NCIS (TV series)


NCIS (TV series)
NCIS
The show's opening logo.
Intertitle
Genre Police procedural
Drama
Created by Donald P. Bellisario
Don McGill
Starring Mark Harmon
Sasha Alexander
Michael Weatherly
Pauley Perrette
David McCallum
Sean Murray
Cote de Pablo
Lauren Holly
Rocky Carroll
Brian Dietzen
Theme music composer Numeriklab
Opening theme NCIS Theme
Ending theme NCIS Theme
Composer(s) Brian Kirk
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 195 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Shane Brennan
Donald P. Bellisario
Chas. Floyd Johnson
Gary Glasberg
Mark Horowitz
Mark Harmon
Frank Cardea
George Schenck
Producer(s) David Bellisario
Avery C. Drewe
Location(s) Santa Clarita, California
Cinematography Billy Webb
Running time 42–44 minutes
Production company(s) Belisarius Productions
Paramount Television (2003–06)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–09)
CBS Television Studios (2009–present)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23) – present
Chronology
Related shows JAG
NCIS: Los Angeles
External links
Official website

NCIS, formerly known as NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, is an American police procedural drama television series revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal investigations involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

The concept and characters were initially introduced in a two-part episode of the CBS series JAG (JAG episodes 8.20 and 8.21). The show, a spin-off from JAG, premiered on September 23, 2003 on CBS and, to date, has aired eight full seasons and has gone into syndicated reruns on USA Network, Cloo (formerly Sleuth) and Ion Television. Donald Bellisario, who created JAG as well as the well-known series Airwolf, Magnum, P.I. and Quantum Leap, is co-creator and executive producer of NCIS.

NCIS was originally referred to as Navy NCIS during Season 1; however, "Navy" was later dropped from the title as it was redundant. NCIS was joined in its seventh season by a spin-off series, NCIS: Los Angeles, starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.

On February 3, 2011, NCIS was renewed by CBS for a ninth season after receiving series-high ratings the night before.[1][2] That same year, NCIS was voted as America’s favorite television show.[3] NCIS has had positive reviews, including a user rating of 8.1/10 on Metacritic, indicating universal acclaim.

Contents

Premise

NCIS follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team (MCRT)[4] special agents headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. It is described by the actors and producers (on special features on DVD releases in the United States) as being distinguished by its comic elements, ensemble acting and character-driven plots.

NCIS is the primary law enforcement and counter-intelligence arm of the United States Department of the Navy, which includes the United States Marine Corps. NCIS investigates all major criminal offenses (felonies)—crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice by confinement of more than one year—within the Department of the Navy. The MCRT is frequently assigned to high profile cases such as the death of the U.S. president's military aide, a bomb situation on a U.S. Navy warship, the death of a celebrity on a reality show set on a USMC base, terrorist threats, and kidnappings.

The MCRT is led by Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). Gibbs’s team is composed of Special Agent and Senior Field Agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) and Special Agent (formerly Mossad liaison officer) Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), who replaced Caitlin "Kate" Todd (Sasha Alexander) when she was shot and killed by rogue Mossad agent Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin) at the end of season two. The team is assisted in their investigations by Chief Medical Examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum), his assistant Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen), who replaced Gerald Jackson (Pancho Demmings), and Forensic Specialist Abigail "Abby" Sciuto (Pauley Perrette).

It has been revealed through flashbacks that the 'original' head of the MCRT was Special Agent Mike Franks (Muse Watson), who led the unit when it was part of the Naval Investigative Service (NIS), the predecessor agency of the NCIS. He recruited Gibbs shortly after Gibbs' retirement from the Marine Corps, eventually retiring himself some years later. After Franks' departure, Gibbs recruited DiNozzo from the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Section. The two were briefly joined by Vivian Blackadder (Robyn Lively), whom Gibbs recruited from the FBI. In the second part of the NCIS pilot, Blackadder allowed her emotions to nearly derail an anti-terror operation in Spain. Gibbs is noticeably disappointed; Blackadder is not present in the series' first regular episode, replaced by Caitlin Todd, a Secret Service agent who joins Gibbs' team after resigning from the Secret Service. McGee first appears as a Field Agent assigned to the Norfolk Field Office. He uses his computer skills to aid the MCRT in subsequent investigations through the rest of the first season, until he is officially promoted with his own desk at the Navy Yard in the beginning of the second season.

