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Check Out More ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘NCIS’ & ‘NCIS:LA’ News & Spoilers

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Check out another collection of award information, photos, videos, tweets, questions and news items for Criminal Minds, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles. (Contains spoilers!)

First, here are some items that relate to cast and crew members from more than one show:

NCIS: LA’s LL Cool J (Sam Hanna) and Criminal Minds actor Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan) were both nominated for the upcoming 45TH NAACP Image Awards in the “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” category. Criminal Minds Executive Producer Janine Sherman Barrois is nominated in the “Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series” category for the season nine episode “Strange Fruit”. Rob Hardy also got a nomination for Criminal Minds, in the “Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series” category, for season eight’s “Carbon Copy”. Former CSI: New York actor Hill Harper (Dr Sheldon Hawkes) received a nomination in the “Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction” category for his latest book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones. Winners in non-televised categories will be announced on Friday, February 21. This will be followed by the live televised ceremony on TV One on Saturday, February 22 at 9:00pm ET (PT tape-delayed).

Here is a group of photos from the People’s Choice Awards on January 8, featuring Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo) from NCIS, NCIS: LA’s LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell (G Callen), and Criminal Minds actor Shemar Moore—click to see each one full-sized:

Next, check out some photos from the Golden Globe Awards on January 12 (and related events), including O’Donnell, Weatherly, LL Cool J, Moore, NCIS’s Emily Wickersham (Ellie Bishop), and NCIS: LA actors Daniela Ruah (Kensi Blye) and Eric Christian Olsen (Marty Deeks):

And here’s a video featuring Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA’s Eric Beale) at a pre-Globes event:

Criminal Minds

Check out these photos from Twitter:

TV Line posted this question:

Question: Any Hotch/Prentiss action that fangirls can get excited about in Criminal Minds Episode 200? –Colleen

Ausiello: It depends on how easily one is excited. At the close of the milestone episode, during which Paget Brewster’s Prentiss is fetched from London to pitch in on a crisis, ”There’s a moment where Hotch asks her, ‘How much longer do we have you?’” showrunner Erica Messer shares. “And there’s this look he gives to her that makes you feel like if she was around any longer, maybe they would have grabbed a bite to eat, by themselves.” OK, I sense that at least 37 of you just got excited.

Messer spoke with TV Guide about the twist at the end of “The Road Home”, which leads into episode 200—here’s an excerpt:

That’s something I’ve had in my head for a year, actually: Somebody’s being dragged into a room and put in handcuffs and you don’t know who it is. The hood comes off and it’s JJ. I knew I wanted her to be the victim. Now it’s how do we find her? Why was she taken? All those questions will be answered in the 200th.

The EP also spoke to TV Line about how the twist will lead into the 200th episode:

The people who have her are known for horrible torture techniques, so the threat is there, that something could happen to our sweet JJ. It was really interesting to watch one of our main characters have to do something that our guest cast does every week, which is scream and cry and be tortured. And so disheartening. To ask one of our heroes to do that was, I think, very uncomfortable for us to watch.

As shown in two previous set photos, Tahmoh Penikett will appear in the 200th episode. According to TV Line, Penikett will play “Michael Hastings, someone with whom JJ worked during her off-camera Season 6 stint at the State Department. And when he resurfaces, let’s just say that it is not happy to see me.”

Here’s a question from TV Line:

Any info on Criminal Minds’ Reid? –Emilie

Showrunner Erica Messer says that in an upcoming episode that sends the BAU to Vegas, we won’t see Reid’s mother Diana, “because Jane Lynch is too busy, but there is a nice little mention of her and where she and Reid are in their relationship right now.”

Check out this information about a song from “The Road Home”:

Here are a few tweets from Co-Executive Producer Harry Bring, including information about the episode directed by Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner):

Finally, former Criminal Minds actress Rachel Nichols (Ashley Seaver) recently spoke to Parade, including comments about her time on the crime drama. Here’s an excerpt:

I’d love to see you back at some point.

I would too! I’d love to just show up. People keep asking for it on Twitter and appealing to CBS. It seems to have fallen on deaf ears. I don’t know how much longer the show is going to go, but I would love to come in for the finale or something. I’m sure they have plenty of people that would love to come in, but I would love to go back and I’ve made that quite clear, so it’s certainly not a “no” coming from my end.


