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NCIS: LA Stars Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah Drop Intel on Deeks and Kensi

Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah

It may not be safe to entrust Eric Christian Olsen with spoilers. "I'm off to go get killed," he says, picking himself up from a shaded picnic table and heading back out into a Southern California winter heat wave... read more

Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly Preview an NCIS Flashback

Michael Weatherly and Mark Harmon

On a nearly 100-degree day in Los Angeles, drought-stricken Griffith Park stands in for Baltimore in the fall. The NCIS cast members on hand are sweating it, since they're all wearing their agency jackets. Michael Weatherly (aka Tony DiNozzo) has it the worst, since he has to sprint up and down hills after a suspect.

In the next setup, he's standing over a corpse, trying not to drip sweat on the poor actor who's playing dead. "Can a dead body get a sunburn?" he ad-libs. The line stays in. After the cameras stop, Weatherly compliments his other scene partner on his deadpan reaction. "I love it when I say that and look up at you," he tells Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs). "Nobody does that slow burn like you."

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Exclusive: Mark Harmon on the Next NCIS Spinoff

Mark Harmon

Goodbye, Tiva. Hello, NOLA! This spring, watch for a two-part sweeps episode of NCIS that will also function as a pilot for NCIS: New Orleans. If the CBS drama is given the go-ahead, it could be on the air as soon as next fall. Mark Harmon is set to be one of the new show's executive producers, which may surprise anyone who remembers that he wasn't crazy about the idea of NCIS: Los Angeles four years ago. What convinced him that a spinoff wouldn't dilute the mother show? read more

Exclusive: Cote de Pablo Talks About Her Decision to Leave NCIS

Cote de Pablo

NCIS fans have long memories. They fondly recall the scene back in Season 4 when Ziva David, then still a visiting Mossad agent, announced to Tony DiNozzo, "I will kill you 18 different ways with this paper clip." So when the woman who so engagingly played Ziva for eight seasons, Cote de Pablo, announced she was leaving the series, grief-stricken devotees sent paper clips to CBS in protest. But even that couldn't keep Ziva attached.

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NCIS: LA Finale Preview: Will Kensi and Deeks Hook Up?

Eric Christian Olsen, Daniela Ruah

Can Kensi and Deeks put the mate in teammate? That's the question on NCIS: Los Angeles, where the long-­simmering tension between Daniela Ruah's and Eric Christian Olsen's characters threatens to ­bubble over in the Season 4 finale.

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First Look: NCIS: LA Spinoff Sees Red

NCIS: Los Angeles

"There's often the question, 'Why would you do a third one?'" NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer Shane Brennan admits of the franchise's next spinoff, which will launch as a two-part "embedded pilot" on NCIS: LA March 19 and 26. "'How would it be different?'"

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The Scoop Behind Michael Weatherly's Dr. Phil/NCIS Webisodes

Michael Weatherly and Dr. Phil McGraw

On NCIS, Tony DiNozzo is always getting his head slapped, but does he need to have it shrunk, too? Michael Weatherly has created a couple of surreal YouTube clips in which the raffish agent is confronted by Dr. Phil at the behest of concerned buddy Jimmy Palmer — based, he says, on... read more

Exclusive: NCIS Cast Gathers for Roundtable Tell-All!

NCIS

"This is all just a setup," says Pauley Perrette, walking into the NCIS writers' room north of Los Angeles. Michael Weatherly fatalistically adds: "This is where we all..." Brian Dietzen finishes the thought: "...meet our end."

Not bloody likely. Sure, the series did off a couple major characters in the first five seasons (RIP, Lauren Holly's Jenny), and some significant recurring characters have met their makers in the five years since (Mike Franks, we hardly knew ye!). But the chances of any of these eight diehards going down anytime before the show ends its run are about the same as the odds of Gibbs cracking a sustained smile.

Speaking of which: When we gathered all eight regular cast members of TV's No. 1 drama for a historic summit, their fearless leader, Mark Harmon, was largely the quiet man out. When his colleagues finally called him on his reticence, he swore he was having too good a time listening to everyone else's banter. As you read this unprecedented full-cast gabfest, you'll know exactly what he means.

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On the Set: NCIS: Los Angeles Hits the Beach For a Hawaii Five-0 Crossover

LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell

On the NCIS: Los Angeles set this March day, there's even more bull in the bullpen than usual. The number of buff leading men wearing too-tight shirts has suddenly doubled, and so has the quick-fire banter.

Several of the law enforcers on hand need to be inoculated against smallpox, since their mission is to bring down a madman intent on infecting the population with the virus. "I'm not a big fan of needles," squeaks Eric Christian Olsen, as Deeks. "I'll buy you ice cream if you don't cry," promises Kensi (Daniela Ruah). Linda Hunt, aka Hetty, plays the straight woman, telling Deeks: "You might feel a... read more

On The Set: Celebrating NCIS' 200th Episode

NCIS

One of Southern California's peculiar mid-winter heat waves is keeping things toasty on this early January afternoon, so the setting isn't particularly conducive to sudden chills. But you might get one down the spine anyway if you're visiting the NCIS set, since the whole damn soundstage is spook-infested.

Darby Stanchfield is making one of her rare appearances on the series — rare because her character, Shannon Gibbs, got killed 20 years ago. Which, if you're doing the math, is more than a decade before... read more

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