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post #151 of 1664
(From Marc Berman's Wednesday, October 19, 2005 Programming Insider column at Mediaweek.com)

Beginning with 8 p.m., CBS' growing NCIS remained the dominant force, with a hefty 11.5/17 in the overnights, 17.11 million viewers and a 4.2/12 among adults 18-49. Comparably, that was an increase over the year-ago telecast (Overnights: 10.2/15; Viewers; 14.05 million; A18-49: 3.4/ 9 on Tuesday 10/14/04) of 13 percent in the overnights, 3.06 million viewers and 24 percent among adults 18-49. NCIS was most-watched Tuesday show for the second consecutive week, further solidifying its status as a top 10 program this season in total viewers
post #152 of 1664
And both of those two weeks their competition, Bones, was either pre-empted by baseball or was a repeat. I usually record NCIS and watch Bones live. It will be interesting to see the trend as the season moves on. I personally like both of these programs. And, Ziva is beginning to take shape in the ensemble, I like it....
post #153 of 1664
Behind a Quiet Little Hit, a Reliable Hit Maker

By Bill Carter The New York Times October 25, 2005

The most-watched show on Tuesday night is one that few in television would ever think of when compiling a list of the most popular shows on television. CBS's three-year-old crime drama "NCIS" has emerged as the hit nobody really knows about.

"It's the quiet little hit that is succeeding totally under the radar," said Leslie Moonves, the CBS chief executive. Not under CBS's radar, of course. The network is thrilled with the performance of "NCIS."

Indeed, for the last two weeks in a row, the series has posted its best ratings ever. It wins its time period, 8 p.m. Tuesday, every week - and not just among total viewers, where it amassed an impressive 17.7 million people last week. "NCIS" has steadily built its audience among viewers ages 18 to 49, one of the chief benchmarks of network success.

In that category, "NCIS" has also been scoring its best numbers ever, and this season it ranks second only to CBS's far more celebrated hit, "Survivor," among shows that lead off nights for networks.

And as Mr. Moonves pointed out, "NCIS" has another invaluable quality: it has proved itself to be the one show on television seemingly impervious to the wave of ratings numbers that crashes on Tuesday night in the winter when the Fox network adds "American Idol." "We never have to worry like the other networks do when 'Idol' comes in for Fox," Mr. Moonves said.

That this happened with a show so unheralded is remarkable and unexpected, though perhaps it shouldn't be. "NCIS," after all, is the latest series from one of television's most reliable hit makers, the writer-producer Donald P. Bellisario. Though his name has never become a household word along with some of television's other multihit program creators, like Steven Bochco or David E. Kelley, Mr. Bellisario's record is striking for the consistency of its success.

Mr. Bellisario has had a successful prime-time show on network television steadily for the last 25 years. First it was "Magnum P.I." on CBS; then "Quantum Leap" on NBC; "JAG" on CBS; and now "NCIS." That doesn't even count some other shows Mr. Bellisario created, like "Airwolf" in 1984 and "Tales of the Gold Monkey" in 1982.

"He doesn't win a lot of awards," Mr. Moonves said of Mr. Bellisario. "All he does is put on big commercial hits."

In some ways "NCIS" is Mr. Bellisario's greatest triumph, because it has so defied all expectations - even those of CBS. Mr. Bellisario said in a telephone interview that he had to battle his own network to steer his new show away from being stigmatized as a spinoff of "JAG."

The knock on "JAG" was always that it was a show almost exclusively for older viewers, those with a fondness for military yarns. And "NCIS" did start as a spinoff episode of "JAG." Mr. Bellisario said CBS so wanted to recreate what it had with "JAG" that the network insisted, against his strenuous objections, in calling the new series "Navy NCIS" in its first year. (The initials stand for Naval Criminal Investigation Service.)

"I fought that idea all the way," Mr. Bellisario said. "I did not want the show to be just a stopgap for CBS. I foresaw CBS saying this is good for now and always looking for something better."

So he rejected CBS's initial promotional efforts, which he felt made the show look like another military based drama - or else too much like CBS's big hit, "CSI." Mr. Bellisario wanted to include real humor as well as some murky back stories for his characters.

And he wanted to play down the military angle. He pointed out that he chose the naval branch of criminal investigations because it did not report directly to naval superiors and used civilian investigative agents. The stories simply have to involve military personnel.

Most of all, Mr. Bellisario was convinced he could start to pull in younger viewers, and he tailored his cast for that purpose. Beyond the lead actor, Mark Harmon, and the comeback to television of David McCallum, the cast of "NCIS" is largely made up of young actors. One, Pauley Perrette, even plays television's only regular goth personality.

Mr. Moonves said Mr. Bellisario was constantly pressing the network to emphasize his young, good-looking cast in promotions.

In many ways "NCIS" follows what has become a hugely successful formula for CBS. It's a crime show with a prominent male star in the lead, surrounded by a cast of quirky but loyal subordinates. The difference is Mr. Bellisario, who not only writes many of the episodes but also adds unusual stylistic touches.

He decided, for example, to shoot the show with multiple cameras, so that the actors in a scene never know when they are out of the shot. He uses overlapping dialogue whenever he can. Recently he added flashback sequences shot in grainy 16-millimeter black and white.

Then there was the stunning elimination last spring of a chief character: Kate, a young agent on the team. Mr. Bellisario said the actress, Sasha Alexander, came to him last year and said the pace was wearing her out; she wanted to leave the series.

Mr. Bellisario said: "I told her, 'All right, then I'm going to kill you.' She was taken aback."

He managed to incorporate the killing into an ongoing storyline about a terrorist named Ari who is the nemesis of the Mark Harmon character, Gibbs.

