Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I was randomly clicking on news bits and gossips that I can find in the net and imagine my surprise when one of those that I clicked led me to an article about NCIS: Los Angeles. I have been a loyal viewer of the original NCIS, I first saw it in the late night line-up of programs in Studio 23 two years ago (I think) and I've been hooked ever since. Though the previous channel doesn't carry it in their show line-up anymore, I found bliss in finding it in C/S 9.

NCIS is a television series that follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team (MCRT) special agents, headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. It is described by the actors and producers (on special features on DVD releases in the United States) as being distinguished by its comedy elements, ensemble acting and character-driven plots.

NCIS is the primary law enforcement and counter-intelligence arm of the United States Department of the Navy, which includes the United States Marine Corps. NCIS investigates all major criminal offenses (felonies), those crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice by confinement of more than one year, within the Department of the Navy. This can be seen when the “NCIS team” is frequently assigned to high profile cases such as the death of the President's military aide, a bomb situation on a U.S. Navy warship, the death of a celebrity on a reality show set on a USMC base, terrorist threats, and kidnappings.

The “NCIS team” is led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). Gibbs’ team is composed of Special Agent and Senior Field Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) and Mossad Liaison Officer Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), who replaced Caitlin "Kate" Todd (Sasha Alexander) when she was shot by Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin) at the end of season two. Ari himself was then killed by his half-sister Ziva at the beginning of season three. The team is assisted in their investigations by Chief Medical Examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum), Forensic Specialist Abigail "Abby" Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) and Assistant Medical Examiner Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen).

NCIS is currently led by Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll). The first Director seen in the series, Thomas Morrow, (Alan Dale) left after a promotion to Deputy Director of DHS. Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) was appointed Director after Morrow; she was killed in a shootout at the end of the fifth season.
Oh, the article above is from Mr. Wiki, in case you're wondering *grins*.

One of the downside of leaving elsewhere (and not in the US) is that you're only privy to certain syndicated shows that your local channels will pay for to re-run, or expect and pray that it will be shown on the cable channels that you have, or you can rely on the ever-dandy P2P sharing sites with a virus explosion hanging on your head, and if all else fails, you can always wait for the DVD release and spend your hard-earned cash on it. So, it wasn't a surprise that I haven't heard of a NCIS spin-off until today, I am happy to know that there will be NCIS mushrooms too, like that of CSI but for the record, I'm still unwilling to give up my NCIS addiction to that of NCIS: Los Angeles, even if Chris O' Donnell is the lead *grins*.
The show was known as NCIS: Legend while in production (referring to the episode of NCIS in which the spin-off was introduced), and other names considered included NCIS: OSP (Office of Special Projects) and NCIS: Undercover.[7] Filming started in February 2009, with the characters being introduced in the two-part NCIS episode titled "Legend", the first part of which aired on April 28, 2009.[7][8] This episode served as a backdoor pilot for the series, in a manner similar to the introduction of NCIS, which was introduced by way of a two-part episode of JAG.

Chris O'Donnell will be playing the lead character, Callen, an enigmatic lead agent whose natural talent for undercover work is legend.[9] LL Cool J will be playing the role of Special Agent Sam Hanna, an ex-Navy SEAL, who works in the undercover unit of NCIS in Los Angeles, and is also fluent in Arabic and an expert on Middle Eastern culture.[6] Peter Cambor and Daniela Ruah were confirmed to be cast as leads of the new spin-off, playing a psychologist named Nate and forensic investigator named Kensi, respectively; they appeared on-screen for the first time in an episode of NCIS that aired in April 2009.[10] Louise Lombard, who had been confirmed to play the role of lead agent Clara, will not appear as a regular in the new series, but may return for guest appearances.[11][12][13]

Rocky Carroll, who plays Director Leon Vance on NCIS, will also be appearing in at least six of the first 13 episodes.[14][15] Furthermore, Pauley Perrette will have a guest appearance in the second episode.[16][17]

Cast: Chris O’Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen), LL Cool J (Special Agent Sam Hanna), Linda Hunt (Hetty Lange), Peter Cambor (Nate Getz), Daniela Ruah (Special Agent Kensi Blye), Adam Jamal Craig (Special Agent Dominic Vail) and Barrett Foa (Eric Beal).


Sharkbytes said...

I watched the LA one after the regular one last night, but it didn't grab my attention enough to even follow the plot. Bruckheimer's move to ABC shows is interesting and the Forgotten was up to his usual standards... just when it looked simple there was a twist!

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