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).
Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo
In case you haven't heard, big changes are underway at NCIS.
A refresher: In the Season 10 finale, Tony (Michael Weatherly), Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and McGee (Sean Murray) all handed in their badges to protect Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in the wake of a Department of Defense investigation into the agency. The episode then jumps ahead four months, when Gibbs is aiming a sniper rifle with FBI Agent Fornell (Joe Spano) in his crosshairs.
Although we doubt it's what was originally intended, Ziva's resignation will likely stick. As fans are well aware by now, De Pablo announced over the summer that she'll be leaving the show. Will the team (and the show) be able to go on without her? Why is Fornell a target? And what additional fallout will result from the investigation into Gibbs? TVGuide.com took these burning questions and more to executive producer Gary Glasberg and Weatherly. Here are the biggest issues the show needs to address early on in Season 11:
McGee is getting a girlfriend!
Margo Harshman, who recently appeared on The Big Bang Theory as Sheldon's assistant, has landed a recurring role on NCIS, TVLine.com reports.
CBS boss on Cote De Pablo's NCIS exit: She just didn't want to do the show
Harshman will play...
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...
Behind the Scenes at the NCIS TV Guide Photo Shoot
As NCIS hit its 10-year anniversary, the cast of TV's No. 1 drama gathered to grace the cover of TV Guide Magazine.
Exclusive: NCIS cast gathers for roundtable tell-all!
In the behind-the-scenes video below, join NCIS stars Mark Harmon, Cote de Pablo, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Sean Murray, David McCallum and Brian Dietzen on their cover shoot and be sure to get all the scoop here...
"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.
Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette
After months of negotiations, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray have all signed new deals to return to NCIS, Deadline reports.
The trio inked two-year contracts for the CBS procedural, which starts production on Season 10 next week.
Rocky Carroll has signed a new deal to return for the upcoming 10th season of NCIS, TVLine reports.
David McCallum has signed a two-year deal with CBS TV Studios to remain on NCIS, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.
Get the scoop on NCIS' season finale
McCallum, who plays medical ...
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...