This season Mr. Bellisario added Lauren Holly to the cast as a new supervisor who happens to have had a steamy romantic past with Gibbs. He also wanted to bring in an exotic female character, so he introduced an Israeli agent with the arresting name of Ziva David, and hired an attractive young Chilean actress named Cote de Pablo to play her. "Les took one look at her and said, Wow!," Mr. Bellisario said.

The constant invention is part of a strategy to turn "NCIS" into an even bigger hit. And it all springs from the mind of the indefatigable Mr. Bellisario, who just recently celebrated his 70th birthday. A former Marine staff sergeant, who spent years as a journalist and then in advertising, Mr. Bellisario built his career in television mainly on sheer pluck.

He came to Hollywood in the 1970's determined to write feature films. But he told his agent at the time that he had only six weeks worth of cash. The agent suggested he try television. Mr. Bellisario hasn't stopped working since.

post #154 of 1664
Ok, did we know that Gibbs has/had a daughter? At least that's the impression I got from that brief scene in the basement with a little girl...
post #155 of 1664
And so another "formula" series gets cranked out in Bellasario-land. What started as an interesting original series now looks like all the other Bellasario shows. You could even interchange characters from one show to another and not notice any difference. By way of contrast we had NYPD Blue which never cranked out predictable shows and quirky characters. That show's creator is now writing "Deadwood" another quality show which I challenge anyone to predict (other than Wild Bill Hickock gets shot). ROME is also another quality written show as is WEEDS.
post #156 of 1664
Just watched the last episode tonight, but something really "stood out" that I hadn't noticed before.

Did the woman playing the director get a boob job?
post #157 of 1664
I was wondering the same thing.
post #158 of 1664
Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Ok, did we know that Gibbs has/had a daughter? At least that's the impression I got from that brief scene in the basement with a little girl...

My wife believes she remembers a brief dialog that said one of Gibb's wives and daughter had been killed.
post #159 of 1664
My wife remembers that too. Apparently that's something women remember.
post #160 of 1664
Thanks. I sure don't remember that, but there's a lot of things I don't remember anymore..
post #161 of 1664
Jumped between HD and SD tonight on the WCBS feed...
post #162 of 1664
annoying after the 830 break. jumping back and forth between SD and HD..get it right
post #163 of 1664
didnt have a problem at all tonight (kbtx-dt in bryan/college station). I know this election day so im betting most stations are screwing with the feeds to put in results (i know my nbc screwed up my name is earl because of this for about 5 mins)

I must say this was a pretty good episode... the fbi agents were hillarious
post #164 of 1664
I think jagouar got it right. It was probably a local station issue. No elections here and no problems.
post #165 of 1664
Was on WCBS HD off of E* KCBS was Ok... I think they were getting antsy with the switch... Good episode...
post #166 of 1664
Could not find the correct NCIS thread..

Last nights episode, about the student with the bomb straped to him was great.
It was cool how Tony was being called the boss. ha
HDTV & DD 5.1 here in Tx.
post #167 of 1664
There is not a 'native' thread for NCIS.. i searched within the HD Programming forum and i could only find 4 or 5 threads about NCIS.. this one seemed like the most 'native' one.

Last nights episode on 4/25/06 called 'Bloodbath' was pretty cool.
I liked how abby got drunk in Agent Gibbs boat building area. How she also broke off a some of his boat. Her attacking the stalker dude was cute too.

I miss kate

post #168 of 1664

Agent Gibbs left NCIS.
Wow, just watched part 2 of the NCIS season finale. Good stuff.
So agent Gibbs left Tony his position.

I wasn't sure if Zive was faking crying or really crying (During the show) I guess she was really crying.

fredfa, have you heard any news about a next season?
post #169 of 1664
This was a no brainer - CBS renewed NCIS a couple of months ago.
post #170 of 1664
I was shocked at the exit of Agent Gibbs. I think he was the glue that kept the team together..I think they are making a big mistake letting him leave show..Just my opinion
post #171 of 1664
Originally Posted by taxman48 View Post

I was shocked at the exit of Agent Gibbs. I think he was the glue that kept the team together..I think they are making a big mistake letting him leave show..Just my opinion

Is he REALLY leaving for good?
post #172 of 1664
Originally Posted by HiDef Bob View Post

Is he REALLY leaving for good?

If MH truly left the show you might has well forget about it.

The rest can't carry the show without him. If they want it to last they'll have to bring in a heavy hitter to replace him.
post #173 of 1664
The title of the episode was "Hiatus".

Yes, I agree, if he truly left, the show wouldn't be around much longer.

post #174 of 1664
Mark Harmon will be back starring in NCIS.

But perhaps he and his former boss will first find the Mexican national who killed Gibbs' wife and daughter?
post #175 of 1664
Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

Mark Harmon will be back starring in NCIS.

But perhaps he and his former boss will first find the Mexican national who killed Gibbs' wife and daughter?

Gibbs already killed him.
post #176 of 1664
I bet Gibbs will return in episode one of the new season!
post #177 of 1664
Originally Posted by Iteki View Post

Gibbs already killed him.

Someone (was it Tony?) said that he did, but we have no evidence that he did.
post #178 of 1664
A bullet through the windshield of said drug lord, blood spray on the windsheld, a camera run up the line of site to the shooters area leading to Gibbs with a sniper's rifle was shown twice. Once in the earlier episode and once in the recap at the beginning of the season finale.
post #179 of 1664
native thread.. i called it

good deal. Thanks

Yeah it won't be the same without Agent Gibbs. Eh, i said that about Kate too.
Good news Mark Hammon will be returning next season.
post #180 of 1664
Great finale. Gibbs will be back of course.
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