NCIS is currently led by Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll). The first director seen in the series, Thomas Morrow (Alan Dale), left after being promoted to Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security. Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) was appointed director after Morrow in the first episode of season three. After Shepard was killed in a shootout at the end of the fifth season Vance, who was Assistant Director of NCIS before her death, was seen as Acting Director after her death and was promoted to take her place.

Cast

Name Portrayed by Occupation Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon NCIS Special Agent in Charge Main
Caitlin Todd Sasha Alexander NCIS Field Special Agent Main Guest Voice
Tony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly NCIS Senior Field Special Agent Main
Ziva David Cote de Pablo NCIS Field Special Agent Main
Abby Sciuto Pauley Perrette NCIS Forensic Specialist Main
Timothy McGee Sean Murray NCIS Field Special Agent Recurring Main
Jenny Shepard Lauren Holly NCIS Agency Director Main
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll NCIS Agency Director/ Former NCIS Agency Assistant Director Recurring Main
Donald "Ducky" Mallard David McCallum NCIS Chief Medical Examiner Main
Jimmy Palmer Brian Dietzen NCIS Medical Examiner's Assistant Recurring Also Starring

Main

  • Leroy Jethro Gibbs, portrayed by Mark Harmon (Seasons 1–present), is a Special Agent in charge of the Major Case Response Team. He was a sniper in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, until 1991 when his first wife Shannon and daughter Kelly were killed by a Mexican drug dealer after Shannon had witnessed a murder by the drug dealer.[5] Gibbs killed the drug dealer in Mexico, after being told by Special Agent Mike Franks where to find him, and joined NIS, later renamed NCIS, initially training under Franks.[6] After Franks retirement, Gibbs became the agent in charge of the MCRT. He has been married four times but is currently single, which is often referred to on the show. He also has a difficult relationship with his father. Gibbs and Director Shepard had a romantic relationship in the past, shown through the use of flashbacks.
  • Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo, portrayed by Michael Weatherly (Seasons 1–present), is a Special Agent and Senior Field Agent of the Major Case Response Team and former Peoria, Philadelphia, and Baltimore police officer before joining NCIS in 2001.[7] Gibbs considers DiNozzo to be a younger version of himself, using his "gut" to solve cases (e.g., in the episode "Collateral Damage").[8] Considered a notorious womanizer, his behavior is often quite sexist even on the job, which irritates the females he works with.
  • Ziva David, portrayed by Cote de Pablo (Recurring season 3, main cast seasons 3–present), is possibly the most dangerous member of the team. She is a Special Agent of the Major Case Response Team since season seven. For her first four years in the show, she was a part of the NCIS team as a Mossad Liaison Officer. She replaced Special Agent Kate Todd, who was shot and killed by Ziva's half-brother in the Season Two finale, "Twilight". In Season 7 opening episode, "Truth or Consequences", she was rescued from North Africa by Gibbs, DiNozzo and McGee where she had been held prisoner by terrorists for several months after being captured on a mission she had been working on for Mossad. She eventually returned to the US and resigned from Mossad, becoming a probationary NCIS agent and also an American citizen.
  • Abigail "Abby" Sciuto, portrayed by Pauley Perrette (Seasons 1–present), is a forensics specialist assigned to the NCIS Major Case Response Team. She has an affinity for Gothic fashion and is addicted to the fictional brand "Caf-Pow", a caffeinated beverage. Abby's character has gained enormous popularity nationally and internationally.
  • Timothy McGee, portrayed by Sean Murray (Recurring season 1, main cast seasons 2–present), is a Special Agent and Junior Field Agent of the Major Case Response Team. He has a degree in computer forensics from MIT and a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins, and, along with Abby Sciuto, acts as the team's technology specialist. McGee was originally assigned to the Norfolk Naval Base but became a permanent team member at the end of the Season 2 opening episode, "See No Evil". Often called "Probie" by DiNozzo, despite no longer being a probationary. Under a pseudonym, the author of a best-selling book using characters based on members of the team, much to their irritation. Particularly close to Abby.
  • Leon Vance, portrayed by Rocky Carroll (Recurring season 5, main cast seasons 6–present), who was formerly the NCIS Assistant Director and right hand to Jenny Shepard; he became the Director of NCIS following her death at the end of the fifth season.
  • Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, portrayed by David McCallum (Seasons 1–present), is the Chief Medical Examiner assigned to NCIS; he spent some time as a Medical Examiner in Vietnam, Bosnia, and Afghanistan before working for NCIS. He was close friends with Jenny Shepard and is best friends with Gibbs.
  • Jenny Shepard, portrayed by Lauren Holly (Recurring season 3, main cast seasons 3–5), was the second director of NCIS; she formerly worked under Gibbs in Europe and was his lover at the time. She was killed in "Judgment Day, Part 1" after a former NCIS target, Natasha, hired assassins to kill her. Shepard managed to kill all of the assassins with the help of Mike Franks but died from her wounds.
  • Caitlin "Kate" Todd, portrayed by Sasha Alexander (Main cast seasons 1–2, guest starred season 3 episodes 1 & 2), worked as a Secret Service Agent until the beginning of Season 1 and was tasked with the presidential protection detail. She almost failed at her job, only being bailed out by NCIS, so she resigned from the Secret Service and was offered a job at NCIS by Gibbs who became something of a mentor to her. Her two-year career came to a tragic and abrupt end when at the end of the Season 2 finale "Twilight", she died after being shot in the head by double agent Ari Haswari (Ziva David's late half-brother). Her death hit the NCIS team hard, with Gibbs leaving flowers on the roof where she was shot and, following her death, not letting anybody touch her desk or locker at NCIS until she was replaced by Ziva David (Ari Haswari's half-sister).

