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Entire NCIS Cast Signed for Season 12!

TVLine has learned that Michael Weatherly‘s new deal to return to TV’s most watched drama for Seasons 12 and 13 is due to close imminently, while Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum and Rocky Carroll already have signed on the dotted line.

Fellow series regulars Mark Harmon, Brian Dietzen and Emily Wickersham are working off different contract cycles.
Question: Any scoop on NCIS‘ Tony-centric episode? — Mary Kate

Ausiello: The season’s penultimate hour is no less than Michael Weatherly’s “favorite episode in a long time, one where I got to do some other things,” the actor told Matt Mitovich during a extended Q&A that will post next week. As DiNozzo escorts an admiral’s daughter (played by Boardwalk Empire alum Meg Chambers Steedle) from Marseilles, France, to the States, Weatherly promises, “Charade-style fun — sort of like Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn on the run.”


"It goes out on an emotional note," instead of a suspenseful one, showrunner Gary Glasberg confirms, sitting in his Los Angeles office with his co­writer on the finale, Gina Lucita Monreal, and leading man Mark Harmon. "Season 11 has been anything but traditional, and what appealed to me was the idea of closing it properly, on solid ground, and not feeling like we were dangling carrots and playing games in any way.

"I got a call from Liam, Ralph's son," Harmon says, remembering the suddenness of February's news. "I ran into a group of writers and Gary up here and then made an announcement to the crew" — which had still-fresh memories of working with Waite on his final episode, "Better Angels," broadcast in November. "And then, right away, you say, 'How do we honor this?' Do you put an 'In memoriam' at the end of the next episode? Do you go back and put it on the crawl of 'Better Angels,' if that had to be the farewell?"

Quickly, they decided Waite deserved more than a featured rerun or nominal dedication, even if that meant putting off an homage for three months. The storyline that was tentatively planned for the finale — Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) goes to Marseille — was bumped up a week to the penultimate slot (May 6) to accommodate a tribute to Waite. Now the concluding episode hinges on Gibbs learning of his father's death and feeling torn between staying on a case and going home for funeral preparations. NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), who lost his wife a year ago, urges him away from D.C. and toward Stillwater. The episode will contain brief footage of Waite from previous episodes, along with newly shot flashbacks showing the two as young father and son.

NCIS scoop from TV Line

Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Leroy Jethro Moore in the season final

Question: Is NCIS ending the season with a major cliffhanger? —Donna

Ausiello: As Matt Mitovich shared on Twitter the other day, there will be “no whiff of a cliff” — in part because the season will end with a solemn goodbye to Ralph Waite’s Jackson Gibbs, and not the Tony-centric episode which got moved to May 6. As show boss Gary Glasberg explains, “Because the season was as complicated as it was, we just didn’t feel like we needed to do a traditional cliffhanger. We wanted to ground everything and get things back to ‘normal.’”

PRE-FINALE EPISODES | Kicking sweeps off on April 29 is a George Schenck/Frank Cardea-penned look at the plight of homeless war veterans. "It turned out to be a really lovely, emotional episode," says show boss Gary Glasberg. On May 6 is the Tony-centric "The Admiral's Daughter," in which DiNozzo must escort the title character from the NCIS office in Marseilles, France, to the States, "but things gets complicated." Likening the outing (which was originally conceived as the season finale) to the 1975 thriller Three Days of the Condor, Glasberg promises "significant action and fun stunts."

MAY 13 SEASON FINALE | While "Honor Thy Father" partly involves a search for an escaped terrorist, "The real A-story revolves around the loss of Jackson Gibbs," who was played by the late Ralph Waite. Glasberg says the hour features "rough emotional moments" and "gives insight into some things about Leroy Jethro Gibbs that, even after 11 seasons, we're still chipping away at." As such, viewers may be left with damp eyes as the season ends -- but zero questions. "We just didn't feel like we needed a cliffhanger. Nothing's left dangling," Glasberg attests. "In Season 12, we'll come out of the gate hot and go from there."

