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Interview With Mark Harmon

Link to the full article below, but there's one part that interested me:

In this remainder of this season, a flashback episode will encompass much of the show's run to date. Harmon gave few clues as to what else to expect, save an assurance that some familiar faces will be returning and some are probably leaving.

"I'm hesitant to answer the question only because I don't know what I can or can't say," he said. "But, listen, it's all headed somewhere."

source: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/01/mark-harmon-says-ncis-crew-closer-ever


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Feb. 1st, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
I would miss you ziva, you are the bestest Mossad agent, kick a**, ninja assassin turn NCIS agent ever!!!! *cries*
I can't believe Cote would leave Mark, Michael, Pauley and Sean......to focus on her music!!! There is already enough music in this world. They could convince her to stay!! I WOULD MISS YOU ZIVA!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

Rocky Carrol should leave instead *evil laugh*
Feb. 1st, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Wherever did you get the idea that CdP is leaving to concentrate on her music? I haven't read anything like this anywhere. I think that this is just another way to keep fans on their toes, not that anyone is really going to leave the show. IMO
Feb. 1st, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
read till the almost end of this article where Mark says that some familiar face/s would be leaving. think about it - ej the new female agent, ziva having less scenes, ray, pregnancy rumors. and in an interview and in prevention magazine cote said she wants to focus more on her music and she wants to travel more. plus mark won't lie, but i hope soo much that you are right!! *signs*
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Spoilers for Season 7 ending!

familiar faces leaving could just be one of those recurring guest stars. remember how they said people would be leaving at the end of last season and that a team member would be injured? ended up with col. bell dead and mike being injured, not any real team member or real show member.

as I recall CdP pregnancy rumors were last year and proved false. I don't know about her pursuing her music, but I'm assuming that she could do that during the breaks. Has she done anything to build her music resume when she had the chance? i know she's done some acting.

IMO Ziva has changed for the worse and I wouldn't cry over her departure, but it would have to be done well. For better or worse, she's been on the team for six years. Considering that Kate's death still pains the team, I would expect Ziva's departure to have even more impact.

But this still remains conjecture at this point in time. NCIS is still Number 1 on tv and would represent the loss of much attention and money for anyone leaving.
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
hey!! ziva has not changed for the worse, all she has changed into was an ncis agent and citizen, she still have her fighting skills and all her other mossad skills. i like ziva more than rocky carrol.

if ziva does leave then i really hope that her departure would really hurt/pain the team as did kate's just i want ziva's departure to have a heavier impact on the team cause she have been with them far more than kate and it's obvious that the team still likes her (ziva).
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
As for the pregnancy rumours, name me a series regular on ANY show that's a long time character who HASN'T had pregnancy rumours.

tara_singh, in that same prevention article she also spoke of her weight gain, which is due to birth control issues, NOT pregnancy, so I'm not sure where your comment was headed but that's likely not the reason.
That all being said, I think you need to respect other peoples opinons on the subject matter, or at least dispute them with grace rather than "i like ____ better than ____ cause ____ is more kick ass." We Ziva/CdP fans already have a bad enough (and not completely warranted) reputation.

I've never been under the impression that CdP would much rather pursue her music career over her inarguably successful NCIS career. She doesn't seem like a woman to give it all up very easily.

I agree, somewhat, mamamia1964, not that it's completely for the worse, but I'm starting to find her character, as well as all the others relatively boring in comparison to who they were even a year or 2 ago. I miss spunky Ziva and for me to say that, means a lot coming from me as she is my favorite character on the show.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
I think you're jumping to conclusions a bit.
Feb. 1st, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Well, judging from the last episode (with the recruiter, sorry, I suck at remembering titles), I would say it looks like Vance is leaving.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
I would be very sorry to see Rocky Carroll leave, although this is also conjecture. It could be that the writers are throwing out red herrings to keep us guessing!

Rocky Carroll delivers a very finely acted, nuanced performance every episode. From the beginning his character was left ambiguous, leaving him someone that made us guess and wonder. yet, just like MW's Tony, we managed to find something sympathetic in the character even when we wondered if we should dislike him.