Recurring

  • Jimmy Palmer, portrayed by Brian Dietzen (Seasons 1–present), replaced Gerald Jackson as the assistant to Medical Examiner Dr. Mallard. Although originally credited in a recurring role, Dietzen has been credited as "Also starring" since Season 6.
  • Tobias Fornell, portrayed by Joe Spano (Seasons 1–present), is a senior FBI Special Agent. He has a daughter with his ex-wife, who was previously married to Gibbs. Gibbs and Fornell have a spiky camaraderie and frequently have meetings in a stalled elevator while pretending to their respective staffs that they are arguing furiously.
  • Trent Kort, portrayed by David Dayan Fisher (Seasons 4–present), is an undercover CIA Special Agent who always seems to have his own devious goals to pursue. Gibbs regards him as very dangerous and does not trust him. While trying to clean up the agency's mess involving the "Port-to-Port Killer ", Lt. Jonas Cobb, he loses his left eye in a fight with Cobb, which Cobb later puts in a drink he secretly ordered for DiNozzo at a bar.
  • Eli David, portrayed by Michael Nouri (Seasons 6–present), is the director of the national intelligence agency of Israel, known as Mossad. He is also father of both NCIS (and ex-Mossad) Agent Ziva David and rogue Mossad agent Ari Haswari. Even though he does not support his daughter being at NCIS, he claims he still loves her. He is close friends with, and mentor to, Director Vance, during Vance's first assignment for NCIS.
  • E. J. Barrett, portrayed by Sarah Jane Morris (Season 8–present), is an NCIS team leader temporarily assigned, with her team, to Washington from Rota, Spain, to find the Port-to-Port Killer. Her job in Spain was first offered to DiNozzo, who declined.
  • Mike Franks, portrayed by Muse Watson (Seasons 3–8), is a retired Special Agent with NIS and long-time mentor to Gibbs, whom he still calls Probie. He is also close friends with DiNozzo and Jenny Shepard. He loses his trigger finger in "Rule Fifty-one" but claims that he "can still pull the trigger with [his] thumb." In the Season 8 episode "Swan Song," he is murdered with a scalpel by Lt. Jonas Cobb, the "Port to Port Killer." He had predicted his own death, telling himself moments before, that he'd die fighting.
  • M. Allison Hart, portrayed by Rena Sofer (Season 7), is a hard-charging defense attorney and potential love interest for Gibbs.
  • Michelle Lee, portrayed by Liza Lapira (Seasons 4–6), is a Special Agent with NCIS who is assigned to Special Agent DiNozzo's team at the start of Season 4 even though she is foremost a lawyer. She is reassigned back to the Legal Department after Gibbs returns and has recurring appearances throughout the fourth season. She then returns to Gibbs' team at the end of Season 5 in "Judgment Day, Part 2" after being suspected as a mole and is shot by Gibbs in "Dagger" (to hit her captor behind her) after it is revealed that her sister was captured and used to blackmail her into being a mole at NCIS. Because she would have been tried for two murders, she chose to "die a hero".
  • Hollis Mann, portrayed by Susanna Thompson (Seasons 4–5), is a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army assigned to the CID. She later retires but remains a love interest of Gibbs throughout Seasons 4 and 5.
  • Jeanne Benoit, portrayed by Scottie Thompson (Seasons 4–5), is a doctor at Monroe University Hospital and daughter of arms dealer René Benoit (also known as La Grenouille). She is used as part of an undercover operation and is the love interest of Special Agent DiNozzo in seasons four and five; her last appearance is in "Internal Affairs".
  • Paula Cassidy, portrayed by Jessica Steen (Seasons 1–4), is a Special Agent with NCIS and is temporarily assigned to Gibbs' team following the death of Kate Todd, before getting her own team based in the Pentagon. She is killed by a suicide bomber in "Grace Period".
  • Thomas Morrow, portrayed by Alan Dale (Seasons 1–3), is the first Director of NCIS seen in the series. He resigns as Director of NCIS in "Kill Ari, Part 1" after being offered a job at the Department of Homeland Security and is succeeded by Jenny Shepard.
  • Gerald Jackson, portrayed by Pancho Demmings (Seasons 1 & 3), is the Assistant Medical Examiner to Dr. Mallard during Season 1 until he is shot by Ari Haswari in "Bête Noire". He was Dr. Mallard's assistant two years prior to this and went into rehab after the incident and was replaced by Jimmy Palmer.

