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According to Deadline, de Pablo was the last actor without a deal for the new season. De Pablo is rumored to have gotten a salary increase, making her per-episode payment $120,000.
Mark Harmon signed a two-year deal in February, ensuring the show a season 9. Harmon will reportedly earn around $500,000 per episode, around the same range Hugh Laurie makes for 'House.'
'NCIS' posted series-high ratings this season, its eighth, with 22 million viewers tuning into one episode. 'NCIS' boss Shane Brennan spoke to AOL TV after the milestone event. "[I feel] incredibly gratified, because we put so much hard work and so much love and attention into these episodes," he said.
Some of the essentials were keeping a "fighter's pose," making eye contact, and swinging so that it looks to the camera like you're making contact, but missing by enough to not accidentally smack your fight partner. Chen went a little over the top in reacting to De Pablo's punch. "It's very Cher," said De Pablo.
Not to be outdone, Peete and Osbourne went at it, and Osbourne took a fairly convincing dive to the floor. Peete hopped on top of her and continued the beating. Perhaps there's some underlying hostility on the set.
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This week we have: 24, Dexter, Gossip Girl, Heroes, Lost, NCIS, and Psych. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)
NCIS has to be the #1 show that no one I know watches. I don't mean anything by that, I hear great things about it from readers here. It's just interesting that it's incredibly popular (always in the top 20, often in the top 10) and yet it's one of those shows that no one talks about (see also JAG).
As regular viewers know, the entire team was split up in the season finale, and then word came that Rocky Carroll had been made a series regular. Now comes word that the show has added three more cast members (no word on if they are in for the long haul or just this season), and one of them is a familiar face and name.
That feeling of something being incomplete carried over into the rest of the episode as well. It just didn't have the feel of the big season finale. The show set a very high bar with "Twilight" in season two and can't afford to just phone it in like this. Half of this episode could have just been dropped right in the middle of any other episode and it wouldn't have made a difference. That's fine, for episodes 2 through 23, but the big guns have to come out for the first and the last.
But then they went and did this. Bringing McGee's next book, "Rock Hollow," into the picture made for some great scenes. And those scenes were really what sold this one. The actual mystery was interesting, but more for what we learned about McGee and the new book than the actual whodunnit aspect. I thought they gave Landon away right off the bat when he recognized "Thom."
The folks in promotion over at CBS get a couple demerits this week for the misleading teasers. The various previews I saw kept mentioning "a connection to Gibbs' past." Now, that's some of the good stuff that I think a lot of fans are waiting for. If there was a connection in this episode, it was either very minor, or I completely missed it. If that connection was just Mike coming back again, then they horribly oversold it.
Not that there is anything wrong with that. NCIS does as good a job as anybody at mixing the two facets. As the story moved along though, there was something of an ongoing story that continued to develop. I'm referring to the ever evolving relationship between Tony and Ziva. Their bickering and fighting has proved quite entertaining in the past, but as season four has progressed, things have slowly been changing. It's a nice bit of writing the team is doing as they've taken their time to let this all come out.
What really sold the mystery for me was the way it was presented. The Club One angle worked on a couple different levels. I would have said it was worth it just for the scene with McGee, Abby, Ziva, and Lee making their entrance, but there was much more.
The exclusivity of the club put the team at a disadvantage because they couldn't investigate as they normally would. It had the bonus of putting us in the same situation, because we couldn't get a feel for the suspects.
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