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Aug 26,2014

Mega Buzz: NCIS SceNav Sarah Porter

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I would love any NCIS spoilers you might have. — Laura
It’s been a while since we checked in with SecNav Sarah Porter, no? Fear not: Leslie Hope will reprise her role in an episode slated to air in mid-October (the same episode that will introduce Stephanie Jacobsen as DiNozzo’s new love interest). The episode, appropriately titled “Choke Hold,” finds the team investigating the bizarre strangling of a Navy research scientist. Hmm, sounds like the kind of case SecNav can really get her hands around!

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Aug 19,2014

Stephanie Jacobsen joins ‘NCIS’—as a love interest for DiNozzo?

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This should make the Tiva fans go nuts.

Stephanie Jacobsen has landed a potentially recurring role on NCIS, EW has learned exclusively.

The Revenge and Melrose Place alum will play FBI Special Agent Leia Pendergast, who is partnered with Agent DiNozzo for a case involving an international terrorist threat targeting Navy researchers.

Could she be a new love interest for DiNozzo? The description of her character seems to imply as much: “Armed but feminine, sexy and single, cool and confident. A former U.S. Marshal-turned FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force leader, she is flirtatious and adventurous with a sense of humor. Leia is a straight shooter, brash when she needs to be. She isn’t afraid to knock down doors or egos.”

NCIS returns Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Jacobsen will first appear in an episode slated for October.

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Mar 24,2014

NCIS Exclusive: Kelli Williams Cast in Important Episode About Sexual Assault in the Navy

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CBS’ NCIS has enlisted TV vet Kelli Williams to guest-star in an upcoming episode that will explore the issue of sexual assault in the Navy.

“It’s a really important episode for us,” showrunner Gary Glasberg tells TVLine of the installment, which has already been filmed and is now being edited. “I’m very pleased with how it’s turning out.”

Williams — whose previous TV credits include Army Wives, Lie to Me, Men in Trees and The Practice — plays an NCIS agent in the episode, which will be the second one to follow the imminent two-week NCIS: New Orleans planted spin-off (premiering this Tuesday at 8/7c).

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Feb 18,2014

CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff Adds ‘Person of Interest’s’ Paige Turco

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She’ll continue her relationship with the network and play Scott Bakula’s wife in the planted spinoff.
The planted spinoff has cast Person of Interest’s Paige Turco as Linda, the wife to Bakula’s lead Agent Pride, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Set to air in the spring, the two-part planted pilot centers on the NCIS New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola, Fla., through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. New Orleans, with its rich culture of music, fun and debauchery is a magnet for military personnel on leave — and with fun, comes trouble.

Turco, who has a series regular role on The CW’s midseason drama The 100, will film the NCIS guest role in second position and potentially recur should the spinoff move forward.

She joins a cast that also includes Zoe McLellan, CCH Pounder and Lucas Black. Turco continues to recur as Zoe on CBS’ Person of Interest. She’s repped by Gersh and One Entertainment.

NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon will executive produce the spinoff, which will air in the spring.

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Feb 03,2014

Scoop: NCIS: New Orleans Pilot Adds Sons of Anarchy’s CCH Pounder, JAG Alum

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The NCIS: New Orleans team is quickly populating.

On the heels of Scott Bakula joining CBS’ spin-off pilot as team leader Agent Pride, Sons of Anarchy D.A./onetime Shield captain CCH Pounder and JAG alum Zoe McLellan have been added to the cast.

Pounder will play Dr. Wade, the Jefferson Parish Medical Examiner, who is described as being “as eccentric as she is smart,” “worldly, intuitive and incredibly connected to Louisiana.” (Though this pilot will be shot well before Sons starts production on its final season, Pounder may have some schedule-juggling to do if it goes to series.)

McLellan meanwhile has landed the role of Special Agent Brody, a Midwestern transplant who comes to New Orleans looking for a fresh start and a safe haven to heal old wounds. As such, she is the show’s crawfish-out-of-water.

Still to be cast for the pilot — which is being exec-produced by NCIS boss Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon, and will air as a springtime NCIS two-parter — is Agent LaSalle, a “muscular,” “devilish” and “charming” 30something former Sheriff’s deputy, raised in Louisiana.

A four-time Emmy nominee, Pounder’s other TV credits include Warehouse 13, ER and The X-Files. McLellan’s resume — in addition to her run as JAG P.O. Jennifer Coates — includes Dirty Sexy Money, The Mentalist, Royal Pains and House.

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Feb 03,2014

Dirty Sexy Actress Joins NCIS: New Orleans Pilot

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The NCIS: New Orleans team is quickly populating.

On the heels of Scott Bakula being cast on CBS’ planted spin-off pilot as team leader Agent Pride, Zoe McLellan — who played wife to Peter Krause on Dirty Sexy Money — has landed the role of Special Agent Brody, a Midwestern transplant who comes to New Orleans looking for a fresh start and a safe haven to heal old wounds, and thus is the show’s crawfish-out-of-water.

Still to be cast for the pilot — which is being exec-produced by NCIS boss Gary Glabserg and star Mark Harmon, and will air as a springtime NCIS two-parter — are the roles of Agent LaSalle (a “muscular,” “devilish” and “charming” 30something former Sheriff’s deputy, raised in Louisiana) and Dr. Wade (the “outspoken” and “eccentric” Ducky of the team).

In addition to her Dirty Sexy run, McLellan’s TV credits include appearances on The Mentalist, Royal Pains and House.

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Feb 03,2014

Scoop: Scott Bakula Joins NCIS: New Orleans

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CBS’ latest, New Orleans-based NCIS offshoot has filled its first role, and it goes to TV vet Scott Bakula.

TVLine has learned that the alum of such series as Men of a Certain Age, Star Trek: Enterprise and Quantum Leap is boarding the planted pilot in the role of NCIS Special Agent Pride.

Described as “embodying New Orleans,” Pride is “driven by the need to do what’s right … with warmth, passion, strength and humor. He’s a unique federal agent working in one of this country’s most unique cities.”

In the prospective series — which is being exec-produced by NCIS boss Gary Glabserg and star Mark Harmon, and will air its pilot as a springtime NCIS two-parter — the New Orleans NCIS office will handle cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. Per the logline, “With its rich setting of music, fun and debauchery, New Orleans is a magnet for military personnel on-leave. And with fun comes trouble.”

Still to be cast for the pilot are the roles of Agent LaSalle (a “muscular,” “devilish” and “charming” 30something former Sheriff’s deputy, raised in Louisiana), Agent Brody (a 30something female wielding an Ivy League mind and “Grace Kelly-like class, pomp and circumstance”) and Dr. Wade (the “outspoken” and “eccentric” Ducky of the team). I previously offered my casting ideas here.

Bakula’s other TV credits include (but are never limited to!) HBO’s Behind the Candelabra (for which he earned an Emmy nomination), Chuck, Desperate Housewives and appearances on Looking and Two and a Half Men.

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