Production

The filming crew in 2009.

Name

Prior to the launch of the first season, advertisements on CBS identified the show as "Naval CIS". By the time of the launch of the first episode, NCIS was airing under the name Navy NCIS, the name it held for the entire first season. Since the "N" in NCIS stands for "Naval", the name Navy NCIS was technically redundant. The decision to use this name was reportedly made by CBS, over the objections of Bellisario, in order to:

  • Attract new viewers (particularly those of JAG), who might not know the NCIS abbreviation.
  • Disambiguate between NCIS and the similarly themed and similarly spelled CBS series CSI and its spinoffs. (The original title, for instance, was often misquoted and parodied as "Navy CSI", something the show itself referenced in the first episode).[9]

After its successful first season, the name of the series was shortened to NCIS.

Filming location

NCIS is set in the Washington, D.C., area but is filmed in Santa Clarita, California.[10] The sound stages are in Santa Clarita. The series is shot throughout southern California.

Crew changes

It was reported in May 2007 that Donald Bellisario would be stepping down from the show.[11] Due to a disagreement with series star Mark Harmon, Bellisario's duties as show runner/head writer were to be tasked to long-time show collaborators, including co-executive producer Chas. Floyd Johnson and Shane Brennan, with Bellisario retaining his title as executive producer.[12]

Episodes

Eight complete seasons of NCIS have been aired, with the eighth season ending on May 17, 2011. As of November 15, 2011, a total of 195 episodes have aired.

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Introductory 2 April 22, 2003 April 29, 2003 March 17, 2009
included on JAG
season 8 DVD
June 21, 2010
included on JAG
season 8 DVD
August 5, 2010
included on JAG
season 8 DVD
1 23 September 23, 2003 May 25, 2004 June 6, 2006 July 24, 2006 August 10, 2006
2 23 September 28, 2004 May 24, 2005 November 14, 2006 October 2, 2006 October 12, 2006
3 24 September 20, 2005 May 16, 2006 April 24, 2007 June 25, 2007 March 15, 2007
4 24 September 19, 2006 May 22, 2007 October 23, 2007 May 19, 2008 July 10, 2008
5 19 September 25, 2007 May 20, 2008 August 26, 2008 June 22, 2009 May 7, 2009
6 25 September 23, 2008 May 19, 2009 August 25, 2009 August 2, 2010 June 3, 2010
7 24 September 22, 2009 May 25, 2010 August 24, 2010 June 13, 2011[13] July 7, 2011[14]
8 24 September 21, 2010 May 17, 2011[15] August 23, 2011[16] N/A September 1, 2011[17]
9 N/A September 20, 2011[18] N/A N/A N/A N/A

Crossovers

NCIS has had crossovers with two other CBS shows:

  • JAG: The pilot of NCIS was made up of two episodes of JAG, "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" from JAG's eighth season. These JAG episodes introduced Mark Harmon as Gibbs, Michael Weatherly as Tony, Pauley Perrette as Abby, and David McCallum as Ducky. Patrick Labyorteaux reprised his role as Lt. Bud Roberts in the first season episode "Hung Out to Dry"; Alicia Coppola returned as Lt. Cmdr. Faith Coleman in "UnSEALed", "Call of Silence" and "Hometown Hero" while Adam Baldwin returned as Cmdr. Michael Rainer in "A Weak Link".
  • NCIS: Los Angeles: Rocky Carroll appears on NCIS: Los Angeles as his NCIS character Director Leon Vance, while Pauley Perrette has appeared twice as Abby. Also, on the season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles, David Dayan Fisher reprises his role as CIA Officer Trent Kort. Additionally, Kelly Hu appears as Lee Wuan Kai in NCIS: Los Angeles and later appears in an episode of NCIS. Also, many of the characters working at the Office of Special Projects in NCIS: Los Angeles are introduced near the end of Season 6 of NCIS. In the Season 7 finale of NCIS, Vance mentions he has spent a lot of time getting the new Los Angeles branch up and running the past year, and tells Gibbs that Hetty (director of the Los Angeles branch) took him on a tour of Warner Bros. Studios.