Was Delilah’s move to Dubai due to Margo Harshman not wanting to stay on NCIS, or was it part of their storyline? Some fans think it could be a way McGee could leave the show if Sean Murray doesn’t [re-sign]. –Robert

File this one under “Wait and See.” Show boss Gary Glasberg says the McGee/Delilah story won’t be revisited over these last few episodes, “but it wouldn’t surprise me if it comes back up in the earlier part of Season 12.”
WHILE GIBBS TRAVELS HOME FOLLOWING NEWS OF HIS FATHER’S PASSING, THE NCIS TEAM INVESTIGATES A FIRE ABOARD A U.S. NAVY SHIP, ON THE 11TH SEASON FINALE “NCIS,” TUESDAY, MAY 13
Episode Pays Tribute to Recurring Guest Star Ralph Waite,

Who Played Jackson Gibbs for the Past Six Seasons

“Honor Thy Father” – The NCIS team investigates whether a fire on a U.S. Navy ship that served as a secret detention site for indicted terrorists was accidental or an intentional diversion for an escape.

Meanwhile, Gibbs travels to his childhood home following news of his father’s passing, on the 11TH season finale of NCIS, Tuesday, May 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Episode honors the memory of recurring guest star Ralph Waite, who played Jackson Gibbs for the past six seasons.

CHEAT TWEET: Gibbs travels home following his father’s passing #HonorThyFather #NCIS 11th Season Finale #CBS 5/13 8pm

SERIES REGULARS:
Mark Harmon (NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs)
Michael Weatherly (NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo)
David McCallum (Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard)
Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto)
Sean Murray (NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee)
Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance)
Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer)
Emily Wickersham (NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop)

WRITTEN BY: Gary Glasberg and Gina Lucita Monreal
DIRECTED BY: Tony Wharmby

TV Guide scoop on final

Airs: Tuesday, May 13 at 8/7c

NCIS' season-ender will rely more on emotion as opposed to action, with the show paying tribute to the late Ralph Waite. Viewers will learn more about young Jack Gibbs through flashbacks — and will also see a different side of his son Jethro in the process. "This was such a significant event for us, both on-screen and off, that we wanted to handle it properly and do it well, and let people mourn the passing of Gibbs' dad with him," executive producer Gary Glasberg says. "It's no secret that Season 11 had all kinds of challenges that came up, from Ziva's departure to Bishop's arrival, and then the New Orleans episodes. ... We wanted to not necessarily do another cliff-hanger, but do something that informed our characters and brought our family and our team together."
The end is near for NCIS.

Calm down. Not the end, but the end of a stellar 11th season that started out with a major cast member (Cote de Pablo) departing, eventually added a new regular and, to makes things even more challenging, included a two-part backdoor pilot that could extend the NCIS franchise to New Orleans.

Executive Producer Gary Glasberg and his creative team are focusing on the last four episodes of the season at the moment, including a finale that focuses on the death of Leroy Jethro Gibb's father, played by actor Ralph Waite, who passed away earlier this year.

In the following Q&A, Glasberg gives us a peek into not only NCIS Season 11 Episode 21 - which features a guest turn by Kelli Williams - but also what we'll see in these final episodes, along with what makes the concluding one so very different...

TV Fanatic: In general, how do you feel this time of the year moving into another season finale? Does it get easier since you've been at this place before?

Gary Glasberg: It never gets easier because in the nature of 24 episodes a season it’s exhausting. But I’ll tell you what we’ve done this year, which is a little different: we made the decision not to do a cliffhanger and we did that intentionally because this year has been challenging. Season 11 was challenging with Ziva’s departure, the arrival of Bishop and then we did the New Orleans episodes... so there’s been a lot going on. We decided to not go the route to leave everyone hanging because enough has happened this year already so we wanted to focus on our team and the strength of our team. This was a unique situation that came up and we decided to focus on the passing of Ralph Waite.

TVF: Let’s talk about that and how that affected where you’re going with the last episodes of the season.

