CBS’ NCIS will take its deepest dive ever into Agent Tony DiNozzo’s past with an episode that flashes back to his days as a teenager attending a military preparatory academy.
Taking on the role of Young DiNozzo, TVLine has learned exclusively, will be Tanner Stine, whose credits include Nickelodoen’s Haunted Hathaways and The Thundermans.
Showrunner Gary Glasberg touts Stine as a “terrific kid who literally studied Michael Weatherly’s mannerisms” and in turn “blew us away in the audition. He came in with the haircut, the attitude, the whole thing.”
Also guest-starring in the episode is Steve Harris (The Practice, Legends), appearing in both timelines as Tony’s onetime mentor/basketball coach who’s now the provost of the military academy he once attended.
TV’s most watched drama, NCIS presents its Christmas-themed winter finale this Tuesday at 8/7c. The Teenage Tony episode is due to air during February sweeps.
Question: Any intel on NCIS? —Marsha
Ausiello: The Dec. 16 holiday episode (which also doubles as the fall finale) marks the return of three notorious cyber terrorists: Former Systems Administrator Kevin Hussein (played by Ethan Rains), Heidi Partridge (Erin Allin O’Reilly) and Lester Patel Ajay Khan (Vik Sahay). In the wake of a city-wide Internet blackout the week before Christmas, the NCIS team pulls the trio out of prison to help with the case, and, whaddaya know, I’ve got an exclusive first look at their comeback below!
Seven of Nine is two of three.
Meaning, TVLine has learned that Jeri Ryan will fill the plum NCIS role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ never-before-seen second ex-wife, Rebecca, who will be introduced in a January 2015 episode of the long-running CBS drama.
NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg first revealed to TVLine the plan to meet Gibbs’ missing ex last January, saying, “I can promise you that it is probably going to get touched on in Season 12.” Introducing the character, he effused, promises to be “[storyline] gold.”
To recap Gibbs’ wedded misses: He was first married to Shannon (played by Scandal‘s Darby Stanchfield), who, with their daughter, tragically died. Next, he wed Diane (Mad Men‘s Melinda McGraw), who is also Agent NCIS Gibbs WivesFornell’s ex. And following his marriage to Rebecca, Gibbs exchanged vows with Stephanie (The West Wing‘s Kathleen York).
The parade of redheads even fueled an in-episode walk-through (right).
Of the character’s ultimate casting, Glasberg says in a statement: “After 12 seasons there was still one ex-wife to cast opposite Gibbs and we found her in the beautiful and talented Jeri Ryan. We’re all very excited to have Jeri join us for a storyline that’s chock full of surprises.”
Ryan’s TV credits include Star Trek: Voyager, Boston Public, Shark, Leverage, Body of Proof and, most recently, Major Crimes and Helix.
NCIS resumes airing Season 12 Tuesday at 8/7c.
NCIS Special Agent Tony DiNozzo (played by Michael Weatherly) appears to be nothing but smiles when a woman from his past resurfaces — and TVLine has the pictures to prove it.
In the CBS drama’s Oct. 28 episode, titled “Parental Guidance Suggested,” 24 alum Marisol Nichols guest-stars as Zoë Keates, an ATF Special Agent who years ago worked with DiNozzo at the Philly PD (prior to Tony’s stint in Baltimore). The two cross paths anew when NCIS and ATF find themselves tracking the same terrorist.
How do you interpret Tony’s reaction below? Is it bona fide “Happy to see you,” or maybe less so? (Then again… how can it not be?? Because cheekbones.)
The same episode also guest-stars Josh Randall (Ed) and Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers). NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8/7c.
This Thanksgiving on CBS’ NCIS, the introduction of Special Agent Ellie Bishop’s husband will be on the menu.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Battlestar Galactica alum Jamie Bamber will appear in a November episode of TV’s most watched drama as the oft-mentioned, yet-to-be-seen NSA attorney Jake Malloy.
“We’ve waited a long time to meet Bishop’s husband, and we’ve found him in Jamie Bamber,” says NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg. “Jamie is a charming, talented actor, and we’re thrilled to have him on-board for this Thanksgiving episode and some exciting surprises to come.”
In addition to his run as BSG’s Apollo, Bamber’s TV credits include Law & Order: UK, Monday Mornings and Rizzoli & Isles (where he’s currently in the midst of a two-episode arc). He also just this week booked a recurring role on the midseason CW drama The Messsengers.
NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8/7c.
Agent Tony DiNozzo will get a very pretty blast from his Philadelphia past, when 24 alum Marisol Nichols guest-stars on CBS’ NCIS.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Nichols will appear in an upcoming episode, titled “Parental Guidance Suggested,” as Zoë Keates, an ATF Special Agent who years ago worked with DiNozzo when both were with the Philly PD.
The pair’s paths cross anew when NCIS and ATF find themselves both tracking the same terrorist.
In addition to her Season 6 run as 24‘s Nadia Yassir, Nichols’ TV credits include GCB, The Gates and, yes, an Oct. 2010 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles (as Callen’s ex-CIA partner).
TV’s most watched drama, NCIS opens Season 12 this Tuesday at 8/7c.
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!