NCIS airs a new episode tonight, and there are two sneak peeks embedded after the jump, along with a behind-the-scenes video, interview links, and miscellaneous spoilers. You can also find NCIS: Los Angeles news and spoilers, including more information about Daniela Ruah’s (Kensi Blye) newborn son.
First, here’s a clip from “Kill Chain”, featuring Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). (You can also watch it on CBS.com, CBS Press Express and SpoilerTV.)
Check out this clip from TV Guide, which features Ellie, Tony and McGee:
Next, check out this interview with Wickersham from TV Line, in which the actress discusses her addition to the cast. Here’s an excerpt:
TVLINE | You’re surrounded at NCIS by people who have been on the show for nine, 10 years. Was there any advice as you kind of entered this lion’s den, this tricky transition?
I think everyone knew it was going to be a bit of a bumpy start, but the writing is so great here and the way they wrote Bishop was so wonderful. She’s not an intimidating character. She’s really excited to be here. She’s determined. She’s charming in her own weird ways. I think she’s non-threatening, which I hope comes across. You know?
Wickersham also spoke to TV Guide. Regarding tonight’s installment, “Kill Chain”, she said, “Bishop learns a lot about Gibbs’ ex-loves in this episode. It seems to be a recurring theme. There’s also a big moment that happens at the end that I can’t really talk about … that’ll have a long-lasting impact on the team members.”
Executive Producer Gary Glasberg spoke to TV Line about what’s coming up on NCIS during the second half of the season. Check out this excerpt about tonight’s episode:
TVLINE | What are you doing with Hollis Mann in that episode?
Susanna Thompson is back as Hollis Mann on January 7 and she plays a big part in the investigation that’s going on, and then she has this huge backstory in these really terrific scenes with Harmon, with Gibbs. Their moments together are terrific, and apparently she had a great time coming back some 150 episodes later. I think that she wasn’t quite sure, after all this time, what we were going to have her doing, but she plays a really key role in how that story unfolds.
PR: Our readers have asked how you got your role in NCIS episode “Kill Chain” – were you called based on your previous work, or was it an audition?
JAE: I auditioned for the role of Erin Pace, but I had worked with both director James Whitmore Jr. and showrunner Gary Glasberg prior to this. It was such a pleasure to reconnect with them and work on their set again. It was just like any other audition: you go in, give them your take on it, and hope it falls your way. This time, happily, it did.
And how’s this for an NCIS-related fact: I tested for a pilot that showrunner Gary Glasberg wrote several years ago – but didn’t get the part. I would LOVE to have played that role.
The Examiner also did an interview with Co-Executive Producer Christopher Silber, who wrote “Kill Chain”. Here’s an excerpt:
PR: Well, Chris…you know I have to ask. Is there anything you can tell us about your episode “Kill Chain” due to be televised tomorrow (January 7, 2014)?
CS: I can say that the mandate was to ring in the New Year with a bang, grab people’s attention and get the ball rolling for the second half of the season. I’m under strict orders not to reveal too much, but we’ve got a lot of surprises lined up.
PR: Alright, fair enough. How about this: does the title intentionally refer to the military term ‘kill chain’ that describes the process of identifying, isolating, attacking and destroying a target?
CS: It does. And I think you’ll see it’s appropriate on a lot of levels for the episode.
Here’s a question from TV Line:
Curious minds want to know: NCIS’ Tony recently mentioned having to care for a second goldfish. We know what he named his original fish. Are we safe to assume what he named his new one? –Cheryl
You would be safe, indeed! “If you’ve got Kate on one side of the bowl, it’s only logical who’s on the other side…,” show boss Gary Glasberg teases. “You can guess what the other goldfish’s name is.” Rhymes with… Viva?
Wickersham shared this photo on Twitter:
workin 9-5 pic.twitter.com/IoWVYZVIvh
— Emily Wickersham (@EmilyWickersham) January 7, 2014
Director Dennis Smith posted this tweet about episode 11.14:
Last day of #NCIS "Monsters and Men" ep Can't wait for you to see this one. The writerJennifer Corbett is former Navy Liutenant.
— Dennis Smith (@NCISDIR) January 7, 2014
Finally, here’s a tweet about an upcoming late night appearance:
Mark Harmon will be The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 16th.
— NCIS_Source (@NCIS_Source) January 7, 2014
As CSI Files previously reported, Daniela Ruah (Kensi Blye) gave birth on December 30, 2013. The actress revealed to People that she and her fiancé David Olsen named their son River Isaac Ruah Olsen. She said in a statement, “He’s healthy and strong, which is all we could ask for. We are so happy, so thankful and feel so blessed to have brought him into the world.”
Ruah posted this tweet and photo:
— Daniela Ruah (@DanielaRuah) January 6, 2014
NCIS’s Michael Weatherly also tweeted about the new baby:
— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) January 6, 2014
Shifting the focus to general show spoilers, Supervising Producer Dave Kalstein posted this tweet yesterday:
— Dave Kalstein (@davekalstein) January 6, 2014
And here’s a photo from the fight-scene rehearsal—click to see it full-sized:
Finally, check out these three tweets from Executive Producer John Peter Kousakis:
— John Peter Kousakis (@jpkouz) January 4, 2014
— John Peter Kousakis (@jpkouz) January 6, 2014
— John Peter Kousakis (@jpkouz) January 7, 2014