GG: It was significant enough for us to step back and say that we wanted to say goodbye to him properly. So we put our heads together and decided we wanted to do a story about Leroy Jethro Gibb and Harmon’s character. We do some flashbacks, we get to see him as a child and we get to see him with a young Ralph Waite, who we’re in the middle of casting right now. I think it will mean a lot to the audience and it’s definitely meant a lot to us from a storytelling standpoint. It’s a nice episode, it’s an emotional episode, it’s an informative episode and it gives people some closure.

TVF: Will we see a different side of Gibbs that we don’t typically see? He’s usually such a rock for everyone else.

GG: Well, It’s definitely new territory for him and, honestly, I’m really anxious to see how Harmon plays it. We’re prepping it right now and we start shooting in a few days and I’m really excited about it.

TVF: I know this week’s episode involves the guys on a cleanse so I’m wondering if you went on a cleanse to inspire the story?

GG: I did not. I need to cleanse but we gathered around the [writers’] room and joked about it and thought it would be a fun thing for Tony and McGee to bond over. It’s really just to do something that was light and entertaining to counterbalance a very serious storyline that involves sexual assault so we were looking for something that was minor that we could handle in a superficial way and still have fun at them and it wouldn’t detract from the bigger story.

TVF: You already have consultants on the show but did you approach this week’s case differently? Is it a true story?

GG: The story that we tell specifically isn’t true but the Navy did come to us and say that this was an arena that they wanted us to try. It’s very delicate, very sensitive subject matter and a very serious subject matter so we really wanted to do it justice.
Scott Williams, who wrote the episode, spent a lot of time researching and the real NCIS has a real significant number of agents who specialize in this so he talked to them so we really tried to approach it as realistic a standpoint as we could.

TVF: I know in the “Shooter” episode (airing April 29), Abby has a story so I was curious since we usually see her in a more comedic light does that episode give Pauley [Perrette] a chance to do a little heavier dramatic work?

GG: Absolutely! We’ve got some really talented, gifted actors on this show and anytime we can put them into situations that stretch them a little bit, we look forward to doing that. These last episodes for the entire cast gives them the opportunity to use some muscles that they don’t get to use all season long. My goal with these last episodes, and this is true of Season 12 as well, is to really focus on the team and get back to the basics, as they call it, of the stories and why people watch NCIS. The emotion, the characters…that’s what these episodes will focus on.

TVF: Tony has a big story in the penultimate episode, which I saw in the press compared to the movie, Three Days of the Condor. Is that a personal story or a case story or a little of both?

GG: No, that’s more of a case-driven story and it was something that I’d been talking about and playing with for a few months now. I wanted to send Tony off on an assignment that lands him in Marcé and Tony has some experience in France and it’s always fun for us, and a challenge for us, to try to recreate it. We’re in the middle of filming that now and I’m pleased with what I’ve been seeing and I think it’s going to be fun. it’s a lot of action and intrigue and Michael is doing great.

TVF: Is DiNozzo by himself or is there another team member with him?

GG: He’s the only one who goes and everyone else is involved but from back home.

TVF: What about the Jimmy and Breena's adoption story. Will that progress anymore this season?

GG: Yes, it does come up again and people will hear some things and learn some things and it will continue.

TVF: In terms of McGee, Delilah is in Dubai but will she pop back up or at least hear about her?

GG: There’s more discussion of Delilah. You won’t see her but I certainly hope you might be seeing her in Season 12.

TVF: What’s Bishop’s piece in these last episodes? She’s been such a great addition to the show and the NCIS team this season.

GG: Like I said, I really wanted to emphasize the group and emphasize the team and emphasize the strength of NCIS in its entirety. I like to think that Bishop is finding her niche and the team is relying on her and her expertise when it comes up and that’s really the extent of it. I look forward to giving her other stories and other moments as we move into season 12 but right now it’s all about the group.

TVF: If the New Orleans spinoff moves forward, how are you going to be able to juggle all this, Gary? I know NCIS keeps you very busy by itself!

