive producer Shane Brennan.
Bell will play a character named Joan Dillinger, ex-lover of Sean King (Tenney). “I’ve been a big fan of Catherine Bell for a long time, so it’s very exciting to have her on King & Maxwell,” says Brennan. “Catherine has that perfect blend of strength, intelligence and beauty which »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Tonight at 8/7c, CBS’ NCIS returns to wrap up Season 10 with the first of four final episodes, following Ziva’s heated pursuit of Ilan Bodnar as it feeds into a season-ending arc that promises to leave viewers — and Gibbs — with many questions. As part of TVLine’s in-depth May sweeps/finale preview special, showrunner Gary Glasberg shared a look at what’s ahead for TV’s most watched (and already renewed) drama.
Related | May Sweeps/Season Finale Scoopapalooza: More Than 100 Spoilers on Your Favorite Series
Tvline | How would you sum up these last four episodes?
They are a lot of fun. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
That Agent Ziva David has embarked on a dangerous, season-ending mission to avenge her father’s death while portrayer Cote de Pablo is the only cast member not yet set to return to NCIS in the fall is pure coincidence, says showrunner Gary Glasberg.
“I have absolutely no qualms telling you that this storyline” — launched by the double murder of Eli David and NCIS director Leon Vance’s wife Jackie — “is something I was talking about last spring,” Glasberg asserts to TVLine.
Related | NCIS Spoilers on Mike Franks’ Return, McGee Meeting His Lookalike
“No, that’s not a game that I play, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: I hear that Grey’s Anatomy‘s season finale is a big secret, but surely you can find out something for us. —Barbara
Ausiello: Challenge accepted. Last month, Shonda Rhimes sent Grey’s fans into a veritable tizzy when she tweeted that everything she previously said about this season’s finale “No Longer Stands,” adding, “We changed everything.” Well, sources confirm that the scoop Rhimes gave me back in February — that the episode would not feature a [spoiler] — still holds true. »
- Michael Ausiello
You know you’re sending your cast through the ringer when it’s necessary to bring back a character from a television show that has not aired since 2005 in order to bail them out. NCIS will be looking toward Jag, the series it originally spun off of, for help during its Season 10 finale, which will, according to Ep Gary Glasberg, change everything for the NCIS team. So which former Jag star will be brought out of retirement? We have about seven to choose from. Could it be Harm, the original series’ lead? Or perhaps it’ll be Mac. Actually, it will be neither of those two. NCIS is welcoming back Judge Advocate General A.J. Chegwidden!
John M. Jackson played Chegwidden for nine seasons before leaving the series in 2004, before it’s final year. That was nearly a decade ago, so what has the character been up to since then? »
- Brody Gibson
Enter Chegwidden, »
- Kimberly Roots
Deadline reports the Emmy-winning actor will play police chief Sam Chapel who oversees the San Francisco Police Department's Gang Task Force. O'Quinn replaces Tom Berenger ("Hatfields & McCoys") in the role after the actor exited the project following the first cast table read.
O'Quinn has been a steady presence on TV since his "Lost" role as John Locke made him a star. He headlined ABC's doomed "666 Park Avenue" this season and also had recurring roles on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and TNT's "Falling Skies." His past TV credits include "The West Wing," "Alias," "Jag" and "Millennium." »
As happens on actual military bases, the names and faces of some "Army Wives" are changing.
When the Lifetime drama series begins its seventh season Sunday, March 10, an obvious absence will be that of founding cast member Kim Delaney ... with the departure of her character, Claudia Joy Holden, explained very early in the run. Longtime co-stars Sally Pressman and Sterling K. Brown are recurring now, but at the same time, the show is getting an influx of performers both new and familiar.
