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The Tuesday Playlist: Super Agents and Superheroes, An Idol turned Loser

Chloe Bennet

The periods are a giveaway. The more I watch ABC's lighter-than-helium super-spy romp Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was just picked up to no one's surprise for a full season, the more I feel thrust back to a different time, a simpler and brighter time when organizations like U.N.C.L.E. (as in, The Man From ...) held sway on TV, fighting its evil counterpart T.H.R.U.S.H. — or given the hokey jokiness of S.H.I.E.L.D., maybe a better parallel is Get Smart and KAOS (which I'm not sure used periods, though maybe should have). I'm not what you'd call a comics maven, so I can't help it that I giggled every time the word "Gravitonium" was uttered in last week's episode. Things get a tad more serious this week (Tuesday, 8/7c) when the team comes across a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who's apparently gone rogue — but as the episode's title ("Eye Spy") suggests, you can't always believe your (or someone else's) eyes.

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The Tuesday Playlist: New Girl, Other Finales as a New Dance Begins

Taylor Swift

Famous last words: "Nothing can go wrong," says Jess on Cece's lavish wedding day ‑ not accounting for the runaway horse, the badger on the loose, and the inappropriate soundtrack that factors into the buds plotting a "sabo" (Schmidt-speak for "sabotage") in a pivotal and blissfully funny second-season finale of Fox's New Girl (Tuesday, 9/8c). Schmidt has brought Elizabeth (Nurse Jackie's delightful Merritt Wever) as a date while having "eye conversations" with the conflicted bride, and with Jess's disapproving dad (Rob Reiner) amplifying the insecurities underlying his daughter's romance with Nick, there's plenty of relationship drama amid the raucous comedy. And while Fox hasn't made a secret of the celebrity cameo amid the wedding crowd, it makes for a fun twist and even better joke, a grace note for an episode that will leave fans happily awaiting next season. ... On the finale of its companion piece The Mindy Project (9:30/8:30c), Mindy plans to accompany Casey to Haiti on a volunteer mission, prompting a farewell party by Danny and his ex-wife. Not to worry; she and the show will be back for a second season in the fall.

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Finale Preview: Scoop on NCIS, Modern Family and New Girl

Mark Harmon and Cote de Pablo

NCIS (Tuesday, 5/14, 8/7c, CBS)

There are ghosts both literal and figurative in NCIS's finale, which brings back one character who was killed off two years ago and ­another who hasn't been seen for more than a decade. read more

NCIS Scoop: Look Who's Coming Back for the Finale!

NCIS

NCIS' season finale is going to be pretty tough on Gibbs. Fortunately, he'll have an old friend to help him through it all.

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Muse Watson will reprise his role as Gibbs' mentor and best friend Mike Franks in the Season 10 finale, TVGuide.com has learned... read more

NCIS Boss on the 200th Episode: Gibbs Took a Big Step Forward

NCIS

Although Leroy Jethro Gibbs got to see how his life could have played out differently on the landmark 200th episode of NCIS, he decided he wouldn't have it any other way.

NCIS celebrates 200 episodes with an emotional "what if?" story

After being fired at while enjoying his morning cup of coffee at a diner, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) was led by the ghosts of Mike Franks (Muse Watson), Riley McCallister (Michael O'Neill) and Gibbs' wife Shannon (Darby Stanchfield) to some of the defining moments of Gibbs' life and the series. What if Gibbs had stopped a sniper from killing agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander)? What if Gibbs hadn't killed the man who murdered his family? And what if Gibbs hadn't been an NCIS agent at all?

In the end, truth was better than fiction for Gibbs. We chatted with executive producer Gary Glasberg about creating this one-of-a-kind hour... read more

NCIS Celebrates 200 Episodes with an Emotional "What If?" Story

Mark Harmon and Muse Watson, NCIS

What if?

That's the basic question at the heart of NCIS' 200th episode. The landmark hour (airing Tuesday at 8/7c on CBS) takes Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to his favorite diner for his usual morning cup of coffee. But he gets a whole lot more: Out of the blue, a hooded gunman approaches Gibbs, pulls his weapon and fires.

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Cue a string of mind-bending flashbacks that ask the question: What if Gibbs had taken a different path?
"There's almost an It's a Wonderful Life quality to it," executive producer Gary Glasberg says. "Gibbs is given an opportunity in a millisecond to see what the world would have been like if key moments in NCIS history and lore had unfolded differently. We've taken some of those moments and we let people see them unfold differently."

Indeed, Michael Weatherly, who plays Agent Tony DiNozzo, says... 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

NCIS Finale: How Many More Lives Will the Port-to-Port Killer Take?

Mark Harmon

Tuesday's season finale of NCIS won't allow Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team much time to mourn the sad death of Mike Franks (Muse Watson).

Finale Preview: Get scoop on 39 season-enders

As shown in the closing moments of last week's episode, E.J. Barrett (Sarah Jane Morris) and her team were on the wrong end of the Port-to-Port Killer's gun. Regardless of how that all works out, the deadly turns continue when P2P, aka Lt. Jonas Cobb (guest star Kerr Smith), gets his hands on Ziva (Cote de Pablo). That not only puts DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) on high alert, but also brings about the return of Ziva's CIA boyfriend, Ray (Enrique Murciano).

"We brought everybody in and they all join forces," executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TVGuide.com... read more

NCIS Preview: Mike Franks Returns — with Gibbs' Boat

Mark Harmon and Muse Watson, NCIS

NCIS' Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) has always been able to turn to his mentor, Mike Franks (Muse Watson), in times of trouble. When Franks returns in the hit CBS procedural's Tuesday episode, the tables will be turned.

Two mercenaries are found dead on Gibbs' boat, which forces Gibbs to re-evaluate his old friend and talk his way out of some hot water.

"We find out where the boat has ended up and it's something that Franks is involved with," Watson tells TVGuide.com "Franks and Gibbs have been such dear friends, so Gibbs lets Franks have the boat and everything gets confused from there. And of course when Vance finds out that Gibbs' boat is involved, they want answers from him and he doesn't have any."

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Prison Breaking News: A Shocking Return, and More!

Muse Watson and Kathleen Quinlan

Here's a bit of casting news that will warm the hearts of even the most jaded of my fellow old-school Prison Break fans.

Charles Westmoreland "lives."

Yes, he who would have you believe him to be the long-lost D.B. Cooper — and who last was seen left to die mid-escape from Fox River at the end of Season 1 — will make an appearance in the Dec. 15 episode, again portrayed by Muse Watson. How does Westmoreland come back into play? Like virtually everything else, he turns up as Michael continues his quest to unravel the Scylla mystery.

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