NCIS: Los Angeles celebrates 100 episodes this week, and viewers will get some long-awaited answers about Callen's (Chris O'Donnell) past, according to showrunner Shane Brennan.
"I've been waiting 75 episodes to tell this story," Brennan tells TVGuide.com. "I came up with this way back in...
NCIS: Los Angeles closed out Season 4 with the cruelest of cliff-hangers, leaving fans to wonder all summer whether Michelle (Aunjanue Ellis), who was last seen dangling out of a window, would survive; and whether Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) would crack under the pressure of being gruesomely tortured. Oh, and then there are the tiny matters of Deeks and Kensi (Daniela Ruah) locking lips before everything went to hell, and of Callen (Chris O'Donnell) being betrayed by The Chameleon (Christopher Lambert), which set off the aforementioned chain of events.
"The [Season 4] finale and the premiere episode for Season 5, the impact of that particular story will have the greatest consequence of any story we've told," executive producer Shane Brennan tells TVGuide.com. "For a number of characters involved in that, there's nowhere to hide. If you think about the trauma that nearly all of them went through in the process of the finale, these things are not easily swept under the rug. We're not going to pay lip service to them and then move on. ... Particularly Kensi and Deeks, their relationship has been altered by the kiss, and then it's been altered by the trauma that Deeks is going through when we left him."
Zooey Deschanel and Dylan O'Brien
Everyone's losing it — or more to the point, remembering how they lost it — on one of this season's more uproarious episodes of Fox's New Girl, a reminder of just how potent the comic chemistry can be between Zooey Deschanel and her BFFs when they all hang together, sharing embarrassing stories (some more mortifying than others) about how their "innocence" (such as it never was) was stolen. This episode (Tuesday, 8:58/7:58c) will be especially enjoyable for fans of Max Greenfield's Fat Schmidt slapstick and for those who've been waiting for Lamorne Morris' Winston to emerge from the sidelines and get some major LOL action. Jess (Deschanel) starts the trip down Painful Memory Lane with glimpses from Prom Night, which brings suitors including Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien (Stiles!) into her life. But it's Winston's grotesque hook-up and Fat Schmidt's messy night in college with the girlfriend who would become Merritt Wever (from Nurse Jackie) that you're likely to remember. All that and another great payoff at the end. No sophomore slump for this show.
NCIS: Los Angeles
As NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer Shane Brennan prepares to possibly launch the franchise's third show, some might wonder: Does the world need another NCIS?
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"I'm sure it's a question a lot of people are asking and I can assure everyone it's not something that we approached lightly," Brennan tells TVGuide.com. "It's something that I certainly wouldn't have done if I didn't think we could make it different and turn a different light on the NCIS world."
The key difference is that the characters at the heart of the new series....
Peter Cambor, David Bickford and Linda Hunt
Ever since Peter Cambor became a recurring cast member on NCIS: Los Angeles, the return visits of operational psychologist Nate Getz have been rather illuminating.
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While last season revealed Nate to have become exceedingly more skilled in hand-to-hand combat than we ever imagined, this time around, the case is personal, dealing with matters of the mind — and, more importantly, the heart. When the team's investigation of a Marine's death leads them to the morgue, the agents begin to question whether the coroner, Nate's former flirty friend Rose (Kathleen Rose Perkins), is hiding information.
"Nate kind of has a thing for Rose and Rose kind of has a thing for Nate," Cambor, who now stars on TBS' Wedding Band, tells TVGuide.com....
The NCIS: Los Angeles season premiere (September 25 on CBS) finds Hetty (Linda Hunt) retired and getting ready to enjoy...
Fans have been up in arms ever since beloved boss-lady Hetty (Linda Hunt) announced in the season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles that she was resigning, apparently to be replaced by Miguel Ferrer's Assistant Director Granger. Now executive producer Shane Brennan has broken his code of silence on the matter and cleared up the situation... in his own teasingly cryptic way.
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NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles loves to blow things up. So when executive producer Shane Brennan received word that the CBS drama would air a two-hour finale, he was practically giddy.
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"There's a particularly amazing explosion in the second hour of the show ... and there are no computer graphics in this explosion," Brennan says. "The debris is real, the fire balls are real. We have this opportunity of doing a double episode and we ended up with a movie in effect. I don't think in 30 years of doing this, I've ever had a more challenging two hours of TV to put together."
But while things may go boom early and often, look for a lot of other explosive moments between the characters...
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...