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post #241 of 1664
I posted it over on the "Hot Off The Press" sticky, but thought a lot of (fellow) NCIS fans might never see it there.
post #242 of 1664
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Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

Critic's Notebook
"NCIS" whips the cool shows
By David Kronke Los Angeles Daily News Television Critic in his The Mayor Of Television blog May 30, 2007

CBS would like you to know that despite all the media hoopla surrounding shows like Heroes, Lost and 24, in the last week of sweeps when shows were presenting their season finales, its own series, NCIS, averaged more viewers than any of them - 14.14 million, to be precise. By contrast, Lost had 13.86m, Heroes, 13.48m, and 24, 10.31m.

Of course, NCIS's audience skewed a little older than the demographic most sought after by advertisers, and those other shows no doubt all lured more viewers aged 18-49. On the other hand, none of those other shows had to go up against American Idol's final night of competition, either.

(Though, to be fair, Lost may have arguably had a tougher task - the first 75 minutes of its two-hour finale aired opposite the announcement of the new American Idol.) NCIS ranked No. 5, among all primetime programs (House, the top-rated scripted series on the season, ended its run the previous week), behind only the competition and results finales of American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.

OK, so CBS wanted you to know that, and now you do. Carry on.

http://www.insidesocal.com/tv/

Well that's good to hear because it is a great, underappreciated show.

Thing is though, I'm getting tired of hearing of shows being cancelled because they don't fit the "18-49" demographic. Many of us "baby boomers" actually have more disposable income than advertizers think. Plus, there are a lot of us!
post #243 of 1664
I was always fairly contemptuous of JAG, because it stretched the bonds of believability until they snapped. But I have to admit, despite my attempts to avoid it I have gotten to like NCIS. Especially because they keep making the CSI jokes
post #244 of 1664
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Originally Posted by petergaryr View Post

Many of us "baby boomers" actually have more disposable income than advertizers think. Plus, there are a lot of us!

Yes but we are old, set-in-our-ways and mostly immune to advertising ... unless it's for some "pharmaceutical" product.
post #245 of 1664
This is one of my favorite shows but I still miss Kate
post #246 of 1664
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Originally Posted by Kirby Baker View Post

It struck me as a bit odd though, when she had that look on her face when Tony reached for his gun. But then later, not even a hint as to something like "Tony, why were you reaching for a gun?". I mean its not like she is the typical "airhead" type that Tony dated that would probably forget about it, she's a doctor and I wouldnt have assumed she would just brush off the gun-reach without questioning it. Didnt the Frog call him a professor in the limo? Not many prof's I knew carried a sidearm (thank god!)

Another question, do we know how Tony and Jeanne met originally?

I don't think they've ever really explained how they meet originally . The first time they showed them together, the two of them were eating dinner. I think it was the episode where the guy was blown up on the golf course.
post #247 of 1664
Early on in this season they implied that the Doctor was part of Tony's secret mission, but it never seemed to go anywhere. They kept who her father was a secret until the final episode. Very well done in my opinion.
post #248 of 1664
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Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged View Post

Yes but we are old, set-in-our-ways and mostly immune to advertising ... unless it's for some "pharmaceutical" product.

...or HD TV, Blu Ray-HD DVD, Receivers, Speakers, Processors, hot sports cars the we believe make us look younger than we are and make us "babe magnets" (if only)....targeted marketing....there's more in them thar 401k's than they realize!!!!
post #249 of 1664
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Originally Posted by petergaryr View Post

...or HD TV, ....

LOL ... I see the inoculations have yet to take effect among some of us.
post #250 of 1664
Many of us in 18-49 watch NCIS. Most of my friends watch it and it is one of the more talked about sows (of course we all watched Studio 60 as well so maybe I just come from an odd group!)

Enjoyed this season a lot -- agree that it is clearly a Tony secret mission (although I think he has fallen for the Doc -- otherwise don't see why there would have been reluctance to say I love you for the missions sake).
post #251 of 1664
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Originally Posted by brad31 View Post

Many of us in 18-49 watch NCIS. Most of my friends watch it and it is one of the more talked about sows (of course we all watched Studio 60 as well so maybe I just come from an odd group!)

Enjoyed this season a lot -- agree that it is clearly a Tony secret mission (although I think he has fallen for the Doc -- otherwise don't see why there would have been reluctance to say I love you for the missions sake).

