DINOZZO SR. ASSISTS THE NCIS TEAM ON A MURDER CASE WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE AND CONTACTS IN THE BLACK MARKET ART WORLD, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, MARCH 10
Robert Wagner Returns as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr.
“The Artful Dodger” – Evidence in an NCIS murder case reveals a rare painting on loan had been swapped for a fake, prompting DiNozzo, Sr. to share his knowledge and contacts of the black market art world with the team, on NCIS, Tuesday, March 10 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Robert Wagner returns as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr.
CHEAT TWEET: DiNozzo Sr. pays his son a surprise visit & assists w #NCIS murder case #RobertWagner 3/10 8pm
NCIS’ Gibbs (Mark Harmon) won’t have to wait much longer for his final showdown with the man who killed his ex-wife Diane (Melinda McGraw). In fact, the conflict between Gibbs and Sergei Mishnev (Alex Veadov) “comes to a head” on Tuesday’s episode.
“It’s kind of been percolating under the surface for Gibbs, and clearly his wheels are turning and he’s brooding,” executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TVGuide.com. “He’s thinking and he’s plotting and he’s planning. … As we all know, Gibbs isn’t one to just sit back and let things happen.”
But even if Gibbs is able to get his revenge, it won’t bring Diane back to life. And unfortunately for Gibbs, the repercussions of her murder will play out for a long time to come, for both Gibbs and Fornell (Joe Spano).
“At the end of the day, Gibbs feels a certain responsibility for what happened,” Glasberg says. “Whether that’s accurate or not, he’s carrying that around with him, and Fornell is carrying that around with him. … There are really some brilliant moments between Gibbs and Fornell. I couldn’t be happier with the performances that they gave. It’s a touching, really strong episode.”
Gary Glasberg talks with THR about what Gibbs has planned for the man who murdered his ex-wife.
Showrunner Gary Glasberg told The Hollywood Reporter that things are set to get “intense” on the CBS procedural in the next few episodes, as Gibbs tracks down Sergei (Alex Veadov), the terrorist who killed Gibbs’ ex-wife Diane (Melinda McGraw).
Glasberg also explained why he was proud of the direction the show takes in this week’s episode, whether the frequently marrying Gibbs will be falling in love again soon and if he worries about the procedural genre getting oversaturated by competition.
This week’s episode involves the investigation into a Marine’s death. What can you tell us about it?
It’s an episode I’m super proud of. It touches on a subject matter that intrigued me from the get-go that is, an openly gay, married Marine, is killed, and he was recently nominated for a medal of honor. And the investigation into his death takes us down the road of, was it a hate crime? Was it related to his homosexuality? It sort of takes us on a twisty-turny road of the reason behind his murder. We tend not to do a tremendous amount of episodes that take on subjects like this, but once in a while, when it’s this important and means a lot to us, we do it, and I’m just genuinely proud of how it came out.
Gibbs has been on an emotional journey of late. What’s next for him?
Right after the holidays, we surprised everyone. We’ve had an ongoing storyline with a terrorist named Sergei, and Sergei ended up killing one of [Gibbs’] ex-wives [Diane], who he’s very close to, and it’s connected to Joe Spano’s character Fornell as well. In her passing, Gibbs has been and will continue to be really tortured over how it unfolded, and then that will all come to a head in the Feb. 17 episode of the show called “Cabin Fever,” where Gibbs ends up spending some time with Fornell, trying to help him through his grief, and at the same time, handling a manhunt to take down Sergei. It’s a big episode for us that I actually just finished editing, and I’m really pleased with it.
Fans seem to be enjoying Tony (Michael Weatherly) and Zoe’s (Marisol Nichols) budding romance. Where is that heading?
It’s been a terrific journey for Tony. After Ziva (Cote de Pablo) left, and he was grief-stricken and upset and miserable [with] the way things unfolded, we really watched him work through the situation, and then he’s come out the other side a more mature Tony DiNozzo. In the process of that, he met this former old flame in Zoe Keats, and he’s having fun. It’s fun for us to write it; it’s fun for Michael to act it. The character is enjoying himself. It doesn’t mean they’re going to get married; it doesn’t mean this is the one forever. It’s nice to see him in a relationship like this, and it will continue to weave through the rest of the season.
We finally got to see [Gibbs’ ex] Rebecca, played by Jeri Ryan. What was it like to have her on set, and will Rebecca return?
It was great to have her, and they have terrific chemistry. We just had a lot of fun. I don’t have anything planned in the immediate future, but I’m sure we’ll see her again. What I liked about what Jeri brought to that wife’s character is, every one of [Gibbs’ ex-wives] has been very different. Each one has a different personality, and you imagine where Gibbs was in his life at the time when he hooked up with them. And it gives us some more insight into Gibbs and into different phases of his life.
Is another romance in Gibbs’ future?