Torrey DeVitto ("Pretty Little Liars," "The Vampire Diaries") plays a veteran of three tours of duty in Iraq, now opting for domestic life with her staff sergeant husband (Burgess Jenkins); singer-actress Ashanti appears as a mother of three whose husband (Joshua Henry) serves overseas; Jesse McCartney, who also has dual careers in singing and acting, portrays a new soldier eager to make his mark; and Elle McLemore is cast as the latter's new, »
TV, film and stage actor Lou Myers, best known for playing Mr. Gaines on the sitcom A Different World in the '80s and early '90s, has died at 77. Myers passed away at the Charleston Area Medical Center in his native state of West Virginia after battling pneumonia for several months, TMZ.com reported. Myers was born in Chesapeake, W.V., the son of a Cabin Creek coal miner, according to the Charleston Gazette. After attending West Virginia State University, he got his first acting break as an understudy in the Broadway play The First Breeze of Summer. He »
- Tim Nudd
Steve Rogers happens to be the best candidate out of six hundred volunteers. He has the power to save millions. Only he could defeat a superhuman madman. But saving the world let him trapped in an icy grave until fate released him to finish a battle that started decades ago. Now an evil genius in on the verge of global domination and only Captain America can stop him! On May 21, 2013, Shout! Factory will unleash the long-awaited 1990 action sci-fi movie classic Captain America, starring Matt Salinger (What Dreams May Come), Ronny Cox (Total Recall, RoboCop), Ned Beatty (Toy Story 3, Superman), Darren McGavin (The X-Files), Michael Nouri (NCIS, Damages) and Scott Paulin (Castle, Jag), in a specialCollector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Available for the first time on Blu-ray™, Captain America Collector’S Edition features widescreen movie presentation in astonishing high-definition and insightful new interview with director Albert Pyun and actor »
Television's biggest drama isn't going away any time soon. CBS announced on Friday (Feb. 1) that "NCIS" had been renewed for its 11th season in 2013-2014. Series star Mark Harmon has had his contract extended as well and will be back next year.
Leslie Moonves, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CBS Corporation, was enthusiastic in his statement with regard to the renewal: "In a world gone niche, NCIS keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television. NCIS is the type of franchise every company wants in today's global content ecosystem -- high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform."
Since the show's premiere in 2001 (when it was a spinoff from "Jag"), the ratings for "NCIS" have only gone up. Over the past year, the Tuesday-night hit has averaged 21.48 million viewers, representing a »
After making reduced appearances during Season 6 of the Lifetime drama series, Delaney is not returning as military spouse Claudia Joy Holden in Season 7, which begins Sunday, March 10. The character's absence reportedly is explained early on, and Bell -- who plays nurse practitioner Denise Sherwood -- acknowledges her continuing the show minus longtime colleague Delaney.
"We certainly do miss her," Bell tells Zap2it. "She's a great lady, but things happen and things change. It's just part of our industry."
After debuting on "Army Wives" last season, Kelli Williams is now a full-fledged co-star, and the show is getting an influx of new cast members. Brooke Shields will enter midway through the 13-episode run as an Air Force pilot; singer-actors Ashanti and Jesse McCartney, Torrey DeVitto ("The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars") and »
It will be a year filled with epic disasters when ReelzChannel airs the U.S. premiere of five original miniseries from Sonar's Disaster Pack collection. Catch each of the four-hour miniseries as they depict shocking end-of-the-world scenarios. The series will include include Cat. 8 starring Emmy Award nominee Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises, Weeds), Ring of Fire starring Emmy Award winner Terry O’Quinn (Hawaii Five-o, Lost), Delete starring Emmy Award winner Seth Green (Family Guy), Eve of Destruction starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Treat Williams (White Collar) and Exploding Sun starring David James Elliott (Jag) and Emmy Award winner Julia Ormond.
Link | Posted 1/29/2013 by reelz »
- reelz staff
CBS Television Studios and "NCIS" and "Jag" creator Don Bellisario have settled a lawsuit over the "NCIS" offshoot "NCIS: Los Angeles," the network and Bellisario said Friday. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, though Bellisario said in a statement that the suit had been resolved "amicably." CBS Television Studios president David Stapf praised Bellisario in a statement announcing the settlement. Also read: "NCIS" Creator Sues CBS Over "NCIS: Los Angeles" While admitting a difference of opinion between the two parties, CBS Television Studios president David Stapf praised Bellisario as "one of the »
- Tim Kenneally
Update, 10:17 Am: Having reached a confidential settlement today in their multimillion-dollar lawsuit over profits from NCIS: La, CBS and NCIS creator Don Bellisario released a joint statement Friday: “We’re pleased to settle this lawsuit on amicable terms and put this dispute to rest,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “Although we differed in opinion on this matter, our admiration, appreciation and respect for Mr. Bellisario has never wavered throughout. We consider him one of the best creative talents of his time and a valued member of the CBS family, whose shows, both past and present, have played an important role in CBS’s success.” Don Bellisario added, “I am also pleased that we were able to amicably resolve the lawsuit short of a trial. I am gratified that CBS has recognized my contributions in creating Jag and NCIS.” Previously, 10:08 Am: CBS Studios and Don Bellisario »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
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