I think that RC's departure would be a major loss of talent and skill.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, I would definitely miss Vance :nods: I love how Gibbs and him play off each other, and how that relationship developed during the series.

I can't really think of anyone I wouldn't miss, to be honest.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
I didn't like Vance at first but I like that unlike Jenny, he usually stands up to Gibbs. Though, recently not as much. If he were to leave I want a hard-ass MALE director who is a no-nonsense kinda guy, which I know most fans will hate but at the same time, I want a real team back.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Well, there were different reasons for me not liking Jenny, but she wasn't my favourite either.

Male or female, I don't care, but it should be a tough person; you can't get that far in your carreer without being a hard-ass (at work, at least)
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
why aren't my comments showing up?! :-O :(
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
we are supposed to find ziva sympathetic as well cause of all she has been through, in my opinion she has been through more than tony. her own father lfet her for dead in the desert, she was captured, tortured and abused for 3 months, possibly raped. tony's father was better than eli, he and tony used to go fishing. eli blind folded ziva and her siblings and left them in the forest to find their way home.

plus RC is already hardly in episodes, and if he is, it's just a few minutes. ziva is actually part of the team, like tony.
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
eli blind folded ziva and her siblings and left them in the forest to find their way home.

To be fair, Ziva said she had a lot of fun with that. And they made it clear she was close to her father, otherwise everything that happened wouldn't have hurt her quite so badly. Not just the Somalia stuff, but the fact that her father betrayed her with Michael in the first place. That he didn't trust her. That's something that hurt her terribly too because there was supposed to have been a bond there, just like with Tony and his dad. I totally agree Eli is more of a prick than Tony Sr. ever could be, but that wasn't the best comparison to show it with when it's one of those memories she smiled over in earlier seasons.

ANYWAY - I think if any of the major characters are leaving, it's Rocky Carrol. I thought they might be setting him up to retire given how shaken he's been since after the explosion. And even if he does leave, it doesn't mean he wouldn't be put back on, since they never said "leaving for good" and there was also a spoiler for questioning someone's position in the team at the end of the season.

I highly doubt they're gonna do a Ziva thing simply because... they've done that already and at the very least, they try not to redo season finale cliffhangers much, even if they redo all the other plots.

But my biggest guess is that they'll have these doppleganger characters around for the season finale and they will be the "familiar faces" leaving the show. It would be the easiest and most "unexpected" while still leaking a spoiler.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
I agree. If it is someone major who's leaving, my money's on Vance. Although this show does seem to love killing off its women...
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
They do have a tendency to do that, don't they? :/
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
'Some' are leaving? Some? As in more than one. I am preeety sure Vance is, judging by the recent episode. And I'm getting more and more certain that Ziva is as well. It's pretty clear.
I just hope they don't kill her, they should really leave some open doors just in case Cote wants to come back someday. It was a fun 6 years but Ziva's character isn't what it was in season 3 and 4. They held her back too much, she lost her edge, the thing that made her differ. And I know what some of you might say - nothing is certain, they could just be teasing the fans and so on. And I know that. But the writers are getting kinda predictable, you can almost see it coming now. Don't even have to squint.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
I really hope they don't lose Ziva, either letting her go/killing her. I know I'm in the new majority (not that i'm new to fandom) but she is what pulled me into the show as more than a casual watcher :(
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I feel the same. I loved seasons 1-2 but what really made me watch was Ziva's character and what she brought into the show. It just made the whole series better, imo. I'd just hate to see that change, maybe that's why I'm jumping to conclusions and overreacting as some have said. But maybe I'm right. Here's hoping I'm not :D
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Wow. Look at the people freaking out over the usual sort of hyperbole about the finale. I'm pretty sure that they've stated that character(s) might not be returning for the last three seasons now, and it would be positively absurd for them to get rid of any of the main cast. More likely, this season will end with one or more of the characters leaving the team (I'm leaning toward it being Tony who may go off and be a temporary team leader or something), only to be back to status quo by 9x02. As has been pointed out, the showrunners are predictable, and they've done the "break up the team at the end of the season" 2 out of the last 3 seasons (end of 5, end of 6) with an argument being made that season 7 counts as well, with Tony doing ... nothing in Mexico.