He played it well....it looked like the same commitment issues he's had for a long time. Will be interesting to see how this one turns out. Badly most likely.
post #252 of 1664
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Originally Posted by CardiacArrest View Post

Early on in this season they implied that the Doctor was part of Tony's secret mission, but it never seemed to go anywhere. They kept who her father was a secret until the final episode. Very well done in my opinion.

I missed that earlier implication, and as it turns out, it made the story, and especially the cliffhanger, that much more interesting for me.
post #253 of 1664
Great season premier tonight.
If Anthony was really inside when it happend.

I wonder if Anthony's girlfriend will ever come back to him.
post #254 of 1664
Anyone else watching in HD have missing dialog for the first 2 minutes?
I tried DTV and off air?
post #255 of 1664
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Originally Posted by jerryray View Post

Anyone else watching in HD have missing dialog for the first 2 minutes?
I tried DTV and off air?

Audio was fine for me from cable.
post #256 of 1664
I didn't notice that, either. Watching in Tampa via FiOS.
post #257 of 1664
Hey, not too much comment on the content tonight. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If i was writing it I'd have opted to have Tony in a relationship, since not one of the characters has a SO. Gibbs has apparently tried, repeatedly, but we don't get to see the effects of a job like this has on a relationship. Might be worth exploring.
post #258 of 1664
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

Hey, not too much comment on the content tonight. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If i was writing it I'd have opted to have Tony in a relationship, since not one of the characters has a SO. Gibbs has apparently tried, repeatedly, but we don't get to see the effects of a job like this has on a relationship. Might be worth exploring.

I hope Tony does re-connect with Jeanne. Might be interesting to see what the "big reveal" about her father has done to her.
post #259 of 1664
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If i was writing it I'd have opted to have Tony in a relationship, since not one of the characters has a SO.

I'm pretty sure this story isn't over with so she will be back for sure.
post #260 of 1664
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Originally Posted by jerryray View Post

Anyone else watching in HD have missing dialog for the first 2 minutes?
I tried DTV and off air?

Yup, was more than 2 minutes though. Sounded like 5.1 was missing about 3.1, including the voices. Just got background music.

I'm in northern NJ, so I could have been getting the same feed you were.
post #261 of 1664
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Originally Posted by jerryray View Post

Anyone else watching in HD have missing dialog for the first 2 minutes?
I tried DTV and off air?

Here in NY we got one music audio channel and not the voice. Lasted 2-3 minutes into show.
post #262 of 1664
Tony: Who took my American Pie coffee mug and Mighty Mouse stapler?
post #263 of 1664
we lost the same length of time on Cablevision of Long Island.. Just background music.. wonder where Tonys girl ran to? Great episode
post #264 of 1664
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Originally Posted by jerryray View Post

Anyone else watching in HD have missing dialog for the first 2 minutes?

Yeah, issues OTA here. Receiver was lit up as 2/0 -- obviously just the rear surrounds were being pushed. Thank goodness for CC.
post #265 of 1664
Love the season premiere...looks like they didn't miss a beat. Was glad to see the BIG BAD arms dealer get what was coming to him. :-)

Was laughing my butt off when CIA boy tried to manhandle Tony and the entire team drew down on him. Yay team! :-)

No audio issues here in Dallas.
post #266 of 1664
After watching the epsiode, I am left wondering a few things. First, was it really the Frog in the water? And second, did anyone pick up on the Ziva comments about lying to someone she loved, and that "they never found out"? Would that be Tony she was referring to?
post #267 of 1664
I am pretty sure 3 of Agent Gibbs's wives/girlfriends were all together with Gibbs in last nights episode. How odd! I'm sure he felt very uncomfortable.

Interesting how Agent Gibbs did not bring up his first wife & daughter to one of his wifes. Gibbs and that women kept stopping the elevator. how funny
post #268 of 1664
Good episode tonight. Only minutes after they got off..
post #269 of 1664
The TV show that's quietly become a hit

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Scan a list of TV's top 10 programs and you'd expect to find the durably popular "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." But now it's got unlikely company from another series with an alphabet-soup title: "NCIS."

CBS' drama about Navy crimebusters has managed the neat trick of climbing in the ratings in its fifth season, even as many new shows and some veteran ones are finding it tough this fall to woo viewers.

"NCIS" also endured a behind-the-scenes drama last season, a clash between star Mark Harmon and series creator Don Bellisario. That was followed by a shakeup in which the daily production duties handled by Bellisario passed to others.