Ratings

Broadcast

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of NCIS.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
Season Episodes Timeslot (EST) Original Airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Season premiere Season finale TV season
1st 23 Tuesday 8:00 PM September 23, 2003 May 25, 2004 2003–04 #26 11.84[19]
2nd 23 Tuesday 8:00 PM September 28, 2004 May 24, 2005 2004–05 #22 13.57[20]
3rd 24 Tuesday 8:00 PM September 20, 2005 May 16, 2006 2005–06 #16 15.27[21]
4th 24 Tuesday 8:00 PM September 19, 2006 May 22, 2007 2006–07 #20 14.54[22]
5th 19 Tuesday 8:00 PM September 25, 2007 May 20, 2008 2007–08 #14 14.41[23]
6th 25 Tuesday 8:00 PM September 23, 2008 May 19, 2009 2008–09 #5 17.77[24]
7th 24 Tuesday 8:00 PM September 22, 2009 May 25, 2010 2009–10 #4 19.33[25]
8th 24 Tuesday 8:00 PM September 21, 2010 May 17, 2011 2010–11 #5 19.46[26]
9th TBA Tuesday 8:00 PM September 20, 2011[27] Spring 2012 2011–12 #1[28] 21.98[28]
  • NCIS is the most watched scripted TV series in the United States, followed by CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Both shows are from CBS.
  • In season 8 episode "Freedom" NCIS set another series ratings record by attracting an audience of 22.85 million viewers and a 18-49 rating of 4.6. (Live+SD) [29][30]
DVR
Cable
  • The show ranked number eighteen (4.793 million viewers) in the list of Nielsen ratings top twenty most-watched cable shows for the week ending January 25, 2009.[34]
  • The show ranked number ten (4.535 million viewers), twelve (4.264 million viewers), thirteen (4.221 million viewers), fifteen (4,161 million viewers), seventeen (4.132 million viewers), and twenty (4.081 million viewers) in the list of Nielsen ratings top twenty most-watched cable shows for the week ending March 1, 2009.[35]
  • The show ranked sixteen (4.091 million viewers), seventeen (4.084 million viewers), eighteen (4.072 million viewers), and twenty (4.006 million viewers) in the list of Nielsen ratings top twenty most-watched cable shows for the week ending March 29, 2009.[36]
  • The show ranked number five (4.492 million viewers), six (4.467 million viewers), eight (4.394 million viewers), nine (4.214 million viewers), fifteen (3.962 million viewers), and seventeen (3.8.58 million viewers) in the list of Nielsen ratings top twenty most-watched cable shows for the week ending May 3, 2009.[37]
  • The show ranked number three (4.82 million viewers), six (4.38 million viewers), ten (3.82 million viewers), eleven (3.88 million viewers), and fourteen (3.87 million viewers) in the list of Nielsen ratings top fifteen most-watched cable shows for the week ending November 1, 2009.[38]

DVD releases

The first six seasons of NCIS have been released as full-season boxed sets in Regions 1, 2 and 4. In Germany (which belongs to Region 2), each of season 1 – 4 was released in two DVD-boxes. The first season DVD release omits the two part introductory episode that aired as part of the eighth season of JAG.

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season 1 June 6, 2006[39] July 24, 2006[40] August 10, 2006[41]
Season 2 November 14, 2006[42] October 16, 2006[43] October 12, 2006[44]
Season 3 April 24, 2007[45] June 25, 2007[46] March 15, 2007[47]
Season 4 October 23, 2007[48] May 19, 2008[49] July 10, 2008[47]
Season 5 August 26, 2008[50] June 22, 2009[51] May 7, 2009[52]
Season 6 August 25, 2009[53] June 23, 2010[54] June 3, 2010[55]
Season 7 August 24, 2010[56] June 13, 2011 [57] July 7, 2011
Season 8 August 23, 2011 October 6, 2011 September 1, 2011 [58]

Other releases

In 2010, CBS Interactive and GameHouse released a mobile video game, NCIS: The Game for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and BREW/J2ME. The game features five different cases written by the show's writers.[59]

In 2011, Ubisoft will release NCIS: The Video Game for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Nintendo DS.