If Cote was wanting to leave, you'd be seeing hints of it show up in the trades and spoilers would be leaking out (because nothing is truly safe in Hollywood.) Frankly, she'd be a complete idiot to leave now, when their ratings are as high as they are, and the showrunners would be even more stupid to let her go and ruin the show dynamics.

So seriously. Chill.
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
And once again, I pretty much agree with everything you just said.
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
I just think its a little silly to get all worked up over a carefully worded single line when the entire conversation up to that point revolves around how close the crew is and how much they all love their job. Cote strikes me as a very intelligent woman, so presuming she'd give up a job like this to go back to struggling to find work (which is what all Hollywood types face unless they're Names) doesn't seem to give her much credit.

But I'm probably not the best person to chime in about this cause I haven't been impressed with the direction of the show for like three seasons now which puts me in the minority, what with the crazy huge ratings they're getting.
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
The fact that it's also not even a direct quote from Mark Harmon and the only thing he is quoted as saying is that he doesn't know what he can or can not say also makes me roll my eyes a bit about the panic. It's the article mostly attempting to wrangle in more viewers to see what's going to happen. It's part of their job.
Will Harris
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Having written the article in question...
...I'll be glad to offer you the context of what Mr. Harmon said. And as a bonus, I'll even offer an additional bit that wasn't in the article which lends more credence to the theory that Vance is the one who's leaving.

Will Harris: Can you speak to what we’ll be seeing in any upcoming episodes?

Mark Harmon: (Takes a deep breath) Um…oh, man, how can I talk to you about this without giving too much away? I know we’ve got a flashback episode coming up that was pretty interesting to shoot.

WH: How far back does it flash?

MH: Uh…

WH: I’m asking the hard-hitting questions here.

MH: (Laughs) Yeah, I think it encompasses pretty much the entire run of the show. Gary Glasberg wrote that. And then we have some, like, standalone episodes which are more conclusive in the hour, that have more of the ensemble nature of what we do on a regular basis, which is everybody doing our team thing. But I’m hesitant to answer the question, only because I don’t know what I can or can’t say. But, listen, it’s all headed somewhere. The beats that Leon Vance is playing, that Rocky is playing at the moment, and where that’s headed post- coming back from his injuries that are real. And there are new characters that are coming aboard that are going to affect the outcome of the season.

WH: Any familiar faces returning?

MH: Yeah. Some. (Laughs) And some are probably leaving.

WH: Interesting…

MH: I’m really not trying to bait you, like some do. I’m trying to answer honestly. (Laughs)


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Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, dude. Thanks! I so was not expecting that. I appreciate the extra bit of interview in there :)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Having written the article in question...
Thank you for posting that :]
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
I don't think there would be that much fuss in Hollywood over most anyone leaving in NCIS since other than MH and maybe MW, they're all mostly "b-list" in the sense that a lot of people really don't know who the actors are outside of the show. I would be genuinely surprised to hear much of anything about Cote leaving prior to it ever happening.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
With NCIS having the ratings that it currently has, any potential change in the show's dynamic would cause some talk, I think, so I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this point. Yeah, she wouldn't get as much publicity as Harmon or Weatherly would get, but there would still be some internal rumblings and hints about this other than some fans overreacting to the normal end of season hyperbole.

Rick Hammil
Jun. 8th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
If I had a vote, it would be Rocky Carrol
Vance is an insecure paranoid director and totally lacks the confidence in his team and seems to be looking for another post higher up the food chain. A good episode would be him setting up another suspect to make him look good, and Gibbs stops him and the fight ensues and Ziva splits his wig at half a mile with a Barrett as Leon goes nuts and tries to waste Gibbs. Second save for Ziva!!
Adios Vance.
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