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NCIS Stars Pick Their Favorite Episodes

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With NCIS' 200th episode approaching on Feb. 7, we asked the cast, along with current show-runner Gary Glasberg, to share some favorite episodes or scenes from the first eight and a half years. read more

NCIS Scoop: More DiNozzo/Gibbs Flashback Secrets

Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly is in the makeup chair on the NCIS set, getting his brunette hair and long sideburns touched up. He's shooting "Baltimore," the May 5 episode that will flash back at hairy length to show the fateful meeting between his Tony DiNozzo and Mark Harmon's Jethro Gibbs, ten fictional years ago. Writer (and co-producer) Steve Binder sits nearby, in case the script needs any touching up along with Weatherly's dye job.

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NCIS Exclusive: When Tony Met Jethro

Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

Tony DiNozzo is being utterly condescending to Leroy Jethro Gibbs for the very first time — and the last. Shooting an NCIS interrogation scene unlike any other, Michael Weatherly and Mark Harmon are in flashback mode, circa 2001, facing off as captor and the captured. An abandoned newspaper ...
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NCIS: Trouble for Tiva?

Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray, Michael Weatherly

"Tiva" fans, brace yourselves. Tonight's NCIS (8/7c, CBS) is the first episode to feature love interests for both Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo — not counting each other. Sarah Jane Morris (Brothers & Sisters) — last seen moving in for a kiss with Tony DiNozzo — returns as special agent E.J. Barrett. And it's the first guest shot for Ziva David's long-built-up boyfriend Ray Cruz (Enrique Murciano).

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Exclusive: NCIS: Los Angeles Blows Up!

Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J

It's ice-cream-sundae Thursday on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles, and almost everyone is indulging between takes. Even LL Cool J, who moonlights as a fitness guru. "Hey, you've earned it," a crew member tells the überbuff rapper/action hero, as if he needs anyone's consent for a sugar rush. The collegial atmosphere continues as Chris O'Donnell passes Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen, who wrapped their roles a half hour ago yet have stuck around to yak over their Ben & Jerry's. "Don't you two have homes?" O'Donnell demands to know, breezing on by before Ruah has a chance to kickbox his behind.

Apparently the lone holdout, O'Donnell hasn't taken any... read more

First Look: NCIS' Michael Weatherly Gets His Shot

Michael Weatherly directs NCIS

With the March 1 episode "One Last Score," Michael Weatherly becomes the first NCIS cast member to direct the CBS hit. "Believe me, I knocked on the door a long time," he tells TV Guide Magazine. "Mark Harmon has always said nobody here wants anybody else's job — and here I am, trying to do somebody else's job."

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NCIS Episode Recap: "Recruited"

NCIS has never been an "issue of the week" show, but when it rains issues on this show, it pours. Or at least it did in "Recruited," which made up for the lightness of the previous episode by taking on two hot topics: "Don't ask, don't tell" and Alzheimer's disease. There was something arbitrary about tackling both these subjects at once when the storylines never intersected in any real way and either would have been the worthy focus of an hour. But both were handled so nicely in executive producer Gary Glasberg's deftly balanced script that complaining about the conjoined focus feels like looking a gift horse in the mouth. 

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On the Set: NCIS Welcomes Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart and Mark Harmon

Shooting a scene in the autopsy lab on the NCIS set, Bob Newhart looks a bit absentminded, and an interloper might not know whether to chuckle. The TV legend is playing Dr. Walter Magnus, who preceded Ducky (David McCallum) as the unit's medical examiner. Looking over a corpse with Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Ducky suggests their old colleague add his forensic two cents. "Walter, why don't you jump into some scrubs? ...Walter?"

Newhart's hesitancy in responding isn't far off from the trademark stammer he made into a science on two of TV's most beloved sitcoms, The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) and Newhart (1982-90). Since NCIS is a drama in touch with its lighter side, you might guess the visiting icon was cast in "Recruited" to capitalize on his levity. Not so. The former doc... read more

NCIS Episode Recap: "Ships in the Night"

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. NCIS got its biggest overall viewership ever with "Ships in the Night," pulling in 22 million viewers with the first new episode in a month and only the second since Thanksgiving. It reached this record high with the kind of average episode that typically shows up as grist for the mid-season. What would they have done last night if they'd had a truly pivotal plot or major guest star?

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NCIS Episode Recap: "False Witness"

NCIS had its It's a Wonderful Life episode — or the closest it'll ever get — with the Christmas-themed "False Witness." And Abby was right. What's not to celebrate about living in the days of forensic miracle and wonder, as Paul Simon might put it, when a near-exact match can be made on a turkey corpse, and all of YouTube can be scanned not just for cute cat videos but tell-tale pixel problems that lead to a near-exact match on a critical camcorder?

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