GG: [laughs] You know what? I’ve learned the power of delegating and if New Orleans moves forward I will continue to stay very focused on the Mothership and then we’ll find some fantastic people to help me out but we’ll have to see what comes of it.
DINOZZO IS SENT TO PARIS ON A COVERT MISSION TO BRING HOME AN ADMIRAL’S DAUGHTER, BUT AFTER ENTERING A CONTROVERSIAL CRIME SCENE HE MUST RELY ON THE NCIS TEAM’S HELP FROM AFAR, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, MAY 6

“The Admiral’s Daughter” – Director Vance gives DiNozzo a special assignment to bring home an Admiral’s daughter from Paris, but he must turn to his NCIS team for help after he enters a controversial crime scene, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CHEAT TWEET: DiNozzo is in Paris on a covert mission to bring home an Admiral’s daughter on #NCIS #CBS 5/6 8pm

SERIES REGULARS:

Mark Harmon (NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs)
Michael Weatherly (NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo)
David McCallum (Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard)
Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto)
Sean Murray (NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee)
Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance)
Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer)
Emily Wickersham (NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop)

WRITTEN BY: Christopher Silber and Steven D. Binder
DIRECTED BY: James Whitmore, Jr.

11x22 - "Shooter" - press release

THE NCIS TEAM INVESTIGATES THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A MARINE PHOTOGRAPHER SET TO TESTIFY IN A HIGHLY PUBLICIZED AFGHANISTAN MURDER CASE, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, APRIL 29

“Shooter” – When a Marine photographer disappears prior to providing his testimony in an Army court-martial hearing, the NCIS team investigates both the murder he witnessed as well as his current piece on military veterans who are homeless in the D.C. area. Meanwhile, Abby tries to help a young homeless woman reconnect with her family, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CHEAT TWEET: #NCIS searches for a missing Marine photographer & Abby reaches out to help a young homeless woman #CBS 4/29 @ 8pm ET/PT

SERIES REGULARS:

Mark Harmon (NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs)
Michael Weatherly (NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo)
David McCallum (Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard)
Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto)
Sean Murray (NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee)
Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance)
Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer)
Emily Wickersham (NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop)

GUEST CAST:

Jeff Branson (Navy Commander Chad Hendricks)
Charlie Schlactter (Lorin Davis)
Craig Parker (Army Jag Counsel Major Richard Huggins)
Matthew Arkin (Doctor Grahm Novak)
Walter Perez (Army First Lieutenant Michael Waters)
Chloe Lanier (Emma Carter)
Dean Cameron (Building Owner)
Blake Lindsley (Belinda Carter)
David Mattey (Goliath)
John R. Colley (Christopher Ramos)
Justin Cary (Marine Staff Sergeant Martin “Shooter” Roe)

WRITTEN BY: George Schenck and Frank Cardea
DIRECTED BY: Dennis Smith

season finale title revealed

11x24 - "Honor Thy Father" - May 13th

11x21 "Alleged" - press release

THE NCIS TEAM MUST DETERMINE IF THE MURDER OF A NAVY OFFICER IS LINKED TO A RANDOM BAR FIGHT OR HIS KNOWLEDGE OF AN ATTACK ON A FELLOW FEMALE OFFICER, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, APRIL 15

“Alleged” – After a Navy officer is found dead on a rural road, the NCIS team must ascertain if the murder was the result of a bar fight or because he knew too much about an attack on a fellow female officer. Meanwhile, DiNozzo and McGee start a juice cleanse to purge their bodies of impurities, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CHEAT TWEET: While investigating the mysterious death of a Navy officer, DiNozzo & McGee attempt a juice cleanse #CBS #NCIS 4/15 8pm

SERIES REGULARS:

Mark Harmon (NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs)
Michael Weatherly (NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo)
David McCallum (Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard)
Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto)
Sean Murray (NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee)
Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance)
Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer)
Emily Wickersham (NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop)

GUEST CAST:

Kelli Williams (NCIS Special Agent Maureen Cabot)
Liz Holtan (Navy Ensign Holly Farrell)
Titus Makin Jr. (Navy Ensign Thomas Burke)
Andrew Lukich (Navy Commander Louis Wexler)
Mike Foy (Eddie Patch)
Adam Clark (Fred Johnson)
Justin Prentice (Navy Ensign Michael Fox)
Chastity Dotson (Former Navy Lieutenant Monica King)
Miles Gaston Villanueva (Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade John Alexander)
Scott Beehner (Milton)
Anthony Tyler Quinn (Navy Commander Clarence Daniels
Burt Grinstead (Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade William Greco)
Joseph Whipp (Old Man)

WRITTEN BY: Scott Williams
DIRECTED BY: Arvin Brown
Almost a year ago, NCIS executive producer Gary Glasberg was pitching storylines to star Mark Harmon when he brought up the idea that would spawn much more than the episode he was hoping to flesh out that day.

