Merik Tadros with Cote de Pablo, NCIS
There are just two episodes to go in this season of CBS' NCIS, and playing a sizable role in them is Michael Rivkin, the Mossad agent who last week surfaced in bed alongside Ziva. This Tuesday, Tony finally gets some quality face time with Rivkin, and it's unlikely either gent will be smiling. Merik Tadros, who plays Rivkin, shared a look at what's to come.
TVGuide.com: So, the elusive Michael Rivkin is now among us....
Merik Tadros: [Laughs] Yes, apparently so.
TVGuide.com: Did they tell you, back during [the Season 6 premiere] "Last Man Standing," that they had plans for you to return, but that you'd have to sit tight?
Tadros: The way they set it up, I figured I would make some sort of comeback at one point, but I never knew when it was going to be. I had no idea.
TVGuide.com: You have not exactly endeared yourself to fans landing in bed with Ziva.
Tadros: Yeah, I had a sense that people would probably be angry ...
NCIS' Mark Harmon and Cote de Pablo
In Part 1 of our in-depth Q&A with NCIS boss Shane Brennan, he shared the secret to creating a "Legend," as in the two-part spin-off pilot that kicked off April 28 and wraps up this Tuesday at 8 pm/ET.
Here in Part 2, Brennan reveals his plan to match if not top last year's season finale, teases the arrival of a trouble-making newcomer, and ponders the future of "Tiva."
TVGuide.com: When we spoke back in December, already you were teasing this season's finale (airing May 19) as "jaw-dropping," saying it would set up a "stunning" Season 7 premiere. Is that still the plan?
Shane Brennan: It is definitely the plan. We filmed a secret ending, and those pages were only in one copy of the script. People will see the finale and say, "I know what's going to happen next in the first episode back." Wrong. You don't ...
American Idol Rat-Packed in an audience of 22.54 million total viewers, dipping 700K week-to-week. Part 1 of NCIS' spin-off set-up scored second with 16.32 mil, a drop of 7 percent.
The Biggest Loser averaged 9.43 mil over its two-hour run, its largest audience since Feb. 3. Lagging far behind ABC's According to Jims, Reaper plunged 26 percent, to 1.82 mil.
The Mentalist topped the hour with 16.9 million viewers, up 155 thou from its last fresh outing. Dancing with the Stars' results show followed with14.27 mil. At 10.6 mil, Fringe was up a hair from last week.
90210, meanwhile, sank 19 percent to hit an all-time low of 1.8 mil. That's right, 90210 got a Season 2 pick-up in February, yet Privileged is on the bubble. Join me in some head-scratching.
Without a Trace was No. 1 with an audience of 12.35 million (down 800K), but SVU (10.5 mil, surging 16 percent) dominated in the demos. In fact, Stabler and Benson copped their best 18-49 numbers since Jan. 6, and their second-best such demos of the season.
ABC's Cupid targeted 6.16 mil, down 440K and suffering significant tune-out over the hour.
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Special Agent Sam Hannah (LL Cool J) shows McGee and Gibbs his special "touch."
Just as JAG begot NCIS, CBS' NCIS is poised to produce its own progeny. In a two-part arc airing April 28 and May 5 and titled "Legend," Gibbs and the gang will interact with the Official of Special Projects, a Los Angeles-based agency populated by Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Louise Lombard and other familiar faces. If all goes well, CBS will order this "backdoor pilot" to series for the 2009-10 TV season.
Here in Part 1 of our Q&A with Shane Brennan, the NCIS executive producer shared a look at what fans of the original series can expect from its offshoot, and in what way it will be like nothing ever seen before on TV.
Law & Order: SVU
8 pm/ET CBS
NCIS, which is a spin-off of JAG, may spin off a series of its own. Tonight's episode (the first of a two-parter) introduces characters, played by LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell, who are rumored to be the leads of the series that could debut in the fall. They play undercover agents for NCIS's Office of Special Projects (OSP) in Los Angeles. In the episode, the murder of a marine sends Gibbs and McGee to L.A. to work with the OSP, and the case turns into a matter of national security.
Read on for previews of Dancing with the Stars, Rescue Me, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Life After People.
All of a sudden, it's summer in Los Angeles. We've had near-100 degree weather the last couple of days. The weather's even hotter in Valencia, where we film NCIS, so I think our hiatus couldn't have come at a better time.
Yes, Season 6 is a wrap. We celebrated the end of the season (cast, crew, post production, publicity, a few guest stars, etc;) with a wrap party this past Saturday. It's one of the few times that everyone connected with the show has a chance to get together. Lots of hugs, handshakes and plans to hang out during hiatus. Pauley Perette introduced us to a great Italian restaurant during the season, so a few of us plan to meet there for dinner during the break. It's great to work on a show where you want to spend time with each other away from the set.
Some of you have asked about the Season 6 DVD and ...
Michael Weatherly (NCIS), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) and Hayden Panettiere (Heroes)
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We've been teased big happenings with NCIS' Tony and Ziva, and I'm all for that, but need I be worrying so much? — Kate
MATT: I finally got NCIS boss Shane Brennan to dish on "Tiva," and it looks like you might be left to fret all summer long. He told me, "What happens over these next episodes is an evolution of their relationship — though perhaps more extreme than you would get in your normal [workplace]. These people do carry guns!" Then, in the wake of specific events of the May 19 season-ender, he said, "It's up to the audience to decide, and they will over the summer, what might happen [next]. But everything has a life, and eventually things end." Listen very carefully to Brennan's coda here: "Now, if you think I just said that Tiva's going to end, I didn't."
I've heard that Heroes' Volume 4 ends with a major death. Any tease? — Eric
TIM: You're half-right. Of course, not everyone who dies stays dead. Except those who do. Also, look for one character to ...
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Sorry for the delay, things have been quite busy. All's well — spent a very nice Easter weekend with my mother. thanks again for all the well wishes for her.
Well, the questions are starting to pile up so, I'm not going to waste time. Let me try to answer a few.
To Casimone: I'm glad you enjoy reading and responding to this blog. I plan to keep making entries even after we break for hiatus. Like I mentioned before, I really enjoy communicating with you all. I'll be travelling a bit this spring, so if there are a few lapses in the entries ... I hope you understand.
PeachehKate: Yes, it's a great sense of accomplishment to finish my first full season on NCIS. The cast and crew are ...
Chris O'Donnell and Mark Harmon
CBS has issued its official press release and first photos for the two-part NCIS episode that will serve as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.
Titled "Legend," the episode kicks off April 28 and concludes May 5. In one of the photos, Mark Harmon's Gibbs is seen walking-and-talking with O'Donnell's Special Agent G. Callen.
The setup: When the discovery of a Marine's corpse becomes a matter of national security, Gibbs' team must ...