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Ask Matt: Scandal, Walking Dead, NCIS, Elementary, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Joe Morton

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Question: I started watching Scandal from the start, when it was simply a problem-of-the-week plot mixed in with a little soap opera with Olivia and the President. They lost me a little bit last year when they temporarily dropped that element to completely focus on the soap opera element when the president was shot. With the addition of the B613 storyline (and possible new Harrison storyline), I feel the show has lost its focus. I was highly enjoying Lisa Kudrow's story and performance only to have the show dragged down by B613's machinations and apparent manipulation of Quinn. I get the fear the show could be the political Love Boat where the guest stars get all the meaty storylines, but I watch shows like Strike Back for my spy action and adventure. Have these writers learned nothing from the mistakes countless shows including Alias and recently Revenge have made with these over-the-top secret maniacal agencies? — Brian

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NCIS: Emily Wickersham Promoted to Series Regular

Emily Wickersham

Emily Wickersham hasn't even made her debut on NCIS yet and she's already gotten a promotion.

Originally cast in a multi-episode recurring role, Wickersham — whom fans have assumed is the replacement for Cote De Pablo's departed Ziva David — has been upped to a series regular, CBS announced Monday.

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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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NCIS Boss on Ziva's Exit, What's Next for Tony and the Team

Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo

For now, NCIS has bid farewell to Ziva David.

After Cote de Pablo abruptly decided to leave TV's most-watched drama this summer, producers had to find a way to tie up Ziva's narrative in short order. The result is Tuesday's episode, in which Ziva's will-they-won't-they partner-in-crime-solving Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) goes to Israel to find her. Once he tracks her down, he begs her to return to Washington with him, but to no avail. She leaves him on the runway with a tearful goodbye and a long kiss.

NCIS: What did you think of Ziva's goodbye?

How will Ziva's exit affect Tony, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the rest of the team? Is there a chance for her to return? And why was her exit arc so, well, Ziva-less? TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Gary Glasberg for answers.... read more

Ratings: S.H.I.E.L.D. Drops; Chicago Fire Rises

Chloe Bennet

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took a big tumble in its second week.

The ABC series, which posted the biggest drama debut in four years, pulled in 8.4 million viewers and a 3.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Tuesday, dropping 34 percent from last week. S.H.I.E.L.D. placed third in the timeslot read more

NCIS: What Did You Think of Ziva's Goodbye?

Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo

Ziva David has left the building.

Actress Cote de Pablo made her long-awaited exit from NCIS this week. How did Ziva's storyline wrap up? Read our recap to find out:

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The Tuesday Playlist: Ziva Takes Leave, a Pivotal New Girl

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Among last week's more encouraging TV signs: On the first Tuesday of the official fall season, it felt a bit like a return to the good (or at least simpler) old days when network TV was the dominant game in town, and crowded time periods could support more than one hit. In prime time's starting position of 8/7c, there appear to be three blockbusters duking it out: read more

Ask Matt: Mom & Laugh Tracks, Dexter and Broadchurch Finales

Mom

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Question: On your recommendation, I watched the first episode of Mom. Why do sitcoms insist on using these horrible laugh tracks still? I found it so distracting it took away from any viewing pleasure. I'll sample the show again because I really like the actors, but do you hate laugh tracks as much as I do? — Rob

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NCIS Premiere: Who Died? And Who's Targeting Ziva and the Team?

Mark Harmon, Leslie Hope

NCIS started its 11th season with a bang Tuesday night — literally. A terror attack on a hotel kills Secretary of the Navy Clay Jarvis (Matt Craven), and may cause Morrow (Alan Dale) to lose his leg. But it quickly becomes clear that the explosion is just a hint of larger things to come. And the group's next target? Ziva David (Cote de Pablo).

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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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