“I had learned that there was this small office in the city of New Orleans — a real NCIS office — that this sort of fantastic, larger-than-life character/agent ran for 25 years. It was just him and a couple of other people — and that was it,” Glasberg says. “And I wanted to do it as a sweeps episode, and then Mark said to me he thought there was more to it than that.”
It turns out there was.

On Tuesday night, NCIS airs the first of a two-part backdoor pilot, NCIS: New Orleans, which was filmed in The Big Easy. While still very much an episode that features the core team — among them Gibbs (Harmon), Tony (Michael Weatherly), and McGee (Sean Murray) — it also introduces the faces and personalities of the spin-off.

At the helm of this micro-office is Scott Bakula as warm, fun, and focused Special Agent Pride, who fights Gulf-area crime with his team, which includes Lucas Black as a Southern-fried ”Steve McQueen”-type and JAG alum Zoe McLellan as fish-out-of-water Agent Brody. “The big challenge is trying to capture that chemistry and putting together a group of people you want to spend time with every week and I really do believe…I lucked out. It’s a terrific group,” says Glasberg.
The storyline introduces the new office as Gibbs and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) head to New Orleans to work on a case while Tony and McGee anchor the story in Washington, D.C. “There’s a lot,” says Glasberg of the two-parter, “and I wanted to do it all justice.”

Following the spin-off episodes, Glasberg says the show will power toward its season finale, which will be a tribute to Ralph Waite, who died in February at 85. “We’ve talked about [the episode] since Ralph’s passing, and I think we’ve come up with a really great crime story that will bookend into the passing of Jackson Gibbs. That’s going to be a really emotional storyline that Mark Harmon has been involved with since day 1. We’re working on that right now.”

While Glasberg says he always had an idea for a season-ending crime story, emotionally, the tone changed in light of Waite’s death. ”This really changed the dynamic of it and added a whole emotional element to it that I wasn’t planning on,” he says. “But we wanted to do it justice and do it right and really make it a tribute to Ralph.”

Also on tap, according to Glasberg:

+ A “really strong” McGee and Delilah story that will find them tackling some big relationship issues.

+ A story about sexual assault in the Navy on which writers have worked closely with the real-life Navy to produce. Kelli Williams will guest star.

+ A penultimate episode that will send Tony to France. “It’s sort of a Three Days of the Condor storyline that we’re having a lot of fun with. We’re putting that together right now.”

+ A season finale without a cliffhanger. Possibly. ”I’m not 100 percent sure we’ll be going out on a cliffhanger this year,” he says. “We may let the resonance of what’s happened with Gibbs settle a little bit and start fresh come season 12. We’re working on that and figuring it out.”

11x20 "Page Not Found" press release

McGEE’S GIRLFRIEND DELILAH TURNS TO THE NCIS TEAM AFTER FINDING NEW EVIDENCE IN A CONTROVERSIAL CASE HER BOSSES CLOSED, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, APRIL 8

Margo Harshman Guest Stars as Delilah Fielding

“Page Not Found” – After returning to her job at the Department of Defense, McGee’s girlfriend Delilah finds a break in a controversial case, prompting her to turn to the NCIS team for help. Meanwhile, McGee talks to DiNozzo about whether he should ask Delilah to move in, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Margo Harshman guest stars as Delilah Fielding, McGee’s girlfriend.