Soundtrack

CBS Records released the show's first soundtrack on February 10, 2009.[60] The Official TV Soundtrack is a two-disc, 22-track set that includes brand new songs from top artists featured prominently in upcoming episodes of the series as well as the show’s original theme by Numeriklab[61] (available commercially for the first time) and a remix of the theme by Ministry. The set also includes songs performed by series regulars Pauley Perrette and Cote de Pablo.

A sequel to the soundtrack was released on November 3, 2009. NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack; Vol. 2 is a single disc, 12 track set that covers songs (many previously unreleased) featured throughout the seventh season of the show, including one recording titled "Bitter and Blue" by Weatherly, as well as two songs used in previous seasons.

Spin-off

CBS has picked up an NCIS spin-off series with the title NCIS: Los Angeles.[62][63][64][65] Filming began in February 2009, with the characters introduced in a two-part NCIS episode entitled "Legend" which aired on April 28, 2009 and May 5, 2009.[63] The characters listed were: G. Callen, Lara Macy, Nate "Doc" Getz, Kensi Blye, and Sam Hanna.[66] Crew members will include Michael B. Kaplan, Lev L. Spiro, Jerry London, Sheldon Epps and Mark Saraceni.[67]

Chris O'Donnell plays the lead character, G. Callen.[68] LL Cool J, plays the role of Special Agent Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL, who works in the undercover unit of NCIS in Los Angeles, and is also fluent in Arabic and an expert on Middle Eastern culture."[64] Peter Cambor and Daniela Ruah were confirmed to be cast as leads of the new spin-off, playing a psychologist (called "Nate") and forensic investigator (called "Kensi") respectively.[66]

Following the shows official pick up Louise Lombard was not signed for the role of Special Agent Lara Macy, that she had played in the pilot, Linda Hunt and Adam Jamal Craig were confirmed to replace her, playing OSP Manager Henrietta Lange and Special Agent Dom Vail, both starring roles. Craig left the series in episode 21 of Season 1, and has been replaced by Eric Christian Olsen playing Marty Deeks,[69] the LAPD/NCIS Liaison. The series started its second season with a 2-hour premiere on September 21, 2010.

The third season started on September 20, 2011 at 9PM ET/PT.

Characters from NCIS have appeared in the spin-off; Leon Vance has a recurring role and Abby Sciuto appeared in the episodes "Random on Purpose" and "Killshot".

Awards and nominations

ALMA Award

  • Nominated – Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series – Cote de Pablo (2008)
  • Won – Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series – Cote de Pablo (2011)

ASCAP Award

  • Won – Top TV Series – Matt Hawkins, Maurice Jackson, Neil Martin (2009)
  • Won – Top TV Series – Matt Hawkins, Maurice Jackson, Neil Martin (2008)
  • Won – Top TV Series – Matt Hawkins, Maurice Jackson, Neil Martin (2007)
  • Won – Top TV Series – Matt Hawkins, Maurice Jackson, Neil Martin (2006)
  • Won – Top TV Series – Matt Hawkins, Maurice Jackson, Neil Martin (2004)
  • Won – Top TV Series – Steven Bramson (2004)

BMI Film & TV Awards

  • Won – BMI TV Music Award – Brian Kirk (2009)
  • Won – BMI TV Music Award – Brian Kirk (2008)
  • Won – BMI TV Music Award – Joseph Conlan (2005)

California on Location Awards

  • Won – Location Team of the Year (Episodic Television) – Emily Kirylo, Jim McClafferty, Joel Sinderman, Michael Soleau (2008)

Emmy Awards

  • Nominated – Outstanding Stunt Coordination – Diamond Farnsworth, "Requiem" (2008)
  • Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Charles Durning (2005)

NAACP Image Awards

  • Nominated – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Rocky Carroll (2010)

People's Choice Awards

  • Nominated – Favorite TV Drama (2009)
  • Nominated – Favorite TV Drama Actor – Mark Harmon (2009)

Imagen Foundation Awards

  • Nominated – Best Supporting Actress/Television – Cote de Pablo (2009)
  • Won – Best Supporting Actress/Television – Cote de Pablo (2006)

Young Artist Awards

  • Nominated – Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor – Dominic Scott Kay, "Lost & Found" (2008)

International distribution

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