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Michael Weatherly to Stay With 'NCIS'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 15th 2010 9:10AM

Contract negotiations may be coming to an end as Michael Weatherly is the latest 'NCIS' star to confirm he'll be returning to the show for its eighth season.

According to the Ausiello Files Weatherly, who has played Anthony DiNozzo since the beginning, has signed a multi-year deal to stay with the show. His and many other cast members' contracts expired at the end of the seventh season, and negotiations have been ongoing after they reportedly turned down CBS's original pay offer.

It's been rumored that some of the actors were making less than $100,000 per episode, which is considered low for the stars of a successful show in its seventh season.


Originally a spin-off from 'JAG,' 'NCIS' follows a fictional team of agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as they investigate criminal cases involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Ratings have consistently climbed since the show debuted on CBS in 2003, and it reached the Top Ten in its fifth season. The second episode of the seventh season ('Reunion') gave the show its highest ratings ever.

Mark Harmon (Jethro Gibbs) -- who is also a producer on the show -- and Cote de Pablo (Ziva David) already had deals in place before the end of the seventh season, with Harmon reportedly pocketing around $350,000 per episode. Although speculation had been rife that several key cast members would not be returning for the upcoming eighth season, David McCallum (Ducky), Rocky Carroll (Director Vance) and Pauley Perrette (Abby) have all signed multi-year deals with CBS in recent weeks.

The only cast member who hasn't yet wrapped up a deal is Sean Murray (McGee). He was made a regular on the series in the second season after appearing as a recurring character in the debut season.

The eighth season of 'NCIS' is due to begin airing Tuesdays at 8PM ET, beginning this fall.

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RUSS1932

GIVE ME A BREAK PLEAS

February 04 2011 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Janice

I also love this show and the whole cast! I also loved JAG and was sad when it went off after 10 wonderful years. The Bellisarios are the creators of both shows. I would love to see David James Elliott and Catherine Bell on a JAG reunion with Patrick Labyorteux and Karri Turner, etc. It would be great also if they would make some guest appearances on NCIS. There are few shows that I really enjoy watching. I love NCIS, own the six seasons on DVD, have the seventh season on order. I also own all ten seasons of JAG and watch all of them along with my grandchildren. Wonderful actors, writers, producers, and directors! I thank them all for the talents they are sharing with us!

July 07 2010 at 4:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
M

Without DiNozzo being his goofy self there is no NCIS.

June 29 2010 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Suzanne

It's Gibbs' TEAM that makes NCIS work. His team is his family along with all his ex-wives and his history. The writers are terrific with the family in place to play off each other...Gibbs, Tony, Ziva and McGee, Ducky, and even Jimmy. We watch the USA reruns every night and have for so long that most of us in the family room know the lines.

June 23 2010 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jade

Excellent news! MW is a very talented actor and keeping him on the show is critical! Considering what some actors make per episode, he is very underpaid! I'm sure most of the cast is....and the show has the perfect cast. Losing McGee would be tragic as well so let's hope his deal comes together as well. NCIS is a fantastically smart, funny show that can go on and on for many seasons with the current cast as far as I'm concerned!

June 18 2010 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bill

I have one HUGE complaint. They have to DUMP, SHOOT, RUN OVER that new female attorney that has been showing up in the last 5 episodes. She is annoying, brings nothing but a waste of dialog, and throws a monkey wrench into every plot.

Maybe they can launch her off an aircraft carrier without a plane.

June 17 2010 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oldsarge

I too am one of the most devout fans of NCIS there is. I have watched every episode at least twice. I especially like the repoir (sp?) between Tony & Ziva. I hope the series never goes off the air,but I know somedY it will. Tbey can forget about NCIC-LOS Angeles!

June 17 2010 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Boris Gulbert

I agree Magee could go with a good storyline and not derail the slant of the show. Ziva this season has been lame! i prefred her as a tough MOSSAD agent. she's a shadow of herself and apart from the wisecracks with Tony does zero.She can go and should go i dont wanna see her a shadow of her old self

June 17 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary

We never miss NCIS. One of our favorites. The cast is great and works well. Just the character of Tony is a constant irritant. It's time for him to grow up to adulthood. NCIS...best show on tv! Thank them all!

June 16 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
diskjakey

The reference when Abby asked Gibbs what Ducky looked like when he was young and he said "Illya Kuryakin" is called an allusion. This occurs frequently on TV shows.

In the bginning credits of "The A-Team" you see Dirk Benedict "Face" standing on the street and a costumed "Battlestar Galactica" Cylon walks by and "Face" points at him. This was a reference (allusion) to Dirk Benedict being on "Battlestar Galactica."

June 16 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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