CHEAT TWEET: McGee turns to DiNozzo for relationship advice while the team works with Delilah on a case #CBS #NCIS 4/8 8pm

SERIES REGULARS:
Mark Harmon (NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs)
Michael Weatherly (NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo)
David McCallum (Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard)
Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto)
Sean Murray (NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee)
Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance)
Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer)
Emily Wickersham (NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop)

GUEST CAST:
Margo Harshman (Delilah Fielding)
Manoel Felciano (CIA Case Officer Jim Brisco)
Richard Ruccolo (Ronald Troutman)
Donny Boaz (Navy Lieutenant Kit Jones)
Stephanie Lemelin (Melody Hanson)
Olesya Rulin (Kim Troutman)
Clayton Snyder (Sampson)
Tom Everett (CIA Head of Intelligence Kirkwood Zaysen)
Julia Cho (Ginger Uwanawich)
Michelle Anne Johnson (DOD Counterintelligence Supervisor Emma Fisher )
Erin Allin O’Reilly (Heidi Partridge)

WRITTEN BY: Christopher J. Walid
DIRECTED BY: Terrence O’Hara
AFTER EVIDENCE INDICATES THERE IS A COPYCAT OF THE INFAMOUS PRIVILEGED KILLER, GIBBS, BISHOP AND THE LOCAL FIELD OFFICE CHASE LEADS IN NEW ORLEANS, ON THE CONCLUSION OF A TWO-PART EPISODE OF “NCIS,” TUESDAY, APRIL 1

Scott Bakula Guest Stars as Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride; Lucas Black Guest Stars as Special Agent Christopher Lasalle; Zoe McLellan Guest Stars as NCIS Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody; and CCH Pounder Guest Stars as Jefferson Parish Coroner Doctor Loretta Wade

“Crescent City: Part II” – Gibbs and Special Agent Pride chase leads in New Orleans after evidence points to a copycat of the infamous Privileged Killer. Meanwhile, Bishop sends DiNozzo a special souvenir from the Crescent City, as DiNozzo, McGee and the FBI continue to track political connections to the case from D.C., on the conclusion of a two-part episode of NCIS, Tuesday, April 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Scott Bakula guest stars as Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride; Lucas Black guest stars as Special Agent Christopher Lasalle; Zoe McLellan guest stars as NCIS Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody; and CCH Pounder guest stars as Jefferson Parish Coroner Doctor Loretta Wade.

CHEAT TWEET: Gibbs & Bishop join the New Orleans field office in the hunt for a copycat serial killer #NCIS 4/1 8pm #CBS

SERIES REGULARS
Mark Harmon (NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs)
Michael Weatherly (NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo)
David McCallum (Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard)
Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto)
Sean Murray (NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee)
Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance)
Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer)
Emily Wickersham (NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop)

GUEST CAST
Scott Bakula (NCIS Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride)
Lucas Black (NCIS Special Agent Christopher Lasalle)
Zoe McLellan (NCIS Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody)
CCH Pounder (Jefferson Parish Coroner Doctor Loretta Wade)
Joe Spano (Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell)
Stuart Margolin (Felix Betts)
Aaron Clifton Moten (Forensic Scientist Wendell Hobbs)
Chelcie Ross (Josef Hanlon)
Drew Waters (Spencer Hanlon)
Brit Shaw (Allison)
Jen Nikolaisen (Navy Petty Officer Carla Meade)
Nicole Pettis (Haley)
Jimmy Deshler (Teenager)
La’Jessie Smith (Lamar)
Garrett Kruithof (Maurice Drenault)

WRITTEN BY: Gary Glasberg
DIRECTED BY: Tony Wharmby
NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted program for the fifth consecutive year is renewed for a 12th season! The season 11 final will air on May 13th.

new episode titles revealed

11x21 - "Alleged"

11x22 - "shooter"
Top-rated NCIS is hoping to expand its operation to the Big Easy.

An upcoming two-parter set in New Orleans and partly shot there (CBS, March 25 and April 1, 8 p.m. ET/PT) will serve as a pilot for a potential spin-off series. The episodes, which feature Scott Bakula as the head of the New Orleans NCIS office, Dwayne Pride, are designed to make use of Big Easy visuals, in contrast to NCIS, which is set in Washington, D.C., but shot north of Los Angeles.