If the changeover has been difficult it can't be gleaned from talking to Harmon or, especially, new executive producers Charles Floyd Johnson and Shane Brennan, who sound enthusiastic about their efforts to keep the veteran series fresh. (Its 100th episode airs at 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday.)

Then there's those stellar ratings. Last season, it averaged 14.5 million weekly viewers to rank 17th among all shows. For the week of October 15, it drew more than 17.5 million viewers to gain the No. 6 position. It's just behind "Grey's Anatomy," proving that sexy young things have yet to achieve a TV monopoly.

" 'NCIS' is the little show that could, a true hit that does not get the attention it deserves," said Marc Berman, analyst for Media Week Online.

The series even holds its audience against the January-to-May gale force of Fox's top-rated "American Idol," a rare achievement.

"NCIS" has an international following as well, in Europe, Australia and elsewhere.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Harmon sounded pleased but pragmatic about being part of a hit with legs. He recalled the studio celebration held during the filming of the century-mark episode and the thicket of media and cameras that covered it.

"We had a big cake with '100' on it and standing right next to me was (cast member) Cote de Pablo," Harmon said. "In the middle of the photographs she said, 'Whoa, this is kind of a big deal.' I told her, 'I've been standing by a cake that has a '2' on it."

Bellisario is accustomed to creating TV successes, with credits that include "Magnum, P.I." in the 1980s, "Quantum Leap" (1989-93) and "JAG" (1995-2004). He explains the formula.

"When I create a show, I don't tell it all right away. And I don't do serial shows. I do mini (story) arcs within a series, try to make very interesting characters that are different from one another and with a lot of humor," he said. "That attracts an audience."

Now "NCIS" duty falls to Johnson and Brennan (Bellisario retains the title of executive producer as well). Their job, they say, is to build carefully on a "solid template."

"When considering where to take the show, we realized there are unanswered questions about Gibbs and Abby and McGee and Ducky," Johnson said, naming the characters played by Harmon and co-stars Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray and David McCallum.

"We decided it's a great time to answer those questions, and we're turning snippets into story arcs," he said. Those story lines inevitably carry more emotional impact -- as well as a certain risk.

"Not all bets are off," said Johnson, who's worked on the show from the start. "The trick is to maintain the show that the audience knows and loves, a procedural but with a strong core of humor and character interplay."

Added Brennan: "We're lifting the veil; not pulling it off, but giving them (viewers) a little peek."

Harmon said he's comfortable with the shift.

"We're all part of favoring growth ... they (Brennan and Johnson) have pushed that forward this year and the audience has responded," he said. "The actors have, too, but sometimes the actors respond and the audience doesn't."

There are other changes Harmon favors, particularly a less onerous filming schedule.

"We work hard to keep this show what it is. That we're working 12 hours a day versus 16 hours doesn't mean we're working less hard. There's a pride that drives us," Harmon said.

He doesn't draw a connection between the schedule and Bellisario's departure; in fact, he refuses any comment on the latter.

But Harmon, self-effacing in interviews and viewed as one of the industry's reliably nice guys, was reported last spring to have taken exception to a supposedly "chaotic" production environment.

Bellisario said he would prefer to let the matter rest.

"I have a different view than Mark Harmon does of the whole situation, obviously. But it's past and I'm not going to go there," he said. Asked if Harmon was the reason he left, he paused, then replied: "Yes."

Bellisario has established shows before and then moved on to start yet another. This time, he decided to take a year or so off from writing -- he broke his vow this week, after five months -- and then turn in a new direction. Or directions.

He's pondering writing a play, a novel and is resuming work on two film projects that he'd put aside during "NCIS." A cable-style limited run TV series is another possibility.

As for the new game plan for "NCIS," Bellisario strikes a wait-and-see note.

"It's a matter of how it's executed. ... Turning to the characters' (private) lives, you've got to be careful with that. That one can come back and bite you."

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/1....ap/index.html
post #270 of 1664
Surprised this thread isn't getting more action. It's one of the best shows on CBS and rather clearly better than CSI at this point.

This thing that Ziva has for Tony is getting rather obvious now. Wonder if they're going to make it another season-long plot line (or multiple season, to be more accurate. She was pretty jealous of his "girlfriend" through most of last season) or if they're just going to have them get together sooner rather than later.
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