Michael Weatherly will appear on the NBC series Hollywood Game Night on Monday, January 27 at 9:00pm ET (more info here). Click the image below to visit the photo gallery:

Emily Wickersham is in the February issue of Elle Magazine. You can click the thumbnails below to see her original tweet, as well as a direct link to the photo on the Elle website:

Former NCIS actress Cote de Pablo (Ziva David) has been cast in The 33, “the feature film based on the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners after being trapped 69 days in the Copiapo gold and copper mine more than half an mile below the earth’s surface.” She will play the wife of one of the miners.

Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs) visited Jay Leno on The Tonight Show on January 16. You can watch the full episode here (interview starts at approximately 18:00), or check out several clips below:

Here are two questions from TV Line, including a comment about the ongoing fallout from “Kill Chain” and “Double Back”:

Will Robert Vaughn ever make a guest appearance on NCIS, paired up with David McCullum? I’d love to see a Man from U.N.C.L.E. reunion. –Bill

As would many readers of/writers to my column. I asked show boss Gary Glasberg about such a reunion, and he said that while the idea has “never been formally presented,” it has “always been something that’s in the ether, but then never materializes. But it’s something worth talking about, that’s for sure.”

Absolutely loved NCIS “Kill Chain” and I’m so ready for the upcoming episode, “Double Back”. But is this going to be the token “McGee angst” episode for the season, or is this emotional fallout going to continue on? –Leilani

No, I am hearing that the “McGee angst” will not be 100 percent nipped in the bud in the very next episode.

And here’s another question from TV Line, with a reference to Anthony DiNozzo Sr’s (Robert Wagner) new girlfriend:

Any new NCIS scoop from the TCAs? –Cheryl

My So-Called Life’s Bess Armstrong is set to guest-star in Episode 250, though aparently not as the new lady in DiNozzo Sr.’s life. “The woman in his life plays as a bit of a mystery,” show boss Gary Glasberg tells me. “It’s coming, but it’s not cast yet.”

Glasberg was part of the CBS drama showrunners panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on January 15, and he offered numerous comments about NCIS. You can read reports on TV Line, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and Channel Guide Magazine. Here’s an excerpt about the decision to make Delilah Fielding (Margo Harshman) paralyzed following the bombing in “Kill Chain”:

Sometimes I walk into the writers room and I say, ‘We’re going to do something…,’ and they look at me like I have six heads — and one of those instances was I wanted this bomb to go off, similar to some of the tragic stories that I saw after the Boston marathon. I remember seeing a piece about a bunch of [female victims] who had managed to start to pull their lives back together again, and I wanted to try to capture some of that on our show. The intent is to show a really smart individual take control of her life and rise up after all she’s been through. We’re excited about the arc that character is going to face as someone in a wheelchair.

And here’s a longer interview with Glasberg from TV Fanatic. Check out this quote about Ellie Bishop:

TVF: Will we get more personal stories with her and get to know her life outside of work?

GG: No, it’ll get there. We know that she’s married. We know that she’s from Oklahoma. I’d love to meet her parents at some point, or a parent. We know that she’s got a large family, a bunch of brothers. I’d love to meet them. I know that the husband, who’s also at the NSA, is a big part of who she is, and we’ll certainly touch on that at some point, but the beauty of NCIS is sort of doling it out in little bits and pieces and touching on it and then walking away from it for a while and coming back, so we’ll get there.

Glasberg spoke with USA Today about the upcoming two-part episode that will introduce the possible New Orleans-based NCIS spinoff. The episodes are scheduled to air in March, and Glasberg said it was important to really feature the show’s setting:

We’re going to try to highlight as much as we can, from the bayou all the way into the music clubs. The show is going to have a really significant music backbone. I really want to capture as much of the city as I can. It’s such a rich backdrop that it almost becomes another character in the show.

And here’s another interview about the potential spinoff, from NOLA.com—here’s an excerpt:

It will be two episodes of ‘NCIS’ that happen to significantly take place down there. We’ll meet these new characters, but still have a story and situations going on in D.C. We’ll intercut the two, and hopefully establish characters that people embrace and feel comfortable with and that hopefully will find their way onto the fall schedule.

Check out this question from TV Guide:

NCIS scoop, please! I can’t believe Delilah is paralyzed! —Charlie

I know, right? Naturally, Delilah’s recovery will strain her relationship with McGee, but executive producer Gary Glasberg promises that they won’t break up. “It’s going to be a bumpy road for them, but I think you’ll see how it brings them closer together,” he says.