"The idea was always talked about as New Orleans being every bit as important as any character," says NCIS star Mark Harmon, who completed filming there early this week. "It's a really interesting place to shoot. There's music everywhere. There are sounds everywhere. There's culture everywhere. The idea was to try to bring the outside in, as opposed to on the show we do normally. ... We've been running around 11 years trying not to shoot palm trees. Now, we can shoot all the palm trees we want."

Harmon, who plays NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, and Gary Glasberg, who wrote the two episodes, are executive producers on the New Orleans project and the original series.

The cast and crew squeezed in scenes from at least a dozen locations in four days of shooting, including Jackson Square; Café Du Monde; Bourbon Street; Louis Armstrong Park; St. Charles Avenue, famed for streetcars; and bayou-rich Barataria.

" It's a love letter to New Orleans in four short days," says Bakula, adding that the surrounding crowds, including one for a night shoot on Bourbon Street, made for some intriguing situations. "There was some insanity going on. Mark and I laughed a lot. You've got a double-decker bus going by with 200 tourists on it and all of a sudden, they look over and he and I are standing on a bridge looking out over the town square. We're trying to do this very serious scene, and people just start screaming, 'Hey, Gibbs!' ."

In the episode, the agents come together to investigate the killing of North Carolina congressman Dan McLane, a former agent in NCIS forerunner NIS, who is found dead in New Orleans. He was part of the "Fed 5," a five-member NIS team in the early '90s that included Gibbs and Pride as "probies".

In scenes shot at NCIS' set north of Los Angeles, Pride visits Washington to discuss the case with Gibbs and director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll). When they discover that details of McLane's killing match that of a serial killer caught by the "Fed 5" years earlier, Gibbs and Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) travel to New Orleans, while the remainder of the NCIS team works on the case from Washington.

In the proposed spin-off, Lucas Black and Zoe McLellan portray NCIS special agents in the New Orleans office, which investigates cases from Florida to Texas, and CCH Pounder plays the Jefferson Parish medical examiner.

Bakula's Pride is "somebody who's hugely passionate for life, for his city and for the people who live in his city," he says. "He's very passionate about getting bad guys and taking care of people in his town."

Glasberg was pleased with Bakula's performance and how he and Harmon worked together.

"The chemistry between the two of them, creating this longstanding friendship and bond between Gibbs and Pride, was something I was counting on, and the guys totally delivered it. There's a fantastic scene in an area called Artillery Park that overlooks Jackson Square where they're just standing beside one another looking out at this iconic cityscape. It brought a big smile to my face," he says.

If the episodes lead to a series, the intention would be to shoot "as much as we can" in New Orleans with the remainder in Los Angeles, says Glasberg, who would be deeply involved while keeping "the mother ship," as NCIS is known, as his top priority.

NCIS already has a successful spin-off, the fifth-season NCIS: Los Angeles, which broadcast two episodes last spring designed as its own potential spin-off, NCIS: Red, that was not picked up by the network.

Harmon, who does not have a producing role on NCIS: Los Angeles, described the potential New Orleans series as "a very natural birth. This was a story we were going to do anyway. We went to the network and said, 'We can do it this way,'" as the kind of two-parter the show sometimes features, "or we can get behind it and do it this way," as a set-up for a new series. "And we think there's a great potential here."

11x18 - "Crescent City (Part 1)"

GIBBS REUNITES WITH A FORMER COLLEAGUE WHEN THE MURDER OF A CONGRESSMAN IN NEW ORLEANS PROMPTS A JOINT CASE BETWEEN THE FIELD OFFICES AND THE FBI, ON PART ONE OF A TWO-PART EPISODE OF “NCIS,” TUESDAY, MARCH 25

Scott Bakula Guest Stars as Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride; Lucas Black Guest Stars as Special Agent Christopher Lasalle; Zoe McLellan Guest Stars as NCIS Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody; and CCH Pounder Guest Stars as Jefferson Parish Coroner Doctor Loretta Wade

“Crescent City” – When the body of Congressman Dan McLane, a former NCIS agent, washes ashore in New Orleans, Gibbs reunites with his former colleague, NCIS Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride, in a joint case between the two field offices and the FBI. The teams must work together to determine if the murder was politically based or linked to McLane’s most well-known case, the arrest of the Privileged Killer, a serial murderer who targeted military and public servants, on part one of a two-part episode of NCIS, Tuesday, March 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Scott Bakula guest stars as Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Price; Lucas Black guest stars as Special Agent Christopher Lasalle; Zoe McLellan guest stars as NCIS Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody; and CCH Pounder guest stars as Jefferson Parish Coroner Doctor Loretta Wade.

