Okay, maybe it’s not that big a surprise, given that NCIS is the most watched TV drama in the world – but not many network TV shows get two-year renewals, so there’s that. With this renewal, NCIS will reach its 15th season.
In related news, series lead Mark Harmon signed a new two-year deal. Follow jump for details.
NCIS (CBS, Tuesdays, 8/7C) opens its thirteenth season (!) with the conclusion of the 12th season’s cliffhanger conclusion. In Iraq, chasing down leads on terrorist organization The Calling, NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs had just been shot by the boy he had tried to befriend.
The ninth-season finale of NCIS (CBS, Tuesdays, 9/8C) ending with the explosion of a car bomb at NCIS headquarters, left the fates of Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ team, NCIS Director Leon Vance and forensics expert Abby Scuitto up in the air – and precipitated a heart attack that left Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard lying, seemingly alone, on a beach. The show’s tenth season premiere, Extreme Prejudice, picks up shortly thereafter.
USA Network’s John Sanford’s Certain Prey [encoring Saturday, Nov. 12, 11/10C] marked the debut of Mark Harmon as Sanford’s Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport – a role that could become a regular thing for both the network and Harmon.
Already much beloved for roles ranging from the blunt surgeon Dr. Jack McNeil and, especially, NCIS’ Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Harmon is hoping that Certain Prey will kick off a series of Lucas Davenport mysteries – Sanford has written twenty-two novels in the series, so there’s a wealth of material available for adaptation.
Harmon was charmingly gregarious in this teleconference Q&A and it’s too bad that technical difficulties prevented us from posting this Q&A prior to Certain Prey’s premiere – but, as mentioned above, there will be an encore presentation Saturday.
Few television programs and boast of increased ratings over several seasons. NCIS [CBS, Tuesdays, 8/7C] recently hit a series high – in its eighth season! This week’s episode, Recruited, displays the balance of procedural and character that has enabled the series to flourish for so long.
Season seven of NCIS was, quite possibly, the show’s best yet. Over the course of the season, characters faced personal challenges that more than rivalled the cases they were working on. Throughout, the writing, performances and direction kept things moving and the audience involved.