You never know. We talk about it, and I’m always open to the idea, and I’m open to the idea of finding someone for him. But by nature, Gibbs tends to be someone who spends a lot of time alone, and it’s the brooding nature of who he is. He has to be in a certain mindset to feel like he needs companionship, and you’re finding yourself saying, “Is this the time?” And very often, he’s so focused on work that it’s not meant to be.
What’s on the horizon for the second half of the season? It sounds like Sergei will be the focus for the near future?
[We’re] focused on the Sergei story through February — a very intense, terrific episode that comes to a head for that. Then probably some stand-alone episodes that will carry us through March and April — some terrific stuff that we’re working on right now. And then we’ll start to build toward our finale, and that’s literally something that I’m locking myself away [for] right now and starting to put together.
Congrats on your success with NCIS: New Orleans. What are the biggest challenges with executive-producing two series?
[Laughs.] It’s really about staying organized and staying ahead of it. And I couldn’t do it without all the people who have been helping me make it happen … I’ve been very, very lucky in that respect. I feel like we’re making it work — we’re turning out good product, and making good shows, and they’re entertaining, and people seem happy, and that’s more than I could ask for.
Is it ever a struggle to keep a show fresh after so many seasons?
On NCIS, as we wrap up season 12 and move into season 13, I’ve always said that the one thing I look for is, when I come back from hiatus, and we’re starting a new season, and you sit down with the writers in the writer room, are the ideas going to be flowing? To the credit of all of the writers that I work with, I’ve yet to experience a return to writing where they aren’t just bubbling over with enthusiasm and ideas, things they’ve come across. I feel like, when the day comes that those ideas are slower in coming, then we’ll know that we have to start to think a little differently. But everybody’s still running on all cylinders, and the enthusiasm and excitement are there. It’s really a treat.
What are your thoughts on the current state of procedurals as a genre? Do you worry about there being too many similar shows on the various networks?
I’m not a believer that there’s a finite world of mystery. I’ve been a colossal mystery fan for a very long time, going back to Columbo and McMillan & Wife and the shows that I grew up on. Do I think that the genre has a sort of limit to it? No, I really don’t. I think it will continue to evolve. I think that there are times when you are doing a crime story where you can have humor, and there are times when it’s straighter and darker. I’m excited by where [the genre] is, and I’m excited by the amount of television that’s out there, and stuff on cable and stuff on network. It’s a terrific time to be in TV.
NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.
THOUGH GIBBS’ ARCH-NEMESIS IS THE LEAD SUSPECT IN THE LATEST CASE, HE LEAVES THE INVESTIGATION TO HIS TEAM IN ORDER TO HELP A DESTRUCTIVE AND GRIEF-STRICKEN FORNELL, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, FEB. 17
Joe Spano Returns as Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell
“Cabin Fever” – The NCIS team suspects Gibbs’ arch-nemesis is behind an explosion at a summit for global terror event, but Gibbs elects to sit out the investigation in order to help a grief-stricken Fornell, whose life is on the verge of imploding following his wife’s murder, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: Gibbs takes a destructive Fornell away to a cabin while #NCIS pursues his arch nemesis! 2/17 8pm
THE NCIS TEAM INVESTIGATES THE MURDER OF A MARINE WHO ATTENDED THE SAME MILITARY ACADEMY AS DINOZZO, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, FEB. 10
“Cadence” – DiNozzo returns to the military academy he attended as a teenager after a murdered Marine and alumni of the school is found clutching the photo of a current student. Also, Bishop and her husband invite Gibbs and the team out for a special dinner, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: Discover DiNozzo’s past – #NCIS flashes back to his teenage days at a military academy #CBS 2/10 8pm
Question: After the episode where Gibbs’ and Fornell’s ex-wife was shot, will NCIS address what happens to her child with Fornell? —Joy
Ausiello: As a matter of fact, the Feb. 17 episode, titled “Cabin Fever,” will deal with many of the reverberations of Diane’s tragic death — as felt by the men in her life as well as daughter Emily. “There are some really brilliant moments between Mark Harmon and Joe Spano, as they spend some time in Gibbs’ cabin and hash out some of the issues they’re both facing because of that loss,” showrunner Gary Glasberg previews. “And Emily makes an appearance too — it’s all part of what Fornell is carrying right now. He’s having trouble, and Gibbs is there as a friend.”
THE NCIS TEAM INVESTIGATES A POSSIBLE HATE CRIME WHEN THE FIRST OPENLY GAY SERVICEMAN SET TO RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR IS MURDERED, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, FEB. 3
Rocky Carroll Makes His Directorial Debut
“We Build, We Fight” – Gibbs and the team investigate when a Navy lieutenant who is set to be the first openly gay servicemember to receive the Medal of Honor is murdered. Also, as his wife’s due date approaches, Palmer prepares for fatherhood with a NCIS baby shower, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: #NCIS investigates the murder of a future Medal of Honor winner & @RockyCOfficial makes directorial debut #CBS 2/3 8pm