US Weekly spoke to Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto) for the feature “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me”. You can read a scan of the article here.

Perrette is serving as the social media reporter for this Sunday’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards. You can watch videos on CBS.com, and she shared some photos on Twitter from rehearsals—click each thumbnail to see the image full-sized:

Also be sure to check out these set photos from Twitter—click to see them full-sized:

Mark Harmon is the second most popular TV personality, according to The Harris Poll. The NCIS actor came in just behind talk show host Ellen Degeneres for the second year in a row.

Glasberg told TV Line that Gibbs’ second ex-wife would most likely be included in the show’s twelfth season. “I have a little tiny space on my Dry Erase board for stories for next season, and that’s already up there,” he said.

Perette was at the SAG Awards on January 18, and here are some images from Twitter—including a photo with former NCIS actress Sasha Alexander (Kate Todd):

Check out this question from TV Line:

Question: Any scoop on what’s next for Tony on NCIS? –Laura

Ausiello: If you’re among those concerned that DiNozzo will rush into a grand new romance, with Bishop’s pop culture-savvy NSA pal Sofia Martinez, you needn’t be. “I don’t think his next relationship is going to happen anytime soon,” show boss Gary Glasberg tells us. “Part of letting Tony be Tony and letting him be flirtatious and talk to women is that these women don’t really matter. They’re quick encounters that he’s having; it’s not Ziva. They’re not ones that count. Eventually, will there be another [great love]? Maybe.”

And here’s another question from TV Line:

With the new team dynamic on NCIS, Tony really looks overqualified for his job. He’s been there forever. As part of his promised “growth” are we going to see him get a promotion? –Sandra

OK, so I brought to showrunner Gary Glasberg everyone’s concern about Tony’s “growth,” especially as Ziva’s exit grows farther and farther away. He avowed, “It’s really important to all of us — it’s important to me, it’s important to Michael Weatherly — that the character of Tony DiNozzo continues to grow.” But outgrowing Gibbs’ team likely will never be a part of that. “That’s something that we at one point or another talk about…. But at the end of the day, as I have learned from real agents that I’ve spoken to, once you find a team that you feel comfortable with, that’s just where you stay,” Glasberg explained. “You become a part of the family, and that’s just what it is.”

Finally, check out these tweets from Producer Christopher Waild:


Check out this question from TV Line about the show’s schedule:

Just wondering why we are only getting to see one NCIS: LA in January. As a fan I am not happy. –Sharon

Does it turn your frown upside-down at all to hear that in trade you’ll get many fresh episodes in February/March…?

Here are some photos from the set:

LL Cool J was on Jimmy Kimmel’s live show on January 20. You can find the interview below, in segments:

Check out this two-part interview from Young Hollywood, featuring O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Foa, Renée Felice Smith (Nell Jones), Eric Christian Olsen and Miguel Ferrer (Owen Granger):

LL Cool J visited the ladies of The Talk on Thursday, January 23. You can watch the full episode here (the interview starts at 18:30).

He also spoke with CBS Los Angeles about his hosting duties for this Sunday’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Here’s the video:

Here’s a question from TV Line:

This NCIS: LA fan needs something good on the Densi front. Anything you can share? –Monica

I have good… and not-so-good. Showrunner Shane Brennan confirmed for me that the timing of Daniela Ruah’s maternity leave “worked out perfectly,” in that the show had already pre-shot enough Kensi scenes to keep her in every episode, without missing a single beat. Thing is, when Kensi eventually returns from her Afghanistan op — during which something “totally unexpected” and calamitous happens, leaving her understandably shell-shocked — being back in Deeks’ orbit “doesn’t work out the way she thinks it’s going to work out.”

Supervising Producer David Kalstein posted this tweet:

Also check out this tweet from director Dennis Smith:

And here are some tweets from Executive Producer John Peter Kousakis:

Finally, LL Cool J spoke to Parade, including this quote about his future musical plans:

Is making new music a priority for you right now, given the demands of filming NCIS?

If you’re gonna make music, you gotta be close to your roots. You can’t be on a TV set and trying to make an album that’s gonna play in my neighborhood barber shop. That’s a tough balance. No matter where you come from, you’re still influenced by your environment. Eventually I’ll make [another] album. But it won’t be separate from where I come from. It has to be grounded in the truth of my life, in my history and who I am. It remains to be seen what direction I go in. But whatever it is, it’ll be true to what I’m feeling and who I am.

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