CHEAT TWEET: The murder of a Congressman in New Orleans reunites Gibbs w a former colleague in a joint #NCIS case w the FBI 3/25 #CBS

SERIES REGULARS
Mark Harmon (NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs)
Michael Weatherly (NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo)
David McCallum (Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard)
Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto)
Sean Murray (NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee)
Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance)
Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer)
Emily Wickersham (NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop)

GUEST CAST
Scott Bakula (NCIS Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride)
Lucas Black (NCIS Special Agent Christopher Lasalle)
Zoe McLellan (NCIS Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody)
CCH Pounder (Jefferson Parish Coroner Doctor Loretta Wade)
Joe Spano (Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell)
Paige Turco (Linda)
Lou Mulford (Amy McLane)
Vanessa Bell Calloway (Sally Hammond)
D.C. Douglas (Tom Speakman)
Andrew St. John (Navy Petty Officer Second Class Abraham Lycek)
Kelsey Scott (FBI Senior Agent Lynette Doyle)
Trav Lyons (Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Travers)
Muse Watson (Mike Franks)

WRITTEN BY: Gary Glasberg
DIRECTED BY: James Whitmore, Jr.
THE NCIS TEAM ENTERS THE WORLD OF ROCK ‘N ROLL AFTER A BOMB EXPLODES DURING THE REHEARSAL FOR A MILITARY CHARITY CONCERT, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, MARCH 18

Academy Award Winner Keith Carradine Guest Stars as Manheim Gold

“Rock and a Hard Place” – After a bomb detonates in the dressing room at a military charity concert, the NCIS team must determine if the target was a washed-up ‘80s rocker or if the bomb was part of a larger scheme. Meanwhile, Jimmy prepares for fatherhood, on NCIS, on Tuesday, March 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Academy Award winner Keith Carradine guest stars as ‘80s rocker Manheim Gold.

CHEAT TWEET: The #NCIS team investigates a possible assassination attempt on a rock star & Jimmy plans for fatherhood 3/18 8pm #CBS



SERIES REGULARS

Mark Harmon (NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs)
Michael Weatherly (NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo)
David McCallum (Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard)
Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto)
Sean Murray (NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee)
Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance)
Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer)
Emily Wickersham (Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop)

GUEST CAST

Keith Carradine (Manheim Gold)
Joel Brooks (Ronnie Mustard)
Hank Harris (Denny Johnson A.K.A Nerdy Man)
John Sloan (Luke Pischedda)
David Shatraw (Bobby Quinn)
Javi Mulero (Earl Grieve)
Linc Hand (Navy Petty Officer First Class Damien Hunter)
Sue Cremin (Vivian Sutton)
Justin Alston (NCIS Special Agent Holgate)

WRITTEN BY: Steven D. Binder
DIRECTED BY: Arvin Brown
CBS’ NCIS will acknowledge the passing of TV vet Ralph Waite, who recurred as Gibbs’ father Jackson, before Season 11 comes to an end, TVLine has learned.

“[Showrunner] Gary Glasberg and the writers are working on something special to address the passing of Ralph Waite in the season finale,” says a CBS spokesperson, “to honor both the memory of Ralph, as well as the character of Jackson Gibbs.”

Waite, who passed away earlier this month, had made a total of seven on-camera appearances on TV’s most watched drama, starting with the Season 6 episode “Heartland” and most recently in this past November’s “Better Angels.”

The beloved actor’s long TV resume also includes, most famously, The Waltons, as well as Murder One, Carnivàle, the miniseries Roots and recurring appearances on Fox’s Bones and NBC’s Days of Our Lives.

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